Most of you have probably heard about the murder of a young FSSP priest, Father Kenneth Walker  in Phoenix.

There will be a sung Requiem high mass for the repose of his soul Monday evening at Sts. Philomena & Cecilia in Oak Forest Indiana.

Mass time 7:00 P.M.

The address is 16194 St. Mary’s Road Brookville, IN 47012.

If you have never been to a Latin Requiem mass, it is something you should witness. It is something you will never forget. It is something that brings one’s heart and mind together to realize higher things than what we witness on this earth.



This morning’s Cincinnati Enquirer features a guest column from a parishioner at St. Vivian Church. It is a call to open dissent over the Church’s teaching on pelvic issues. Anyone who has lived in the confines of the AOC won’t find it surprising, as the lack of catechesis and the practice of pastors and archdiocesan officials winking at this sort of thing were widespread. But as Bill Clinton would say, “That dog won’t hunt anymore”; the arguments are stale and predictable. One statement did stand out, however:

I’m uncomfortable with church doctrine that excludes women from the priesthood and calls LGBTQ lifestyles sinful. These attitudes perpetuate misogynist and homophobic ideals that marginalize minorities and make all women and LGBTQs vulnerable to self-hatred and social marginalization on a global scale. In the media, we witness daily violence and oppression toward women and gays – victims who have paid a steep price for the collective nostalgia Catholics enjoy.

My first reaction is, thank goodness we worship the Holy Trinity instead of a feminist from Finneytown! Since when has one’s “comfort” been a guiding principle in matters of religion? If it were so, we’d all end up worshiping gods who look just like ourselves. Or worshiping ourselves outright. In any event, one can hope that the writer will receive some much-needed fraternal correction from her pastor.

You really can’t make up this stuff.

The calendar for Cincinnati’s Xavier University, a school in the “Jesuit Catholic tradition,”  notes that tomorrow is an official Holy Day, the Feast of the Ascension — of  “Baha’u’llah,” the founder of the Baha’i religion.


Holy Day: Bahá’í
Ascension of Baha’u’llah
9:00 AM

TIME: 9:00 AM until 10:00 PM
DATE: Thursday, May 29
LOCATION: Ascension of Baha’u’llah
DESCRIPTION: Ascension of Baha’u’llah: This commemorates the day when the founder and prophet of the Baha’i Faith died in 1892.Reflection: “Abdu’l-Bahá explained to the Bahái’s that the physical body of the Prophet of God is like a cloud which covers the sun and which prevents its rays from reaching the earth. Because of their physical limitations, the Prophets of God must live by the rules of physical existence. For this reason, many people are tested. They will say, ‘What kind of Prophet is he? He sleeps and eats and walks the streets like everyone else.’ But when the cloud is removed, the rays of the sun reach the people directly, and the whole of creation is resuscitated by their lifegiving light.”See the Calendar of Holy Days and Observances
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It should go without saying that I have no beef with the Baha’is. They are free to observe and practice their religion as they see fit. Why a Catholic university, even one in the “Jesuit Catholic tradition,” feels compelled to highlight their holy day is lost on me, however.

After mulling it over each spring for the past few years, we finally put together a Mary Garden in the back yard. By “we” I of course mean Mrs. Leonardi, who spent all week clearing away weeds and honeysuckle and planting roses and pansies. For the statue of Mary, we went with a Mother-and-Child theme and picked up a 25″ version this morning at the Catholic Shop in Madeira, which evidently had a run on them ahead of Mother’s Day the other weekend. Here she is:

Mary Garden

Those who’ve followed the goings-on of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for the past few decades surely recall the name “Brennan Hill,” a (former?) theology professor at Xavier University rightly notorious for his open dissent from Magisterial teaching and, more specifically, his co-authorship in the early-90s of the “Hill & Madges” video series (and accompanying book) on the then-new universal Cathechism, a fortunately ill-fated attempt to spin its content for his panic-stricken fellow travelers among the mostly local catechetical elite. He’s weighed-in on the new archdiocesan teachers contract in the LTE section of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and his assessment comes as no surprise:

The famous inventor, Samuel F.B Morse captured the anti-Catholicism of 19th century America when he said that Catholicism is opposed in its very nature to Democratic Republicanism; as it is, therefore as a political system, as well as religious, opposed to civil and religious liberty, and consequently to our form of government. Catholics in the 19th century were perceived as a closed perfect society, wherein their thinking and actions were dictated by the hierarchy and the Vatican.

Enter the new contract for teachers in the Catholic schools in the Cincinnati. The contract seems to a throwback to a Catholicism of former times. It appears to be devised to prevent teachers from using the American court system when unjustly terminated, deprive them of their freedom of speech, their religious freedom and ignore the primacy of their consciences.

Didn’t Vatican II teach that Catholics as well as all people have the civil right of freedom from interference in their lives according to their conscience? (Vatican II, On human dignity, parag 13.)

Brennan Hill, Anderson Township

It’s rather curious that a man whose theology and eccelesiology have a sell-by date of 16 October 1978 uses the derisive term “throwback” without a hint of irony.

You have to love a Church which can have a missionary priest from Uganda celebrate a baptism in Italian at a parish in Cincinnati.

That’s what happened during the 11:30 Mass at St. Mary of Hyde Park this morning.

Pace the intrusiveness of an omnipresent photographer, it was a wonderful expression of the universality of the Catholic faith and Church.

Over at his wonderful site, “Bonfire of the Vanities,” Fr. Martin Fox of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati critiques (eviscerates, really) business reporter Josh Pichler’s recent Notre Dame-invoking argument against the new archdiocesan teacher contract in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Here’s a sample from his lengthy and thorough post:

So it all really hinges on something Mr. Pichler doesn’t seem interested in: is the Catholic Church right about human sexuality? Is the Church right in saying that two people of the same sex attempting “marriage” is no marriage at all. Because it’s contrary to God’s plan for humanity (“unnatural”), it won’t really lead to ultimate happiness. It cannot. It involves mortal sin — which, if unrepented of, means eternal loss in hell.

And if I believed that — and I do! — then how can I be all smiles while this path in life is celebrated?

Mr. Pichler may not believe this; he doesn’t say. But if Notre Dame really is the ultimate expression of the Catholic Faith (“You don’t get more Catholic than Notre Dame”–uh, yeah you do; and Mr. Pichler really ought to be embarrassed to resort to this sort of bromide. Will he quote George Gipp and sing the Alma Mater next?), then he knows full well what the Catholic Church believes.

So I’d love to hear how he solves this problem. Unfortunately, he isn’t interested in actually taking Catholic teaching seriously.

Read the whole thing.


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