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Club Jadot Watch – Edition #8

February 28th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Cardinal Roger Mahony retired yesterday as head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

And then there were two.

Retires in 2011:

  • Roger Michael Card. Mahony – Age 75.0 – Archdiocese of Los Angeles [Coadjutor named]

Retires in 2012:

  • Matthew Harvey Clark – Age 73.62 – Diocese of Rochester

Retires in 2013:

  • Howard James Hubbard – Age 72.33 – Diocese of Albany

Previous edition: here.

The Spirit of Vatican II is Contagious

February 28th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Look… a local Lutheran community has caught the disease!

Is it a bad sign that when I first saw this photograph I thought it was a Diocese of Rochester parish?

Source: Democrat & Chronicle

Liturgical Vigilantes

February 28th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

From the National Catholic Register

by Pat Archbold Sunday, February 27, 2011

When one thinks of notorious vigilantes, several names and personality types come to mind. Perhaps Charles Bronson or Dirty Harry, or maybe even the Dark Knight, Batman. But personally, I have yet to run into tragic costumed figure or a rogue cop who has just had enough.

But I have met a person who has had enough and can’t take it anymore, a person who has seen too much lawbreaking simply ignored by the competent authorities, a person who has finally decided to do something about it—to become a vigilante—Mrs. McGillicuddy.  She sits in the third pew on the left…

 

…The Mrs. McGillicuddys of the world have had much to endure these last forty years. They sit in their pews and watch as liturgical experimentation and improvisation transform the holy mass into a vehicle of self expression for those who do not understand what it truly expresses. They sit and wonder, when will somebody do something about this? When? When they finally reach the reluctant conclusion…

Read the entire artcle here.

Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.

Regarding Proper Worship

February 28th, 2011, Promulgated by Gen

What is proper worship? We talk about this frequently, and we always have the same arguments, the same pieces of insight, the same Church documents, the same Scriptural references.

Well, I want to go deeper. I want to talk about what edifies your soul, not just your mind or your “entertainment” needs. Right worship hinges on one thing: timelessness. And why is this? Worship’s primary purpose is to render glory to God, and to mirror (to the best of our ability) His infinite and time-transcending majesty. We don’t worship to make us feel better about ourselves, to trick our kids into behaving correctly, or even to do something beautiful for beauty’s sake. Worship must be the pinnacle of our life, the summit and consummation of all we are. It’s a dialogue with God, not an exercise in community building.

Achieving timelessness in worship is something which we ought to strive for, and which should be the golden standard of liturgical achievement. The Mass and, indeed, any liturgical service, is our opportunity to enter the Heavenly throne-room and kneel for an hour before Our Lord and God. When we unworthily approach our Creator through our prayers, we must have the appropriate demeanor, and not have the focus on ourselves. When we pray, we must not find ourselves reciting the Litany of the Self, with all of its “I”‘s, “me”‘s, and “I want”‘s. God is the focus, not us. When we focus solely on our needs (and I say solely because Our Lord did instruct us to pray for what we truly need) we restrict our worship to the now. If you’re the most loyal attendee of the Latin Mass, but place your own desires ahead of pure worship, you yourself are going before God with tambourine in hand and singing “Gather Us In.” In reciprocal fashion, if you’re the most hippie-addled liturgist in existence, yet approach God with humility with a mind for His majesty, you do something wholly desired by Him who gave you breath. (Of course, if you’re a humble hippie-addled liturgist, you’re a rare breed indeed. I’d call David Attenborough if I were you so he can chronicle your lifestyle in his next nature series.)

All this theoretical “stuff” is fine and good, but we need to grasp it’s practicality. We come back to the question of how to achieve timelessness. The answer is simple: give God your all, and hold nothing back. Below are two videos of what people consider “right worship,” but they are entirely different. Which seems worthy of God and His timelessness, and which one seems worthy only of our own entertainment?

Proper worship holds nothing back. Nothing, that is, except our own arrogance and selfish demands as to what appeases our aesthetic desires. Bach held nothing back in his Magnificat. It is worthy of God. The same cannot be said (at least to the same degree) of “Glory and Praise to Our God.” They are both sacred music. They are both reflecting back at God His own majesty. But the former transcends human fancies, and appeals to the Divine, whereas the latter focuses only on what we may or may not find appealing on a purely musical, not liturgical level.

Of course, not many churches can pull off Bach’s Magnificat. It’s complex and requires months of constant work. Hymns like “Glory and Praise to Our God” are simple, and can be thrown together last minute by pretty much anyone. For this reason, this style of worship predominates whereas music like the Magnificat are considered too highbrow and labor-intensive to attempt in a liturgical setting. But wait? What is prayer but our own sacrifice to God? The Mass, too, is the Supreme Sacrifice. Reciting the Divine Office is a sacrifice. Where, then, is the “sacrifice” in using the music of Haugen, Haas, Schutte, and other folk-minded composers? It just doesn’t exist. It praises, sure. It (attempts) to render glory and thanks. But it fails for this reason. It’s shallow, hollow, and efficacious only in turning the faithful pew-dwellers’ minds to mush. Even if we can experience timeless worship once in a while, that’s enough to remind us that God is the King of our lives, and not we ourselves.

DOR loses 1/3 of its Mass goers in 10 years

February 28th, 2011, Promulgated by Mike

71,901 souls were attending Mass in parish churches in the Diocese of Rochester last year, down from 75,376 in 2009 and 108,000 in 2000. This represents a one-year drop in parish Mass attendance of some 4.6% and a 33.4% drop in a mere decade.  Put another way, we have been losing  an average of 4.0% of our parish Mass attendees each year for the last 10 years.

DOR’s Average October Attendance numbers since 2000 look like this …

Plotted on a graph the numbers show a steady decline that gives no indication of slowing down (the uptick in 2001 is almost certainly due to the widely reported national surge in church attendance in the weeks immediately following the tragic events of 9/11/2001) …

Nationwide, Mass attendance is about 35%. In the Diocese of Rochester, noted for its widespread liturgical abuse and dissent from Church teaching, Mass attendance is now running at 23%.  Contrast this with the 62% Mass attendance rate in the Diocese of Lincoln, known for its fidelity to Rome.

“By their fruits you will know them.” – Jesus, as quoted in Matthew 7:20

Where Have All the Catholic Churches Gone?

February 27th, 2011, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

Gretchen Garrity and Susan Miller have written an article over at savingourparish.com entitled: “Where Have All the Catholic Churches Gone?”. It’s a chilling portrait of the priorities of our diocese. This brought to mind 2 passages that I’ve quoted before.

The following passage is from the novel “The Death of a Pope”. What’s really scary about this character’s rant is that he sounds eerily similar to something you’d read in many of the mainstream “Catholic” circulars.

‘That is the tragedy of the Catholic Church. It could be – it could be – the most powerful, the most effective agency for bringing justice to the world, but always the charism of thousands is thwarted by the diktat of one or two old men.’… ‘the infallible interpreter of God’s will on matters as abstruse as the Immaculate Conception and as banal as condoms’

‘But we cannot escape the fact – those of us raised in the Catholic faith – that our Church has a huge influence in the world, for good or for evil, and that influence depends on the mentality of one old man who puts another old man in charge of the Holy Office and appoints other like-minded old men as cardinals who in turn will choose another old man who thinks like them to be the next pope! It is an unending cycle of senility and reaction that brings misery to the world!”

The character in the novel says what many who wish to change the Church according to their own agendas will not. Many do not believe the fundamentals of Christianity. They merely wish to use the Church as a tool to accomplish their own personal agendas. Let us fight for Christ and not allow His Church to be perverted in this way. May our Church be a beacon of light not in a merely worldly way, but in a supernatural way; a way that puts Christ on display to the world.

To refute that mentality, Pope Benedict in best seller Jesus of Nazareth expounds upon the temptation of Christ to turn stones into bread:

Moral posturing is part and parcel of temptation. It does not invite us directly to do evil — no, that would be far too blatant. It pretends to show us a better way, where we finally abandon our illusions and throw ourselves into the work of actually making the world a better place. It claims, moreover, to speak for true realism: What’s real is what is right there in front of us — power and bread. By comparison, the things of God fade into unreality, into a secondary world that no one really needs. [pp 28-29]

Which of the above theologies would you say our diocese adheres to?

Also of note, the second volume of Jesus of Nazarath is coming out shortly. You can pre-order it on amazon.

Which is Better: Latin Mass or Novus Ordo?

February 27th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

From the National Catholic Register

by Matthew Warner

I’ve never been to a Tridentine (Latin) Mass. I know that seems quite scandalous to some and quite trivial to most. The truth is that I’d love to go. I’ve got nothing against it. I’ve just never had the real chance present itself. And I haven’t been motivated enough to seek out its fairly rare occurrence. In my life, I’ve never known anything other than the Novus Ordo. I’ve always thought it was beautiful when done well. And I figure if it’s good enough for Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa and Pope Benedict XVI – then it’s good enough for me.

I love the ideal of the Latin Mass and praying in a universal language in the universal Church (even though it’s also a universally dead language now). But I do appreciate the other arguments for its increased reverence, tradition and history. And I kind of like the idea of the Latin Mass being offered at a parish or being something people like me are more regularly exposed to or familiar with.

What does concern me, however, is the division I see this issue cause among the faithful around the thing that should be uniting us most…

Read the entire article here. Be sure to check out the comments following the article.

Pro-Life Conf. @UR 04/09

February 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

This notice comes via the local 40 DFL chapter:

Break for Life – A Student Oriented Pro-Life Conference
Saturday, April 9, 2011, 12PM-5PM at the University of Rochester.

This conference is open to everyone, but will be primarily oriented towards high school and college students.  The conference will include speakers, workshops, hands on projects, and social time.  Participants will be coming from Buffalo, Syracuse, and all points in between.  Topics will include “The Scientific Proof of Life Beginning at Conception,” “Making the Case for Being Pro-Life,” “What Can I Do If I Find Out a Friend Is Pregnant,” and “A Personal Account of Post Abortion Trauma.”  Pizza and snacks will be provided.  There will be a t-shirt design contest, a button design station, and a table for writing advocacy letters.  Multiple organizations will be promoting volunteer opportunities as well.  For more information about the conference and the essay contest visit the website,http://www.mcquaid.org/page.cfm?p=1342 follow on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=182935845075487 contact Chris Hood, the Director of Christian Service at McQuaid Jesuit High School, at 585-256-6169 chood@mcquaid.org.

What May Happen Next In Irondequoit

February 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

The following is my prediction of the blueprint that Fr. Tanck and co. will follow in Irondequoit as a result of the recent announcement that the parish is in financial trouble:

1. It is highly unlikely that Blessed Kateri parish will be able to eliminate the deficit, especially the one caused by the CMA tax.
2. In order to eliminate this deficit, Fr. Tanck will propose cost-cutting measures to make the parish financially viable. As part of these measures, Fr. Tanck will propose eliminating unused or underused facilities in the parish. This will include the St. Thomas and St. Salome campuses. How convenient that would be since he eliminated all Masses there, making these churches underutilized.
3. Fr. Tanck, in collaboration with hand-selected lay persons, will make a recommendation to the bishop that the STA and SS properties be sold in order to pay off the debt caused by the other churches in the parish. He will throw out the usual fluff, that we are all in this together as one parish, that we should all work together for the survival of Catholicism in Irondequoit, and that we can’t be paying to operate facilities we don’t need (again, it was his own doing that St. Thomas is not being used right now when it can and should be).
4. Bishop Clark will support the decision by deferring to the recommendation of Fr. Tanck and his hand-selected lay persons.

In order to preempt this likely progression of events, it is my opinion that parishioners of St. Thomas should recommend that STA be used in place of one of the other costly churches if the financial burden is as serious as it sounds. We knew all along that St. Margaret Mary and St. Cecilia were not financially viable.

Also do not forget that costly expansion is still required at St. Cecilia. STA is ready to accommodate extra Catholics without any expansion. STA and SS should not be sold in order to (temporarily) bail out two debt-ridden churches. We’ll be right back where we are now in a few years, and the resentment this would cause will lead to even further departures and less collection income.

Crisis in Irondequoit

February 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Monk

In just the first few months of operation, Fr. Tanck has declared a financial crisis with his newly created parish in Irondequoit (see his letter to parishioners below).
Irondequoit parishioners were promised a “strong, new, vibrant” parish but in reality they are left with a destabilized faith community that will continue to see more downsizing and decline (and lost souls) in the years to come. Fr. Tanck and the IPPG committee ignored their own finance committee recommendations. The IPPG finance committee had analyzed every parish combination scenario in terms of financial viability. The scenarios that included St. Thomas the Apostle were always determined to be the most financially sound. However, the DoR and their proxy Fr. Tanck were determined to dismantle the orthodox parish of STA because it didn’t go along with their liberal agenda. Fr. Tanck is facing a CMA shortfall of over $100,000 and declining weekly contributions. It is fair to say that there are many unhappy Catholics in Irondequoit! Unfortunately, they will have to continue to deal with the painful reality of these decisions for years to come.

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More Lay Homilies in the DoR

February 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

A couple more Diocese of Rochester parishes are boasting about lay preaching during the homily. This is a problem, supported and defended by the bishop, which is out of control in this diocese. For the record, and for the millionth time, it is not permitted for laypersons to preach during the homily. The homily can be described as the time between the Gospel and Creed when the priest, deacon,  or bishop preaches about the readings of the day. And since no one is allowed to add or subtract anything to/from the Mass (see Sacrosanctum Concilium, 22.3), the priest may not insert “reflections”, “testimonies”, or “dialogues” into the sacred liturgy.

St. Matthew (Livonia)

Note: The “Roger” listed above appears to be the parish deacon.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Hamlin)

Redemptionis Sacramentum says…

“The homily, which is given in the course of the celebration of Holy Mass and is a part of the Liturgy itself, “should ordinarily be given by the Priest celebrant himself. He may entrust it to a concelebrating Priest or occasionally, according to circumstances, to a Deacon, but never to a layperson” (no. 64)

and

“The prohibition of the admission of laypersons to preach within the Mass applies also to seminarians, students of theological disciplines, and those who have assumed the function of those known as “pastoral assistants”; nor is there to be any exception for any other kind of layperson, or group, or community, or association” (no. 66)

and

“If the need arises for the gathered faithful to be given instruction or testimony by a layperson in a Church concerning the Christian life, it is altogether preferable that this be done outside Mass. Nevertheless, for serious reasons it is permissible that this type of instruction or testimony be given after the Priest has proclaimed the Prayer after Communion. This should not become a regular practice, however. Furthermore, these instructions and testimony should not be of such a nature that they could be confused with the homily” (no. 74)

Catholics sometimes dabble in astrology, the enneagram, reiki and channeling

February 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

From the National Catholic Register

by Jim Graves

Sharon Lee Giganti got wrapped up in the New Age movement. Seeing the damage she did led her back to the Catholic faith of her childhood.

But by the mid-1990s, Giganti had become so imbued with New Age philosophies that she abandoned acting for her “higher calling” of becoming a New Age teacher and counselor. It wasn’t long, however, before she recognized the devastating consequences of her teachings.
One young woman who came to her for advice, whom she calls Tia, was a single mother with a host of problems, including…

Read the entire article here.

 

“Father, Can You Hear My Confession?”

February 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

Fr. Robert Weatherill, a priest of Opus Dei, talks about his experiences traveling on the train between Rome and Milan (2:36).

Whenever I’m on the train, I begin to pray right away: the Breviary, the Rosary…. In that way I’m available for others, because when I finish, if I look at anyone in the eyes…

View the short video here.

 

 

 

Pastoral Assignments Update

February 25th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Reportedly, this coming week is the final week for priests and persons in the mythical “lay administrator pool” to apply for pastoral openings in the Diocese of Rochester. We should be learning about the bishop’s appointments in the coming weeks and, in cases where there is little applicant interest, months. The assignments usually go into effect around June.

Stay tuned.

Votive Mass of the Prayer in the Garden

February 25th, 2011, Promulgated by Gen

The following comes to us from Fr. Mark Daniel Kirby, who runs “Vultus Christi.” A Nod of the Miter to him.

There is, perhaps, no greater fan of a well-timed Votive Mass than me. This being said, laetatus sum in his quae dicta sunt mihi in blogum Vultus Christi. (Pardon the liturgy joke. When I get excited I experience spontaneous outbreaks of Latin.)

Among the beautiful Votive Masses of the Passion, found in some missals for certain weekdays after Septuagesima and through Lent, is that of The Prayer of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemani.

Introit

My heart is troubled within me;
the fear of death stands over me;
fear and trembling are come upon me (Ps 54:5-6).
V. O God, save me;
see how the waters close about me,
threatening my very life (Ps 68:2).
V. Glory.

Collect

Lord Jesus Christ,
whose word and example in the garden taught us to pray,
and thereby to overcome the perils of temptation,
grant us grace ever to be intent upon prayer,
and so to earn its abundant reward.
Thou who art God.

Epistle (Hebrews 5:5-10)

Brethren, Christ did not raise himself to the dignity of the high priesthood; it was God that raised him to it, when he said, you are my Son, I have begotten you this day, and so, elsewhere, You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchisedech. Christ, during his earthly life, offered prayer and entreaty to God who could save him from death, not without a piercing cry, not without tears; yet with such piety as won him a hearing. Son of God though he was, he learned obedience in the school of suffering, and now, his full achievement reached, he wins eternal salvation for all those who render obedience to him. A high priest in the line of Melchisedech, so God has called him.

Gradual

My heart is full of trouble, my life sinks ever closer to the grave.
V. I count as one of those who go down into the abyss,
a man past all help (Ps 87:4-5)

Tract

Listen to me, Lord, of thy gracious mercy,
look down upon me in the abundance of thy pity.
V. Do not turn thy face away from thy servant in this time of trouble,
give a speedy answer to my prayer (Ps 68:17-18).
V. Do not leave me now, when trouble is close at hand,
when I have none to help me (Ps 21:12).

Gospel (Luke 22:39-44)

At this time, Jesus went out, as his custom was, to mount Olivet, his disciples following him. When he reached the place, he said to them, Pray that you may not enter into temptation. Then he parted from them, going a stone’s throw off, and knelt down to pray; Father, he said, if it pleases you, take away this chalice from before me; only as your will is, not as mine is. And he had sight of an angel from heaven, encouraging him. And now he was in an agony, and prayed still more earnestly; his sweat fell to the ground like thick drops of blood.

Offertory

O God, save me;
see how the waters close about me,
threatening my very life (Ps 68:2).

Secret

Lord, by the merits of this holy sacrifice,
we beseech thee, cause us, who are schooled by thy divine instruction,
to spend ourselves so effectively in prayer,
that thy Son, Jesus Christ,
may find us at the hour of death,
watchful and free from sin.
Who with thee.

Communion (Matthew 26:41)

Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation:
the spirit is willing enough,
but the flesh is weak.

Postcommunion

Refreshed with heavenly food,
we humbly beseech thee, Almighty Father,
that by virtue of the prayer of thy only-begotten Son,
we who are set amidst such dangers to body and soul
may be held worthy to come safely to the kingdom of heaven
Through the same.

For more information on what Votive Masses are, when they are said, and under what circumstances, just click here.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper

February 25th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

There is nothing new revealed in this book -nothing. It’s all in the Church Fathers, the Catechism and the writings of popes and saints. Yet, after you read it you are going to say to yourself “Why didn’t anyone ever point this stuff out before?” That is one of the comments the author most often hears from listeners after lecturing on the same topic that is covered in this book -what Jesus thought He was doing when He did what He did, and said what He said, during His last supper with his apostles.

 (Click here to Order the Book)

From the book jacket:

(This book) shines fresh light on the last Supper by looking at it trough Jewish eyes…  (Dr. Brant) Pitre explores ancient Jewish beliefs about the Passover of the Messiah, the miraculous Manna from heaven, and the mysterious Bread of the Presence. As he shows, these three keys -the Passover, the Manna, and the Bread of the Presence- have the power to unlock the original meaning of the Eucharistic words of Jesus. Along the way, Pitre also explains how Jesus united the Last Supper to His death on Good Friday and His Resuurection on Easter Sunday.

Brant Pitre is professor of sacred scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, he received his Ph.D. in New Testament and ancient Judaism from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He is author of “Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile.”

Dr. Pitre lives near New Orleans with his wife and five children. More information can be found at www.BrantPitre.com.

Ed Peters is a True Hero

February 25th, 2011, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

Ed Peters is a 21st century hero of our Church.  Why, you ask?  For putting truth and justice above fears of rebuke and ridicule.  He has faced the rebukes of the Diocese of Albany (and Rochester) and not backed down.  I pray that our local hierarchical Church would one day be filled with men with half the courage he has.  This controversy was all over the news yesterday – from Whoopi’s comments, to Cuomo, to the Diocese of Albany.  Peters’ blog was even mentioned by name in the D&C yesterday.  It doesn’t do justice to snip any parts of Peters’ last response hear.  It’s short – go read it:

http://canonlawblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-brief-replies-to-albanys-brief.html

‘Oprah nuns’ expanding to California

February 24th, 2011, Promulgated by Mike

Dovetailing on Bernie’s post comes this story from the Catholic News Agency …

One of the fastest growing orders of women religious in the United States is expanding to California where the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, took over administration of a Sacramento Catholic school this school year.

Perhaps more significantly, the Dominican Sisters have outgrown the motherhouse in Ann Arbor, Mich., and are planning to build two new houses of formation in California and in Texas. Each would hold about 100. The order’s lifestyle intrigued Oprah Winfrey, who featured the sisters twice on her show in 2010. As a result they have been nicknamed the “Oprah nuns.”

“We had 22 young women enter in August, and we have had between 10 and 20 new vocations per year for the past five years,” said Sister Thomas Augustine, director of California Mission Advancement. “It has happened to us before that by the time we finished adding onto the motherhouse in Ann Arbor we were already out of room! This time we are hoping to stay ahead of things so we are planning for two new houses of formation.”

Founded in 1997 by four Dominicans from the Nashville Dominicans, just 31 of the 110 Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, have made final vows so far. The remaining religious are in various stages of formation or education and discernment, said Sister Thomas Augustine.

“We’re not turning anyone away. We’ll sleep on the floor. We’ll live in kitchenettes, closets and landings. We have in the past,” Sister Thomas Augustine said.

The land in Loomis near Sacramento was purchased by Fred and Joan Cordova, a couple who received a direct-mail piece and called in 2005 to say they wanted the order to come to California and would buy the sisters land.

There are now eight sisters in the Sacramento diocese. Four are teaching at Presentation School, an elementary school that saw its enrollment jump by 44 students to 196 when the sisters took over in the 2010-11 school year, said Kevin Eckery, spokesman for Bishop Jaime Soto. “This is the first increase in enrollment in five years,” Eckery said.

Under the city of Loomis’ planning and building regulations, the sisters expect their application to be approved Jan. 18 and after negotiating details and meeting regulatory requirements to be able to build by 2012, Sister Thomas Augustine said. Funding for construction still needs to be raised, she said.

The religious’ primary apostolate is teaching. Sisters are sent out in small groups. They are teaching and administering Catholic schools in California, Texas, Arizona, South Carolina, and Michigan. A new mission will open next year in Columbus, Ohio, Sister Thomas Augustine said. Fifteen sisters are obtaining their teaching credentials this year and will go out to teach next year.

“We deliver a Catholic education because we are in the business of saving souls,” she said.

The order is part of a worldwide resurgence among religious orders who embrace the traditional religious life as part of Pope John Paul II’s call for a new evangelization, Sister Thomas Augustine said.

“The thing to note is what we all have in common: the habit, living a common life, devotion to the Eucharist and Our Lady, absolute fidelity to the Church’s teachings and the influence of John Paul II,” said Sister Augustine, who was a New York lawyer before she joined.

While all of the above is a great testament to the work of the Holy Spirit among those who are faithful and obedient to the Church, one “money quote” does stand out:

“We deliver a Catholic education because we are in the business of saving souls.”

Would only that DOR’s leaders had such a clear understanding of the fundamental purpose of Catholic schools (and, indeed, everything the Church does). Instead, our radio spots pitch “academic excellence and values that will make you proud” to parents and promise students “a lifetime of leadership and achievement.” All of that, while good, is merely secondary to the supreme law of the Church: the salvation of souls.

Sacred Music Page – UPDATED

February 24th, 2011, Promulgated by Gen

I have posted three of my favorite sacred pieces on our Sacred Music page. Feel free to email me your personal favorites – I’ll gladly post them!

And a reminder: I’ve only received about 25 of the top 100 Catholic quotes of all time for our Quotations page. Again – email me your suggestions and I’ll add them.

gen@cleansingfiredor.com

Where the Nuns Are, 2010

February 24th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

From the National Catholic Register

by Tim Drake - Thursday, February 24, 2011

On February 2, the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations offered the results of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate’s (CARA) “The Profession Class of 2010 Survey,” a survey of religious sisters who professed perpetual vows in 2010.

The survey was sent to sisters represented by the two conferences of religious women, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), and contemplative communities. Respondents represented 52 religious orders.

Monsignor Charles Pope noted what he described as “puzzling omissions” in the report when compared to data from a similar 2009 report, that was commissioned by the National Religious Vocations Conference. Pope says that the latest report ignores the ‘elephant in the room,’ an elephant he describes as…

Read the entire article here.