Saturday, May 20, 2006
Much better than the tiny photos available on Barroux's main site.
Remember in your prayers a new-born Catholic, Isabella Marie Bettinelli, born Thursday May 18th, at 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Melanie and Isabella are doing very well.
God bless them all.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Peabody: 11.5 inches
Boston: 8.5 inches
Salisbury: 17 inches
Salem: 10.9 inches.
Lots of people have lost power, lots of people have been evacuated, and many more have flooded basements. Please pray for them.
Good news: No one has died as a result of the flooding. The sun came out yesterday evening, and is shining today.
Here is an open topic that has been on the back burner with me, simmering at the edge of thought. One of Bishop Finn's first acts was generous treatment for the Latin Mass community in his diocese. And the priest who is responsible for the late conversikons of Senator Brownback, Judge Bork, and Robert Novak is also affiliated with Opus Dei. Judge Bork has always been close to Justice Scalia, who is a regular at the Latin Mass.
Now, though most Opus Dei members are very traditional Catholics, people who make a daily holy hour, pray the Rosary, and undertake other devotions and mortifications, I don't think Opus Dei takes a position on the traditional Latin Mass. The confluence between Latin Mass attendance and Opus Dei has never, I think, been discussed.
Officially, Opus Dei is in line with whatever the local bishop does regarding the Latin Mass. But I would not be surprised if there isn't a high degree of fellow-feeling between these two groups on the Right of the Church.
Might traditionalists within the Church and in Communion with the Holy Father(meaning indult-goers) benefit by closer relations with Opus Dei? Might our ranks not swell by more openess to Opus Dei members, most of whom, I bet, are too young to have experienced the Latin Mass, and would be deeply moved by the beauty of this worship, as long as it is licit in the eyes of the local bishop.
Might Opus Dei be the lever we need to get more freedom of worship out of local bishops and out of Rome? Remember, Father Georg Ganschwein, the Holy Father's personal secretary, who has his ear constantly, taught at Opus Dei's college in Rome.
Worth further follow-up through informal networking between Ecclesia Dei leaders and Opus Dei? I think so. And even down at our level in the pews, if you know an Opus Dei member, and are blessed with an indult Mass near you, invite him or her to Mass with you. It couldn't hurt.
I could name ten American priests at least who would make better Archbishops of Washington, and who I would rather see voting for the next pope (because the position warrants a red hat almost automatically). Names? Father Fessio. Father Groeschel. Father Joseph Wilson. Father Rutler. Father Sistare. Father Tucker. Father Keyes. Father Dennis Brown, OMV. Father Buckley, FSSP. Father Demets, FSSP.
Is this the Levada Effect? The Holy Father thinks highly of Cardinal Levada, and brought him back to Rome to serve him directly, taking up his old job. And it may be that the Holy Father did not do this, as I speculated, to kick a lousy bishop upstairs into a posiiton directly under his own thumb and where he would have little real discretion, and make room for a bishop in his own mold (obviously not, since poor San Franscico, so badly in need of a strong shepherd, like a young John O'Connor, or fiesty young Bruskewitz, got Neideraur, who is probably worse than Levada, McCarrick, or Wuerl). It may well be that the Holy Father is actually being guided by the useless personnel recommendations of Cardinal Levada.
Appointments like this make Cardinal O'Malley and even Bishop Lennon look good.
The American episcopate improved greqatly with the retirements of Bishops Weakland and Gumbleton. And there is a lot of possibility for improvement, with many retirements in the next few years. And the church in the US desperately needs many new bihops in the mold of Bishop Bruskewitz. What it doesn't need is 100 more Levadas, Wuerls, Neideraurs, or McCarricks.
And if we keep stuffing the College of Cardinals with Wuerls, who will vote for an excellent choice like Cardinal Pell to be the next pope? The Holy Father really ought to treat these appointments on a more idealogical/partisan basis, just like presidents do Supreme Court appointments. The objective is not to get someone who is a member of the USCCB good-old-boys club, but a great shepherd, and one who will vote for a great and very traditional prelate in the next conclave. And to get there, the Holy Father will have to break his reliance on trusted former aides like Cardinal Levada, and read more about what priests and bishops have done. Are they wasting time pimping for illegal aliens and for more welfare spending, or are they preaching Christ and Him crucified and fighting as hard as anyone can against the scourges of legal abortion, gay "marriage" and so on?
Monday, May 15, 2006
This is very important for couples who might like to marry in a traditional Nuptial Wedding Mass, or people who want to have a traditional Requiem for funerals, week's minds, month's minds, and year's minds, as well as traditional baptisms and confirmations.
So here are some jokes I have heard about Boston's Monsoons of May.
"I went fishing for tuna, in Copley Square."
"Animals are lining up spontaneously two by two."
"Home Depot is trying to secure a big supply of gopher wood."
"Just how big is a cubit, anyway."
"Shall we walk, or take a kayak?"
"Fascinating. I had never seen white water on Beacon Hill before."
"Noah only had 40 days of this. We've beaten his record."
"Well, at least the ducks, geese, and swans in the Public Garden are happy."
"I crossed Kenmore Square yesterday, and came down with the Bends."
"We're in trouble. The rats are headed for higher ground."
Personally, I have locked umbrellas with other pedestrians continuously, forded raging rivers that used to be MBTA stations, and watched in facsination as water coursed down Joy Street in a stream they could have filmed The African Queen in.
You know that universal scowl everyone has after a week of rain? Well its endemic here. And the worst is yet to come, with more heavy rain Tuesday into Thursday. But this too, shall pass. One of these days, the clouds will lift, the sun will re-emerge, and the skies will be blue again.