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Pope Prescribes Eucharist as "Antidote" to Modern Ills

MonstranceYou know what? So do I. There is nothing like a Real, Personal encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ, of which Eucharistic Adoration is second only to receiving Him at Communion.

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2011 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).The Eucharist is the medicine which can heal our individualist society, Pope Benedict XVI said in his midday Angelus address on Corpus Christi Sunday.

“In an increasingly individualistic culture in which Western societies are immersed – and which is tending to spread throughout the world – the Eucharist is a kind of ‘antidote’ which operates in the minds and hearts of believers and is continually sowing in them the logic of communion, of service, of sharing – in other words, the logic of the Gospel,” said Pope Benedict to pilgrims in St. Peters Square on June 26.

Catholics believe that the bread and wine offered by Christ at the Last Supper literally became his body and blood – and that this same miracle is repeated by priests at every Mass since. Hence the name of today’s festivity – ‘Corpus Christi’ Sunday or ‘Body of Christ’ Sunday. 

“From the Eucharist,” observed the Pope, “the Risen Christ is truly present among his disciples and working with the power of the Holy Spirit. And in the following generations through the centuries, the Church, despite the limitations and human errors, has continued to be a force for communion throughout the world.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the Eucharist as the “source and summit” of Christian life. As the Pope bluntly put it today, “without the Eucharist, the Church simply does not exist.”

The Pope noted this belief in the centrality of the Eucharist has manifested itself throughout the history of the Church, beginning with the earliest Christian communities in Jerusalem who shared all possessions in common.

“From what came all this? From the Eucharist that is the Risen Christ, truly present among his disciples and working with the power of the Holy Spirit.”

He then drew upon the example of the fourth century Abitene martyrs from North Africa who chose to die rather than deprive themselves of Sunday Mass in the face of Roman persecution. They proclaimed “Sine Dominico non possumus’ – without the ‘Dominicum’ – without the Sunday Eucharist, we cannot live.” 

Pope Benedict concluded by urging all pilgrims to turn to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, who was described by Pope John Paul II as the “Woman of the Eucharist.”
 
“At her school, our lives become fully ‘Eucharistic’, open to God and others, capable of transforming evil into good with the power of love, striving to promote unity, fellowship, brotherhood.”

via Catholic News Agency

It seems as no mystery to me that the Church’s calendar celebrates the Body and Blood this past Sunday and then today, Monday, we have the option of celebrating the memorial of St. Cyril of Alexandria and in the old calendar (1962 Roman Missal) we celebrate Our Lady of Perpetual Help whose image is of the Blessed Virgin holding the infant Jesus.

All of this ties in to the fact that there is nothing more important than Christ. Nothing more important than knowing that He is present in the Blessed Sacrament. And that there is no creature better apt at helping us to see, believe and understand this than His Own Mother.

She lived Who we receive in Communion. Her relatives were filled with the Holy Spirit upon hearing her voice while she carried the Lord in the tabernacle that was her womb. She adored Him humbled on the Cross, the Lamb of God, for our sins.

Get to Adoration today! Find out more about Adoration and where by visiting The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association.


The Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever
Amen.


“I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally….My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.”

Saint John Vianney.

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Vatican to Use iPods to Enable "Those who want to enter into a basilica to pray…to pray"

Talk about serving the sheep and the goats:

Vatican hopes iPod can bring silence to Rome’s churches
By David Kerr

A pilgrim uses an iPod provided by the Vatican’s Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi.

Rome, Italy, Jun 24, 2011 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News) – The Vatican has introduced a new way of keeping silence in their churches while also informing tourists – the iPod.

Today is the first full day of a trial which sees pilgrims to the basilica of St. John Lateran given the audio-guide with a special app explaining the 1,700-year history of the church, which serves as the Pope’s cathedral.

“I can easily say that in Italy there are no examples of experiences like this in religious contexts, probably not even those in museums,” Jelena Jovanovic said to CNA. Her company, Antenna International, created the handheld device.

The multi-lingual guide offers audio, video, photos and texts to give an interactive experience to pilgrims. It also provides historical re-enactments narrated by actors.

Tourists can now listen to the experience of their fellow pilgrims from centuries past or even a “first-hand” account of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312, when the Emperor Constantine saw a cross in the sky and converted to Christianity.

But the primary purpose of the guide is not entertainment or even education – it’s prayer and silence.

Bishop Luca Brandolini, the head of Pastoral Care for the Diocese of Rome, explained to CNA that “Unfortunately, our basilicas have become more like noisy meeting places at many times.”

“We need to bring back a place and time for silence. So I think this audio-guide will help achieve that.”

The Managing Director of the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, the Vatican body that oversees all pilgrim activity in the Diocese of Rome, agrees.

“Those who want to enter into a basilica to pray must be able to pray. So this multimedia guide helps with that,” said Fr. Caesar Atuire.

“Everyone can now do what they have to do without disturbing others.”

There is no charge for the use of the guide, but pilgrims do have to leave a document, such as a passport, as security.

The Vatican will monitor the experiment at St. John Lateran until December. Then officials will decide whether or not to roll the scheme out to other basilicas and churches in the Diocese of Rome.

Starting with Blessed John Paul II’s call for a New Evangelization and coming to fruition under the poinficate of Benedict VXI, the Vatican’s use of technology and social media is taking off. I think many will agree that, at least, initially the Vatican seemed a little lost and/or possibly overwhelmed with the whole Web 2.0 culture. However, the inspiritatrion and call of the “Great Commission” certainly certainly aided the recent developments coming from the grass roots that are the laity.

This inventive twist on audio tours is something of a compromise between the sacred and the secular. As the Fr. Atuire is quoted above, “those who want to…pray…must be able to pray.” Likewise, the treasures of the Church “belong to all” and thus accessablity to the “visible” Church is something that has never been denied but up until was often at the sacfrice of the faithful.

I can personally attest to this when I visited Cathedral Basiclica of St. Louis, King of France in New Orleans during French Quarter Fest. Entering the Cathedral, which is stunning by the way, felt more like a tour rather than a time for prayer. This even carried on into the Mass. The celebrants did well and God, of course, prevailed in the hearts of the faithful but nonetheless, revrent silence is more condusive to proper devotion and meditation than fighting the destractions of those coming only to see the “nice art.”

On the flip side, a trip to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in St. Louis offered a quite different experiance. May be it was the fact Eucharistic Adoration was happening in one of the interior side-chapels or the fact that this cathedral was simply jaw-dropping but either way – any person who entered was silenced.

In any event, this initiative will surely succeed in more ways than one. How it develops will be interesting to witness.

CNA: Catholic leaders rip ‘ludicrous’ article that argues celibacy causes abuse

The Catholic News Agency recently posted a story on how leaders in the Church responded quickly and forcefully to a poor excuse of an article written in the National Catholic Reporter, otherwise known as the National Catholic Fish-wrap.

Here are some highlights:

.- Catholic leaders are calling a recent National Catholic Reporter article “ludicrous” after it criticized Kansas City Bishop Robert W. Finn and compared him to the scandal-plagued New York Rep. Anthony Weiner and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Writer Phyllis Zagano said in her June 8 piece for the Reporter that Bishop Finn – who recently apologized for failing to deal swiftly with a priest whom police found possessed questionable photos  – could also be compared to mogul Dominique Strauss Kahn, who was arrested for sexually assaulting a hotel maid.

“None of these four players speaking loudly on the stages of politics and finance seems to have much respect for women, or anyone else for that matter,” said Zagano, a former professor at Fordham University in New York.

Her criticism of Bishop Finn comes after he publicly expressed his remorse for neglecting to heed warnings about local priest Fr. Shawn Ratigan that were raised in a letter sent by Saint Patrick School principal Julie Hess to the diocese’s vicar general. The letter detailed parents’ concerns about the priest’s behavior around children.

However, Zagano’s remarks did not sit well with Catholic League president Bill Donohue and the internationally-known author Fr. Alfred McBride, O Praem., who both believe she went too far.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger impregnates his housekeeper, Rep. Anthony Weiner sends porn pictures of himself to strangers, and Dominque Strauss-Kahn allegedly rapes a hotel maid,” Donohue said.

“To be sure, they have something in common, but to conflate their sordid behavior with Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert W. Finn’s failure to move quickly against a problem priest is so forced as to be ludicrous,” he told CNA in a June 12 interview.

“That, however, is exactly what Phyllis Zagano has done.”

Zagano also criticized Bishop Finn’s celibate formation, saying she felt “sorry for him” that he entered seminary at age 12. She wrote that the bishop is a “product a system left over from the Council of Trent,” which directed dioceses to create minor seminaries to provide initial formation for diocesan clergy.

“An all-male environment from the age of twelve can ensure celibacy, but at what price?” Zagano said. “If the only way to get celibate clergy is to lock up twelve-year-olds until they are ordained, maybe the hierarchy should reconsider requiring priestly celibacy.”

Donohue said in response that “her lashing out at Bishop Finn, and her inane analogies comparing Finn to sexual deviants in public life, smacks of an agenda.”

Fr. Alfred McBride, a professor at St. Norbert’s College in Wisconsin who has helped form hundreds of seminarians, also took on Zagano’s criticism of priestly celibacy. He told CNA that it’s inaccurate to blame celibacy for sexual misconduct or mismanagement of cases within the Church.

“When we look at the celebrity politicians of late who broke their marital promises to their wives, did that happen because they were married?” he asked. “No. It happened because they failed to nurture their vow of fidelity which they pronounced on their wedding.”

Fr. McBride, a popular speaker who’s authored over 40 books and appeared regularly on TV networks such as EWTN, said that the “central issue of our culture is fidelity, not adultery or sex abuse.”

“Whether one is married or celibate, the virtue of fidelity is central to their lives.”

“Marriage does not cause adultery,” he added. “An evil soul causes that. So also celibacy does not cause what Pope Benedict calls the ‘filth’ of sex abuse, but the permission given by priests to let evil overtake their souls.”

Fr. McBride said that the real reason for sex abuse and sexual misconduct by priests is not celibacy but “the failure to practice the virtue of chastity when faced with temptations to abandon their vow of celibacy.”

He noted that people often make the unfortunate mistake of defining celibacy in a negative way as if it’s simply the act of giving up marriage and children.

However, “the positive view of celibacy,” he said,  “is that it is a form of loving God and people with an undivided heart.”

Celibacy did not block Blessed John Paul II from being admired as one of the most courageous priests on earth,” Fr. McBride underscored. “See how one celibate priest stood up against one of the most corrupt governments of his time.” 

Priests that abused children did not do so because of their celibacy, rather they failed because they broke their vow to be chaste,” he said.

“When four million people elbowed their way into the Vatican to pay tribute to a celibate priest, what does that tell you? It states that John Paul knew how to keep his promises,” he said, referring to Bl. John Paul II’s funeral.

via Catholic News Agency

The piece that originated in the National Catholic Reporter is poor and judgemental to say the least. However, there is not much one can expect from a consistently dissident and unfaithful publication that purports to call itself “Catholic” when it is anything but.

On the issue of priestly celibacy, Father McBride sums up the root of the problem when he said, “Priests that abused children did not do so because of their celibacy, rather they failed because they broke their vow to be chaste.”

This brings me to another issue. And that is the one that is not commonly reported on – the homosexual nature of the majority of these cases. The vast majority of reported priestly unchastity with minors occurs with teenage boys. Psych texts and professionals have a term, which escapes me know, for this type of attraction and that word is not pedophilia. A pedophile is one who has this unnatural attraction to little kids.

Many of these abusive priests do not fall in this category but rather have an attraction to boys/young men who are reproductively viable but are nonetheless minors. That means that these priests are preying on boys whose bodies are otherwise mature. This is homosexual attraction and desires.

Again the main issue is unchastity to the priest’s state in life. The same goes for accusations levied against Fr. John Corapi and the admissions of Fr. Thomas Euteneuer and the deplorable conduct of Albert Cutie. The difference between the former and many of the abusive priests is a) consenting age – of course – and b) gender.

Priestly celibacy is not the cause of this sin – falling into temptation is the cause of this sin. Let us reflect on the holy and good nature of celibacy whether one is a priest, a religious or even a consecrated single person:

I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

— Saint Paul on the unmarried and widows, 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

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Archbishop Gomez and the New Evangelization

I started my Facebook page, and my new Twitter account, because as a bishop I am called to be a servant of souls and a servant of the Gospel. The Church must always be where her people are. More and more, our people are on the Internet. [This is a bishop who gets it. The world is changing; we can’t simply witness to the Christian faith using the methods of the 19th century–or even the 1990’s! Those days a gone! While holding on to what is good, we also need to embrace new methods. The whole world has gone on-line–it’s time for the Church to meet them there.]

They are using these new media and technology to build friendships and community, to express their spiritual needs, and to nourish their faith. [Well said! All three of these areas are important. And what comes first is building friendships and community. To often we want to just “nourish” people’s faith. Unfortunately, we do so in an individualist way and forget that, as humans, we are social animal!]

I have long believed that as a Church we need to increase our pastoral presence in this digital “environment.” [Indeed, he was talking about this long before almost any one else!]

The Church has always found ways to use new media to spread the Gospel — beginning with the printing press, then radio, television and cable, and now the Internet. [And yet we seem to have forgotten this. How many young Catholics are really going into new media with a heart to evangelize? By the way–shameless plug–if you’re interested in taking up this challenge, check out JP Catholic. We specialize in precisely this–watch this video and this one.]

The early Christians were able to spread the Gospel so rapidly because the Roman Empire had a vast network of roads. This enabled missionaries to travel to every part of the known world to preach the good news face-to-face.

I believe we have a similar opportunity now in the avenues opened up by the Internet.

Pope Benedict XVI has described the world of on-line communications and social networking as a “digital continent”. [Pope Benedict is awesome.] That is a powerful image for us to reflect on.

As the Church sends missionaries to every continent, we now need to send missionaries to proclaim the Gospel in this new digital continent also. 

This is not only the work of bishops and priests. It is the work of everyone in the Church. We are all called to evangelize this new “continent.”

This new continent has its own landscape, its areas of danger and unknown. The people who “live” in this continent have their own languages, customs and cultures. We have to learn all about this continent in order to evangelize it.

The Sacred Page, run by three Biblical theology professors, recently posted an inline commentary of an article detailing the reasoning behind Archbishop Gomez’s (the Archbishop of Los Angeles, former auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio) recent foray into social media.

To repeat what the author’s of the Sacred Page wrote of this, “This is a bishop who gets it.” We Catholics, like every other Christian, are called to be evangelists by virtue of our baptism into Christ. We need to be spreading the Gospel. And the way things look nowadays, we need to be preaching the Word post-haste.

Christians need to engage the world and “preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles…For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians (RSV) 1:23, 25). This, of course, will not make the “world” happy but the Truth, despite its power to set you free, is not always joyous at first.

So let’s get with the program and get active in charitable evangelization.

Archbishop Gomez and the New Evangelization

I started my Facebook page, and my new Twitter account, because as a bishop I am called to be a servant of souls and a servant of the Gospel. The Church must always be where her people are. More and more, our people are on the Internet. [This is a bishop who gets it. The world is changing; we can’t simply witness to the Christian faith using the methods of the 19th century—or even the 1990’s! Those days a gone! While holding on to what is good, we also need to embrace new methods. The whole world has gone on-line—it’s time for the Church to meet them there.]
They are using these new media and technology to build friendships and community, to express their spiritual needs, and to nourish their faith. [Well said! All three of these areas are important. And what comes first is building friendships and community. To often we want to just “nourish” people’s faith. Unfortunately, we do so in an individualist way and forget that, as humans, we are social animal!]
I have long believed that as a Church we need to increase our pastoral presence in this digital “environment.” [Indeed, he was talking about this long before almost any one else!]
The Church has always found ways to use new media to spread the Gospel — beginning with the printing press, then radio, television and cable, and now the Internet. [And yet we seem to have forgotten this. How many young Catholics are really going into new media with a heart to evangelize? By the way—shameless plug—if you’re interested in taking up this challenge, check out JP Catholic. We specialize in precisely this—watch this video and this one.]
The early Christians were able to spread the Gospel so rapidly because the Roman Empire had a vast network of roads. This enabled missionaries to travel to every part of the known world to preach the good news face-to-face.
I believe we have a similar opportunity now in the avenues opened up by the Internet.
Pope Benedict XVI has described the world of on-line communications and social networking as a “digital continent”. [Pope Benedict is awesome.] That is a powerful image for us to reflect on.
As the Church sends missionaries to every continent, we now need to send missionaries to proclaim the Gospel in this new digital continent also. 

This is not only the work of bishops and priests. It is the work of everyone in the Church. We are all called to evangelize this new “continent.”
This new continent has its own landscape, its areas of danger and unknown. The people who “live” in this continent have their own languages, customs and cultures. We have to learn all about this continent in order to evangelize it.

The Sacred Page, run by three Biblical theology professors, recently posted an inline commentary of an article detailing the reasoning behind Archbishop Gomez’s (the Archbishop of Los Angeles, former auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio) recent foray into social media.
To repeat what the author’s of the Sacred Page wrote of this, “This is a bishop who gets it.” We Catholics, like every other Christian, are called to be evangelists by virtue of our baptism into Christ. We need to be spreading the Gospel. And the way things look nowadays, we need to be preaching the Word post-haste.
Christians need to engage the world and “preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles…For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians (RSV) 1:23, 25). This, of course, will not make the “world” happy but the Truth, despite its power to set you free, is not always joyous at first.
So let’s get with the program and get active in charitable evangelization.

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Looking to Devote Yourself the Message of Divine Mercy? There is an App For That

From the ZENIT:

A free iPhone application, which was just released for Android phones as well, aims to spread hope worldwide by promoting the message and devotion of Divine Mercy.

That right Android and iOS lovers and Divine Mercy devotees, we have a specific app to aid us in our devotion to the Divine Mercy of Our Lord and the mission to spread this most magnificent message. And all in time for Divine Mercy Sunday!
I am downloading this app for my HTC Hero (CDMA) running Android 2.3 (Cyanogenmod 7) and look forward to using this to aid in my devotion. Beware thought, the Android version is a girth 8.34Mb so you may need to make some room for it. But when you consider that this is an app to aid you in your walk with the Lord…who needs another version of Angry Birds?

Get this app (available for Android devices or iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch), and discover why the message of Divine Mercy is the largest grassroots movement in the history of the Catholic Church.
Divine Mercy — Love it. Live it. Tell a friend.

via The Divine Mercy Message from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception 

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[INFO UPDATE] Please Support a Trip to World Youth Day 2011

Well of course it is not for me. I am too old for World Youth Day; however, my niece isn’t.

Yesterday I received the following request from my niece who lives in Northern California, residing in the Diocese of Monterey:

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Click on the image above to donate any amount. Thank you in advance and God bless.

Dear Family and Friends:I am writing to you to invite you to help sponsor my trip to the 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain. World Youth Day (WYD) is an international event that only comes around every three years and in different places in the world. Catholic youth attend this event to celebrate and grow in their faith. There will be many exciting experiences, including celebrating Mass with The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI. This will be an experience of a life time, and will undoubtedly stay with me forever. We will first go to Lourdes in Southern France, then travel down through Northern Spain for a few days before arriving in Madrid. We will have a day in Madrid for sightseeing, and then we will be off to conferences, Masses, and the rallies. I have been involved with my church for 6 years, including being a catechist for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during mass and being a part of our youth group.

This summer I will also be partaking in the planning and execution of an annual summer camp for teens of Madonna del Sasso Church. This ministry is an important part of my life and I know this pilgrimage will benefit not only me, but the youth in my community and everyone else around me.

The total cost of the trip for the 30 young adults of Sacred Heart and Madonna del Sasso churches who will be travelling to WYD will be $90,000.

The Catholic Extension has awarded us a $25,000 matching grant. Your donation is also tax deductible; you will find the Tax ID number at the end of the letter. The remaining $40,000 is being raised through various fundraisers. I would greatly appreciate your sponsorship through a donation to help me achieve my goal. Any amount would be of great help, no donation is too small or too large.

I sincerely appreciate your consideration to sponsor me.

Thank You for your time and prayers,

[My Niece]

Tax ID # 94-1658203

This is a worthy cause from a deserving young woman. If you are able to please consider helping to make this trip possible. I know many of us are broke but even little amounts add up.

Thank you and God bless.

[Okay, I see that several people have viewed this post and the linked donation page. That is great because if you can’t give money prayers are free and more effective. Anyway, according to my niece the deadline is April 1st, however, she is going to verufy that with parish organizers. She also provided me some information for those who wish to donate but just not on PayPal. (Can’t say that I blame you. The way I set it up is a bit rushed and can raise some antenneas).

If you want to donate by check, please make it out to:

SACRED HEART CHURCH
22 Stone Street
Salinas, CA 93901

And please use WYD2011 as the purpose/note in the bottom left-hand corner of the check. Thanks again and God bless.]

[INFO UPDATE] Please Support a Trip to World Youth Day 2011

Well of course it is not for me. I am too old for World Youth Day; however, my niece isn’t.

Yesterday I received the following request from my niece who lives in Northern California, residing in the Diocese of Monterey:

Donate_PayPal_WYD_2011

Dear Family and Friends:I am writing to you to invite you to help sponsor my trip to the 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain. World Youth Day (WYD) is an international event that only comes around every three years and in different places in the world. Catholic youth attend this event to celebrate and grow in their faith. There will be many exciting experiences, including celebrating Mass with The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI. This will be an experience of a life time, and will undoubtedly stay with me forever. We will first go to Lourdes in Southern France, then travel down through Northern Spain for a few days before arriving in Madrid. We will have a day in Madrid for sightseeing, and then we will be off to conferences, Masses, and the rallies. I have been involved with my church for 6 years, including being a catechist for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during mass and being a part of our youth group.

This summer I will also be partaking in the planning and execution of an annual summer camp for teens of Madonna del Sasso Church. This ministry is an important part of my life and I know this pilgrimage will benefit not only me, but the youth in my community and everyone else around me.

The total cost of the trip for the 30 young adults of Sacred Heart and Madonna del Sasso churches who will be travelling to WYD will be $90,000.

The Catholic Extension has awarded us a $25,000 matching grant. Your donation is also tax deductible; you will find the Tax ID number at the end of the letter. The remaining $40,000 is being raised through various fundraisers. I would greatly appreciate your sponsorship through a donation to help me achieve my goal. Any amount would be of great help, no donation is too small or too large.

I sincerely appreciate your consideration to sponsor me.

Thank You for your time and prayers,

[My Niece]

Tax ID # 94-1658203

This is a worthy cause from a deserving young woman. If you are able to please consider helping to make this trip possible. I know many of us are broke but even little amounts add up.

Thank you and God bless.

[Okay, I see that several people have viewed this post and the linked donation page. That is great because if you can’t give money prayers are free and more effective. Anyway, according to my niece the deadline is April 1st, however, she is going to verufy that with parish organizers. She also provided me some information for those who wish to donate but just not on PayPal. (Can’t say that I blame you. The way I set it up is a bit rushed and can raise some antenneas).

If you want to donate by check, please make it out to:

SACRED HEART CHURCH
22 Stone Street
Salinas, CA 93901

And please use WYD2011 as the purpose/note in the bottom left-hand corner of the check. Thanks again and God bless.]

Public Confession of a Roman Catholic “Woman” Priest

H/T to RORATE CÆLI for this pretty important find:

Document of Renunciation of Ordination to Diaconate

On July 22, 2007, I was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Patricia Fresen, of Germany and South Africa who was ordained by three male bishops in Germany for the group called Roman Catholic Women Priests. The ordination took place at the Santa Barbara Immaculate Heart Spiritual Center. Because neither Patricia Fresen nor myself were given permission for the ordination by Pope Benedict XVI, the ordinations were illegitimate and not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. Thus an excommunication process called Latae Sententiae occurred, excommunicating oneself by failure to observe the Canon Laws of the Church.

I wish to renounce the alleged ordination and publicly state that I did not act as a deacon as a part of this group except on two occasions, when I read the gospel once at mass and distributed communion once at this same mass. I withdrew from the program within two weeks of the ceremony because I realized that I had made a mistake in studying for the priesthood. I confess to the truth of Pope John Paul II‘s Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis . I confess the authority of the Holy Father on these issues of ordination and recognize that Christ founded the ordination only for men.

Formally, I relinquish all connection to the program of Roman Catholic Women Priests and I disclaim the alleged ordination publicly with apologies to those whose lives I have offended or scandalized by my actions. I ask God’s blessings upon each of these folks and their families.

Norma Jean Coon, RN, MFCC, PhD
San Diego, California
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 

Holy God, I ask your blessings on my Bishop and my pastor and priests in Rome who have assisted me in the process of being re-instated into the Roman Catholic Church and I forsake all connection with the Roman Catholic Women Priests program via Internet or otherwise.

I thank you for the efforts of my family in my behalf and ask for Jesus’ Light and Love to pour over my husband of 47 years and my five children.

Forgive me my Beloved Jesus and Mother Mary for pursuing my own will in this matter of ordination and as I consecrate myself to your Divine Will through the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I ask you to pour out Light and Love upon any who have placed themselves outside of your Love and Light Bless us, O Lord, for these thy gifts and place us in the Heart of the Father, as we pray for more priests to serve in our church and for vocations to enrich our Church in the United States.

Forgive us for failing in obedience and enrich us in your Holy Love, I pray through Jesus and Mary. Fiat+

via Norma Jean Coon.

To properly understand what is going on here one must consider the Church’s position concerning the women and the priesthood. Rather than list a bunch of citations on the matter (the link Ms. Coon provided above is more than sufficient) I will list what I know:

  1. The ministerial priesthood is reserved only for men
  2. Men act in persona Christi
  3. Jesus Christ was a man
  4. There is no need to formally define this as this “doctrine” is considered part of Sacred Tradition and not contradicted in Sacred Scripture
  5. Church authority does not allow the change or modify what is part of Divine Revelation

In this context, we can see that any ordination of women as priests are more appropriately referred to as “attempted” or, in the case of Ms. Coon, “alleged” ordinations. This is because woman simply cannot be ordained as priests. Woman priests or priestesses do not exist in the Catholic Church.

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Public Confession of a Roman Catholic "Woman" Priest

H/T to RORATE CÆLI for this pretty important find:

Document of Renunciation of Ordination to Diaconate

On July 22, 2007, I was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Patricia Fresen, of Germany and South Africa who was ordained by three male bishops in Germany for the group called Roman Catholic Women Priests. The ordination took place at the Santa Barbara Immaculate Heart Spiritual Center. Because neither Patricia Fresen nor myself were given permission for the ordination by Pope Benedict XVI, the ordinations were illegitimate and not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. Thus an excommunication process called Latae Sententiae occurred, excommunicating oneself by failure to observe the Canon Laws of the Church.

I wish to renounce the alleged ordination and publicly state that I did not act as a deacon as a part of this group except on two occasions, when I read the gospel once at mass and distributed communion once at this same mass. I withdrew from the program within two weeks of the ceremony because I realized that I had made a mistake in studying for the priesthood. I confess to the truth of Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis . I confess the authority of the Holy Father on these issues of ordination and recognize that Christ founded the ordination only for men.

Formally, I relinquish all connection to the program of Roman Catholic Women Priests and I disclaim the alleged ordination publicly with apologies to those whose lives I have offended or scandalized by my actions. I ask God’s blessings upon each of these folks and their families.

Norma Jean Coon, RN, MFCC, PhD
San Diego, California
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 

Holy God, I ask your blessings on my Bishop and my pastor and priests in Rome who have assisted me in the process of being re-instated into the Roman Catholic Church and I forsake all connection with the Roman Catholic Women Priests program via Internet or otherwise.

I thank you for the efforts of my family in my behalf and ask for Jesus’ Light and Love to pour over my husband of 47 years and my five children.

Forgive me my Beloved Jesus and Mother Mary for pursuing my own will in this matter of ordination and as I consecrate myself to your Divine Will through the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I ask you to pour out Light and Love upon any who have placed themselves outside of your Love and Light Bless us, O Lord, for these thy gifts and place us in the Heart of the Father, as we pray for more priests to serve in our church and for vocations to enrich our Church in the United States.

Forgive us for failing in obedience and enrich us in your Holy Love, I pray through Jesus and Mary. Fiat+

via Norma Jean Coon.

To properly understand what is going on here one must consider the Church’s position concerning the women and the priesthood. Rather than list a bunch of citations on the matter (the link Ms. Coon provided above is more than sufficient) I will list what I know:

  1. The ministerial priesthood is reserved only for men
  2. Men act in persona Christi
  3. Jesus Christ was a man
  4. There is no need to formally define this as this “doctrine” is considered part of Sacred Tradition and not contradicted in Sacred Scripture
  5. Church authority does not allow the change or modify what is part of Divine Revelation

In this context, we can see that any ordination of women as priests are more appropriately referred to as “attempted” or, in the case of Ms. Coon, “alleged” ordinations. This is because woman simply cannot be ordained as priests. Woman priests or priestesses do not exist in the Catholic Church.

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