Thursday, May 26, 2016

Happy Silver Anniversary to Father Z!


more at Father Z's place

Most influential contemporary people in my faith journey in some order would be; Karl Keating, Mother Angelica, Father Z, probably Terry Nelson too.

Still probably my favorite all time Father Z post: ... I can't find it!  It's the one where he slowly turns into a "Taliban Catholic."  This was back before the left had a wider assortment of insults to use on us.

C.O.P.s Clergy on Patrol

Diocese of New Ulm MN faces 98 sex abuse claims as statute of limitations expires

NEW ULM — The Diocese of New Ulm has received 98 claims from victims of sexual abuse in the three years since the passage of a state law that temporarily lifted the civil statute of limitations for such claims.

Of the diocese's 75 parishes, 28 are named in lawsuits brought under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. The suits involve 15 priests.

In March, the Diocese of New Ulm became the last in the state to release the list of names of 16 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

The law has highlighted what Msgr. Douglas L. Grams described Wednesday as a "tragedy in this period of history for the church."

"We've had time to reflect and see it as a family experiencing a tragedy," Grams said.
continue at Mankato Free Press

SNAP moves to raid parishes and charitable foundations in Archdiocese of St Paul/Minn, claims archdiocese "shielded $1.7 billion in assets"

Parish of St. SNAP's 
Now victims are looking to force the archdiocese to dip into assets—like parishes and charitable foundations stocked with cash—they say the archdiocese has shielded using a legal playbook more often associated with large, for-profit corporations.

In court papers filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Minneapolis late Monday, the victims, who are seeking compensation from the archdiocese, said its overall net worth, including property that is legally distinct but alleged to be controlled by the archdiocese, is about $1.7 billion. In bankruptcy court papers filed last year, the archdiocese pegged its total assets at about $45 million.
continue at Wall Street Journal
“The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has been fully cooperating with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court since filing in January of 2015,” Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis stated on Tuesday.

“Let me be clear: The Archdiocese has disclosed all of its assets and has followed all the rules set forth by the Court and all directives from the judge,” he continued.

An “unsecured creditors committee” and attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents hundreds of alleged Minnesota abuse victims, filed a motion on Monday claiming the archdiocese actually should have reported $1.7 billion in assets rather than the $49 million it reported in bankruptcy filings, according to the Associated Press.
continue at CNA

Publicity stunt.

Also, today is the final day to file criminal charges (I assume SNAP has filed criminal charges for each of its clients?) with lifted statute of limitations in Minnesota.
Wednesday is the last day for older adults who were sexually abused when they were children to file suit against their abusers.

The Minnesota Child Victims Act was passed in 2013, temporarily lifting the civil statute of limitations for these old cases

Before this act was passed three years ago, child sex abuse survivors had until age 24 to file suit. This law then allowed them to file civil lawsuits no matter how long ago the abuse happened.
CBS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Abortions only at Madison Planned Parenthood, drops contraception services

I must make an embarrassing confession: I am a complacent pro-lifer.

I never thought of myself this way, but it is true. And I have proof.

Abortions only

Beginning May 2, 2016, the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Madison's east side began providing only abortion services; it will no longer provide screenings or dispense contraceptives.

Although Planned Parenthood purports that performing abortions accounts for only three percent of the services it provides to women, the organization will manage to only perform abortions full-time at the Orin Rd. location, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

That means that every car in the parking lot at Planned Parenthood represents someone seeking OR providing an abortion.

My heart hurts. The grief that this news brings me convicts me: are things worse now?
continue at MadCatHerald

Also LifeSite: Planned Parenthood Clinic Drops Contraception, Now Only Kills Unborn Children in Abortions

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Our Lady Help of Christians, patroness of Holy Hill, ora pro nobis!

Make sure to visit The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill!
The Carmelite Friars of Holy Hill
photo via Johnny Manhattans
Today also marks one of four major liturgical feast to celebrate military victories

Iowa priest not charged after using church credit card for gambling

ROCKWELL — The pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Rockwell will not face criminal charges after using the church credit card for gambling.

The Rev. Rod Allers also will remain at his current pastoral assignment unless it is determined it’s best he be reassigned, said John Robbins, director of communication for the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Robbins would not disclose the amount charged to the credit card for gambling, or what kind of gambling it was.

He did say the amount “is not so much that it can’t be easily repaid.”

The archdiocese will repay Sacred Heart Parish and Allers will repay the archdiocese, according to Robbins.
continue at GlobeGaz 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Former Badgers FB standout visits home parish in Darlington, encourages development of God given talents

Alex Erickson, former Wisconsin Badger football player, newly signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, visited Holy Rosary School in Darlington recently.

Erickson is a member of Holy Rosary Parish and a graduate of the Darlington Public Schools.

The former wide receiver for the Badgers gave a talk to the students and shared the role that faith played before and after each Badger game.

He also encouraged the children to develop the talents that God has given them by exploring different opportunities in sports or other areas of their lives. He reminded them not to be discouraged or give up when things do not come easily to them.
continue at MadCatHerald

Sighting of a large influx of Catholic worshippers

From a friend
Look at all the pagans worshiping with Mother Church. This is a sign of hope.

The church in the background is St. James the Less Catholic Church in La Crosse.  Perhaps inadvertent during group Yoga was any worshiping of the one True God present in every Catholic church around the world.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fanatic Friday: Jewish men singing Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem Edition

Chicago Archdiocese launches staff reorganization

 
About 60 employees of the Chicago Archdiocese were told this week they must reapply for their jobs — the first wave in an overhaul of the nation's third-largest Roman Catholic archdiocese.

The staff reorganization is part of a multiyear initiative to revitalize the 2.3 million-member church in Cook and Lake counties. Employees for 11 offices that exist to support parishes will no longer hold the same positions after July 31. The archdiocese employs about 15,000 part-time and full-time workers in its pastoral center, schools and parishes.

All of the staff affected are at the Cardinal Meyer Center, a South Side branch of the church's headquarters that houses the Department of Parish Life and Formation. By Aug. 1, that department's name will become Parish Vitality and Mission, and the 11 offices will be consolidated into four, named for the church's renewed priorities: evangelization, lifelong formation, divine worship, and human dignity and solidarity.

The reorganization is the first step of an effort unveiled this year by Archbishop Blase Cupich to determine how many of the archdiocese's 351 parishes should close by 2030.
continue at Chicago Tribune

Cardinal Burke: To Transform Society, Be Ready to Die

When Catholics approach Cardinal Raymond L. Burke to express their concerns about evidence of decay in society and the Church, he urges them to “deepen their understanding of the constant teaching and discipline of the Church” and to make their voices heard by Church leaders.

In a May 7 talk addressing the “Rome Life Forum” sponsored by the group Voice of the Family, Cardinal Burke, patron of the Order of Malta, acknowledged concerns about possible confusion in the Church on fundamental dogmatic and moral truths, and said bishops need to “understand the urgent need to announce again with clarity and courage the truths of the faith.” He added that faithful Christians should be prepared for martyrdom out of love for Christ and His Church, and that martyrdom can take one of several different forms.

Cardinal Burke, who served for years as head of the Vatican’s supreme court, said he is concerned about a growing “man-centered and world-centered perspective, especially in the Church” which expresses itself in a “secular understanding of the divine realities which are part and parcel of our daily life.”
See more at: http://aleteia.org/2016/05/19/to-transform-society-be-ready-to-die-cardinal-advises/#sthash.TNzyt5ik.dpuf

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V for Vendetta? No. V for Virginia!

She's back!!!


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