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Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Renewed love for sacraments sought

October 1st, 2014, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

Bishop Matano has issued updated “Policies for the Administration of the Sacraments in the Diocese of Rochester.” You can read Bishop Matano’s letter of introduction here and the full pdf of the document here.

Please take a moment to thank Bishop Matano on the Catholic Courier’s facebook page to let him know he has supporters here in the DOR (there are already some rather negative comments).

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Monthly Prayer Requests for Priests – October

October 1st, 2014, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

It’s time to print out your October calendar. Thanks to the good folks at for providing these calendars freely available to all on the Internet.

And the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for October:

Universal: That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.

For Evangelization: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.


When Fr. Radcliffe Came to Rochester

September 29th, 2014, Promulgated by Diane Harris

On Church Militant TV, Michael Voris has just named some names, and one is a person whom he calls “The Sodomy Priest,”

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP shown on Church Militant Special Report Sept. 29, 2014

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP shown on Church Militant Special Report Sept. 29, 2014

Father Timothy Radcliffe, Dominican Friar, who has apparently just recently free-wheeled his opinions through the Diocese of San Diego, including at its Catholic University, preaching same-sex “love.”  That name may sound familiar to some in the Rochester Diocese.  In January 2010,  Father Timothy Niven, Pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Victor, brought Father Radcliffe to lead a “retreat for several parishes.”  I wrote about this questionable presence in a newsletter I did that month, called “It Really Matters,” questioning how this could happen, and warning those hundreds of families who received the newsletter (see blue type, below).  San Diego may seem far away from our interests here in Rochester, but not so!  While the content of the presentations may have been quite different, it is highly questionable for any pastor or bishop to bring such a person into the Diocese, and I would wager it could not happen today under our new bishop.  Give thanks for a shepherd’s protection of the flock!

Here’s what the newsletter said in January 2010 (click on Read the Rest) to finish the article:

Concerns about NW Ontario Retreat

We might indeed wonder “What in the world is Fr. Niven thinking?” by his hosting a person seen as a noted advocate for ordaining homosexual men to the priesthood, to allow him to give four ‘retreat’ presentations (8 HOURS!) at St. Patrick in Victor!  Since announcement of this event was in the Canandaigua [St. Mary's] Bulletin, and since 75% of our people from St. Mary Parish in Rushville now go there, it is indeed a case of being a brother’s (or sister’s) keeper to inform each other of occasions of sin or scandal of which we may not be aware. 

The speaker, Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, is a Dominican who spent 10 years as the Master General of the Order and has surprisingly impressive credentials, but that should not influence souls, as God is impressed with the heart, not with worldly accomplishments, even in the church order.  Rather, we should especially be on guard against those who come in sheep’s clothing of honorary doctorates, and glossy titles like “Provincial of the English Province”, and “President of the Conference of Major Religious Superiors”.  Fr. Radcliffe, as an itinerant preacher, has his next stop in Victor, NY.  Faithful Catholics and those trying to sincerely understand and follow the church’s teaching on homosexuality or “same sex attraction” especially as it applies to the Catholic Clergy, should either avoid Fr. Radcliffe’s talk or be especially on guard to his message.  One needs to be careful in expressing opinion in the church not to deviate from the church’s legitimate teaching.  And, we might say, that laity in choosing which retreats or seminars or other spiritual events to attend should be particularly careful to avoid speakers who do not adhere to the church’s own guidelines.

Canon Law 752: “Although not an assent of faith, a religious submission of the intellect and will must be given to a doctrine which the Supreme Pontiff or the college of bishops declares concerning faith or morals when they exercise the authentic magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim it by definitive act; therefore, the Christian faithful are to take care to avoid those things which do not agree with it.”  

How, then, would it not be prudent to avoid Fr. Radcliffe? He wrote an article for the Tablet (UK) expressing his own opinions in disagreement with the Instruction from Rome.  In November 2005 [Pope Benedict], the Church promulgated the   “Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders.”   The Instruction from Rome addressed whether to admit to the seminary and to holy orders candidates who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies.  “The candidate to the ordained ministry… must … relate correctly to both men and women, developing in him a true sense of spiritual fatherhood towards the Church community that will be entrusted to him.”  (Father Radcliffe writes: “…spiritual fatherhood?  This is not a concept with which I am familiar.”   How surprising, as St. Paul clearly speaks of his spiritual fatherhood of his flock.)  

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Your Eminence, Your Excellency,

September 29th, 2014, Promulgated by Diane Harris

This past week I sent a 3-page letter to every Cardinal, Archbishop and Bishop in the U.S.  The subject was triggered by the upcoming Synod, but it was more than about just a meeting.  Clearly, we understand, that there is not going to be any major pronouncement coming from Pope Francis when the Synod concludes, like opening the Eucharist to reception by those in mortal sin, nor will there be validation of divorce, adultery or same-sex relationships.  At least not while the Holy Spirit is protecting the Church, and that goes to the end of time.  But “HOW” the Synod is perceived, and the support or lack of support for Church teaching by bishops and priests in the interim, can do much to show faithfulness and courage, or to waffle on even the clearest and most sacred issues.  Individual sin can still occur in a Holy Church.  The sheep can still be greatly affected by even one dissident priest.

We don’t have to look back any further than Pope Paul VI’s struggle with the contraception question post-Vatican II.  While his ultimate decision was courageous and well-reasoned, the delay in making that decision allowed space for individual interpretations, permissive confessors, “logical” arguments to build up a following, and even ridicule of priests who preached that contraception would not / could not  be approved.  But that didn’t stop a petition from the Canadian Bishops, voicing their unequivocal support for contraception.  And myriad people were led astray, while pressure and lobbying on Pope Paul VI increased to almost unbearable proportions.   It was  as if the message were one of getting everyone to believe contraception was “okay,” so that by the time Pope Paul’s decision was made he would have been pressured into giving his approval.

Present events evoke the same opportunity for leading people into rash decisions and false hopes, which deeply affect their souls and the stability of the family.  That is the reason for writing to those whose voices will be heard in the interim, even though they have no immediate power to make changes.  Indeed, they have great influence, for good or for bad.

On Sept. 18th, Ben Anderson posted “The Truth,” an aptly named post about the pressures apparently being placed on Cardinal Burke for his staunch and righteous upholding of Church Teaching on the very issues the Synod purports to address.  The following day I did a “Top of Head” post on my concerns about the Synod.  Afterward, I began to consider  writing to the U.S. Hierarchy about those concerns.   In realigning the comments into a letter format (and in praying about it) some additional concerns came to mind and were added.  Approximately 180 letters have been sent and early this week I will fax to several Vatican Dicasteries as well.  It does occur to me that if there were just one person per diocese willing to do personal, similar letters, then each prelate would get 180 letters instead of just one.  Perhaps that could be an effective way for the laity to work together, under the rights and provisions of Canon Law 212?

Click on “Read the Rest” if you want to read the letter that has been sent.

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Screwtape and Common Core

September 28th, 2014, Promulgated by Hopefull

Recently I have been re-reading The Screwtape Letters and discovered in the Addendum Book “Screwtape Proposes a Toast,” written in 1959, an amazing description of the seeds of Common Core characterization.  Yes, over 50 years ago, C. S. Lewis was describing what at least some people see today in the Common Core Educational Program.

What follows are just a few pages from the essence of the description, using a popular distortion of the meaning of “democracy”. Click on “read the rest” to see the remaining few excerpted pages.  Keep in mind that Screwtape is a demon, so “The Enemy” is God, and the triumph of evil and capture of souls is his agenda.  Here is the excerpt from his “toast” related to the news that the education system will help the demons to capture souls, upon whom they dine:


Toast 1A












Toast 1B




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Full HD Video: Bishop Salvatore Matano celebrates Mass at St. Mary’s in Auburn for the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady

September 24th, 2014, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

I was privileged to be in attendance for this most beautiful celebration of the Holy Mass. The schola and choir were outstanding. The church was absolutely beautiful and was decked out with roses. There were multiple organs being played by excellent musicians. The bishop’s homily was so uplifting. The congregation was outstandingly reverent. In the bishop’s closing remarks he stated, “How beautiful is the praise you have given to the the Mother of God. I hope this film goes all over the diocese as an example of fidelity to God, fidelity to worship, and true union with the Mother of God as she leads us to Christ.” A big hats off goes to the A/V team that did the recording and converted it into this high quality video now on youtube, doing their part in the bishop’s request. Now it’s time to do your part. Set some time aside over the next week to watch this video and be sure share it with your friends on facebook.


Rooting for a Cardinals’ Double Play

September 22nd, 2014, Promulgated by Hopefull

Makes perfect sense:  Burke to NYC, Dolan to Malta.  Turn-2!


40 Days for Life Update

September 21st, 2014, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

From the Rochester 40 Days for Life email distribution list:

Hello pro-lifers.  There’s only 5 days to go before the Fall 2013 40 Days for Life campaign begins.  Here are some important points to be aware of:

  1. Attached is a file showing key locations for the Kick-off Rally and Prayer Vigil as well as a file covering the dos and don’ts of 40 DFL.  Please look them over.
  2. The on-line schedule is open ready to accept sign-ups for particular time slots.  Due to the re-designed website, all participants must re-register this year before attempting to use the on-line schedule. Just go to and click on “Login / Signup” in the upper right corner . If you don’t register first and login, you will only be able to view the schedule.
  1. The Kick-off Rally is Tuesday September 23 from 6:30 to 8:30.  Centre City Place – 80 University Ave.  We are asking everyone to bring one non-perishable food item, or baby formula, or diapers (size 4 or 5 preferred) to help stock the shelves of the Focus Pregnancy Center as they strive to serve the poor of the community.  Desserts and refreshments will be served.  The agenda for the rally is as follows:
  • 6:30  Opening remarks / Prayer
  • 6:40  Speaker #1 – Rev. Mike Warren – Rescue Rochester
  • 7:00  Live Music by Aidan Loughran and Brody Walsh
  • 7:15  Speaker #2 – Suzanne Stack – Life Issues Coordinator for the Diocese of Rochester
  • 7:35  40 DFL informational video
  • 7:45  Speaker #3 – Fr. Michael Mayer – parochial vicar, Our Lady of Peace Church
  • 8:05  Candlelight vigil on sidewalk
  • 8:20  Dessert / Fellowship

Thank you for standing up for life.


Sung Mass Tomorrow (and every Sunday)

September 20th, 2014, Promulgated by Bernie


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st.alban-stainedglassSunday, September 21

Sung Roman Catholic Mass at 12:30 pm

3302 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta
(The older Good Shepherd church building fronting on East Henrietta Road).

Music for the day:

September 21: Pentecost XV (Jacob Fuhrman, organist)

Processional: 279 “Praise to the Lord, the almighty” (Lobe den Herren)

Offertory: 479 “Love divine, all loves excelling” (Hyfrydol)

Recessional: 385 “Glorious things of thee are spoken” (Austria)


The Truth

September 18th, 2014, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

While you wait for “Remaining in the Truth of Christ” to be published (in which Cardinal Burke is one of the authors), you can read a response to Cardinal Kasper’s proposals by a handful of Dominican scholars titled “Recent Proposals for the Pastoral Care of the Divorced and Remarried: A Theological Assessment” from Nova et Vetera (direct link to pdf here, hat tip Called To Communion).

As to the soap opera regarding the upcoming synod, proposed changes to unchangeable truths, book publishings, rumored exiles, and more, we can not possibly keep up with it all here. For the latest in the drama, you can read all about it at Rorate Caeli, Fr. Z’s blog, and Sandro Magister’s blog (who first broke the news on +Burke’s exile).

From Creative Minority Report:

The truth, revealed to us by God in the Creation and in the Redemption, must find always a faithful witness in us, for the sake of our own salvation and for the salvation of the world. -Cardinal Burke (source Rorate Caeli.)

Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

Far, far from the clergy be the love of novelty! – St. Piux X


Ordinariate Community in Washington, D.C.

September 16th, 2014, Promulgated by Bernie

From the National Catholic Register

By Charlotte Hays 9-12-2014


Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, celebrated Mass Sept. 7 at Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, D.C.
– Elza Daniel

WASHINGTON — A formerly Episcopal community that entered the Catholic Church in 2011 marked a historic moment in their journey to Rome when they gathered on Sept. 7 in downtown Washington for their first regularly scheduled Sunday Mass in the nation’s capital.

St. Luke’s at Immaculate Conception — as the community will now be known — offered its first Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Washington after its move from its former home in a small, rented church in Bladensburg, Md.

St. Luke’s made headlines in 2011 when it became the first Episcopal church in the Washington, D.C., area and the second in the state of Maryland to come into the Catholic Church under the provisions of Pope Benedict XVI’s Anglicanorum Coetibus. Anglicanorum Coetibus is an apostolic constitution that makes it possible for groups of Anglican congregations to enter the Catholic Church, while maintaining distinctive elements of their spiritual, pastoral, and liturgical patrimony.

The Vatican-approved Mass used by the St. Luke’s Community makes use of prayers from a number of Anglican and Episcopal sources, including the Anglican Books of Common Prayer from 1549 and 1662. The Mass fulfills the Sunday obligation… MORE

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Our own Roman Catholic Ordinariate Community here in Rochester (Henrietta) is the Fellowship of Saint Alban which offers the Anglican Use Mass every Sunday at 12:30 P.M. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3318 E Henrietta Rd, Henrietta. The Ordinariate Roman Catholic Mass fulfills your Sunday obligation.

The website for St. Alban is

The Mass at Saint Alban is celebrated “ad orientum”. The website for St. Alban is


Father McAlear Returns!

September 15th, 2014, Promulgated by Hopefull
Fr. Richard McAlear speaking at the Charismatic Conference in Steubenville

Fr. Richard McAlear speaking at the Charismatic Conference in Steubenville

Those who have long been praying for Father Mac’s health and strength to return will especially rejoice in his return to Rochester and Buffalo next month.  It has been several years since we’ve seen him, and had the opportunity to experience the healing gifts which flow through him from God.   Welcome back, Father Mac!

To learn more, visit and click on the video.  It is well worth the half hour listening, even if you are NOT going to see him locally.  Anyone who takes the words “New Evangelization” with any seriousness should hear these words, and take them to heart.

Shown below are excerpts from the letter received from his local ministry, which facilitates these visits.  No teaching day is shown this year, which is understandable given all the very serious health challenges Fr. Mac has had the past few years.

But the most important element of his ministry will be present — celebration of the Mass, Exposure of the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration, Fr. Mac’s sermon/homily, available confessions, and hands-on healing.  We all need healing, but if you know people who especially need physical healing, please put this date on their calendars asap, and help them to come if they need assistance.   Surely, that will be both a spiritual and a corporal work of mercy!  For the sake of those who follow Cleansing Fire from other areas of the country, Fr. Mac’s expanded calendar is also shown below.

Dear Friends in Christ,

Fr. McAlear and his Ministry of Hope & Healing is coming to the Buffalo —Rochester area in October 2014.
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Fr. Mac’s upcoming calendar.

Fr. McAlear is much in demand all over the world for his gifts of teaching and the healing love of Jesus Christ that flows through him. Please come and bring a friend.
We will have Fr. McAlear’s books, cd’s and dvd’s all available  at the Rochester event.
Please check out his web site for complete information on his schedule, prayer requests at .
Fri., October 10 at 7 pm St. Pius X Church
3000 Chili Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 436-4433
Contact: Karen
Wed., October 8 at 7 pm St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy
325 Walden Ave @ Miller St.
Buffalo, NY 14211
(716) 894-4476

Happy Birthday, Bishop Matano!

September 15th, 2014, Promulgated by Hopefull

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Happy Birthday

Bishop Matano





Church Architecture Styles: Byzantine

September 11th, 2014, Promulgated by Bernie

The architectural form of the dome and centrally oriented ground plan became major characteristics of the Byzantine style. Constantine had moved his capital from Rome to the fairly small city of Byzantium1 in the eastern half of the empire in 324 where he had churches built according to the traditional Roman basilica style. But, one, the Church of the Holy Apostles, was constructed with two basilicas or halls (without side aisles) crossing each other forming a Greek cross layout. In addition, domes are thought to have covered the crossing space and the four arms of the cross. Constantine actually intended the structure to be his mausoleum and had his tomb positioned under the center dome. The altar was, presumably,  in the apse. The Church of the Holy Apostles was much celebrated and copied throughout the Roman Empire but most especially in the eastern provinces.

Greek Cross Plan possibly used in Constantine's "Church of the Holy Apostles" in Constantinople, 4th century

Fig. 1 – Greek Cross Plan with domes possibly used in Constantine’s “Church of the Holy Apostles” in Constantinople, 4th century. The horizontal arms are called ‘transepts’.

High domes over the center of the naves of churches interrupt the horizontal movement to the altar in the traditional basilica and introduce a vertical element. The dome began to symbolize heaven and the ground level, earth. Imagery in the dome and on the walls reflected this hierarchical order.

"Church of the Holy Wisdom" ("Hagia Sophia"), built by the Emperor Justinian I, 6th century.

Fig. 2 -”Church of the Holy Wisdom” (“Hagia Sophia”), built by the Emperor Justinian I, 6th century. Justinian’s ambitious building campaign of dome covered cross planned churches signaled the start of the ‘Byzantine” style.


Fig. 3 -The high placed domes over the center of the nave in Byzantine style churches introduces a strong vertical element. At the top of the dome is an image of God the Almighty Ruler of the Universe looking down from heaven. Saints occupy the intermediate zones between the highest heavens and earth, the floor level of the building, because they intercede between heaven and earth.

Basic ground plan of a Byzantine style church. This building employs only one dome. Altars continued to be placed at the chord of the apse. Clergy continued to sit along the curved wall of the apse.

Fig. 4 -Basic ground plan of a Byzantine style church. This building employs only one dome. Altars continued to be placed at the chord of the apse. Clergy continued to sit along the curved wall of the apse.

There are several variations of the centrally planned Byzantine style, the most common being the ‘cross in square’ plan.

Cross in square plane. The arms of the cross are raised higher that the corners of the square and the dome, higher yet. The dome would be sitting on a cylindrical 'drum' to raised it higher. The drum served as a clerestory, punctured with windows.

Fig. 5 -Cross in square plan. The arms of the cross are raised higher than the corners of the square, and the dome was raised even higher. The dome would be sitting on a cylindrical ‘drum’ to raise it. The drum served as a clerestory wall and so was punctured with windows. The red line in this diagram indicates a chancel railing or windowed screen (“Templon’) that reserved the altar end of the building for clergy. The ‘Prothesis’ apse was where the bread and wine were prepared for the Eucharistic liturgy.  The ‘Diaconicon’ was for the storage of liturgical books, vestments, vessels, etc.


Fig. 6 -This Byzantine style church in Athens, Greece, has only one dome and is laid out in a Greek Cross plan. The transepts also end in apses. Notice the vertical nature of the windows and the ‘banded brick’ pattern of the exterior of the drum. Both are characteristics of the Byzantine style.


Fig. 7 -Looking toward the apse. An Iconostasis screen shields the chancel/altar area. Iconostasis screens did not appear until ca. 1000 or even later. Notice the abundance of imagery common in Byzantine and Orthodox churches. The program of imagery (in mosaic and/or fresco) in Byzantine churches is thought to have been introduced in a palace chapel in Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I.

Overall, embellishments and decorative elements in Byzantine churches betray eastern or oriental (think Persian and Arabic) influences as Byzantium (Constantinople, now Istanbul) was/is on the border between Europe and Asia. Such designs emphasized splendor, complexity, both organic and geometric pattern and color. The classical Greek and Roman forms of arch, dome, and columns merged in the Byzantine style with eastern design elements.


Fig. 8 -Here the classical Greek and Roman Ionic capital has been altered by a pattern of intricately carved leaf forms, betraying eastern influences.


Fig. 9 -It is hard to detect any classical Greek and Roman elements in this Byzantine capital except for perhaps the scroll like forms at the bottom. This is thoroughly eastern in appearance. These flat intricately carved capitals are sometimes called ‘basket capitals’.

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Fig 10 San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy, 526-47. Mosaics above and veined marble columns and walls below are characteristics of the Byzantine style.


Fig 11 A chancel railing or ‘templon’ screen (as in this illustration) marked the border between the holiest part of the church and the nave in the Byzantine style. The ‘chancel’ area included the altar and apse and was reserved for the clergy. The church represented in this illustration also has a type of ‘solea’ or walled walkway for the clergy to process to the ‘ambo’ for the scripture readings. The ‘ambo’ is the raised platform. There were no seats. The congregation stood the whole time.

Many regional variations in the Byzantine style developed as Christianity spread into Russia and other regions.


Fig 12 Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow. A totally unique expression within the Byzantine tradition.

"National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception", Washington D.C., 20th century

Fig. 13 “National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception”, Washington D.C., 20th century. Byzantine Revival Style

Fig. 14 "National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception", Washington D.C., 20th century. Byzantine Revival Style. In addition, the dome is meant to echo the dome of the U.S. Capitol building and the tower mimics the Washington Monument.

Fig. 14 “National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception”, Washington D.C., 20th century. Byzantine Revival Style. In addition, the dome is meant to echo the dome of the U.S. Capitol building and the tower mimics the Washington Monument.

Do you know of any Byzantine style churches in your area? There are several in the Rochester area. What characteristics would you look for?


1 The term ‘Byzantine’ is derived from the name of the city of Byzantium. Constantine renamed his new capital ‘New Rome’.  After his death it was named ‘Constantinople’.  The Ottomans changed the name to ‘Istanbul” after their conquest of the Byzantine Empire in the 15th century.


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Update on “America” Rag-azine and its Dolan-ic Defense

September 9th, 2014, Promulgated by Diane Harris

A few months ago, a new editor was named for the Jesuit “Rag-azine” titled “America.”  The publication’s title has always seemed rather presumptuous to me, perhaps never more so than now, in its current lack of any meaningful achievement for the Faith in America or for countering the pagan culture onslaught.   It is as if “America” has no role but to publish, rather than to teach, evangelize or plant a meaningful theological thesis or spiritual impulse.  We should judge by the fruits.  What are they?  Today, all things Jesuit can easily hide under the Jesuit aura of the Papacy, and perhaps receive more deference than has been deserved in a very long time.  But it doesn’t make them fruitful, or faithful.   I say that without in any way diminishing the historic contributions of Jesuits, especially their martyrdom to hold the British soil for the Faith.

Nevertheless, I took a quick read through the new editor’s ruminations, and found them somewhat lacking in cohesion and insight, a veritable potpourri of words without apparent direction.  For example, the September comments by the new editor, Father Matt Malone, is a transparent pulpit for Cardinal Kasper and his radical, damaging proposals to change Catholic Teaching (just before the Synod) and to permit divorced/remarried Catholics to receive Communion.  The buzzword “mercy” can hardly undo the Gospel words of Christ that no one can put asunder what God has joined together.

The  August column is a puff piece on the editor’s visit to Cuba and the late July  issue, while purporting to offer the two sides of the Hamas-Gaza vs. Israel conflict, in effect showcases far more anti-Israel sentiment than vice versa.  The early July column would lead the reader to never suspect there is any such thing as a just-war theory, or that Christ spoke the Truth when He said there would be wars and rumors of wars.

I didn’t go back any further than June in which the editor played the RACE card.  Father Malone offers the inflammatory words:  “I do know this: the notion that whites—even the most enlightened among us—“don’t see race” is ridiculous. It’s quite obviously the first thing that we see. I don’t forget that someone is black, any more than he or she forgets that I am white. That’s just something white people tell themselves in order to feel a little less complicit in the whole ghastly history of racial prejudice.”  Father Malone outrageously continues:  “Do we openly acknowledge our history, our complicity, our shame, while not forgetting our triumphs and joys and especially our hopes for healing?”  “What we need is plenty of honest conversation, painful conversation about what we have done.” This editor offers not much insight into who “we” is, but it isn’t me or most of the people I know.  The new editor is making the classic mistake of asserting that he speaks for all his readers.  
The most charitable thing I can say about “America” under its new editor is that “I am not impressed.”   But see for yourself.  The staff of “America” has been joined by the so-called public relations diva of the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), Sister Mary Ann Walsh, R.S.M., who is now its “U.S. church correspondent.” And her “colors” really are the first thing I see.  Rainbow colors.  Go here   to read for yourself.
The pro-cardinal Dolan article is not surprising, given her long and close working relationship with him when he was President of the USCCB (which she fails to disclose in her article.)  Further, it boggles the mind that she could have been the voice of the USCCB to the media when her article in “America” so ignores and misstates the Catholic Church position on same-sex attracted individuals. Perhaps this is at least part of the root of the wider secular media not understanding the Church’s position?  She uses the word “gay” without in any way differentiating those who are same-sex attracted from those who choose to live a gay activist life-style, causing great and irreparable damage to the perception of what the Catholic Church really teaches.  Here are a few quotes, but please read and comment yourself.  It is a short, easy read if you can control your righteous indignation.

-’This  [parade] is not a religious rite though some attend it religiously. It’s of course associated with Catholics, especially in New York where the saint is patron of the archdiocese’s (some say the nation’s) premier church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. The Catholic Church does not sponsor the parade, though the marchers go by the cathedral where the grand marshal traditionally greets the archbishop of New York. The parade also is preceded by Mass in the cathedral.”  [And this is the argument she makes that the NY Diocese isn't involved or a key influence?]

-”Unfortunately a lot of faithful critics and culture warriors are taking issue with Cardinal Dolan’s tolerance of the parade’s gay and lesbian contingent. They seem to advocate an in-your-face approach to anything gay.’  [Notice the last inflammatory sentence, refusing to differentiate between what is gay and what is gay activist, as if the distinction didn't even exist.]

-”Even the federal government eventually refused to defend the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman for the purpose of federal benefits in the Defense of Marriage Act, a law passed with practically unanimous support and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. The government stopped defending the law in court in 2011 and two years later, the Supreme Court found the definition unconstitutional.” [and this is supposed to be an argument for same-sex "marriage"?  That "even" the government .... as if the government had some morality? As if 15 years can change something from immoral to moral?]

-”Nevertheless, Cardinal Dolan also has pastoral obligations. Many Catholics are gay, are related to gays, have gay friends.” [Again note the refusal to distinguish the gay lifestyle from the disorder of same-sex attraction.]

- “The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family voted in 1997 on a statement “Always Our Children,” that addressed the relationship between parents and their gay children. It drew fierce opposition from a number of people, but it cleared the air and comforted families who felt torn between what they understood to be church teaching and the natural love of mothers and fathers for children.”  [Oh, goodie -- it made people "feel good" about their sins, and the sins of their family members.  There was much controversy and the USCCB's position was entirely NON-BINDING on this matter; so Walsh is presenting a skewed view and cherry-picks a few points and ignores many others, but that is not surprising given her prior USCCB involvement, all undisclosed to the reader.]

-”Where to draw the line?” [How about between sin and no sin?]

-”Can a gay couple marry in the church? Since the church does not recognize such a union, this does not seem like something the church can approve of.”  [What kind of a question/answer is this?  "does not seem like something...?"  OBVIOUSLY, Sister Walsh, the answer is NO, and one could wish you had a stronger catechesis.  Could you be any weaker?]

-”Cardinal Dolan’s position on the parade is the pastoral one; you don’t reject people for who they are.”  [Sin is not "who they are;" but rather is what has hold of them, throttling by the enemy.  Clever word-smithing again, and consistently, does not address either Church Teaching on non-repentant sinful life style, or its effect on others.  And just how is promoting homosexual sin under a bragging banner "pastoral" to the rest of the Church?]

Finally, and also in my opinion, what Cardinal Dolan is doing is even worse and more significant than what we experienced in prior years in the DoR.  His audience is larger, his apparent push for normalizing the gay lifestyle is more aggressive and apt to cause division on a wide and deep scale, and he has greater influence.  If this is what he has done in just a few years, what can we expect in the future if he is not removed from office?  Moreover, with our experience in Rochester in speaking out for true Catholic Teaching, and in taking the words of Ezekiel seriously, we probably have more experience here and at Cleansing Fire than many groups in other dioceses, and it is easy to argue that to NOT speak out would be a dereliction of  our duty.  But, as I said, this is all “in my opinion.”  What’s yours?

Michael Voris Saved Me a Post

September 5th, 2014, Promulgated by Hopefull

While I was debating how much to say and how far to go, between calling for more catechesis and some therapy for Cardinal Dolan, or wishing for his resignation, Michael Voris said what needed to be said, with an ever-increasing perspective of what is really going on within Catholic hierarchy in America.  Well, maybe he didn’t say it “all”, but at least enough for the moment,  and saved my writing a new post.

I know some who follow Cleansing Fire do object to his style, or find bones to pick, as he too is a work in process, as we all are.  But Christ said we should be hot or cold, and it is clear which Michael is.  It is certainly not lukewarm. Please listen:



“So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”  Revelation 3:16 (NAB)


Rochester Chesterton Society 11th Annual Conference – Sept 27th

September 5th, 2014, Promulgated by Ben Anderson


Fr. Robert Wild, Madonna House, on GKC’s Mysticism
Fr. Scott Caton, Roberts Wesleyan University, on GKC as Apologist
Joseph Pearce, Author, on GKC and Thankfulness
Dale Alquist, American Chesterton Society, on the Outline of Sanctity

Saturday, September 27th, 2014
9 am — 3:30 pm

St. John Fisher College, Coleman Chapel, Murphy Hall
Donation: $10. Free to students. Lunch will be available at nominal cost.

Funded by the Basilian Fathers of St. John Fisher College.
With support from members of the Rochester NY Chesterton Society and from St. Irenaeus Ministries.


St. Paul Street Evangelization in the DOR

September 5th, 2014, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

From Fr. Mike Mayer:

Easy Evangelization for Everyone!

Members of the Rochester Chapter of St. Paul Street Evangelization regularly evangelize at the Rochester Public Market, Geneva Farmers Market, Ontario Beach Park and Frontier Field. We offer rosaries, rosary guides (English and Spanish), medals, CD/DVDs, and literature promoting our Catholic faith. We also pray with those who ask for prayer and pray for those who enter their requests in our prayer journals. Over 40 people were trained to evangelize in March by Adam Janke of the national organization and others who have joined since are taking the online training at Parishes and individuals are invited to join the Rochester Chapter of St. Paul Street Evangelization and joyfully proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our diocese. For more more information, email or call Fr. Mike Mayer at 315-789-0939, X113.


Praying for Paul Likoudis

September 3rd, 2014, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

Paul Likoudis writes in a Memo To The Wanderer Family

With all my heart I want to thank the many Wanderer readers who have supported me with their Masses and prayers through what has been a very challenging time, and is likely to become more challenging.

The July 16 surgery was not a success, and complications required a two-week hospital stay, which has left me extremely exhausted. My surgeon discovered that the rectal tumor is inoperable, and that the cancer has spread to the pelvic wall. On August 13, I began another round of chemotherapy, which will run through the middle or end of December. After that, I will have another MRI to determine to what extent the chemo has worked, and if the cancer has spread to other organs.

I am still praying for a miracle, but also learning that my life is entirely in God’s hands.

A Surprise Phone Call

On the day after the surgery, just moments after I was moved from recovery into my room in the cancer ward at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., my cell phone rang.
“Is this Paul Likoudis?” asked the voice at the other end of the line.
“Speaking,” I answered.
“This is Cardinal George.”
“Your Eminence, what a surprise and a blessing,” I responded, shocked and in total disbelief.

Read the rest here.

Please keep Paul, a local long time defender of orthodoxy and contributor to the Wanderer, and his family in your prayers as he continues his battle against cancer. Paul is the son of James Likoudis, another local long time defender of orthodoxy.


Light Another Candle — September, 2014 — Cardinal Dolan & St. Pat’s Parade

September 3rd, 2014, Promulgated by Diane Harris
Torchlight Procession in Lourdes

Torchlight Procession in Lourdes

                                      A comment by Richard Thomas (shown below) is moved here from another post, to begin “Light Another Candle” for September.

And it is only September 3rd!

However, I will not have time to research the issue, so our readers are invited to do so, and we’ll post the additional information right here.

For example, is this a new occurrence or has it happened in previous years?

Does the Diocese of New York have any power over who marches and who doesn’t, except for their own participation?

Has the New York Diocese ever previously contested an LGBT presence in the St. Patrick’s Day parade?  Or in any other civic program?  If so,what happened?

I seem to remember that when he first arrived in NYC, then Archbishop Dolan told St. Francis Xavier parish in Greenwich Village that they could not march in the Gay Pride Parade with a banner that said “St. Francis Xavier” Church.  While the marchers complied with the letter of the Abp.’s order, they marched with a blank banner, wearing St. Francis Xavier tee-shirts.  So, it was “in your face” to Abp. Dolan!  Michael Voris also did a show on Abp. Dolan’s applauding the LGBT group at a Mass at St. Francis Xavier.  That’s all from memory.  Maybe someone can check it out, and give us links?

Here’s what Richard Thomas wrote to alert us to the unfolding scenario:

Richard Thomas says:

September 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I just learned that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will now allow gay and lesbian groups to march in the parade under their banner.

Bill O’Reilly from Fox, the O’Reilly Factor stated he had no problem with it.  O’Reilly is the Spokesman for the Parade.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Grand Chairman of the parade, said he welcomed their participation.


And here is a gutsy article in the National Catholic Register, of all places!  Thanks “J” for the link.


New York Post “…ending ban on gay groups”

LifeSiteNews  ”End St. Pat’s Parade” — article from a Monsignor removed from Diocese of Washington Website

Washington Post - Gays Scoff  - “Dereliction of  Duty”

Rorate-caeli     St. Patrick’s Day Massacre