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What is going on re: Basilians, Fr. Rosica, $ and the Synod?

February 25th, 2015, Promulgated by Hopefull

Please see Church Militant : regarding a very disrespectful response to  Cardinal Burke by a Basilian priest, Fr. Timothy Scott, in Canada.  That Basilian has now been relieved of his duties as spokesman for the Basilians, but many questions remain, including about finances and whether or not there is pressure to adversely affect the outcome of the Synod later this year by trying to silence Cardinal Burke and his heroic defense of Church Teaching.  More information can be found here:

There ought to be far more transparency about financial matters in the Church than many parishes and dioceses seem willing to do. Adding to the mix is Fr. Rosica’s threatened lawsuit against a Canadian blogger, which also looks like an attempt to silence criticism.  Read more here:  One of the laity’s Canon Law rights allows us to express our opinions to each other.  Lawsuits against those who do express their opinions seem oriented to stopping the lay discussion, and preventing communications.  The defendant in this case has seemed to imply that the first he knew of a lawsuit was when he opened the envelope. But why is Fr. Rosica threatening a lawsuit?  Hasn’t he read Matthew 18: 15-17?

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.  If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.  But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”  

 What about what St. Paul  says in 1 Corinthians 6: 1-8?

“When one of you has a grievance against a brother, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?  And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?  Do you not know that we are to judge angels?  How much more, matters pertaining to this life.  If then you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who are least esteemed by the church? I say this to your shame.  Can it be that there is no man among; you wise enough to decide between members of the brotherhood, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?  To have lawsuits at all with one another is defeat for you.  Why not rather suffer wrong?  Why not rather be defrauded?  But you yourselves wrong and defraud, and that even your own brethren.”   

For someone of Fr. Rosica’s stature in Rome, it is surprising that he would risk so much to go after one Catholic blogger, and set this kind of example to the wider Church.

Salt and Light TV Network in Canada, owned or run by Fr. Rosica, seems to have taken a particularly bitter attitude toward Cardinal Burke.  You can read more of the attach here:

 And please keep praying for Cardinal Burke.  

Last Hurrah of Summer Break

September 3rd, 2010, Promulgated by Ink

Wow, I’ve had a chaotic summer.  And I’ve been sitting on a very awesome post for something like two months now–finally, I get a chance to put it out there.  Consider this my last hurrah, a denial of the end of the glorious gift to students known as “summer vacation.”

Right after school let out, my mom and sister and I went to ITALY~!  Where I took a bajillion pictures (mostly of places and quite a few “arty” shots).  I have gleaned some of the best of these pictures to post here with commentary.  We spent not-quite-three full days in Rome (so two nights), then about two days in Florence, almost two days in Venice, and then an overnight in Milan.  Eight crazy whirlwind days of AWESOME.

Thus we embarked on our crazy journey to meet up with some friends there (they’re basically family).  So, armed with my fancy new camera (my birthday is riiiight towards the end of the school year–end of June), I set out to document absolutely everything about this trip.  Below are some dozen or so, selected from over 150–and those are just mine.  My mom took over a thousand.  (Don’t ask my sister if she took pictures.  She takes pride in her measly fifty-five.  Over eight days.)

Trevi Fountain in the daytime.

You know, they say that if you throw a coin into Trevi Fountain, it means you’ll be coming back to Rome.  ‘Course, that doesn’t excuse the zoo of tourists.

Trevi Fountain at night~ (I threw in a coin.)

The Vatican--we went to a general audience with the Pope.

It was so, so hot… and I’d forgotten a hat… I got sunburnt.  Blast that sun.  Blast my pasty-white-nerd-skin.  They don’t mix well.  But it was totally more than worth it!  (By the way, never let anyone say that Americans are the loudest.  Poles win, hands-down.)

At the General Audience. Check out Il Papa, rockin' the red straw sunhat. You rock that hat, Papa Ben. ^_^

Maybe if I’d asked, he’d have let me borrow it. >_>  A chapel veil has too many holes in it to keep the sun off my head.  (Yes, I tried.)

Recognize this? =P (Basilica San Pietro.)

The Duomo in Florence. So beautiful... <3

Florence is an architect’s dream, if you just look around…

View from the bridge in Florence... I love the mirror-effect the water has.


Okay, I joke about buying a boat and moving to Venice so I don’t have to deal with road traffic… it’s not so much a joke now.  I love Venice.

More Venice, my new favourite city (though Rochester comes in at a close second).

The above and below pictures are taken from Venice’s famous Rialto Bridge.  These are overlooking the Grand Canal on each side of the bridge.

Even more Venice! I really love it as a city. It's so beautiful...

Milan's Duomo, the church of San Carlos Borromeo. With its white marble facade, it is exceptionally striking at night--which is when this picture was taken.

And last but not least, check out what I found in a bookstore while waiting for the parents to get train tickets! (For you, Ben. =P)

A Vatican Literacy Quiz

July 25th, 2010, Promulgated by Vox Clara

I came across a post recently on John L Allen Jr’s NCR blog “All Things Catholic.” I highly recommend that you check it our and see how you perform on his quiz. Allen’s suggestion is that one might offer this quiz to anybody who hold brazen opinions on matters concerning the Vatican, especially when they appear to know very little. It’s really an ingenious idea, especially given how many Americans feel qualified to pontificate on what our pontiff ought to be saying or doing.

For my part, I passed muster. I missed number 3 after narrowing it to two options and guessing the wrong one and missed number 10 the same way. That must make me an awful guesser or something since I missed to 50/50 shots in a row! I’m eager to hear how all of you do and let me know if this quiz proves useful to you.

Lastly, and unrelated to this post, Utilitarianism II will come eventually. I meant to do it last week, but something came up.