The Return to Rome, Five Years Later: Catholic World Report

October 19, 2012
Former sedevacantist nuns reflect on their joyful return to the Church and on their lives in a thriving new religious community.
Members of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church pray outside the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center in Spokane, Wash., in June 2007. (CNS photo)

Five years ago, a major change came to the lives of Sister Mary Eucharista, a member of the Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI), and 14 of her fellow sisters living at Mount St. Michael (“the Mount”) in Spokane, Washington. Bishop Mark Pivarunas, the Superior General of the CMRI organization, told the sisters they had to leave the community if they did not stop promoting “heterodox” views among the other 35 sisters.

But their “heresy” was not the kind American Catholics have seen in some communities of nuns in recent generations. Sister Mary Eucharista and her sisters were asked to leave because they had come to believe that Pope Benedict XVI was indeed the legitimate head of the Roman Catholic Church.

The CMRIs were initially founded in 1967 with approval of Church authorities, but went on to embrace sedevacantism, separating themselves from the Church. As sedevacantists, they do not accept the legitimacy of any of the popes since the close of the Second Vatican Council.

“I feel a deep love and compassion for my former community,” Sister Mary Eucharista, 52, says today. “They will always be special to me. But while I understand them, I can never go back unless they return to full communion with the Church.” 

Read more:   The Return to Rome, Five Years Later: Catholic World Report.

The Year of Faith: Recovering a Culture that is Genuinely Catholic – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Year of Faith: Recovering a Culture that is Genuinely Catholic – Homiletic & Pastoral Review.

Proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers, and will stop listening to the truth, and will be diverted to myths. But you, be self possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry 1 Timothy 4:2-5.

Joe Biden Claims to be a Common Sense Catholic: so where is the sense?

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Biden’s Catholicism is an “abortion” of orthodoxy (excuse the pun). I would like to start by making some observations that seem to me to be common sense rather than political or theological. Though common sense has become scarce in our day as Jess on All Around the Watchtower reminded me; she quipped that we should probably start calling it uncommon sense.

1st: I think that we would all agree that murder is wrong. Good.

2nd: If a political candidate advocated killing some of its citizens (not to mention the 60 million already murdered), few would support them – though there is always a small minority that would let nothing stand in the way of their agenda or ideology. You with me so far?

3rd: In order to be able to pass a law that would allow its citizenry to be killed, we would necessarily have to make sure that it is not classified as murder. Does this make sense?

4th: To classify a baby in the womb as a non-living form is absolutely necessary in order to justify a government getting involved with the issue. It is what they want us to believe, is it not?

5th: Who then should we trust with the expertise to examine this issue and proclaim when life begins? The mother, the government, science, philosophy or theology? Who is best qualified?

6th: Most who hold pro-abortion views have accepted the input of those in government, science and philosophy to declare that the fetus of a growing child is not yet a human being. Yet it is strange that people have been sentenced to jail for murder if they killed the infant in a mother’s womb without her consent. Strange that? Sounds like the mother gets to play God if she wants.

7th: Being a moral issue, would it not make sense that this should be decided by moral theologians within the church? Who else can make the call? Why should I believe any of them if they have no moral footing?

Therefore, when the Church, in my case Catholic, says that abortion is an intrinsic evil and that it is the murder of a child, then I can not for any circumstance stand with those who would willfully supply or allow for the killing of these citizens no matter what their party affiliation or ideology is.

Then there are those who say that one needs to look at all the social justice issues before deciding on whom to vote. Well then, you are saying that in simple math, the following are equal:

Government Care for the “Poor”* = Murder of 60 million children since 1978

* You may substitute whatever floats your boat for the word “poor” in the above equation. You may even add them all together and it will still not equal the life of 1 innocent child who is murdered in his or her mother’s womb.

Now, can Joe Biden in all seriousness, say that he agrees with the Church in his personal life but does not want to force his opinion on anyone else? If he truly believed it was the murder of a child, he would die for the cause and he could never work for or support a politician or a constituency that advocated the killing of children. So what is it Joe? Are these babies that are being killed or just a clump of cells? What do you really believe in Joe?

The Most Holy Rosary – Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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The Most Holy Rosary – Homiletic & Pastoral Review.

Let us not forget that the month of October is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary and today starts the Year of Faith where we have been asked to pray the rosary on a daily basis.

Vatican II’s Golden Anniversary | First Things

It took awhile. Vatican II was like no other ecumenical Council in history, in that it did not provide authoritative keys for its own interpretation: the Council Fathers wrote no creed, condemned no heresy, legislated no new canons, defined no dogmas. Thus the decade and a half after the Council ended on December 8, 1965, was a bit of a free-for-all, as varying interpretations of the Council (including appeals to an amorphous “spirit of Vatican II” that seems to have more in common with low-church Protestantism than with Catholicism) contended with each other in what amounted to an ecclesiastical civil war.

The Providence raised up two men of genius—John Paul II and Benedict XVI, both men of the Council—to give Vatican II an authoritative interpretation. Their teaching, carried throughout the world by an unprecedented series of papal pilgrimages, has given the Church the truth about the Council—although some Catholics seem a bit slow to get the message, Moreover, in summoning the world Church to the Great Jubilee of 2000, John Paul II gave Catholicism the Pentecostal experience that John XXIII for which hoped, thus preparing the world Church to enter the third millennium with great missionary energy: to “put out into the deep,” as John Paul II put it, of the New Evangelization.

And that, finally, is Vatican II’s message to every Catholic. Vatican II did not displace the Church’s tradition. Vatican II did not create do-it-yourself-Catholicism. Vatican II, which accelerated the great historical evolution of Catholicism from a Church of institutional maintenance to a Church of evangelical mission in a genuine and Spirit-led development of self-understanding, taught Catholics that they enter mission territory every day. The degree to which each of us brings the Gospel to others is the degree to which we understand Vatican II at its golden anniversary.

via Vatican II’s Golden Anniversary | First Things.

THE REMNANT NEWSPAPER: On Archbishop DiNoia, Religious Liberty and the SSPX

SSPX Confirmation - June 21, 2010

THE REMNANT NEWSPAPER: On Archbishop DiNoia, Religious Liberty and the SSPX.

The argument as seen from the side of the SSPX.

Catholic In The Ozarks: Converting Protestants – A Secret Method

The Blessed Sacrament exposed

Catholic In The Ozarks: Converting Protestants – A Secret Method.

Get back to Real Catholicism and jettison the watered-down, protestant-like Catholic Lite that is so popular today.

Lord of the Dance: Catholic World Report

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Lord of the Dance: Catholic World Report.

I don’t know how many of you have almost been propelled to the doors of the Church when this song is sung; but at least now I see why my distaste is so rooted in a visceral response. One might better rename this song Lord of the Flies since the song was inspired by the Hindu god Shiva and the gnostic Acts of John. Why is Shiva and gnosticism in our hymnals? And how did the song get in our hymnals in the first place? See wikipedia history of the song.

Liturgical dance? I guess it has not yet gone completely away. Apparantly it is still alive and well in certain places. This is a bit long, but well worth the read.

On the Culture : The Pew Survey’s Most Sobering Result – Catholic Culture

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On the Culture : The Pew Survey’s Most Sobering Result – Catholic Culture.

Not only are the results of this survey shameful but they are an indictment that the Church has done a very poor job in catechizing their flocks. They had better get busy before we lose religious liberty completely.