22 November 2013
Because the entire collection from this weekend’s Masses in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will go the USCCB’s scandal-plagued Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), supervised locally by the Catholic Social Action office (think of it as a branch office of Catholics for Obama). I set forth my objections in an LTE the Cincinnati Enquirer ran a few years ago. Here’s a snippet:
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 recognizable Catholic identity 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.
16 November 2013
The good news: The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that inner-city Catholic schools in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati are bucking the national trend and growing their enrollments.
The bad news: The Cincinnati schools are accomplishing it through the use of state-funded vouchers.
The Cincinnati Archdiocese is in year two of a major effort to recruit Hispanic students, which they say is going well. Ohio’s expansion of the Educational Choice Scholarship Program (EdChoice) also played a big role. The program offers state-funded tuition vouchers to lower-income families to help them pay for private school tuition. Nearly 70 percent of CISE students receive money from EdChoice.
11 November 2013
The Catholic Courier of Rochester is running a series of stories on the new bishop of my home diocese, His Excellency Salvatore Matano, including a piece on local reactions. One priest interviewed is impressed by his knowledge of local history, especially a little known story about two Eucharistic martyrs:
Father Palumbos said he also was impressed that Bishop Matano had done his homework on diocesan history. In his welcoming remarks, Bishop Matano spoke of the deep commitment to the real presence in the Eucharist that Father George J. Weinmann and Sister Lillian Marie McLaughlin, SSND, displayed when they plunged into the burning St. Philip Neri Church in February 1967 to rescue the Blessed Sacrament from the flames. Sister McLaughlin was killed in the fire and Father Weinmann died from injuries several days later. Parts of the tabernacle from St. Philip Neri Church make up the tabernacle installed at Sacred Heart Cathedral as part of its renovation nearly a decade ago.
As I shared on my previous site, St. Philip Neri was the parish of my mother’s family, and my maternal grandmother used to do “tatting,” a form of embroidery, for the altar linens.
David Fiorito of Becket Hall, a “prep school” for discerning seminarians, is quoted about Bishop Matano’s welcome focus on developing the holiness of the people. Which is exactly right. The role of the priest and bishop is to sanctify the people so they can bring Jesus to the world. That’s the outward-directed vocation of the laity — to engage in the apostolate! In all too many places, and especially in Rochester, the laity are under the impression that their role is to “co-minister” with the priest in the sanctuary.
So it would seem that out of the gate Bishop Matano will focus on (1) the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and the (2) sanctification and holiness of his flock. He couldn’t pick two better priorities.
And I’m glad I hadn’t just sipped a drink before I read Cardinal Dolan’s remarks.
P.S. Per Bishop Matano’s comment about needing a haircut before his press conference, someone should recommend a local barber to His Excellency. I nominate Battisti’s on Rochester’s West side.
10 November 2013
Catholic philosophers and theologians speak of the “Three Transcendentals” by which God reveals Himself to us: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. The first of these comes to us through Scripture and doctrine, the second through the natural law and our moral code, and the third through the natural and manmade beauty that surrounds us. In the iconoclastic aftermath of Vatican II, beauty was given short shrift, but fortunately is making a comeback. One parish that’s reminding its flock of the importance of this third transcendental is St. Cecilia of the nearby Oakley neighborhood, mainly through it’s weekly bulletin. The cover generally features an evocative work of art or photograph keyed to the liturgical calendar or time of year. This week’s bulletin focuses on Veterans Day, and presents two related images to us. The first, on the cover, is a famous photograph of a priest giving communion on a World War II battlefield. The second, a new image for me, is a picture of a Pieta-inspired marble relief from the U.S. War Memorial at Anzio that shows Mary holding a fallen soldier. Here it is — enjoy:
6 November 2013
Posted by suburbanbanshee under Uncategorized
Bishop Salvatore Matano comes to Rochester, New York from Burlington, Vermont.
Cleansing Fire hears the news and rejoices!
A commenter quotes Matano’s remarks at the press conference: “We must remember above all else to trust in Jesus Christ, High Priest, King of Creation, Ruler of All, and Spouse of the Holy Mother Church. He is our defense, and a surer refuge no one has ever possessed.” Another links to a Vatican Radio talk with Matano (in English).
Background from the Rochester diocesan website.
Whispers from the Loggia points out that he’s a canon lawyer and a buddy of Cardinal Burke. He’s got a strong background in administration too, and has spent most of his time in Burlington doing repair of the damage there (financial and legal, as well as religious). Includes video of the press conference.
Background from WCAX and more background. Talks about his time in Burlington.
Matano will be installed as bishop on Jan. 3, the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. He’ll keep working in Burlington for most of the time till then.
Father Z has a tidbit about his zeal for souls. He supports the EF as well as the OF, and has said the EF as well as promulgating it in Burlington.
Rich must still be at work (or maybe he’s out celebrating), so I’ll post this in honor of my Rochester cousins and aunt. Let’s all pray for Bishop Matano! He’ll need it!
29 October 2013
The Catholic Telegraph of Cincinnati reports that Chicago auxiliary bishop Joseph Perry, a celebrant of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass long rumored to be the next ordinary for my home Diocese of Rochester, New York, will be here next Monday to deliver a talk on Servant of God Fr. Augustus Tolton:
The latest lecture in the annual George Findley Lecture Series, sponsored by the Athenaeum of Ohio – St. Mary’s Seminary and the Office of African American Catholic Ministries, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the Bartlett Center on the Athenaeum’s campus in Mt. Washington. The Most Rev. Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will present a lecture on “Father Augustus Tolton: From Slave to Priest.” Fr. Tolton has been given the title “Servant of God,” which is the first stage in the process of being canonized a saint. It means that the Holy See has carried out its own consultations to determine if there is any reason the Church should not proceed in investigating the cause for canonization.
27 October 2013
Evidently Oct. 25-27 was “Family Weekend” at Xavier University, and this evening one visiting mom shared her observations of Mass at Bellarmine Chapel:
I did a google search for Bellarmine chapel after attending mass there this weekend at parent’s weekend. I’m sure you will not be surprised that a year later it’s business as usual. No Gloria. Some ad-libbed profession of faith done in the style of baptismal promises, but not actual baptismal promises, ad libbed Eucharistic prayers and a very dense dark wheat bread that crumbled everywhere….
A friend who once served as an altar server at Bellarmine recalls students wiping their hands on their pants to “get rid of the crumbs.”
Meanwhile, Archbishop Schnurr, who came to Cincinnati promising a laser-focus on youth ministry and outreach to young Catholics, has been nominated to be the next USCCB president.
Forgive me for being “consumed” by the goings-on at Victory Parkway.