Various & Sundry, 3/11/15

– Jay just mentioned this in the comments: Crescat denied communion on the tongue.

Not only did he consecrate a wheat pita but when I went up to receive on the tongue he forcefully tried to pry open my hands to put the Eucharist in my palm. When I remained in front of him with my mouth open, holds folded closed, to receive on the tongue he grabbed my hand and took the Body of Christ, wedged it between my fingers and said, “Just take it. It’s easier this way.”

Easier for what or whom?! There were not even 50 people in that church! How was me receiving on the tongue going to disrupt the communion line? It made absolutely no sense. Just take it, it’s easier this way? And at my grandmother’s funeral is where you decide to make your little anti-trad point?

– Just to show you that not all Virginia parishes are so bad, one has severed ties to its Knights of Columbus chapter for honoring Governor McAwful.

A Virginia Knights of Columbus council is pressing forward with plans to honor pro-abortion, pro-homosexual “marriage” Gov. Terry McAuliffe by having him as grand marshal of its St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In response, the parish priest has strongly reproached the council and cut ties.

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“Governor McAuliffe stands contrary to the Catholic Church in not one but many of the most essential teachings of the Church in the political arena,” the Norfolk pastor wrote in a March 5 letter to parishioners, distributed at Sunday Mass on March 8. “He himself promised to be a ‘brick wall’ against restrictions on abortion, has taken away commonsense protections for women in abortion facilities and lowered safety standards, and consistently takes money from pro-abortion lobbying groups.”

Good on the pastor, and shame on that K of C Council. It would behoove the members of this Council to reacquaint themselves with some of the degree ceremonies.

Good article from Ross Douthat on Obama’s “caesarism.” For some reason I am unable to clip any of it , so you’ll have to trust me and click the link.

– And just to show that British politics can be just as petty and stupid as our own: a fight over the potential placement of an empty chair during a televised debate.

Maybe they should get a hold of Clint Eastwood.

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  1. Kinda shocking on the VA tidewater parish article. I always put my hands behind my back receiving communion, just to avoid confusion. But, now I guess it’s for my own protection from wack-case priests.

  2. Even worse than refusing Ms Perez Communion on the tongue is refusing her grandmother Last Rites:

    This parish has absolutely no understanding of the sacraments. To illustrate my point, last month when I got the call from my family that Abuela was back in the hospital and it wasn’t looking good I decided to call her church and let Father know. I reached the parish secretary and the conversation went like this…

    Me: My grandmother is in the hospital dying and I would like Father to administer Last Rites.

    Secretary: Well, Father stays pretty busy but we have a ministry team of people that regularly visit the sick and pray over them.

    Me: No, I want her to receive Last Rites.

    Secretary: Well, the members of this ministry can anoint her for healing.

    Me: Well, that’s lovely but you can’t heal death. I would like her to receive Last Rites.

    Secretary: I have a few members of the ministry available now. Are you sure you wouldn’t like them to visit with her?

    Me: Unless they can hear her dying confession, absolve her, and prepare he soul from one transition to the next, no.

    I was flabbergasted we were having this conversation. It was obvious that she had made no distinction between praying over someone for healing and the sacrament of last rites. But I don’t blame her. I blame the pastor of this parish for so miserably failing his congregation and not teaching them about the sacraments.

  3. Obama’s caesarism–the attractiveness of self confidence, of apparent strength.
    The Good guys should pick up on that idea of “boldly going where none …” , and, as conservatives, “boldly stand” their ground. show the courage of their convictions. Show strength…Santorum and Cruz both do that, but they get regularly pot-shotted by the PTB (Powers That Be).

  4. VA Tidewater parish: And we scratch our heads and wonder why the great disparity among Catholics. Please forward this parishes address to me and I’ll gladly send the padre a copy of the G.I.R.M. As for his staff? A copy of the C.C.C. It will be part of my alms giving this Lent.

  5. Philip mentions the great disparity among Catholics. I just went to a parish mission that opened with a poem from Kahlil Gibran, dwelled on the mercy of pope francis, and the meanness of the bad old Church, and ended on Merton.
    As Jerry Seinfeld would say: “Not that there is anything wrong with that”

  6. When my parish decided to bring in Just Faith 4 yrs. ago and a parish book “club” discussion of Marxist Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Nickled & Dimed” , I wrote our pastor a letter explaining that I would not be participating in the $5 million capital campaign to renovate our church and school. I told him I was not giving one more penny to any collection basket or cause. When the capital campaign coordinator called about the “misunderstanding”, I told her I had been clear and Father did not seem to misunderstand my stance. In a couple of years, Just Faith had left our parish – but no one from the Church will put a stake thru it – we have brought in priests with a beautiful devotion to the Blessed Mother and Eucharistic Adoration and this pastor has toned it down.

  7. GRIM; Chpt.2 sub chpt. 2 #45. Title is Silence. Yes. After receiving holy communion there shall be moments of silence to “speak to the Lord and pray.”

    It’s appalling that the music director feel free to interrupt this most sacred and intimate time with God. Just as sad is the celebrant who rushes the consecration. I wonder if he really believes that it is Jesus in his hands?
    Yes. Pray for priests. I do.

  8. Easy solution for Tidewater Catholics: head over to St. Benedicts, the FSSP parish in Chesapeake:

    The real scandal about the Knight’s council is not even that some council is so out of touch with Christianity that it could invite Governor Death and Deviance, but that the State KofC apparently lied to the priest who challenged them, asserting the State KofC would withdraw the invitation, but then 10 days later reversed itself and informed state Grand Knights that there was nothing that the State Council could do about it.

    The Bishops of Virginia have distanced themselves from the Council’s actions:

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