April 2012

After some thought, (for me a time consuming effort), I have a question brought on by Fr Fox’s comment to a previous post chastising us for little respect to Sisters. I will yield the fact that the Sisters are consecrated persons, brides of Christ if you will, However some of the brides seem to have forgotten their “husband”.  As evidence I post these blog links from Fr Z, just what respect exactly do we owe these Sisters, I am asking out of  concern.



I also recommend


the slow descent into relativism and humanism.


BTW when I refer to polyester nightmares, I am referring to a particular “sister” that had a wardrobe of ill fitting polyester pantsuits that did her no favors and made her look silly, then she would speak and confirm it. Had this annoying practiced of announcing the priest as “presenter” at our engaged encounter and later when we worked at one. Totally threw me for a loop. Really, when I look at how far some orders have fallen it is frightening, and then the collection comes for their retirement.

another note

In a recent article ,which I can no longer find back, it was stated that the average age of Sisters belonging to the LCWR is 70 or so,  it seems they are dying anyway.

Now some one help me, the same story listed the second largest group that represents sisters, seems to be more orthodox membership, quite  a bit younger and growing, any help?

I do make it a practice when seeing a Sister or group of Sisters in habits to go over and thank them, God Bless then for their dedication and witness to the faith, and the same for a Priest in a cassock, such a sight for sore eyes




This morning’s Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a first-ever study of archdiocesan schools revealed a $15 million deficit, closed mainly by dollars from parish reserves. The story lists some of the remedies under consideration:

Catholic leaders for more than a year have been grappling with a variety of strategies to improve Catholic schools’ outlook. Among options under discussion:

• Creating ways all parishes – not just those with schools – can support Catholic education.

• Directing new funds to financial aid and scholarships, rather than to specific schools or parishes.

• Arming parishes with information so they can set tuition low enough to attract more students.

“We’re facing some new challenges,” said Jim Rigg, superintendent of the 113 schools and 42,200 students in the archdiocese. “It may become a crisis if we don’t implement some type of strategic vision for the future.”

Allow me suggest a fourth strategy: tithing. It worked wonders in Wichita.

Ten bucks says you won’t hear anything close to that at Xavier University’s new series on Catholic Social Teaching:

This series, led by local Catholic experts, will examine today’s complex issues and the relevance of Catholic social teaching to educate and stimulate respectful dialogue this election year on current social, economic and political issues.

There is an outstanding article in the Winter-Spring Issue of The Latin Mass Magazine, “Altar Cards: Humble Work Horses of the Altar,” describing the invaluable work of Mary Popp, founder and Executive Director of the Society for the Preservation of Roman Catholic Heritage (SPORCH) up in Dayton. An important part of Mary’s work has been to preserve, re-master and distribute TLM altar cards. She even has an exhibition of them! From the article:

Once an altar card set is at hand, Mary then “works her magic”…..There are always brown spots, stains,, and holes to be repaired. First she preserves the original intact, then re-masters and revitalizes as copy to be reproduced and used in the Latin Mass today. Producing new cards with historical integrity is a formidable task. Each word, line, and illuminated letter is scrutinized for errors or missing parts…Mary has to create a new alphabet to match the handwriting and then produce a complementary missing altar card that matches the first in lettering, style, and art work. The average revitalizing effort takes over 80-90 hours per card…

Part of Mary’s magic is the Sacred Artist Heritage Association she is helping to form in Dayton, Ohio…Benefactors are needed who will help furnish parishes, missions , and priests, new to the Latin Mass or who are simply too poor, with altar cards. Other benefactors are needed to help search for these antique altar cards around the world…

 The article was written by John Staggenborg, who attends Holy Family Catholic Church in Dayton, an AoC parish staffed by the FSSP. Kudos and heartfelt thanks to both Mary and John.

The website for the LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) is down. Down like a clown with a frown. Don’t know if it got hacked, if the server got hammered by interested people looking it up, if somebody didn’t pay the ISP bill, or if the bishops ordered it taken down… but it’s down.

The Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity still have copies on their website of the last few LCWR newsletters, including the one mentioning Barbara Marx Hubbard as the main speaker for their next conference. (Fr. Z filled us in on just how crazed, non-Catholic, and opposed to Catholicism this woman is.) Scroll down to read them.

Man, must be nice to be so steeped in holy poverty as to have a color newsletter. (I’m okay with color newsletters for giving out to donors, because that’s marketing. Sending out professional newsletters that only go to other religious orders, I don’t see the point.) An aesthetically fluffy newsletter, at that.

UPDATE: CatholicBuckeye says it’s back up, but their site certificate is outdated. So you’ll get a warning, but it should be safe to click through. (I think they have a site certificate because of the member login section mentioned in their newsletters.)

Despite a lot of fighting against it by Julienne alumnae over the last few years, the city of Dayton has started to demolish the old Julienne High School building. The Dayton Daily News has a photo gallery.

Julienne High School, a girl’s high school run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, was originally founded in 1886 as “Notre Dame Academy,” in a building right across the street from Emmanuel Parish. Enrollment got to be so big that, in 1927, the sisters built Julienne High School over in the Five Oaks area. Girls from all over the Dayton area attended, including some non-Catholics.

But then Vatican II and the Seventies’ bad economy hit, and the Five Oaks area was on the edge of dangerous. So enrollment plunged drastically from the big baby boomer days. Julienne High School merged with Chaminade High School (a boys’ high school run by the Marianists) back in 1973. Chaminade actually was founded to use the old Notre Dame Academy building, so in a way Julienne was just coming home.

Julienne High School’s building was sold to a Christian school group, which eventually sold to Dayton Schools, which never did do anything much with it. I imagine they will be either selling the property or building something new there. Either way, a big part of history is gone.

Here’s the website for Chaminade Julienne High School (aka CJ).

Please pray for the man, Joseph Ratzinger, on this the 7th anniversary of his coronation as Pope Benedict XVI.  May his shoulders continue to have the strength to carry Holy Mother Church.

Prayers for the Holy Father

V. Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI.

R. The Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him to be blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

Our Father, Hail Mary

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon Thy servant, Pope Benedict XVI, our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him, according to Thy loving-kindness, in the way of eternal salvation; that, of thy gift, he may ever desire that which is pleasing unto thee and may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


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