Friday, September 19, 2014

Spokane WA bishop to succeed Cardinal George as Chicago archbishop

The Vatican on Saturday is expected to name a successor to the ailing Cardinal Francis George, choosing a relative moderate from Washington state who has been outspoken on society’s need to care more for the poor but also had a leading role in the battle against same-sex marriage, according to reports.

The Associated Press and the National Catholic Reporter said the choice to succeed George is Blase Cupich, bishop of Spokane.

The 65-year-old Cupich has been in Spokane since September 2010, following a dozen years as bishop of Rapid City, S.D. If he is indeed named to lead the Roman Catholic Church in Chicago, he will be an archbishop when he arrives, as was George when he came back to his hometown in 1997.

In an unusual move, the Archdiocese of Chicago set a news conference for Saturday morning but did not divulged the subject, leading to reports that George’s successor would be officially appointed.

Cupich is considered more pragmatic than focused on dogma. He has been outspoken that society needs to make more of a priority of caring for the poor and dispossessed, while also leading the battle against same-sex marriage in Washington state, said Michael Budde, chair of the Catholic Studies Department at DePaul University.
continue at Chicago Tribune

Fanatic Friday: Tear Down The House edition

Doors Open Milwaukee event this weekend, religious sites open for free tours

From a reader:
Sorry I didn't get this to you sooner, but I did want to mention that out in Milwaukee this weekend, Doors Open Milwaukee will be taking place. Over 160 sites, religious and secular will be open for free public tours. I am sending this to you to possibly share with Cathedral Parish because of the number of religious, particularly Catholic sites that are open for tours. It looks like it could be a pretty decent day trip for anyone with an architectural or historic curiosity. Below are the Catholic Milwaukee sites I am aware of that will have tours.

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (includes special tour by the architect of their early 2000s redesign on Sunday)
St. Joan Antida High School
St. Benedict the Moor Parish Church
Marquette University - St. Joan of Arc Chapel
Basilica of St. Josaphat (includes a lecture by Milwaukee historian John Gurda on Sunday) [aka my prrrrrrrrrrecious]
Saint Francis de Sales Seminary
Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi
St. Joseph Chapel of School Sisters of St. Francis
St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church
Calvary Cemetery Chapel (includes a "ticketed special tour")

There are about 150 sites to see besides these, so it could be a full day/weekend for just about anyone.

Here's a link to the event:
And the event guide:

I have been volunteering for this event since 2012, so I can safely say it's a good event to see and be a part of though clearly not a strictly religious one. 
Get me some photos to post Milwaukeean!

Well, you can skip St. John's Cathedral if you like....

MkeCH: For Marquette President, Faith Comes First

Amy Lovell was asked to be part of the committee planning her husband, Michael Lovell’s inauguration as the 24th president of Marquette University.

Probably her biggest contribution, she estimated, was the suggestion that the wording of the theme be changed to “Ignited in Faith. Alive in Inquiry. Forward in Service.”

“Mike being such an active, intense person – people use that word a lot to describe him – they were thinking of using action words,” said Amy. “So I asked them to reverse them and highlight faith, because faith was such a huge part of the decision. … Originally they were going to have alive, forward and ignited and I thought they should reverse it because faith, especially, is what drove this decision,” she explained.

It was a “simple, but significant suggestion,” agreed Brian Dorrington, director of university communication, that more accurately defines the first layman to lead the 133-year-old Jesuit institution.

Their Catholic faith is the heart of their lives and it was ultimately the factor that led Lovell to leave his position as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and become the president of Marquette. He will be formally installed on Friday.
continue at Milwaukee Catholic Herald 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Is there an app for wrapping fish?

Cardinal Burke's head roundup

Or an alternate picture of the Cardinal here

Commonweal: Viva la revolucion! (desperately playing Burke as a "careerist" is asinine - funny how that charge flies around with the only evidence to the contrary.  But indeed a fitting response considering the source)

Elizabeth Scalia:
In fact, this seems like exactly the thing Francis would do: align an obedient, faithful Cardinal who enjoys a bit of ceremony from time to time with a well-organized Knighthood able to offer medical and emergency help, and who also rather like getting spiffed up from time to time, and put them to work, together, for the good of the countless numbers of people, and ultimately for the good of the church.
There's others along the same line, hoping to spin this in a different direction.  It's simply not the case, and I don't see a reason to sugar coat every action taken in the Vatican.

Pat Archbold:
But this move, if it happens, will be unspinnable. Some have already tried with embarrassing results. This is brutal Vatican politics carried out at the highest level for the crime of intransigent orthodoxy. This would be a blatant humiliation of a Curial Cardinal at a crucial moment to prevent him galvanizing opposition to the current zeitgeist going into the synod.

If this happens as rumored, there will be no spinning it or removing the Pope's fingerprints from the crime scene.
St. Peter's List

Some of my thoughts on the real reasons this has been done (I think it's pretty likely this happens soon- 1Peter5 even suggested Cardinal Burke leaked the story to Magister himself).

St. Joseph of Cupertino, ora pro nobis!

The Basilica of St. Joseph of Cupertino in Osimo, Italy
After this point, the occasions of ecstasy in Joseph's life began to multiply. It was claimed that he began to levitate while participating at the Mass or joining the community for the Liturgy of the Hours, thereby gaining a widespread reputation of holiness among the people of the region and beyond. He was deemed disruptive by his religious superiors and Church authorities, however, and eventually was confined to a small cell, forbidden from joining in any public gathering of the community.

As the phenomenon of flying or levitation was widely believed to be connected with witchcraft, Joseph was denounced to the Inquisition. At their command, he was transferred from one Franciscan friary in the region to another for observation, first to Assisi (1639–53), then briefly to Pietrarubbia and finally Fossombrone, where he lived with and under the supervision of the Capuchin friars (1653–57). He practiced a severe asceticism throughout his life, usually eating solid food only twice a week. He passed 35 years of his life following this regimen.

St. Augustine: "he could scarcely keep from laughing"

"It not infrequently happens that something about the earth, about the sky, about other elements of this world, about the motion and rotation or even the magnitude and distances of the stars, about definite eclipses of the sun and moon, . . . and of other such things, may be known with the greatest certainty by reasoning or by experience, even by one who is not a Christian. It is too disgraceful and ruinous, though, and greatly to be avoided, that he should hear a Christian speaking so idiotically on these matters, and as if in accord with Christian writings, that he might say that he could scarcely keep from laughing when he saw how totally in error they are."

–St. Augustine, The Literal Interpretation of Genesis 1:19–20, Chapt. 19

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

LifeSite sources confirm imminent removal of Cdl Burke from Signatura

Sources in Rome have confirmed to LifeSiteNews that Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the Vatican’s highest court, known as the Apostolic Signatura, is to be removed from his post as head of the Vatican dicastery and given a non-curial assignment as patron of the Order of Malta.

The timing of the move is key since Cardinal Burke is currently on the list to attend October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family. He is attending in his capacity as head of one of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, so if he is removed prior to the Synod it could mean he would not be able to attend.
continue at LifeSite 


Reception to celebrate Bishop Morlino's 40 years as priest this Sunday

Correction regarding recent Around D.LaX post

I made a comment about the La Crosse Diocese policy on the Creighton model.  It deserves a correction.

I did not know this but this summer the NFP office did change their policy regarding Creighton model.  Previously only Sympto Thermal method was promoted because it was simpler - and quite frankly there's probably something to that - they didn't want to turn people off of Natural Family Planning to newly married couples not familiar with it.  If the couples find it excessively cumbersome, it could leave them to abandon any attempt at a moral marital relationship.  So the point of my comment was simply to reference that policy - a policy I don't even necessarily disagree with.  Heck, my wife and I have five children in seven years of marriage so we're not exactly poster children for NFP to begin with(in other words, we don't have a chicken in the fight).

But this summer, the diocese changed their website and shows openness to let those seeking NFP training see and choose from all three popular methods of family planning.

Apparently there was a recent article in The Catholic Times mentioning this change(yes, while I was out on paternity leave).  It's not in the current PDF on their website but, if someone is aware of a link to it I can post it.

Like Fr. Klos mentioned in his comment on the article, implementing the SymptoPro online program was a needed success for a rural diocese like ours, with so few instructors available.
She is responsible for establishing an on-line NFP training course which has made it possible for many, many, many couples to be trained in NFP who live in the more rural areas of our diocese. It has also made it possible for pastors like me to require NFP training as part of couple's preparation for marriage.
The point of the comment wasn't to belittle the countless accomplishments of Mrs. Heinzen, was just a quick and unfortunately hasty way of mentioning the "Creighton is to complicated" issue which it turns out is not even an issue anymore.  Apologies.

Original Post: Around D.LaX - as of September 12th

StLouisCatholic: Only a Living Thing is Capable of Swimming against the Current

In honor of this sacerdos magnus, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, his own words at a Mass in St. Louis in thanksgiving for his elevation to the Sacred College in 2011:

Having received new and weightier responsibilities in my priestly vocation, I certainly take courage from the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, especially Saint Peter the Apostle. I know that I, as a member of the College of Cardinals, am called to assist our Holy Father, in a more intimate and total way, in his apostolic care of the universal Church. The distinct vesture of the Cardinal, the scarlet biretta and cassock, leave no doubt regarding the meaning of the position to which I have been elevated. My priestly love of the Church must now become purer and more selfless, in order that, in the words of the Successor of Saint Peter at the imposition of the cardinalatial biretta, I may show myself to be "intrepid, even to the shedding of [my] blood for the building up of the Christian faith, the peace and harmony of the People of God, and the freedom and extension of the Holy Roman Church." I am called, even more so now, to be a sign of Our Lord's ceaseless and immeasurable love, "to the end," to the very outpouring of His life for us, on Calvary, His sacrifice made ever present for us in the Holy Eucharist we are celebrating in thanksgiving and petition.

...Throughout more than thirty-five years of priestly life and ministry, Our Lord has taught me that the courageous bearing of the burden of His pastoral charity toward His flock brings deep and abiding joy and peace. Please pray for me that I will never fail to take up the burden of Christ's love with courage. Considering my new responsibilities, I need the help of your prayers now more than ever.

In a particular way, I ask your prayers that I may imitate always the example of Saint John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester in England during the reign of Henry VIII... On June 22, 1535, Saint John Fisher was beheaded, intrepid in giving himself totally to Our Lord and His Church, even to the outpouring of his blood.

[...] The Cardinal today is called, in a special way, to assist the Roman Pontiff in announcing all of the truths of the faith, but, in a particular way, the truth regarding the natural moral law to be observed for the good of all in society. Please continue to pray for me, that I will not fail Our Lord by failing to assist our Holy Father with all my being. ...
continue at St. Louis Catholic

Not that it brings me joy, but I think we all knew this move was the next step after removal from the Congregation of Bishops.
Will +Burke be ousted as the Apostolic Signatura? In my opinion, yes. The now will be the opportune time with the reforms going on.
I have more thoughts, will collect them when I have time.