Saint Anselm – Father of Scholasticism, Doctor of the Church, Faithful Catholic in all things


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Madagascar prelate retracts earlier negative comments about Catholic Relief Services


On July 25, the Population Research Institute (PRI), a pro-life organization founded by Father Paul Marx and led by Steven Mosher, alleged that CRS, the US bishops’ international relief and development agency, “is using funding from American Catholics to distribute contraceptive and abortifacient drugs and devices in concert with some of the world’s biggest population control/family planning organizations.”

After Catholic Relief Services responded that “this allegation is simply false,” PRI stated on July 31 that its charges “reflect the views of the bishops and clergy of Madagascar” and offered quotes from several priests, as well as the bishops of the nation’s two largest cities.

According to PRI, Archbishop Tsarahazana said:

Even in my own diocese! Without my knowledge … they [CRS] were working on an artificial contraception project here … And, then, the Catholic people around here heard about it and said: “What’s that all about? That’s supposed to be ‘Catholic’??” So, there you have it: They [CRS] were following the instructions of USAID [the US Agency for International Development] …

I’m not sure why, and I don’t want to exaggerate, but maybe 70% of its staff, or even more – is not Catholic; they’re not Catholic … I do understand that about CRS’s commitments to the US Government … but, the question that remains is: Why are there so few Catholics on CRS’s staff … that I don’t understand so well …

Just this year CRS held a very big meeting here in town – a “capacity-building” meeting or something, at a hotel here – and I heard about it only accidentally, when I was up in the [town] of Diego, and somebody told me about the meeting to be held [in my own town]. I was embarrassed; I didn’t know anything about it.

On August 2, the USCCB issued the following statement:

Archbishop Désiré Tsarahazana, of the Archdiocese of Toamasina and the president of the episcopal conference of Madagascar, expresses strong support for Catholic Relief Services and confirms that Catholic Relief Services does not provide or facilitate access to contraceptive or abortifacient drugs or devices in his archdiocese.


At what point does the Catholic duty of obedience to the local bishop cease?


Listening to bishops has never been easy – nor will it ever be. But obedience to our superiors is inscribed in the word of God: the Decalogue’s command to honor parents includes obedience as a necessary component. And closer to the current subject, the Letter to the Hebrews says “Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give an account.” (13:17)

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Editor’s note: This is one of those articles that deals with things – not as they really exist – but as they should be – so most everything contained in it tends towards the theoretical and academic.

When everyone (clerics and laity)  properly holds up their particular Catholic “end” of things – faithfully relying on Traditional, time-tested, Catholic philosophy, worship, sacraments, devotions and principles – then it will be a relatively simple matter to obey the bishop – since the choices the bishop makes will reflect the orderly state of an authentically faithful – and Catholic – world.  But once things have broken down – as they have in the post-Vatican II, world-wide Catholic Church – chaos – not Christ – reigns – and all bets are off!

May God have mercy on our souls.

Courageous Chinese Catholic Bishop refuses to “play ball” with Chi-comms.

BEIJING — A newly ordained Chinese bishop has been placed in isolation after announcing he’s quitting his government posts in a challenge to Beijing’s control over the Catholic clergy, a Hong Kong church activist and Catholic websites said Tuesday.

Shanghai’s auxiliary Bishop Ma Daqin was taken away shortly after announcing his resignation toward the end of his ordination Mass on Saturday, Holy Spirit Study Center researcher Anthony Lam said.

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Why can’t deacons confer Anointing of the Sick?

That priests and only priests can confer this sacrament is clearly taught in Sacred Scripture: Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. (James 5:14)

This is not the type of teaching which can change. The minister of the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has been and will always be priests and only priests (including, of course, bishops). Still, we ask, Why is it so?

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Can a Catholic bishop become a heretic through sins of omission? If so … what then?

A recent post by Lionel Andrades explains that according to Canon Law, a bishop is a juridical person and is also required to be Catholic. As such, that bishop is obliged to affirm all the teachings of the Catholic Church.

If the bishop refuses to affirm the Catholic faith when questioned or challenged, it serves as a tacit denial.

In light of this … can a bishop who denies any part of the authentic Catholic faith legitimately continue to fulfill his duties as a Catholic and/or a bishop?

If so … how? If not … who is responsible for seeing that the problem is promptly and satisfactorily remedied?

Read the article at Lionel’s blog



Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop.

St. Ignatius was a disciple of St. John, one of the original 12 apostles. Among other things, St. Ignatius “coined” the term “Catholic” for the one, true church of Jesus Christ, and first wrote of it, shortly after the beginning of the 2nd century.

Regarding bishops, he said this:

See that you all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as you would the apostles; and reverence the deacons, as being the institution of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. It is not lawful without the bishop either to baptize or to celebrate a love-feast; but whatsoever he shall approve of, that is also pleasing to God, so that everything that is done may be secure and valid.

Moreover, it is in accordance with reason that we should return to soberness [of conduct], and, while yet we have opportunity, exercise repentance towards God. It is well to reverence both God and the bishop. He who honours the bishop has been honoured by God; he who does anything without the knowledge of the bishop, does [in reality] serve the devil. Let all things, then, abound to you through grace, for you are worthy. You have refreshed me in all things, and Jesus Christ [shall refresh] you. You have loved me when absent as well as when present. May God recompense you, for whose sake, while you endure all things, you shall attain unto Him.


More about the recent developments in Detroit

First the Pfleger flare up. Now this!

An insider, who spoke to this reporter, alleged that the action of the church members was in protest against the transfer of two Parish Priests, Rev. Father Francis Apprey (Parish priest) and Rev. Father Mathias Nwiah (Assistant Parish Priest), by Bishop Darko.

The two former priests were said to have led the congregation to put up a modern church complex, but were transferred under controversial circumstances by the Bishop.

One of the transferred priests was said to have been so infuriated that he decided to travel abroad for further studies.

The church members, who were unhappy with the action of the Bishop, decided they would not accept the new parish priests posted to head the church.

Bishop Darko thought the threat was an empty one, and, therefore, decided to lead the two new priests to Apowa to head the congregation, only to meet the wrath of the church members.


Chinese commies don’t know or don’t care that a bishop isn’t a bishop unless the pope says so.

China‘s government-run Catholic Church plans to ordain a new bishop this month, without the Pope’s approval.

Beijing selected Father Joseph Shen Guoan, age 50,  as the bishop of Wuhan, in Hubei province in November of last year. Despite continued pressure from the Vatican, Beijing has announced that it will continue with the ordination.


SOLT Superior: Bishop is key “player” in Father Corapi affair.

What are the distinctive elements of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Blessed Trinity?

The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Holy Trinity (SOLT) is a society of apostolic life. We were founded in 1958, and now have 160 priests working in 20 countries. We are a society of apostolic life of diocesan right. [A society of “diocesan right” is overseen by one local bishop on behalf of the Church, whereas those of “pontifical right,” like Maryknoll missionaries and the Sulpicians, are directly overseen by the Vatican.] We are a community of priests, sisters and laity, working in ecclesial teams in areas of greatest apostolic need. Father Rogel Rosalinas is the general priest servant; he will have ultimate authority regarding any decision related to the allegations involving Father Corapi.

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Complete summary of all Father Corapi articles to-date

The Chrism Mass: Three Types of Holy Oils, Three Specific Prayers of consecration.

35. The Chrism Mass which the bishop concelebrates with his presbyterium and at which the holy chrism is consecrated and the oils blessed, manifests the communion of the priests with their bishop in the same priesthood and ministry of Christ.38

The priests who concelebrate with the bishop should come to this Mass from different parts of the diocese, thus showing in the consecration of the chrism to be his witnesses and cooperators, just as in their daily ministry they are his helpers and counselors. The faithful are also to be encouraged to participate in this Mass, and to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Traditionally the Chrism Mass is celebrated on the Thursday of Holy Week. If, however, it should prove to be difficult for the clergy and people to gather with the bishop, this rite can be transferred to another day, but one always close to Easter.39 The chrism and the oil of catechumens is to be used in the celebration of the sacraments of initiation on Easter night.

36. There should be only one celebration of the Chrism Mass given its significance in the life of the diocese, and it should take place in the cathedral or, for pastoral reasons, in another church40 which has a special significance.

The holy oils can be brought to the individual parishes before the celebration of the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper or at some other suitable time. This can be a means of catechizing the faithful about the use and effects of the holy oils and chrism in Christian life.


About the holy oils:

There are three kinds of sacred oils, all of which signify the work of the Holy Spirit and symbolize it in that oil “serves to sweeten, to strengthen, to render supple” (Catholic Encyclopedia). The three holy oils are:

  • The Oil of Catechumens (“Oleum Catechumenorum” or “Oleum Sanctum”) used in Baptism along with water, in the consecration of churches, in the blessing of Altars, in the ordination of priests (Editor’s note: This was pre-Vatican II. Now, chrism is used in priestly ordinations.) and, sometimes, in the crowning of Catholic kings and queens.
  • The Holy Chrism (“Sanctum Chrisma”) or “Oil of Gladness,” which is olive oil mixed with a small amount of balm or balsam. It is used in Confirmation, Baptism, in the consecration of a Bishop, the consecration of a various things such as churches, chalices, patens, and bells.
  • The Oil of the Sick (“Oleum Infirmorum”), which is used in Unction

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St. Patrick calls us to live in the Heart of the Church for the Sake of the World

Patrick cultivated a lifestyle of deep, constant and abiding prayer which bore the fruits of ongoing conversion. He learned to discern the voice of the Lord in his daily life, developed the eyes of faith and received the power of the Holy Spirit through which he was able to respond to the call to become a missionary in his age. Each of us is invited to do exactly the same in our age. The Risen Lord who changed Patrick’s life still calls men and women today.

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This Week’s Ask Alice: Does a person need to be ordained in order to access the tabernacle?

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Nancy writes: Our priest recently told us that only ordained hands were allowed in the tabernacle. The person must be an acolyte, deacon, or priest. No extraordinary ministers allowed. Is this true? Thank you.

Alice Answers: The tabernacle is a secure reservoir for the Blessed Sacrament. It is not used as a part of the Mass. There are no iron clad rules regarding whose hands are allowed inside the tabernacle.

Touching the interior of the tabernacle is a matter based on protocol and common sense. During Mass, the celebrant, con-celebrating priest and deacon (ordained men) are at the altar, so protocol and logistics suggest that ordained hands would open and close the tabernacle during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. However, extenuating circumstances, such as a disabled celebrant without a deacon assistant, might necessitate (with the priest’s approval) the use of the hands of an extraordinary minister or layperson.

Properly authorized extraordinary ministers often remove the Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacle during Eucharistic Adoration or when preparing to bring the Holy Eucharist to hospitalized or home-bound persons.

Directives regarding access to the tabernacle may vary from one diocese to another, according to the jurisdiction of the local ordinary (bishop). For example: A bishop or priest might prudently decide to restrict the laity from access to the tabernacle in a church that’s located in a high crime area, or in a community with a large population of non-Christians.

In Christ’s Love,


Episcopal bishop Robinson to resign, citing strain on homosexual ‘husband’ and faithful

“The fact is,” he wrote in a letter to Episcopalians in his diocese, “the last seven years have taken their toll on me, my family, and you.” Robinson has two children from his marriage to a woman during the 1970s and 80s. He entered into a civil union with his current partner, Mark Andrew, in 2008.

“Death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding your election of me as Bishop, have been a constant strain,” he continued, “not just on me, but on my beloved husband, Mark … and in some ways, (upon) you.”

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Bishop: Having a vasectomy or tubal ligation is immoral

Speaking to the Associated Press, Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba of the bishops’ conference rejected a new law that allows Colombians to undergo vasectomies and tubal ligations free of charge in public and private hospitals.

The bishop explained that such practices constitute “mutilations of the body, and the body must be respected.” He said that undergoing the procedures to avoid pregnancy or to have a more “uninhibited and guilt-free sex life” is immoral.


A concise description of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

A Supernatural Work
of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
centered on Jesus Christ.
May Be Conducted Only By A Catholic Bishop Or Priest.
A Rite Of Full And Active Worship And Participation:
By All Those In Attendance,
All The Faithful On Earth,
All The Souls In Purgatory,
And All Those In Heaven.
The Holy Eucharist,
Which Can Only Be Licitly Consecrated At Mass,
Is The “Source And Summit”
Of All Christian Life.
A true sacrifice,
since Jesus Christ, the one time, once for all,
perfect and eternal sacrifice
for the sins of the world
becomes present on the altar there, for us.

El Paso bishop “wimps” out. Fails to back up heroic local priest. Resorts to political double-talk.

By Bishop Armando X. Ochoa \ Guest columnist

As Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso and chief teacher of our local church, I would like to share some pastoral reflections on certain issues that are important for the well-being of all God’s people.First of all, I would like to state that previous columns claiming to speak for Catholic Doctrine were the personal opinions of individuals and do not necessarily express the belief of the Catholic Church.

I continue to pray for peace along our region and offer my condolences to the families on both sides of the border who have lost loved ones to the ongoing unrest. I am also concerned for the families who have had to leave everything behind to escape the violence in Ciudad Juárez. It is my ongoing prayer that our two border cities can work closer to build a more peace-filled community.

The Church has been unmistakable about its consistent defense of the unborn. It continues to call every Catholic and person of good will to understand the Church’s teaching on the death penalty and other end-of-life issues. Every child has a right to life.

Likewise, the Church is a supporter of the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. These teachings come from a tradition that wants to promote the good of society. My concern in writing this reflection is not to change these teachings, but to offer a more pastoral understanding in dealing with them.

When we talk about abortion and homosexuality, we are talking about human beings dealing with all kinds of concerns and unresolved challenges. Our Church does not want to simply judge and condemn, but first to offer Christ’s love and compassion. God’s first and primary law is love and how love of others is at the same time our love for God.

As Church we want to journey with everyone as they search for meaning in their lives. We believe that Christ offers this meaning. The use of harsh words of condemnation is not the approach Christ invites us to have toward one another. Intolerance closes the door to learning and deeper understanding of each other.

Furthermore, it leads to divisiveness within the body of Christ. It is time for us to learn how to work with each other, even when and if we disagree. Too many people have suffered because of a profound lack of compassion and a perceived arrogant intolerance.

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Editor’s note: It has been virtually impossible to get a straight answer about authentic Catholic teachings from Catholic bishops and priests, since 1965. This cowardly bishop has chosen to wimp out, failing to support his heroic priest, obscuring Catholic truth by resorting to cowardly, self-serving, purely political (“pastoral”) rhetoric.

Wonder why you don’t hear priests preaching from the pulpit about the evils of abortion, homosexuality and other grave sins, at Sunday Mass? Now you know!

From this, it is also pretty easy to figure out why today’s politicians and mainstream media outlets have little or no respect for the Catholic Church … and why we are losing the battle against abortion and gay marriage.

Many of our leaders are girly-men and wimps!

The Most Important Sacred Vessel is the Chalice

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My bishop is a liberal. Is that a problem?

Q: My bishop is a liberal. Is that a problem?

A: Other than the obvious political ramifications, which we won’t address here, the answer is, “YES!”

Here’s why:

Liberalism infects the Body of Christ just as an on-line virus infects a computer. Strange, unexpected and inexplicable events typically follow. Most of them bad.

Liberalism is a sign of religious anarchy. Jesus Christ rightly pointed out that no man can serve two masters. The leader of a particular church has a prior commitment to serve God by teaching, sanctifying and governing his people, according to the laws, teachings and Traditions of the Catholic Church.  A liberal mindset is the synthesis of many errors, most or all of them contrary to Church teachings. That means trouble!

Liberals tolerate almost anything (except for orthodoxy). This can make church unity very hard to achieve.

Liberalism is a sin. From a practical standpoint, the tenets of liberalism violate just about every commandment of God, resulting in a tyranny of personal conscience. This would tend to explain why many of the priestly abuse scandals occurred, and why they were so badly mishandled.

Liberalism is the antithesis of truth. Since God’s word is absolute truth, and the dogmas of the Catholic Church are infallible proclamations and explanations of that truth, you can see the obvious conflict here.

Liberalism accepts the false premise that there is one law of God, which applies to Catholics, and another law (not of God) which applies to non-Catholics and secular society, and that both are essentially equal. This gives power to enemies of the Church, and often results in the legalization of evils, like abortion.

Liberals prefer to act stealthily. They often resort to forms of double-talk, indistinct speech and writing, and they always try to avoid being “pinned-down” on any subject. Teaching and promoting the authentic Catholic faith under these constraints is difficult, if not impossible. Credibility and trust suffers. Confusion reigns. (Welcome to the 21st century Catholic Church!)

Liberals incorrectly believe that it is charitable to be non-critical and non-judgmental, even when it comes to essential matters of faith and morality. Calling evil, good and good, evil, in this way, permits scandal and immorality to go virtually unchecked.

Liberals generally fail to teach and promote the authentic Catholic faith. The reasons for this should be clear to all!

Friends, we may all be in big, big trouble!

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

1549 Through the ordained ministry, especially that of bishops and priests, the presence of Christ as head of the Church is made visible in the midst of the community of believers. In the beautiful expression of St. Ignatius of Antioch, the bishop is typos tou Patros: he is like the living image of God the Father.