"What the Frascati group heard, or wrote down, is a great deal of woundedness and suffering. Are these the norm within the Church? Emotive terms saturate the document. For example, the word 'feel' appears twenty-five times, including '[I]f the Church is not synodal, no one can really feel fully at home.' (What does this mean?) The term 'dialogue' shows up thirty-one times, 'discernment' twenty-eight times, 'listening' thirty-eight times, 'experience' forty-three times, 'journey' thirty-three times, and versions of 'welcoming' eighteen times. Exactly whose voices are these?"
The Badger Catholic
Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle. 2 Thes 2:15
Census Fidei? Methodological Missteps Are Undermining the Catholic Church’s Synod on Synodality
A Synoptic Look at the Failures and Successes of Post-Vatican II Liturgical Reforms
The Way Forward from the Theological Concerns with the TLM Movement
Papal Responses to the Emergence of the TLM Movement
'a liberal Catholic voice who resigned amid scandal'
So says the key phrase in the lede to the entry for Archbishop Rembert Weakland in the entry for him in the article Remembering faith leaders who died in 2022: preachers, writers and interpreters of faith, by Adelle M. Banks, at Religion News Service.
Critic of Vatican orthodoxy
The Implementation of Sacrosanctum Concilium: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Liturgy Prior to Vatican II and The Council’s Reforms
The Renewal of the Liturgy: Successes, Failures, and Contemporary Concern
'Religion and Resistance:'
'The Ukrainian Orthodox and Greek Catholic Churches in Resistance Efforts in the War Against Russia'
The 26th Annual Templeton Lecture on Religion & World Affairs, given by Dr. Heather S. Gregg on November 1, 2022, Foreign Policy Research Institute, video and transcript.
Priests and Cars in Milwaukee:
"The popularity of the car reshaped Catholicism in the city, forcing churches to adapt their worship practices to attract newly mobile parishioners."Livia Gershon at JSTOR Daily on "Riding with St. Paul in the Passenger Side": The Archdiocese of Milwaukee Enters the Automobile Age, 1920-1965" by Peter S. Cajka, American Catholic Studies, Vol. 121, No. 2 (Summer 2010), pp. 65-93.
The Complete Poems of San Juan de la Cruz
Review by Rex Bradshaw at First Things,
"In a new translation of this and San Juan’s other poems, poets María Baranda and Paul Hoover have prioritized fidelity to the original language, with Spanish on the facing page. ...
"This translation fares well by comparison to previous efforts. Despite making no attempt to reproduce San Juan’s rhyme scheme, it falls pleasantly on the ear while taking fewer liberties than most."
The Moral Limits of Medical Research and Treatment
Address by Pope Pius XII to the First International Congress on the Histopathology of the Nervous System, September 14, 1952, published in The Linacre Quarterly.
"...the Holy Father also described certain abuses in psychoanalysis and warned against the so-called 'pansexual' approach in this field."
Rembert G. Weakland Services at Saint Vincent Archabbey
Last Thursday at the Archabbey,
"... The body of Archbishop Weakland will be received at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 1 in the north transept of the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Visitation will occur between 3 and 5 p.m. in the north transept. The monastic community will pray evening prayer at 5 p.m. A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 7 p.m. in the Basilica with Archabbot Martin Bartel as principal celebrant and homilist. A private committal service will be held Friday at Saint Vincent Cemetery."
Rembert Weakland As-It-Happens updates
There've been a lot of these daily Google Alerts lately:
Former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland will be honored with a funeral Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Sophie Carson reported at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"The current archbishop, Jerome Listecki, will celebrate a funeral Mass at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson Street, Milwaukee.Presumably followed by interment in the Cathedral crypt.
"Visitation will be held at the cathedral from 12 to 4 p.m. that day."
Update: Sophie Carsons's report, above, has been updated .
"Weakland will be buried in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, at St. Vincent Archabbey, where he attended high school, college and seminary and eventually became archabbot."Bishop Haines's surmise that Archbishop Weaklands remains would likely end up in the Cathedral crypt turned out to be wrong.
Meanwhile, Bruce Murphy, at Urban Milwaukee, reminds us,
"In 2014, he [Weakland] sought to move to the St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he began his seminary studies as a boy in 1940 and later ran it as the archabbot, but the plan was opposed by the current archabbot, who feared this would cause negative publicity."
Old Religion in the New World
'Many Catholics are in a state of uncertainty about their relationship with the American regime.'
Gerard V. Bradley reviews Our Dear-Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America, by Michael Breidenbach, at the Claremont Review of Books.
Modern Apologists Strengthen Our Understanding
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki starts with some history in the Herald of Hope column of a recent issue of the Archdiocese's of Milwaukee's Catholic Herald.
"From the earliest beginnings of the Church, individuals came forward in the defense of the Church’s teachings. They were referred to as 'apologists.' They present the reasonableness of the Church’s position. We sometimes forget that we have a duty to defend the Church’s teaching. Many of the early Church Fathers presented the teachings of the Church, which were not only convincing but compelling. It encouraged the Christian faithful to live the teachings in the face of society’s opposition."He eventually names names.
"Matthew Kelly, whose multiple books are free and widely distributed, much like the pamphlets of the evangelicals, is one. But Kelly, an Australian, is unabashedly Roman Catholic, and his works not only give insight to the reasonableness of the professed Catholic faith but a basis for the promotion of the faith in the communities in which we live. He is proud to be a Catholic and resonates with Catholics who love their Church. Kelly has a popular following and has been a tireless promoter of the faith."By "free" I assume he means available for purchase in bulk for free distribution. A generous member of my parish has done this a number of times.
"Patrick Madrid’s daily national program is heard on Relevant Radio. He has authored a multitude of books, one which is actually entitled, How to do Apologetics. I particularly enjoyed Pope Fiction, a 1999 work that deals directly with answers to myths and misconceptions about the papacy. He tackles Church teachings on Purgatory, the importance of tradition and the saints, to mention a few. He is well worth reading and arms the faithful in thoughtful responses to today’s criticisms."Not all apologists are lay.
"Bishop Robert Barron of 'Word on Fire' is a committed intellectual and advocate of the importance of the Church Teachings. Bishop Barron, who is a longtime friend, has been a consistent champion of interpreting the positions of the Church in a manner acceptable and understandable to our younger generations. He has been a great voice at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the importance of communications to the next generation of Catholic leaders. His philosophical training grounds his approach. I would encourage you to view his website, Word on Fire' and listen to his Sunday homilies. He is a teacher who excites his listeners. He has a group of devoted followers who understand the importance of sharing the faith."And finally,
"But before Kelly, Madrid and Barron, was Peter Kreeft. During the period of the 70s and 80s, there was a lack of attention to Catholic Teachings. Catholics, who at one time knew their catechism by rote, now were hard-pressed to answer simple questions about the faith. It was into this vast wasteland that Peter Kreeft was an almost lone voice directing individuals in their understanding of the importance and reasonableness of the Church’s teachings."Dr. Kreeft's website includes links to Featured Writings and Featured Audios and to his books available for purchase.
The Big Dubia
'Adoremus reprints the Vatican’s 2021 official responses to all the questions you may (or may not) have had about Traditionis Custodes.'
Traditionis custodes: Vatican further tightens restrictions on Traditional Latin Mass, Catholic News Agency.
The wedding jars at Cana
Back in 2010 we visited Israel, starting with a coupld days in Jerusalem, then driving up to Galilee to stay a few days, and back for a couple more in Jerusalem.
On the drive to Galilee, we stopped at Cana. A Catholic church there has what are described as jars which are believed similar to those that would have held the wine at the wedding feast in today's Gospel reading, Jn 2:1-11. (See my photo taken at the church.) These jars were at least a couple feet tall and across. It looked like moving such jars around would itself be a minor miracle. Maybe there was a venue used for weddings which was eqipped with jars, and the wine was brought there in skins.
One of the locals told us that the Orthodox church across that street claimed to have the actual jars from the actual wedding feast in the Gospel. That church wasn't open during our brief time in Cana so we couldn't verify that.