One of my sisters-in-law, who lives in Madeira, informed me about this.

A week from tonight, March 8 at 7pm, St. Gertrude’s is hosting a talk by David Mills, “Mercy Begins in the Mind.”

I worked with David some years ago when he was editing Touchstone and later First Things. He is a very thoughtful Catholic man. If I only lived closer than 8 hours I would go to St Gertrude’s next Tuesday.

Here is the parish’s announcement:


Will the last parishioner to leave St. Mary of Hyde Park please turn out the lights?

My territorial parish has been hemorrhaging members* for years, largely due to the lazy culture of dissent that has dominated the place since at least the 1980s.

After a shakeup of the staff a few years ago, there was some hope for a turnaround.  But as the speakers lineup for this year’s Lenten mission reveals, any sort of orthodox renewal is a long ways off.

Included in its “Mercy in Motion” Lenten series are Fr. Gene Contadino, SM, a notorious pelvic dissenter and abuser of the liturgy who maintains a personality cult among baby-boomers at East Walnut Hills’ St. Francis De Sales parish; Fr. Bill Verbryke, S.J., a Jesuit who in his homilies promotes the heresy of Modalism and refers to a “Mother” god; and Deacon Royce Winters, the race-obsessed director of the archdiocesan Office of African American Ministries who castigated a local priest in 2008 for failing to praise the then-recently elected Barack Obama in a homily to a predominantly black parish.

Save the exclusion of Fr. Ken Overberg, SJ, you couldn’t pick a worse local lineup if you tried.

Meanwhile nearby Oakley’s St. Cecilia is bursting at the seams thanks to pastor Fr. Jamie Weber’s reverent liturgies, passionate preaching, and rock-solid catechesis.  You can bet more Catholics will be making the short drive from Hyde Park in the coming weeks.

*It should go without saying that this post is in no way meant to criticize SMHP parishioners, many of whom I count as friends who have nothing to do with decisions taken by the staff and numerous parish commissions.

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.

I opened at random this morning our would-be confirmand’s new sacramental preparation book distributed today by our territorial parish.  On page 24 of RCL-Benziger’s Confirmation is a two-page hagiographical spread on progressive local “martyr” Dorothy Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from Dayton who was murdered ten years ago defending the jungles of South America.  To make matters worse, the publishers have the audacity to liken her to St. Anthony of the Desert, whose memorial is coincidentally on today’s date.  They dub her “the Angel of Trans-Amazonia.”


FWIW, we home-catechized our middle-schooler’s three older siblings for confirmation largely because of the progressive agitprop masquerading as Catholicism foisted upon the parish by the since-gone dissenting baby-boomers on staff. The parish education programs are now in generally more reliable hands, but surely we can do better than this silliness from RCL-Benziger.

Re-posting this from my Facebook page, where one commenter remarked on what a negative effect the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s nonstop fundraising abuses of the liturgy must have on those returning to the Church during and after Christmas:

So CMA Sunday is upon us in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. That means all local pastors are required by the Archbishop to play a fundraising video at Mass in place of the homily (in clear violation of liturgical norms) to benefit the Catholic Ministries Appeal. This comes on the heels of the just-concluded “One Faith, One Hope, One Love” campaign, which for four straight weeks had one Eastside parish otherwise renowned for its orthodoxy similarly replace the homily with fundraising appeals by laymen and videotaped local celebrities. Enough already! The AOC may be squeezing an extra nickel or two out of the faithful, but they are trivializing the Mass and turning the one encounter most Catholics have each week with the Gospel into a cheap shakedown. Can we please just stop?

From a profile of the couple who’ve run RCIA for 25 years at St. Maximilian Kolbe, one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in the just-released January 2016 print edition the Catholic Telegraph:

“The most important thing we do upfront and realizes is — even the folks at Vatican II said — the Roman Catholic Church does not have a franchise on salvation.”

And here is what Vatican II actually says about salvation:

“Those men cannot be saved who, though aware that God through Jesus Christ founded the Church as something necessary, still do not wish to enter into it or to persevere in it” (Ad Gentes Divinitus—Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity, 7).

“For it is only through Christ’s Catholic Church, which is ‘the all-embracing means of salvation,’ that they can benefit fully from the means of salvation. We believe that our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, in order to establish the one Body of Christ on earth to which all should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the people of God” (Unitatis Redintegratio —Decree on Ecumenism, 3).

An extended discussion of the Church and salvation by Fr. Peter Stravinskas is here.


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.

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