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Fr. Martin Fox reports that our very own Archbishop Schnurr is being “targeted” by the LGBT syndicate for his fidelity to Church teaching on human sexuality:

Let me amplify that. This isn’t about the Archbishop. Our Archbishop is simply being faithful to the teachings of our Lord and Savior. He is doing his job. He is being our shepherd. This is an attack on the Body of Christ as a whole, and that means every one of us.

And the Archbishop deserves to know that the faithful stand with him. When he stands up for Christ, we must stand with him!

While I don’t imagine his Excellency is fretting over this, I also don’t imagine this is going to be pleasant. Even if the efforts of the “LGBT activists” are reasonably civil (let us hope), this is not something most of us would want to endure outside our places of work, churches, or homes.

I’m not sure the Archbishop would want me to, er, organize any letter-writing, but I don’t know why you couldn’t contact him and let him know he has your prayers and support.

May he wear it as a badge of honor. We’ll be praying for him this Thanksgiving weekend.

Paragraph 1753 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church provides the following warning about the moral theory of “consequentalism”:

A good intention (for example, that of helping one’s neighbor) does not make behavior that is intrinsically disordered, such as lying and calumny, good or just. The end does not justify the means. Thus the condemnation of an innocent person cannot be justified as a legitimate means of saving the nation. On the other hand, an added bad intention (such as vainglory) makes an act evil that, in and of itself, can be good (such as almsgiving).

It came to mind when I read an op-ed on Obama’s immigration executive order last Friday in the Cincinnati Enquirer from local attorney Kenneth Craycraft Jr. And it especially came to mind this morning when I listened to Mr. Craycraft, a self-identified member of St. Andrew’s parish in Milford, elaborate on the points in his piece on Catholic radio during a sympathetic interview.

Looking for a great way to kick-off to Advent?

Look no further.

(And happy feast day, St. Cecilia parish!)

MadonellaWhen I excitedly described my Nov. 6-10 trip to Rome to my mother the other day, the first thing she told me was how she, like me, was taken by the Madonelle that adorn the street-corners and alleyways of the city.  So I thought I’d share a picture of the Madonella near my hotel and Frank Korn’s description from his indispensable book, A Catholic’s Guide to Rome: Discovering the Soul of the Eternal City:

There are also hundreds of Madonelle, statuettes of the Madonna, in niches on the fronts of buildings — especially corner buildings.  Some are simple and unadorned, others ornamental — yet always tasteful.  The best of these date from the Baroque period when they were decorated with stucco and wrought iron.  This practice goes back to medieval times.  The local Madonella was a neighborhood’s way of invoking the blessing and protection of the Virgin Mary.  When the Angelus bells ran out at eventide, votive oil lamps were placed before these miniature shrines.  These lamps helped to light Rome’s streets in the days before public electric illumination.  As late as the end of the eighteenth century, more than two thousand of these Madonelle graced the office buildings and apartment houses of Rome.  Some fifteen hundred have survived to our time, as a walk through the city, particularly the old districts, will reveal.

The entire Nov. 22-23 weekend collection for parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will go to the partisan, scandal-plagued Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

For an explanation of why Catholics should reject the CCHD, see my 2010 letter in the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Here’s an excerpt:

The standard for Catholics shouldn’t be merely to avoid funding groups that oppose our central teachings. I would hope we can take as much for granted! Rather, our standard should be to support organizations with a clearly identifiable Catholic mission or set of guiding principles. That can’t happen when CCHD recipients include highly politicized groups like the Contact Center, whose website masthead once featured the slogan “welfare reform = death,” and the Amos Project, an organization known for shaking down local businesses with unfounded charges of racism. Ditto for the scandal-plagued ACORN, which received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the CCHD even after it was exposed for various financial improprieties.

Moreover, when it comes to societal problems with a variety of legitimate Catholic solutions, e.g., how best to help the poor, the role of bishops and priests is to inform the laity of the principles they should take into the public square. It’s then up to the laity, not a bishops conference or a chancery — and certainly not the CCHD — to apply those principles to concrete situations in their communities. Part of that application is determining which local groups are worthy of support.

It’s altogether fitting that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), an administrative body with no doctrinal authority whatsoever that Cincinnati archbishop Daniel Pilarczyck once likened to a “league of independent grocers,” has seen fit to endorse the executive order on immigration of Barack Obama, a president with no authority whatsoever to issue legislation.

WASHINGTON—Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, welcomed the news today that the Obama administration will defer deportations for many undocumented immigrants and their families.

“We have a long history of welcoming and aiding the poor, the outcast, the immigrant, and the disadvantaged. Each day, the Catholic Church in the United States, in her social service agencies, hospitals, schools, and parishes, witnesses the human consequences of the separation of families, when parents are deported from their children or spouses from each other. We’ve been on record asking the Administration to do everything within its legitimate authority to bring relief and justice to our immigrant brothers and sisters. As pastors, we welcome any efforts within these limits that protect individuals and protect and reunite families and vulnerable children,” said Bishop Elizondo.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky, and president of the USCCB said, “There is an urgent pastoral need for a more humane view of immigrants and a legal process that respects each person’s dignity, protects human rights, and upholds the rule of law. As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, said so eloquently: ‘Every human being is a child of God! He or she bears the image of Christ! We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected, and loved.’”

A sad photo-essay from the Daily Mail over in the UK.

St. Peter’s Seminary in Argyll, Scotland was founded in 1964. Large classes of Baby Boomer priests were supposed to be coming, and the most modern architecture was chosen to make it a building of worldwide significance. (And honestly, it’s not bad-looking; there’s some shape to it instead of just blank walls.)

The seminary was closed, then converted into a drug rehab center.

It is now abandoned.

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