Isn't evil hilarious?

Abortions? What abortions?

There is a breaking story from Ireland that Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York paid off “pedophile” (i.e. homosexual) priests to leave the Church, when he was the Archbishop of Milwaukee.

Guess who happens to be the US bishop who is leading the American bishops’ fight against Obamacare? Now, any American with an ounce of awareness knows that Obama is nothing more than a ruthless Chicago thug and a George Soros puppet, so a little basic speculative arithmetic as to the timing of this is in order here: 2 (you fight my health care bill) + 2 (I send my operatives to dig up dirt on you) = 4 (I destroy your credibility in public).

LifeSiteNews reported last week that William Peter Blatty, Georgetown University alum and author of The Exorcist, “… is getting ready to launch a canonical suit against his Alma mater Georgetown University, calling U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ appearance as commencement speaker “the last straw” in the school’s relinquishing of Catholic identity.”

I wonder which Ken Overberg homily, or which celebration of “Queer Week,” will precipitate same for Xavier? So many scandals to choose from…

if you love Our Lady, and you like to play in the dirt, have I got a project for you: why not start a Mary Garden?

I bought a small house with a big back yard about 18 months ago, and immediately started researching, planning and digging. So far I’ve made a stone walkway leading to a statue of Mary under a huge oak tree, and planted 2 varieties of spiderwort, perennial forget-me-nots, columbine, poppy anemones, ladybells and daylilies, among other things.

 Here is a good place to start investigating which species honor Our Blessed Mother and signify something special about her. And if you Google “Mary Garden Cincinnati,” you’ll  find places like this (which, though listed by U of Dayton’s Marian Library, is an Episcopal Convent) and this. And finally, an article from May 2000 in St. Anthony Messenger,  “Honoring Mary in Your Garden.”

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.

For those, including “Father Z,” who claim that the priests of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) are “suspended a divinis” and thus have no priestly faculties, perhaps this excerpt from a newly posted article on The Remnant will help:

“On 6th May 1975 came the pretended suppression of the Society of Saint Pius X by the new Bishop of Fribourg; this itself was against Canon Law since once a bishop has established a new religious society only Rome can suppress it (Can. 493). Archbishop Lefebvre appealed this decision; he was told that the Pope would take the matter in his own hands; he appealed again, asking for the documentary proof of such an assertion. That second appeal was simply filed and never answered (upon pressure of Cardinal Villot). Cardinal Villot wrote on 27th October 1975 that the Society of Saint Pius X had ceased to exist and thus no support could be given it by local bishops. However, since such suppression is not valid until the appeal is judged, in truth the Society of Saint Pius X continued in existence. Up until then, even the letter of the Canon Law was in favour of Archbishop Lefebvre.”

It may also help the parish priest down at All Saints Church in Walton, KY, right across I-75 from our SSPX chapel, who, so we’ve heard, has told his parishioners that attending the Traditional Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption does not fulfill their Sunday obligation. Really? Then I suppose Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos and Msgr. Camille Perl don’t know what they are talking about.

I hope I’m not being prematurely optimistic, but there seems to be a concerted effort at The Athenaeum to restore our Catholic identity after the desacralizing ravages of the Bernardin-Pilarczyk era. I am referring specifically to an article in the new issue entitled “The Challenge of Christian Witness,” which describes in detail the remodeling of the Immaculate Conception Chapel in the East Wing, and the purposes behind it. The article very lovingly details the design, art and iconography of the redesigned chapel, with particular emphasis on the prayer and adoration which it intends to evoke as a vital element in priestly formation.

Two things in particular caught my eye: one, that the new altar is still pretty much a Novus Ordo table (though I could be accused of nit-picking here), and two, the new inscription over the entrance, which reads:

“Introibo ad altare Dei. Ad Deum quo laetificat juventutem meam.” (I will go in unto the altar of God. To God Who giveth joy to my youth.)

This prayer, of course, begins the Traditional Mass, and is the first Prayer at the Foot of the Altar – one of the many prayers missing in the Missal of Paul VI, thanks to the liturgical cleansing of suspected Freemason Bugnini and his six Protestant advisers.

Click to access athenaeummagazine_spr2012.pdf

(See esp. pp 3 and 5).