Friday, May 22, 2015

Fanatic Friday: Creep Edition

I love* this.  I didn't know this but Haley Reinhart was on American Idol, just a fantastic, unique voice; Illinois native.  I've been rather enjoying discovery of Postmodern Jukebox, they are on tour in Milwaukee, Madison, and the Twin Cities June 10-12.  

 A little language I guess.

*Not agape of course considering the readings today

A fanatic week of work leads to light posting, oh those crazy Germans!  I'm going to be gone next week also so you'll have to forgive me for this criminal activity.  We, the royal court.. entourage.... politburo!? of The Badger Catholic are always looking for contributors, email me if you are interested.  I am mustering up the energy for a photography tour de force of the La Crosse area.  #FightTheApathy  BTW, there was a pirate ship here yesterday...

HT Jen

Thursday, May 21, 2015

JS: Muslim daughters influence father's journey to priesthood

Like most seminarians, the Rev. Dennis Saran could tick off the many influences that bolstered and shaped him in his yearslong path to the priesthood.

There was his Catholic upbringing, of course. His teacher-priests and fellow seminarians. Long-dead theologians whose writings and ruminations have spoken to him through the ages.

But Saran includes among them three influences few seminarians can claim: his adult daughters, two of whom have charted a notably different path.

They are converts to Islam.

"They actually helped me in my journey," said Saran, whose letters to and from the two daughters during their college years in Madison often explored religious themes.
continue at JS

It gets a bit "extra ecclesias salus" but an interesting situation.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Michigan family in need as mother AND father deal with cancer

via Te Deum Laudamus
A GoFund Me account has been set up by a relative of Caroline DeLoca to help with expenses related to her recent diagnosis of cancer. This comes just a few years after her husband, Peter, battled a cancerous tumor in his leg. As Caroline faces her own battle now, with stage 3 breast cancer, there are concerns that Peter's cancer may have returned.

This beautiful pro-life family with five children and, baby number six getting close to third trimester, belongs to Assumption Grotto and is known to many of us. They have a loving, supportive family network. But, as you can imagine, financial needs are many.

You can use the GoFund Me account set up by Caroline's aunt OR you can give money to the family directly if you know them. Others who do not know them, please check back tonight or tomorrow and I will update this post with an alternate place to send checks so the family gets the money directly if that pans through.

Most of all, pray for this family.

Marquette apparently fires Director of "Gender and Sexuality Resource Center" over terrorist mural

Susannah Bartlow, who was just yesterday apparently fired by Marquette, was the Director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, where a huge mural painted on the wall honored the cop killer and domestic terrorist Assata Shakur.

Until now, we have entertained the idea that this was merely an act of gross negligence on the part of Bartlow and the staff at the GSRC. Did they not know who Shakur is? Was it just “failure to Google?”

But an assiduous web surfer brings us this information: Bartlow signed a petition at demanding that Barack Obama remove Shakur from the “Most Wanted Terrorists” list.

So Bartlow knew perfectly well who Shakur is. And she chose to present Shakur as a sage and a role model for Marquette students.
Marquette Warrior

If you are keeping score at home folks, The St. Louis Joliet Society has the recap of this academic year at our state's foremost Catholic University.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cardinal Burke to Celebrate Mass in the Usus Antiquior in Minneapolis

We have received great news that Una Voce St. Paul and Minneapolis has arranged for Cardinal Burke to celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form in September.

Date: September 19, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis Minnesota

More details as they become available.
Knights of the White Cross

Road Trip!!

Cardinal Burke has never celebrated a (public at least) TLM in La Crosse.


Cardinal George’s galero lifted to the rafters


Also John Cantius: Liturgy, Sacred Music & The Cardinal
“His Eminence taught us that the sacred liturgy helps to bring our faith to its fulfillment.”

HT Father Z

Former Milwaukee Brave quietly lives his faith, mentors young players

Red with Bp. Richard F. Stika
ST. LOUIS — Seventy years ago, a ballplayer from a small-town Catholic family began a Hall of Fame career in major league baseball.

Albert “Red” Schoendienst, 92, also is known for quietly living his faith and serving as a mentor and role model for young players.

The St. Louis Cardinals marked the milestone by honoring the player, manager, coach and now team special assistant before an early season game. The team also launched a season-long campaign encouraging fans to demonstrate their affection for Schoendienst by sharing a video message via social media using the hashtag #LoveRed2.

He called the ceremony a terrific gesture, especially having his grandchildren and great-grandchildren on hand.

“Baseball’s been so good to me,” he said. “I don’t know how to express myself to thank them for everything that’s happened to me.”
continue at Milwaukee Catholic Herald

Monday, May 18, 2015

Campus Mural of Cop Killer: Marquette Responds

It has been a massive public relations fiasco, and Marquette had to engage in damage control.

The University just supplied the following statement to Fox News. This, presumably, is what they will tell all media outlets:

Marquette University statement:
Our university's senior leadership just became aware of a mural that was created and displayed in a remote area of campus. This is extremely disappointing as the mural does not reflect the Guiding Values of Marquette University. It is being removed immediately. We are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the mural and will take appropriate action.

Since they could hardly defend the mural, this statement is not surprising.
continue at Marquette Warrior

more at JS

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Adoremus moves to La Crosse

Adoremus, the Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy, had announced suspension of publication of its Adoremus Bulletin after the recent death of long-time editor Helen Hull Hitchcock. It started the process of closing its office in St. Louis.

To my surprise, a Spring 2015 issue just arrived. It announced a new editor.

"Christopher Carstens is the director of the office of sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and has been on the faculty of the Liturgical institute, Mundelein seminary, and for the permanent diaconate in several dioceses."
And with his hiring, it will be based in La Crosse. Announced plans include resuming publication, as a bi-monthly, updating its website, and increased use of social media.

This latest issue is online but, unfortunately, as a very large pdf. Contents include

  • The Mass in Slow Motion: Conclusion of a two-part series, by James F. Hitchcock
  • A Logical Look at the Liturgy: Excerpt from Mystical Body, Mystical Voice, by Christopher Carstens and Douglas Martis
  • Review: Father Samuel Weber’s The Proper of the Mass for Sundays and Solemnities, by Horst Buchholz
  • Footnotes for a Hermeneutic of Continuity: Sacrosanctum Concilium’s Vanishing Citations, by Susan Benofy
  • Citations of Five Vatican Liturgy Documents Removed During the Final Revision of Sacrosanctum Concilium: Supplement to footnotes article above, by Susan Benofy

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Marquette’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center: Glorifying a Black Militant Cop Killer

John McAdams posts at Maquette Warrior that
"it’s a mural, in the offices of the Center, celebrating one Assata Shakur.
"So who is Assate Shakur? A black militant who was convicted of murder and fled to Cuba, where she is still protected by the Communist government."
His post includes excerpts from her Wikipedia entry.

P.S. If an MU office needed a mural, don't they have one in storage?

B.B. King R.I.P.

B.B. King gave his guitar "Lucille" to Pope John Paul II in connection with performing at the 1997 Vatican Christmas Concert, MTV then reported. (A photo of Mr. King and the Pope accompanies this article.) A brief clip from King's performance is included in this complilation at YouTube.

Daniel Silliman recounts 'How the church gave B.B. King the blues' at The Washington Post.

"'There’s a blues for anything that bothers you,' he said. 'I listen to gospel music and, believe it or not, I hear the same thing.'...

"Despite that recognition, King didn’t find his way back to church in his later years. He remembered the Church of God in Christ fondly, and said in interviews that 'the sanctified people are the singingest people.' He also remembered the Rev. Archie Fair [who first taught him guitar chords] fondly, and when he performed for Pope John Paul II in 1997, King said the pope reminded him of the Mississippi pentecostal preacher of his youth. Both men, he said, made you feel like they could get a message to God on your behalf."
On that almost religious note, here was the marquee in Manhattan last December.

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Roots in Faith" Party and Final Mass at St. Cecilia in Wisconsin Dells

St. Cecilia Catholic Church is on the verge of building a new church to host its parishioners and the droves of guests that frequent the Wisconsin Dells. A necessary part of this process involves taking down the current church building, built in the early 1900s. The last Mass at the old church will be celebrated at 5pm on Sunday, May 17th, with a "Roots in Faith" party afterward. At that gathering, historic photos will be on display, hogs will be roasted, and a celebration of the faith history in the Dells should ensue. If you are connected to St. Cecilia's in some way or are otherwise interested in the event, check out the parish's announcement here.
continue at Roamin' Catholic Churches

Hope the new church is as beautiful as the old...