February 2015


Xavier University’s Bellarmine Chapel is concluding its Lenten speaker series this year by celebrating the sacraments of Confession and Anointing, the latter of which requires the recipient be in “danger of death.”

I suppose if I had to suffer through Jesuits Ken Overberg on the proper formation of conscience and Dan Hartnett on how the faithful “discern” Catholic teaching, I’d sense my mortality too.

From the Office of the Archbishop, Archdiocese of Cincinnati:

The movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, is scheduled to debut in theaters across America on February 13, 2015. The story line is presented as a romance; however, the underlying theme is that bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism are normal and pleasurable. In the story line, a young Miss Steele is urged to sign a contract becoming a sex slave and agreeing to an abusive and degrading relationship. This movie is in direct contrast to the Christian message of God’s design for self-giving and self-sacrificing love, marriage and sexual intimacy. The movie is a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God’s people. We need to inform our people about the destructive message of this movie and to highlight the beauty of God’s design for loving relationships between a husband and wife in the bond of marriage.

Kudos to His Excellency.  He’s likely to take heat and ridicule for this bold stand.

What the Church teaches:

71. The use of automatic instruments and machines, such as the automatic organ, phonograph, radio, tape or wire recorders, and other similar machines, is absolutely forbidden in liturgical functions and private devotions, whether they are held inside or outside the church, even if these machines be used only to transmit sermons or sacred music, or to substitute for the singing of the choir or faithful, or even just to support it.

Musica Sacra: Instruction on Sacred Music and Sacred Liturgy, Sacred Congregation for Rites, 3 September 1958

What the Archdiocese of Cincinnati does:

Show the video. Show the 2015 CMA video at Masses, meetings and other appropriate opportunities. It’s a powerful method of conveying the importance of the CMA ministries.

— 2015 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) Parish Guide of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

FWIW, this post should not be construed in any way as a criticism of the priests of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who “show the video” at the request of their bishop or his staff.