When the AOC makes a wise decision we should acknowledge it.


Here in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis the buses went. The bus from the local parish (along with many others) got stuck for nearly 24 hours on the Pennsylvania turnpike.

I have been to the march 8 times but haven’t been in a few years. Last year our archdiocese made some rule changes about chaperons that I disagreed with so I and my family won’t be going with them unless it gets fixed.

I’ve seen many praises for the people that “braved” the elements and participated this year. Good for them. Bad for the people in charge that never should have allowed them to be there.

I have two sons at Christendom college just 60 miles west of Washington. Christendom shuts down school for the day and sends all the students on buses to the march. Not this year. They prudently canceled. I am thankful.

While browsing the website of the Cincinnati public library I came across a gem, the autobiography of Father Francis Finn. I ordered it into the Harrison branch and picked it up last week.

Many people know Father Finn from the childrens books he wrote. The Tom Playfair series were his most famous. He wrote many others including several set in Cincinnati in and around St. Xavier parish on Sycamore St. downtown.

He states “…I was, in 1901, put in charge of St. Xavier School, a position which I have held for twenty-seven years.”

Father Finn makes a statement early on in the book that sums up a feeling that my wife had instinctively from the time our children were very young and which I have, over the years, come wholeheartedly to agree with.

“Came a day, as movie writers would have it, when I learned to read. Along with this new gift came a period of sickness, and I buried myself in what books I could get. My beloved nurse Connie fell dangerously ill at this time. Having made her peace with God and convinced she was no longer for this world, she disposed of many of her belongings. To me she gave five or six books, among them “Fabiola,” by Cardinal Wiseman, “Scalp Hunters,” by Marion Leeds, and “Rosemary,” by Huntington.
Connie recovered, but I kept the books; and with reading “Fabiola” came a new period in my life. The beautiful story of those early Christian Martyrs had a profound influence on my life. Religion began to mean something to me. Since, the day of reading “Fabiola,” I have carried the conviction that one of the greatest things in the world is to get the right book into the hands of the right boy or girl. No one can indulge in reading to any extent without being largely influenced for better or for worse. Only yesterday, just before I took up these recollections, word came to me that a brilliant young man, an outstanding student of our college in Cincinnati, had lost the faith. I was more shocked than astonished. I had known the boy well and thought much of him. But I had also known that even in his callow youth he had read books against the faith, books dangerous to morals, and books of every kind provided they had some claims to literary merit. In a word, he had browsed without discriminating between the good and the poisonous. The result was as might have been expected.”

I would think in this day and age we could add movies, TV shows, music, video games and social media to the things we need to discriminate.

P.S. Another interesting tidbit of this is that Xavier students were losing their faith long before Father Overberg showed up on campus.

The old saying “Money talks and BS walks” is coming true. After donations nose dived the idea of building a new church went out the window. A new school building also seems far in the future.

I post this so others that may be facing a similar situation of losing a beloved parish or church building can see that by stopping the money flow and holding firm the arch/bishop will be forced to compromise.

All Saints Parish structure seen as ‘unique concept’

It has been nearly two years since the closing of some Catholic parishes in the Batesville Deanery, including four in north Dearborn County.

The action by Archbishop Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis brought forth a range of reactions as parishioners looked to the future. And for the four North Dearborn parishes, the future appears to be different from what had been planned since all buildings remain open, but under one mantle — All Saints Parish.

“This is a bold and daring concept, but one that the new parish of All Saints is embracing quite fervently,” Fr. Jonathan Meyer, who became pastor of the four parishes, told The Beacon. “This is a dramatic shift from where some of the parishioners were, just a year ago.”

Our Pastor made an interesting observation today in his homily.

The old “Christmas Proclamation” that is part of the morning liturgy of the hours states in Latin, “A nativitate Abrahae, anno bis millesimo quintodecimo.”

Translation: From the birth of Abraham, the year two thousand and fifteen

We are now as far removed, time wise, for Jesus as Abraham was.

He went on to say that it’s probably off by a couple of years.


One of AOCs scandalous priests has died.


God have mercy on his soul.


Pictures from the Corpus Christi procession at Sts. Philomena & Cecilia in Brookville.


Mass First


Heading out. Shot of the ombrilino.


Down the hill.


Then back up to the north facing altar.


First station, the north facing altar. Directed at the pagans of the Ft. Wayne diocese. This is in the back side of the rectory garage.


Guns are loaded and ready. Three shots at the blessing with the monstrance.


Back down. Oh No! The canopy comes apart! Keep calm and carry on.


Into the cemetery and the south facing altar.


South facing altar. Meanwhile a team of engineers works on the canopy.


Two misfires in the cemetery. Maybe it was he flowers attached to the ends. Keep calm and carry on.


On to the west facing altar. Canopy back in action.


West facing altar.


Back inside to the east facing altar and final Benediction.

This marks the end of high mass season. Low masses until the fall and cooler weather when the choir can get back into the loft and not melt.








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.



One of the main reasons the Archbishop gave for the parish closings and consolidations in the Batesville deanery was a lack of priests. The restructuring was supposed to help alleviate the problem. Instead of alleviation it seems it has exacerbated the problem. The administrator of the newly formed All Saints parish lasted all of three months.
According to the local newspaper he has decided “to leave the active priestly ministry.”

A pdf of the article can be found here  http://thebrightbeaconindiana.com/AllSaintsApril2014.pdf

I can’t find any info on the Archdiocese website other than his bio.
“2011, (July), pastor, St. Joseph, St. Leon, St. John the Baptist, Dover, St. Paul, New Alsace, and St. Martin, Yorkville; 2014, administrator All Saints, Dearborn County; 2014, leave of absence.”

I know this man’s parents. They bought his ordination present at my store. Their happiness when he was ordained was something I will never forget. I can’t imagine what they are going through now.

“…the priest came in- I was there alone. I don’t think he saw me-and took out the alter stone and put it in his bag; then he burned the wads of wool with the holy oil on them and threw the ash outside; he emptied the holy water stoup and blew out the lamp in the sanctuary and left the tabernacle open and empty, as though from now on it was always to be Good Friday….. I stayed there till he was gone, and then, suddenly, there wasn’t any chapel there any more, just an oddly decorated room. I can’t tell you what it felt like. “

This is how Evelyn Waugh had his character, a young Lady Cordelia Flyte, describe the closing of the chapel at Marchmain house at Brideshead to family friend Charles Ryder in the novel Brideshead Revisited.

It was sad when I first read it. But, it was sad in a fictional way. It’s not a real story, after all.

I would read Rich’s blog when he posted about parish closings in his native Rochester and be sad. But, it was a distant sad. I don’t know anybody in Rochester.

The sadness is now hitting home. I often drive past five parishes that either have recently closed or will be closing in my deanery.

On a cold Sunday morning in December, the snow was still on the road here in rural Indiana three days after it fell. I saw an elderly lady, that I know lives across the road from St. Mary of the Rock church, driving very cautiously, hands 10 and 2, erect in her seat, towards Oldenburg, 8 miles of poor country road away, presumably for mass . The last regular Sunday mass was said at St. Mary’s less than a month before. I wonder how many Sunday masses she has missed in the past 60 years? I wonder how many she has missed in the last two months? Franklin county schools have been closed more than open for the past five weeks.

I wonder how many poor souls, that have worked the fields and factories, raised their kids for a better life, and counted on their local parish to be there so that they could spend the last years of their life preparing their soul for eternity by assisting at daily mass, now find themselves unable to get to even Sunday mass let alone daily.

I can’t for the life of me figure out how one man driving 15 miles in one direction to say mass is more economical than 400 people driving 15 miles in the opposite direction to hear mass.  I can’t figure out how not using four perfectly good church buildings yet still maintaining them and building a new church building is more economical than just using the four perfectly good church buildings. I can’t figure out why parishes that have kept their churches and grounds well maintained get rewarded by having their parishes closed while a parish that has let their church and school building crumble down around them get rewarded with a new church and school building.

I wonder if any of the people on the committee that recommended the closing of other people’s parishes has missed a Sunday mass this winter because they couldn’t get there.  I wonder if any of them can’t afford gas to get them to daily mass. I wonder if the archbishop has missed mass.

I wonder if the archbishop or any of the priests that smile and tell us how great this rearrangement will be and how it will strengthen our faith and communities has any idea how it makes me physically sick to my stomach to hear their rot. “This is a victory,”  they say, “not a defeat.” Right. The soldiers in the trenches know a defeat. The brass at the rear can spin it any way they like. The front line soldiers are the ones that pay the price.

The Population Research Institute (PRI) has released a report accusing Catholic Relief Services (CRS)of aiding population control efforts in Madagascar.

CRS says nuh uh.

The thing I find most telling is this part of PRI’s report.

Finally, we note that the head of the Catholic Relief Services Tamatave regional office, Andry Ramamonjisoa, was previously employed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  As Mr. Ramamonjisoa noted, “Before this [CRS], I worked with UNFPA, mainly dealing with family planning.”

Surely this man’s history was known to the CRS-Madagascar director when he was hired and posed no obstacle to his employment. In fact, we would guess that his experience in running population control programs for the UN was probably viewed as an asset. After all, CRS was accepting funding from USAID to carry out a family planning/population control program, and it needed to convince USAID of its seriousness of purpose. What better way than to hire a UN Population Fund expert—a self-described Catholic who obviously disagrees with the Church’s teachings on the life issues—to run it?

CRS’s response is less than adequate.

There is also a reference to the previous employment of a CRS employee. Without confirming those details, we can say that all work done while in the employ of CRS is in compliance with church teaching whatever an employee’s previous affiliation.

This attitude smacks of the prevalent attitude I find in many organizations that expect money from me. “We know what we’re doing just give us your money and we’ll take it from there.”

Also PRI states that 70% of CRS money comes from the US government.

Can this be true?

CRS doesn’t even try to deny it.