Saturday, May 31, 2008

Mount Saint Mary's Seminary and University Announce a Marian Symposium, October 9th to 11th, 2008

Mount Saint Mary's University and Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland is holding a Marian Symposium on October 9th through 11th as part of the commemoration of their 200th Anniversary.

The Symposium includes an international list of speakers with Mass to be celebrated by H.E. Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore. The website contains PDF files of the full program.

The scheduled list of speakers includes:

Reverend Monsignor Michael Magee, S.T.D., S.S.L.
The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Life and Ministry of the Priest

Monsignor Michael Magee, a Priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, holds a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is Professor of Scripture and Systematic Theology at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Pennsylvania.


Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, R.S.M., S.S.D.
Mary - Pure Response to the Word of God

Sister Mary Timothea, a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, holds a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. She is presently Professor of Sacred Scripture at Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, Colorado.


Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T., S.T.L., Ph.D.
Mary - Model of the Baptismal Priesthood

Sister Sara Butler, a Missionary Servant of the Most Blessed Trinity, teaches Systematic Theology at Saint Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York. She holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundellein, Illinois and a Doctorate in Theology from Fordham University in The Bronx, New York.


Reverend John Cihak, S.T.D.
The Blessed Virgin Mary and Priestly Formation

Father John Cihak, a Priest of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Father Cihak, a Pastor in the Archdiocese of Portland, teaches Systematic Theology at Mount Angel Seminary, Saint Benedict, Oregon.


Sister Mary Esther Nickle, R.S.M., Ph.D., S.L.D.
The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Liturgy and Popular Devotion of the People of God

Sister Mary Esther, a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, teaches Liturgical Theology at Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, Colorado. She holds a Doctorate in Liturgy from the Pontificio Ateneo San Anselmo in Rome.


Sister Mary Johanna Paruch, F.S.G.M., Ph.D.
Mary's Fiat: Our Response of Faith

Sister Mary Johanna, a Franciscan Sister of the Martyr Saint George, holds a Doctorate in Catechetics from Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Sister Mary Johanna teaches Theology and Catechetics at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio.


Reverend Michael Roach
The Mother of God and Mount Saint Mary's Seminary and University

Father Michael Roach, Pastor of Saint Bartholomew's Parish in Manchester, Maryland, holds an advanced degree in Church History from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Father has taught Church History at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary for over twenty years and is an expert on the history of the Seminary and the University.


Reverend Thomas Lane, S.S.L., S.T.D.
The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation

Father Lane, a Priest of the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland, holds a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome as well as a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is an Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary.


Reverend Frederick Miller, S.T.D.
The Dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption

Father Miller, a Priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He is an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary.


Reverend Monsignor Stuart Swetland, S.T.D.
Mary and the Social Doctrine of the Church

Monsignor Swetland, a Priest of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Family and Marriage in Washington, D.C. Besides his positions as Mount Saint Mary's Vice President for Catholic Identity and Mission, and Director of the Seminary's Pre-Theology Program, Monsignor Swetland teaches Homiletics and Moral Theology in the Seminary.


Rev. Mark Pilon, S.T.D.
The Perpetual Virginity and Divine Motherhood of Mary

Father Pilon, a Priest of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. He is Professor of Systematic Theology at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary and Chairman of the Department of Systematic Theology.


Paige Hochschild, Ph.D.
Pope Benedict XVI on Mary as Model of Faith

Doctor Paige Hochschild holds a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom. She is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary.


Robert Miller, Ph.D.
Handmaid of the Lord: Servant of Yahweh?

Doctor Robert Miller holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. A former professor of Sacred Scripture at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, Doctor Miller is presently teaching at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.


Stephen Hipp, S.T.D.
The Blessed Virgin, Archetype of the Church

Doctor Stephen Hipp holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. A former professor at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, Doctor Hipp is presently teaching Systematic Theology at St. Paul's Seminary in Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota.


Sister Veronica Kerwin, C.S.C.
Consecration to the Mother of God according to Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort

Sister Veronica Kerwin, a Sister of the Holy Cross, holds an advanced degree in Sacred Theology from Fordham University in The Bronx, New York. Besides pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., Sister Veronica gives many seminars and lectures on St. Louis-Marie de Montfort's spiritual classic, True Devotion to Mary.


Owen Phelan, Ph.D.
The Church, The Eucharist, and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Doctor Owen Phelan holds a Doctorate in History from Notre Dame University. He is an Assistant Professor of Church History at Mount St. Mary's Seminary.


Please see the website for further details as well as a full schedule.

Visitors ask...Traditional Latin or Tridentine Mass Online (YouTube)

I am still getting searches for a TLM online (especially from international venues). As you know, the FSSP is offering a free DVD of the TLM to all priests and seminarians in North America and is discounted for all others. The link is on the FSSP website.

This is a nice collection from the Vivat Jesus blog
. YouTube has links to shorts snips from a Mass celebrated by the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest in the St. Louis Cathedral. Note that the links are divided into: Part I, Procession - Introit, Kyrie, Gloria - Collect - Commemoration, Epistle, Tract, Gospel.

Third Sunday after Pentecost: Missa 'Respice In Me'

INTROIT ¤ Ps. 24. 16, 18

Respice in me, et miserere mei, Domine: quoniam unicus, et pauper sum ego: vide humilitatem meam, et laborem meum: et dimitte omnia peccata mea Deus meus. -- Ad te, Domine, lavavi animam meam: Deus meus, in te confido, non erubescam. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- Respice in me, et miserere mei . . .

Look Thou upon me, O Lord, and have mercy on me: for I am alone and poor. See my abjection and my labor; and forgive me all my sins, O my God. -- (
Ps. 24. 1, 2). To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, my God, I put my trust: let me not be ashamed. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- Look Thou upon me . . .

Tridentine Latin Rite Missal Project.

Evening Roundup - Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Early Roundup - Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008

WDTPRS: Card. Castrillon Hoyos ordains priests for the FSSP in Lincoln, NE - Extraordinary Rite

Father John Zuhlsdorf has the entire Ordination in a photo montage from the EWTN Live liturgy. He also has extensive commentary on the entire Ordination and the Mass. It was beautiful to see. Please visit! There are now 62 comments on this thread and many more are sure to come. The most heartfelt congratulations go out to the four new Reverend Fathers who were ordained this day!


Hat tip and photo credit: WDTPRS!

The Answer to Most of Your Questions on the Tridentine or Latin Mass in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Other Stuff

  1. TLM (Extraordinary Form; Gregorian Rite) Masses in Maryland and Surrounding States, F.S.S.P Locations, N.O. Masses, N.O. Latin Masses, Shrines, Monasteries, Abbeys, Training in the TLM, Latin Propers
  2. Sacred Music, Chant, Chant Libraries (MP3s and text), Hymnals for Parishes
  3. Vestments and Other Items Needed for the TLM Mass
  4. Religious Orders: Benedictines, Carmelites, Dominicans, Search Forms

The Traditional Latin Mass (Gregorian Rite, Tridentine; Extraordinary Form; Usus Antiquior; Missal of 1962) or Finding Regional Novus Ordo Sunday Masses

  • This blog is called "Traditional Latin Mass in Maryland." What are you trying to accomplish? [Answer: I am trying to assist people searching for the Traditional Latin Mass in the greater Maryland area to find a Sunday Mass which celebrates the Usus Antiquior or Extraordinary Form].
  • Which States are covered? [Presently, I cover Maryland, the D.C. suburbs, Washington, D.C. itself, Northern Virginia, some of West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania].
  • Where can I find this list of Parishes on your blog? Click on the photo below:

Sacred Music, Chant, Planning Music for Mass, Latin Hymns

Catholic Review Online: What is God Whispering?

How does the Holy Spirit move in one's life? Well, let's take a scenario. Suppose someone, say a blogger, was watching a beautiful ordination of four priests on EWTN on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for several hours and then decided to check out the Catholic Review Online site for the latest column by H.E. Archbishop Edwin O'Brien. There, he finds a post in "Thoughts on Our Church" about...vocations! I'd say that would qualify as a signal!

I close with a challenge from the warm and reassuring words of Pope Benedict XVI to the youth at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York: “Friends, again I ask you, what about today? What are you seeking? What is God whispering to you? The hope that never disappoints is Jesus Christ.”

The challenge to each of you, especially to parents, is the same one I made to the students and staffs of the schools. I ask you to reflect on what we can do to encourage vocations, to help our young people to hear what God is whispering. I challenge you to speak to those young men and women you think would be good priests and religious and invite them to consider a life of service in the Church. Most, of all, I ask you to pray that God will open further the hearts of our young people to hear and answer his call.
Is God whispering to you?

Early Afternoon Roundup - Friday, May 30th, 2008

Morning Roundup - Friday, May 30th, 2008 - Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

EWTN Program Alert: Ordination of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, 11:00 AM EDT

4 hrs.

From the Cathedral of the Risen Christ - Lincoln, Nebraska
Fri 5/30/08 11:00 AM ET & 8 AM PT
Sat 5/31/08 12:00 AM ET & 9 PM PT (Fri )

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Eleven Star Edition: Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Visitors ask...What is S.O.L.T.? Does it have the Latin Mass?

One great thing about having a blog "metered" is that you can tell what people are searching for. One perennial is the term, "S.O.L.T." which you may have seen after the name of Fr. John Corapi, the famous and moving speaker.

S.O.L.T. stands for "Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity." The S.O.L.T. website defines its apostolate and includes both Lay and Consecrated Members. The mission of its apostolates is defined here. Priests of S.O.L.T. are "Shepherds after my own heart."

The Formation program is described here, and the General Priest Council is shown here. The Society is not defined by the TLM Mass, although it is quite possible that some priests celebrate the Extraordinary Form. If you are interested, please contact them!

Visitors do you pronounce "Padua"?

The visitors log contained an inquiry on how to pronounce the geographical name, Padua? The Merriam-Webster online dictionary gives two variants. I have always used the first, anglicized variation. The second is the Italian pronunciation. You can hear both pronounced and compare.

Afternoon Roundup - Thursday, May 29th, 2008 The Peaceful Revolution of Vietnam's Catholics

Sandro Magister has an interesting article on the Church in Vietnam in the latest edition of Here is a look at his observations:

On each of these occasions, the prompting was the request for the return of land and buildings confiscated from the Church by the regime.

In the north of the country, the confiscations go back to the 1950's, when the communists took power, and in the south to after 1975.

And the first and most important demand concerns the building that at one time hosted the pontifical delegation in Hanoi, next to the archbishop's residence and the cathedral of St. Joseph. The building was requisitioned in 1959, and is now used as a restaurant.

Last December 15, the archbishop of Hanoi, Joseph Ngô Quan Kiêt, asked for the building to be given back, and called upon the faithful to pray that justice be done.

The faithful took him at his word. Since December 18, every evening, they have gathered in front of the fence outside the former nunciature, praying and carrying flowers and candles. On Christmas Eve, there were 5,000 of them.

On December 30, prime minister Nguyên Tân Dung came among them. Pushing through the crowd, he entered the archbishop's residence, where he spent fifteen minutes meeting with Archbishop Ngo Quan Kiet. As he left, he was applauded.

But the protest did not die out. On the contrary, it expanded to other areas of the city.
This is a fascinating story from a country in which the "blood of marytrs" abounds. Read it in full here.

Early Roundup - Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

10 Star Edition: Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Homeschool Alert >> Institute for Advanced Physics

I just watched a fascinating show on EWTN with a dialogue between Fr. Mitch Pacwa and Dr. Anthony Rizzi. Dr. Rizzi is from the Institute for Advanced Physics and his mission is to make science intelligible to Catholics and Christians. The Institute publishes books based on Newtonian Physics and has several books that add the "link" back to Christianity and away from the areligious theology of "scientism." Dr. Rizzi made much of the upcoming voyage to Mars and how the calendar to be used on this mission will be based on the calendar of the French Revolution --scientific-- as opposed to the Julian calendar of Columbus or the Gregorian calendar we know.

His Institute's effort is to begin to reacquaint Christianity with the observational scientific method before the Revolution. His books bespeaks of "what we know from observation" and advances from there. He said his 6-year-old son loves to play the software games that one can obtain by purchasing the book on the "store" site.

Please check over the IAP website. There will be a conference soon at Notre Dame, IN. He urges homeschoolers to check out his materials so that physics is based again on the science of Newton and not from the reformers of the French Revolution who constructed a 10-day week absent a day given to the Lord.

Decent Films Guide by Steven D. Greydanus: "Bella" (2006)

This is one of those instances where I wanted to read Steven's review "after" seeing the film. I recently bought it on DVD as soon as it was available. It came highly recommended by several close relatives and I had missed it in the theaters.

Steven's review of "Bella" is here. I find that I agree substantially with him but would have given it a "bit more" for a score. As usual, Mr. Greydanus gives not only an "artistic score" but grades it for merit, spiritual value, moral value and so on.

Bella is "bella!"

Charlotte Was Both: Catholic Summer Reading

This blog's favorite "search string" is for the Catholic Lifetime Reading list published by Fr. McCloskey. I am very happy that Amy Wellborn of Charlotte was Both has posted a link to the Catholic Summer Reading list. The list is excellent!

I am a bibliophile. I have stacks of books yet unread and still find that I cannot pass up more orders to Amazon. Walking past a bookstore without a purchase seems almost inconceivable to me.

The ten best bets on Amy's list are great "summer reads." The entire list of 64 has some incredible books to consider. Amy has done a great service for all of us by calling attention to this program. Please check out this list of great reading and sign up for future editions.

Afternoon Roundup - Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Catholic World News: English Church forced to drop adoption services posted this story today from England. It reads in part:

The dioceses of Southwark, Portsmouth, and Arundel and Brighton have agreed to end their affiliation with the Catholic Children's Society. The group will be renamed Cabrini Children’s Society.

The Mail predicted that other dioceses would soon follow suit, while some Catholic agencies vowed a court battle to protect their right to continue offering adoption services without compromising their Catholic identity.
Read more here.

Early Roundup - Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Evening Roundup - Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 Customized Home Pages, Daily Mass Reading Widget and more!

I have given a hat tip to this link before but it bears repeating. has a free "home page" that can be customized to suit your Catholic needs. Yes, it has Catholic, CNA, CNS and a large variety of Catholic blogs, but it also has financial news, Yahoo top sports, headline news, etc. The entire package is very attractive and I wouldn't know what to do without it.

The folks also offer links to Catholic job listings nationwide. They also have free widgets that will give you a link to Catholic Search Engines or to the Daily Mass Readings of the USCCB. The Daily Mass Readings widget is the one I have linked in the right menu bar near the bottom of the page. I also used it recently as a demo on a post a few days ago. You can install this onto a web page and then check the Readings each day along with the provided Meditation.

Give it a look. It is a great feature and is provided by a solid Catholic company.

Early Roundup - Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tribute - Memorial Day, May 26th, 2008

It is hard to imagine a more fitting musical tribute than that of the beautiful theme written by Michael Kamen for the TV series, "Band of Brothers." On this Memorial Day, perhaps a silent meditation on this cemetery scene with Kamen's theme playing as a backdrop will help us to focus on what so many have given as the price for our liberty and our religious freedom...

"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may the Perpetual Light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. And may their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace!


Grateful Hat Tip to "Wretchard" of "The Belmont Club"

The Cabarfeidh Pages (Highland Warriors): A Soldier's Prayer for the Fallen

The Cabarfeidh Pages (Highland Warriors) posts the words to the beautiful hymn, "Mansions of the Lord," written for the movie, "We Were Soldiers." Here are the words sung by the West Point Glee Club:

To fallen soldiers let us sing
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord
No more bleeding, no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
Just divine embrace, eternal light
In the Mansions of the Lord
Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep
Through the ages safely keep
The Mansions of the Lord
The website has a link to the recording used in the movie in .wav format. Click here and open in another tab to hear the hymn played. It is indeed a beautiful hymn... You will also here a portion of the Scottish ballad, Sgt. MacKenzie. Click here to hear the complete ballad in Scottish. The words are on the website.

Garry Owen!

Visitors ask...Memorial Day

Monday, May 26th is designated "Memorial Day" in the United States (the last Monday in May). It is both a federal and state holiday and many in the U.S. mark it as the "unofficial" first day of summer. The day is set aside to commemorate those members of our military who have died. Many will visit civilian or Veteran's cemeteries to pay their respects, attend scheduled memorial services or go to special Masses to mark this day.

I will be posting lightly over the next day or so, but new posts are scheduled.

Early Roundup - Sunday, May 25th, 2008 - Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Mass Readings for - Sunday, May 25th, 2008 in the US - Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

In the United States, most Dioceses will follow the custom of celebrating the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) on the 25th. Here are the Mass readings for Sunday for the Novus Ordo Mass.

This "widget" is free, by the way, from as are others which you can place on any desktop or in a browser. The content changes daily, of course, and is free.

The TLM Mass for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, 'Missa Factus Est Dominus,' is found here.

Ars Catholica >> Notre Dame, Our Mother

Ars Catholica posts an image and story on the beautiful image of Our Lady of Sheshan.

When I saw this image both on Fr. Z’s blog and Amy Welborn’s, I thought it was one of the more stunning, modern images of Our Lady. I was particularly struck by the Chinese characters, and how, at least to this western eye, and non-Mandarin speaker, they hearken to the tradition of gold stars on a blue background.
Read the full story posted here.

Visitors ask...Tridentine Mass, Latin Mass, Archdiocese of Baltimore (or the TLM or Usus Antiquior) in Baltimore or in Maryland

I thought I had covered this adequately, but it still appears in "search strings" in various forms and orders of words! Search engines are "tempermental!"

Visitors often ask for the "Tridentine Mass" (or the "Latin Mass," or the "TLM," or "Usus Antiquior," or "Extraordinary Form") in the Archdiocese of Baltimore (or even more generally, "in Baltimore" or "in Maryland"). Here is the scoop...

The ONLY "TLM" or "Tridentine Mass" celebrated in the Archdiocese of Baltimore every Sunday and Holy Day is at Saint Alphonsus Church on Saratoga Street in the heart of Baltimore city. The Sunday TLM Mass there is at 11:30 AM.

There is a weekly "Latin Novus Ordo Mass" celebrated at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Assumption nearby at 9:00 AM each Sunday. Please note that both of these Masses are to be found in the RIGHT MENU and are also contained in the FAQs listing of Masses.

True, there are other
TLM or Tridentine Masses in Maryland but these are to be found in the Archdiocese of Washington. These Mass too are to be found in the RIGHT MENU or in the FAQs. These Masses tend to be near Washington, D.C. and thus fall into the purview of that Archdiocese.

While I am at it, on Sunday, June 8th at 11:30 AM
, the newly-ordained Reverend Mr. Jonathan Romanoski, F.S.S.P. will celebrate a Solemn High Mass at Saint Alphonsus. A reception will follow the Solemn High Mass in the Courtyard.

I hope this allows those seeking the TLM in Baltimore to now find it!

Early Roundup - Saturday, May 24th, 2008 - World Day of Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan

Friday, May 23, 2008

Vatican: Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan (for the People of China)

The Holy Father has asked the faithful to say this prayer on the 24th of May for the people of China. The prayer was taken from the Vatican website. The prayer is available at the same location in a number of other languages.

Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan

Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother,
venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title "Help of Christians",
the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
We come before you today to implore your protection.
Look upon the People of God and, with a mother’s care, guide them
along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be
a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.

When you obediently said "yes" in the house of Nazareth,
you allowed God’s eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb
and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption.
You willingly and generously cooperated in that work,
allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul,
until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary,
standing beside your Son, who died that we might live.

From that moment, you became, in a new way,
the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith
and choose to follow in his footsteps by taking up his Cross.
Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed
with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter.
Grant that your children may discern at all times,
even those that are darkest, the signs of God’s loving presence.

Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China,
who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love.
May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world,
and of the world to Jesus.
In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high,
offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love.
Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love,
ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.
Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever. Amen!

[00754-02.01] [Original text: English]

Evening Roundup - Friday, May 23rd, 2008

CNA: Christianity is the most profound revolution in history, Pope declares

The Catholic News Agency, CNA, posted a story last night summarizing the liturgy of Corpus Christi from Rome. The Holy Father's comments are summarized well in the article.

“The Eucharist can never be a private matter,” explained Pope Benedict. “The Eucharist is public worship, which has nothing esoteric or exclusive about it. ... We remain united, over and above our differences, ... we open to one another in order to become a single thing in Him."

"Walking with the Lord" was the second aspect of the celebrations that the Pope discussed. The chance to accompany Jesus in the Eucharist allows us to reflect on how He in fact, “raises us up again ... and puts us on the journey with the power of this Bread of life. ... The procession of Corpus Christi teaches us that the Eucharist wants to free us from all distress and discomfort ... so that we can resume the journey with the strength God gives us in Jesus Christ," the Holy Father said.

Moreover, "Without the God-with-us, the God Who is near, how can we sustain the pilgrimage of life, either individually or as a society or a family of peoples?" asked the Pope.

Read the entire story here.

Early Afternoon Roundup - Friday, May 24th, 2008

Early Roundup - Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Late Evening Roundup - Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Maryland Catholic Conference: Bills that undermine marriage signed into law

I received this email moments ago from the Maryland Catholic Conference. It is self-explanatory.

Senate Bill 566 and Senate Bill 597 to take effect July 1

Dear Advocates,

In the last few weeks, you've heard from us requesting your assistance in contacting Gov. Martin O'Malley and asking him to veto two bills that undermine the legal status of marriage in Maryland. Despite having heard from about 2,000 concerned Catholic citizens about the troubling impact of Senate Bill 566 and Senate Bill 597, the governor signed those measures into law this morning, May 22. Senate Bills 566 and 597, which create a definition of "domestic partnership" in law and treat those relationships as marriages in parts of the state's health and tax statutes, will take effect on July 1.

Below you will find a statement the Conference issued this morning in response to the governor's signing of these bills. Please take a few moments to read about the Church's deep concern over these new laws and share it with friends. Thank you for your continuing support and for making your voice heard on this vitally important issue.

Richard J. Dowling
Executive Director

Statement on the Signing of Domestic Partnership Bills

What we witness today is yet another demonstration of how problematic campaign promises can sometimes be. When he was a candidate for the State House, Governor O'Malley told the gay-rights lobby he would sign their domestic-partnership bills into law. But he punched their ticket without first checking where their bus was headed. Now we all know. This morning's signing ceremony puts Maryland on the road to becoming California East.

Some few years ago, California lawmakers assigned to same-sex relationships they called ‘domestic partnerships' virtually all the rights and privileges theretofore reserved by statute to marriages that involve one man and one woman. What the California high court said last week is that the two sorts of relationships cannot co-exist under the same constitution. The court's 4-to-3 opinion says that statutes having the effect of giving two names to the same set of attributes are in violation of the state's constitution and, therefore, that the one man-one woman definition of marriage enacted by California lawmakers is unconstitutional. The practical effect of the ruling is that the marriage designation might soon apply to same-sex as well as opposite-sex couples.

Whether or not it will seems to depend on California voters, who will decide the fate of a referendum question on California's November ballot. Voters will be asked to take matters into their own hands by enshrining the one man-one woman definition of marriage in the state's constitution.

While the measures signed today in Annapolis grant marriage-equivalency rights only in the areas of health care and taxation, they start us down the road California has taken. The first domestic partnership bills passed by California's state legislature also related to health care and taxation. Next year and the year after that, Maryland same-sex marriage proponents will be back before the General Assembly, pushing for additional privileges, and if our lawmakers are as compliant as they were this year, they'll get them. It won't be long, then, before Maryland domestic partners - unmarried opposite-sex as well as same-sex couples - are granted all the legal privileges of married couples, and Maryland's high court will be asked the same question its California counterpart decided last week.

But Marylanders do not have the same referendum rights as Californians. If the Maryland Court of Appeals were to follow the California court's lead, a proposed one-man/one-woman amendment to our constitution would have to pass the General Assembly before being referred to the people for final determination. Given the present makeup of the Maryland legislature and despite strong popular support for traditional marriage, there is virtually no chance that this would come to pass. In public testimony given this year to a Senate committee, Maryland's Attorney General supported a same-sex marriage bill. But when he was asked if he would continue to support the measure if its passage were made contingent upon referring it to voters, he said he would not. He was asked why. "Because it would fail," is what he said.

The Maryland-serving bishops' opposition to the measures signed today focuses not so much on the privileges they grant as on the firm conviction that the legal definition of marriage should not be diluted in order to bestow those privileges. The measures' definition of domestic partnerships not only gives same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples a status equivalent to marriage, it also is so broad and ambiguous that it can be extended to the most casual of relationships - relationships that can easily be entered into and just as easily dissolved; relationships that assume scarce few of the obligations associated with committed marriages. Sound public policy should not equate such relationships with the legal institution of marriage. Policies that do so fly in the face of religious traditions that exalt marriage and regard it as sacramental. At a time when communities of faith and society at large strive against formidable cultural forces to address the devastating results of divorce and the dissolution of the family structure, such policies can only prove counter-productive.

None of this is to say that certain of the rights and privileges currently granted by law to persons who are married should not also be made available to couples who are not. But this should and easily might be accomplished in ways that do no damage to the institution of marriage and the high status historically assigned to that institution by our laws. Nor should the rightful prerogatives of families suffer damage.

A law enacted two years ago grants hospital-visitation and medical decision-making rights to unmarried couples who execute advance directives. One of the bills signed today removes the advance-directive requirement. Hereafter, any two 18-year olds engaged in a domestic partnership can grant one another the right to make decisions in matters that neither is likely to have properly contemplated. Should one young partner face a medical emergency or sudden death, the surviving partner would have the legal authority to override parental and sibling rights in deciding such questions as whether to continue or withhold life support, whether body organs should be donated, and whether a deceased partner should be buried or cremated. The other signed measure grants cohabiting couples a financial incentive to avoid the legal commitments of marriage. Neither provides for the dissolution of domestic partnerships, or addresses the standing of prior partners.

Not only because of the assault these measures make on traditional marriage, then, but also because of the problems their application can be expected to pose in real-life circumstances, these bills should never have passed the General Assembly. Having been approved by our state lawmakers, they should not have been signed into law.


Visitors do you pronounce "Pietrelcina"?

This has been dealt with previously, but I failed to put Pietrelcina in the title!

Visitors are wondering how to pronounce the word, "Pietrelcina" (as in St. Pio of Pietrelcina who is mentioned in this blog's header).

I wanted to be accurate and so I consulted someone who speaks Italian fluently who confirmed my thoughts. The pronunciation is: PEE-ATE-TRAL-CHEE'-NA.

Sorry, but I can't do linguistic symbols on this blog. That is close enough I pray!

Late Afternoon Roundup: May 22nd, 2008 - Feast of Corpus Christi

Decent Films Guide by Steven D. Greydanus: "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008)

This blockbuster is about to come out so I thought you'd like to have Steven Greydanus' take on the movie. His review seems to be more favorable than some I have seen. As always, his rating system is very helpful to parents.

WDTPRS: The Pope to put limits on concelebrations

Fr. Zuhlsdorf of "What Does the Prayer Really Say" comments on the news as reported in "Panorama":

No more big "show" Masses: The Popes want to put the brakes on huge concelebrations with hundreds of priests, often far from the altar, as we are now used to in the World Youth Days and papal journeys. Benedict XVI has entrusted to the Congregation for Divine Worship the task of preparing, if necessary, an "instruction".

Full story is here!

Thursday, May 22nd: Rocco and Amy

Early Roundup - Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

First Things >> Blog Archive >> One College That’s Getting It Right

Michael Linton posted this story on May 16th on the First Things Blog. As he relates in his piece:

Like many of us reading these pages, I was in the middle of that spring migration known as “bringing the kid home from college for the summer break” (and, we hope, the summer job). My daughter and I were having breakfast at the local diner with seven of her friends (who had helped us schlep her gear to the car–always a good idea to reward cheap labor), and I was asking them about their first year in college. What did they like about it? What didn’t they? What were the big surprises, how were the roommates? All those kinds of questions I’ve learned are fairly innocuous ways to get to know 19-year-olds and to pick up a little local flavor and some entertaining gossip. After a couple of sentences complaining about the food, they were ignoring me and talking between themselves. Talking about Aristotle. And Plato. About the nature of virtue in the Nicomachean Ethics and how Verdi captured love of country in “Va pensiero” from Nabucco. (“I’m not Italian, but I cry every time I sing it,” one of the girls said.) And what they were most excited about was coming back in the fall and studying the Bible. And the Gospel of John. In Greek. Like I said, I was stunned.
A classical education in the great books that you may have never heard about. Maybe you should look into it...