Sunday, July 31, 2011

WaPo: "communion wafers to be 'blessed' by the pope"

Interesting terminology in this positive story about religious women in Germany preparing communion hosts for the papal Mass to be held in Erfurt, Germany in September: the pope will "bless" the hosts.

"Consecration" is the word used for what happens to the hosts or bread within holy Mass through the action of the ordained priest in order to distinguish the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist from other forms of blessing. A blessing sets an ordinary object or person apart for God. "Consecration" results in the true, real and substantial presence of God Himself under the signs of bread and wine.

"By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity (cf. Council of Trent: DS 1640; 1651)." (CCC 1413)

By the way, the editorial "masterpiece" of a title for the article is reprinted above exactly as distributed in the electronic edition today: "German nuns bake ready for papal visit baking thousands of communion wafers". What?

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German nuns bake ready for papal visit baking thousands of communion wafers



- In this photo taken July 28, 2011 Sister Placida scales hosts at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud’s host bakery in Alexanderdorf, Germany, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Berlin. Pope Benedict XVI will not visit the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud, but preparations for his trip are nevertheless in full swing, with the nuns baking thousands of communion wafers to be blessed by the pope at Masses during his September tour. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)

By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, July 31, 6:07 AM

AM MELLENSEE, Germany — Benedict XVI will not visit the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud, but preparations for his trip are nevertheless in full swing, with the nuns baking thousands of communion wafers to be blessed by the pope at Masses during his September tour.

In a small room at the back of the cloister, nestled on the edge of a forest south of Berlin, Sister Theresa pulls a lever that squirts liquid dough — a simple mixture of flour and water — onto one of a dozen hot irons. These press out sheets of thin, light wafer that are cut into dozens of rounds to be weighed, packaged and delivered to Roman Catholic churches in the capital and east of Germany.

“We are very happy that our communion wafers from our bakery will be offered at the Eucharist celebration,” Sister Theresa, 62, told The Associated Press.

The pope visits Germany on Sept. 22-25, arriving in Berlin and traveling through the former-communist east before wrapping up in the southwester diocese of Freiburg.

  • ( / Associated Press ) - In this photo taken July 28, 2011 Sister Placida scales hosts at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud’s host bakery in Alexanderdorf, Germany, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Berlin. Pope Benedict XVI will not visit the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud, but preparations for his trip are nevertheless in full swing, with the nuns baking thousands of communion wafers to be blessed by the pope at Masses during his September tour. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)
  • ( / Associated Press ) - In this photo taken July 28, 2011, Sister Theresia, a nun at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud, opens the door as she leaves the abbey’s host bakery in Alexanderdorf, Germany, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Berlin. Pope Benedict XVI will not visit the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud, but preparations for his trip are nevertheless in full swing, with the nuns baking thousands of communion wafers to be blessed by the pope at Masses during his September tour. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)
  • ( / Associated Press ) - In this photo taken July 28, 2011, hosts are packed in baskets at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud’s host bakery in Alexanderdorf, Germany, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Berlin. Pope Benedict XVI will not visit the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud, but preparations for his trip are nevertheless in full swing, with the nuns baking thousands of communion wafers to be blessed by the pope at Masses during his September tour. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)
  • ( / Associated Press ) - In this photo taken July 28, 2011, Sister Placida scales hosts at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud’s host bakery in Alexanderdorf, Germany, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Berlin. Pope Benedict XVI will not visit the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud, but preparations for his trip are nevertheless in full swing, with the nuns baking thousands of communion wafers to be blessed by the pope at Masses during his September tour.(Photo/Markus Schreiber)
  • ( / Associated Press ) - In this photo taken July 28, 2011, Sister Theresia of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud produces hosts from plates at the abbey’s host bakery in Alexanderdorf, Germany, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Berlin. Pope Benedict XVI will not visit the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud, but preparations for his trip are nevertheless in full swing, with the nuns baking thousands of communion wafers to be blessed by the pope at Masses during his September tour. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)
  • ( / Associated Press ) - In this photo taken July 28, 2011, Sister Theresia of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud works on plates for communion wafers produced at the abbey’s host bakery in Alexanderdorf, Germany, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Berlin. Pope Benedict XVI will not visit the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gertrud, but preparations for his trip are nevertheless in full swing, with the nuns baking thousands of communion wafers to be blessed by the pope at Masses during his September tour. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Father Robert Barron: The Catholicism Project


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Late-term Abortion Provider Caught Lying in 'Washington Post' Front Page News Article



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Late-term Abortion Provider Caught Lying in 'Washington Post' Front Page News Article

July 28, 2011

The following is a press release from Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian Defense Coalition, who is on the leadership team for the Summer of Mercy 2.0 event to be held in Germantown, Maryland on July 30-August 7. Operation Rescue is a co-sponsor of that event.

Of Carhart, Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said, "One thing we have learned from our long experience with LeRoy Carhart is that if he is saying it, it probably isn't the truth." -OR Staff

GERMANTOWN, Md., July 28, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ - Recently a Washington Post article stated "All the late-term abortions Carhart has done in Germantown have involved fetuses with anomalies, he said."

A recent patient of Carhart's, who decided not to get an abortion, was never questioned once by Carhart about the health of her baby. She was however, told in detail, how much the abortion would cost.

Kiesha, who just gave birth to a healthy baby girl, was originally planning on getting the late-term abortion because of the pressure the child would bring into her life, not for any fetal anomalies or health issues.

In fact, of the over 25 mothers Dr. Grace Morrison has talked to seeking late-term abortions at Carhart's clinic, only one was there because of a poor prenatal diagnosis.

This information comes as "The Summer of Mercy 2.0" is scheduled to begin on July 30 in Germantown, Maryland.

Go to www.summerofmercy.com for more information.

Area pro-life activists question why the Washington Post did not do more research for this article.

Dr. Grace Morrison, of the Vitae Foundation, states,

I have been protesting at Carhart's on Mondays since December 6. During this time, I have had the opportunity to speak with over twenty-five mothers who were there seeking late-term abortions.

There has only been ONE case of a mother seeking a late-term abortion because of a poor prenatal diagnosis. The other mothers were reportedly there because, even at this advanced stage in their pregnancy, they decided that the baby was an inconvenience.

One mother, Kiesha, who came to Carhart's for a late-term abortion decided to save her baby. She just gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, adds,

The myth that somehow Leroy Carhart is doing abortions on mothers with children who have fetal anomalies has now been exposed as an absolute lie.

Pure and simple, it is now clear that Carhart is killing viable pre-born children for his own financial gain and is in no way helping struggling moms.

However, even if these children were facing some physical or mental challenges, as a society we should treat the disabled with dignity, equality and respect. Killing these innocent ones through the horror of late-term abortions is never the answer.

We would also like to encourage the Washington Post to stop acting as a public relations firm for Leroy Carhart and actually do some research and reporting on this issue.

As the 'Summer of Mercy 2.0' begins on July 30 and goes to August 7, we are calling upon people who believe in human rights and social justice to come to Germantown, Maryland for a time of prayer and public witness on behalf of the most vulnerable in our society.

For more information call:

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney at 540.538.4741
Dr. Grace Morrison at 240.997.2520


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Vocation Thursdays: "A week in the life of a priest" from Australia

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ohio Bishops Warn Catholics of Susan G. Komen ties to Planned Parenthood

Ohio's Catholic bishops are steering local parishes and schools away from one of the nation's leading breast cancer research groups, warning members that fundraising for the organization could indirectly support abortion and human embryonic stem cell research.


The Catholic Conference of Ohio last week posted a statement online outlining its concerns with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, particularly regarding ties to Planned Parenthood. The move followed a Toledo bishop's decision to suspend donations to the group.


The conference made clear that "individual Catholics" can continue to contribute to Komen affiliates but said local Catholic institutions should steer clear.


"The Ohio bishops agreed to direct Catholic parishes and schools away from fundraising for Komen for the Cure and toward activities and organizations that are fully consistent with Catholic moral teaching," the conference stated.


The decision stemmed in part from concerns about donations to Planned Parenthood. While the bishops were assured Komen in Ohio does not provide funding to Planned Parenthood now, conference Director Carolyn Jurkowitz said Komen affiliates have made contributions in the past.


In addition, she said, local funds could make their way to Planned Parenthood through the national office.

The conference also cited a concern that, while Komen says it does not fund embryonic stem cell research, the organization "would not rule out" supporting it in the future.


Jurkowitz, describing the latest statement as a "clarification," said bishops will now steer parishes and schools to organizations that don't have ties to groups "whose practices would be contrary to church teaching."


But Komen downplayed those ties.


Funding for embryonic stem cell research is "not in our game plan at all," spokeswoman Leslie Aun told FoxNews.com. "We do not, have not and have no plans to fund embryonic stem cell research."


As for Planned Parenthood, Aun acknowledged that Komen has 19 grants approved for Planned Parenthood -- of the 2,000 grants it approves annually for various groups across the country. But she said that money is limited to "breast health, nothing else." And she said none of those 19 affiliates is in Ohio.


Though the Ohio bishops expressed concern about past contributions to Planned Parenthood, Aun said there haven't been any "in recent history."


Still, Aun said her group was thankful the Ohio conference will continue to allow individual donations to Komen.


"We can't do this by ourselves," Aun said.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/25/ohio-bishops-steer-parishes-away-from-komen-over-abortion-stem-cell-concerns/#ixzz1TAUW2nRT

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vietnam sends ailing dissident priest back to jail after more than a year of medical parole

 By Associated Press

 HANOI, Vietnam — An ailing Catholic priest who is one of Vietnam's best-known democracy activists was sent back to jail more than a year after going home on medical parole, an official said Tuesday.

 To view the entire article, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/vietnam-returns-dissident-priest-back-to-jail-after-more-than-a-year-of-medical-parole/2011/07/26/gIQAIDewZI_story.html?wpisrc=emailtoafriend

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Seventeenth Sunday. "Sell all" that you have: to possess Christ as our treasure we shun the people places and things that lead us away from Him

We willingly spend our treasure for what we want. I enjoy traveling and the experience it brings of new people, places and things. During recent travels in the Eurozone, however, I had more than one occasion to question whether the "treasured" opportunity of traveling was truly worth the expenditure of "treasure" required of me by the unfavorable exchange rate!

We value our families: they are "treasure" for all of us. For this reason we invest our time, money and effort into the betterment of spouses and children; all of these are signs of love, are they not? The Scriptures say: "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Mt 6:21).

In the Gospel the Lord tells us what is the sign that someone has found that which they truly treasure: a willingness to sell all they have in order to gain it.

For full text of the homily for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time please visit Meeting Christ in the Liturgy by clicking here.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Garden report: Time to make tomato sauce


The harvest is in


Skin 3 lbs. tomatoes after blanching for 15 seconds in boiling water then cooling in ice water; seed, core and put tomatoes through the mill.


Tomato sauce is ready for the stove

Simmer olive oil and finely chopped small onion until wilted, then add 1/4 cup ea. carrots and celery and simmer until onion is golden after which add tomato sauce, salt and pepperoncino. Stir occasionally for 45 mins, until thickened.

Grate parmesan over sauce and pasta and "ecco, ora mangiamo!" Buon appetito anche a voi!

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Cor Unum: Hundreds of Thousands Could Die in East Africa

ROME, JULY 19, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The Pontifical Council Cor Unum is warning that hundreds of thousands of people in the Horn of Africa are at risk of dying due to a lack of basic necessities.

In a communiqué today, the council, which oversees the Church's charity work, noted Benedict XVI's appeal Sunday for international solidarity in response to the drought that has caused the emergency, complicated in some areas by violent conflict.

Echoing UNICEF, Cor Unum called the situation a "critical humanitarian emergency."

"Around 10 million people are suffering, and hundreds of thousands of refugees risk dying because of a lack of basic necessities. Somalia and northern Kenya are the worst struck areas," the Vatican dicastery reported.

The U.N. was reportedly set to declare Wednesday that parts of the region, particularly south Somalia, are in famine. The drought is the worst the area has seen for 60 years. The last official famine was in 1984-85, when about 1 million people in Ethiopia and Sudan died.

South Somalia is controlled by Islamic fundamentalists who until last week had banned aid agencies from the area.

As a token of his concern, the Holy Father already sent a €50,000 ($70,000) donation through Cor Unum to the apostolic administrator of the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Today's communiqué noted the bishop, Giorgio Bertin, is "directly involved in bringing assistance to the people affected."

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A Secular Decalogue: Jefferson's "Ten Rules"

A framed version of what Jefferson called his “decalogue of canons for observation in practical life" hanging in a fellow priest's rectory sparked my interest and thus I share them here with you.

If grace builds on nature, if we must be ordered properly according to our God-given nature in order to be saved by God's grace in Jesus Christ, it is supremely important to order our lives well in practical matters. Jefferson's "Ten Rules" are an excellent basis for meditation upon how we go about such a task.

And they are a source of self-deprecating humor, so healthy for everyone, as well.

God bless you. And thanks for visiting APL.

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  1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
  2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
  3. Never spend your money before you have it.
  4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
  5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
  6. We never repent of having eaten too little.
  7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
  8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
  9. Take things always by their smooth handle.
  10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ayrshire Coast of Scotland and Armagh, Ireland

Travel diary

After a morning in Edinburgh we retraced our route west through Glasgow and south, passing again through the Ayrshire coast and this time stopping at Culzean (Cul-thayne) Castle, top, and Turnberry golf course, second photo, on an afternoon brilliant with sunshine.

Next day early we took the ferry from Stranraer (Stran-RAH-er) back to Belfast and reconnected with the rental vehicle. South and west we went for Armagh, the primatial sea founded by Saint Patrick, "Himself".



We first explored the more ancient church in the primatial see city dedicated to the apostle of Ireland and run by the establishment Church of Ireland, third photo from top. Then it was over to the neighboring hilltop with us to see the more recent Catholic edifice, also dedicated to the apostle of Ireland and made necessary by the "possession is 9/10ths of the law" effect following the Protestant revolution.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Edinburgh: cousins, castles and kilts

More from the travel diary

Top o' the mornin' to ya! Jotting a quick note to you from Dublin where I am enjoying the warm Catholic hospitality of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers who run a Eucharistic Adoration chapel on the banks of the Liffey very close to O'Connell street bridge. More on that in subsequent posts.



The lack of a laptop in combination with infrequent wifi opportunities has prevented posting until today.


Here we go back in time to last week in Edinburgh and a visit with, in top photo, cousins Amanda, left, and Fiona, whose mother's mother was a sister to my great grandmother Catherine Currie who emigrated to Canada with my grandfather, James McGeogh and my great aunt, Sister Othilia. On these facts I stand ready to be more corrected by more knowledgeable family members.
A brief visit to see, and decide against joining, the long line for admittance to Edinburgh Castle also revealed the presence of an American sporting a kilt in the Black Stewart tartan, that of the last Catholic kings of Scotland.

In bottom photo, St Giles' Cathedral, "The High Kirk of Edinburgh" of the Church of Scotland on the Royal Mile which street runs between Holyrood Palace at the lower end nearer the Firth of Forth and the castle at the upper end, perched upon the rock high above the city.

More tomorrow. Thanks for visiting and may God bless ye.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Scots roots and whisky





Travels in Stranraer-Edinburgh

"Whit's your hurry?" Stay awhile and hear ye o' Sco'tland.

Traces of the resurgence of Catholicism which blossomed after the restoration of the Church hierarchy to Scotland in the 19th century include the enlarged cathedral of St Mary in Edinburgh.

The gothic façade is all that remains of the original structure built to serve the faithful in the hostile environs of Scotland’s capital city in a location chosen for its inconspicuousness in an effort to throw off the mob violence which resulted in periodic vandalism. The interior had a somewhat neglected air to it on the day of our visit as there was no recognizable location for the Blessed Sacrament, there being no burning tabernacle lamp that I could indentify.The main tabernacle under the canopy behind the main altar was partially obscured by a flower arrangement.

About half a dozen local ladies awaited the start of the advertised 10 am Communion service. A 12:45 daily Mass was also posted. Among the details of decoration were the bright colors festooning the roof beams and some worthy artpieces for the devotion of the faithful.

Day dawns around 4:30 am here this time of year. An hour’s run around the city started the second day off in the Scots capital with a second look at the Royal Mile, the castle and Holyrood palace, the Catholic high school of St Thomas of Aquin, a lush-lawned city park, and the gorgeous architectural gem of the George Heriot school.

A mid-morning visit with cousins Fiona and Amanda took place on what would have been their recently deceased “mum’s” 80th birthday. Recollections of their family visit to the US for my sister’s wedding and catching up on their life news helped us reconnect. They were pleased that I offered morning Mass for the repose of their mother, Renee’s, soul.

Whisky tasting followed quickly upon a decision to bail on the initimidating queue awaiting admission to the castle. Then it was time to check out of our digs and make for the coast and an overnight at Stranraer in anticipation of the next-day ferry back to Northern Ireland.

En route we stopped along the coast south of the town of Maybole at the castle at Culzean, once a mainstay of the Kennedy clan and now run by the National Trust and also the golf club at Turnberry, marked by a lighthouse along the coastal road. Brilliant sunshine and cool breezes added to a pleasant exploration.

I can see our destination of Belfast quickly approaching through the ferry windows. Gotta run.

"Come ye back." More soon and thanks for visiting!

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Photos, top to bottom, thistle, national flower of Scotland, on the coast at Stranraer, statue and interior of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Postcard from Downpatrick: "ISN'T IT FANTASTIC JESUS LOVES YOU"


Your correspondent blogger writes today from the Belfast-Stranraer ferry enroute to Edinburgh. My travels with a fellow priest began yesterday where our plane touched down in Dublin and we picked up our rental wheels. Our route to Ardglass where we had made arrangements to stay for the night took us through the patriarchal see city of Armagh due to diverted traffic because of roadwork. We did not stop, however, due to lack of sleep and time limits.

The day’s lessons in driving “on the wrong side of the road” were punctuated by a pilgrimage stop at Downpatrick to see the grave of Saint Patrick. The holy patron of Ireland is entombed upon a hilltop under a mammoth stone. He shares his resting place with co-patron Brigid and Columban, or Columcille, where we paused for prayers and photos of the surrounding slopes, studded with tombs and falling away on one side to the city below and on the other the now-Church of Ireland run Cathedral of the Holy Trinity against a background of hills and fields.

In an effort to call ahead to the B&B at Ardglass I attempted to feed Euro coins into a phone that, upon later inspection, was designed to eat only British pounds I found a note. On one side was written the message:

ISN'T IT FANTASTIC

JESUS LOVES YOU

Curious to know more about this proposition I turned the card over and found the somewhat ominous declaration:

NO PRIEST

NO MASS

Having heard often and over many years of the internecine provocations 'twixt Protestants and Catholics left me unprepared for such a personal experience of “negative evangelization”.

Our hostess at Ardglass was glad to hear that her house would serve as temporary chapel for two priests and Mass that evening, sharing the story of her own experience of once serving as secretary at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Belfast. She has incorporated some items from the church into her home that were unwanted when replacements were acquired such as the twentieth century baptismal font that now supports human life in a new way by bearing items for guests' morning repasts.

More soon. Thanks for visiting and God bless you.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

15th Sunday, A. We are "good ground" for the seed of Christ the Word when we receive Him in the Eucharist with adoring love


Not all seeds are equal. Some of my efforts at sowing in the garden this year did not meet with results. This could be the fault of the seed or the sower.

There is one seed, however, that is never sown in good soil without results: Jesus Christ the Eternal Word of God.

In the parable of the sower Christ tells us that the seed is the Word. The various places where the seed falls are the variety of souls who are exposed to the Word and react to this Divine self-revelation in different ways.

For the full text of the Sunday homily please click here to visit Meeting Christ in the Liturgy.

In the garden: Sunday morning prayer



"Everything growing from the earth, praise the Lord."

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Story to Inspire: Father Stephen Schleier

Fr. Steven Scheier and the Parable of the Fig Tree

Homily for the Third Sunday of Year C

by Fr. Tommy Lane

Fr. Steven Scheier was ordained a priest in 1973. Unfortunately he was more concerned about what other priests thought of him than about being a good priest for Jesus. His priesthood was not in the service of Jesus but to win people’s admiration. Deep down he knew he was not doing what he should be, that he was not the priest he should be, but he says he hid that to the point that people thought he was a good priest.

On October 18th 1985, Fr. Scheier was traveling from Wichita to his parish (Parish of the Sacred Heart) in Fredonia, Kansas, 86 miles away. The highway does not have any shoulders and it is heavily traveled by semis, pickups and vans. That morning he had gone to Wichita to meet a priest and was returning that afternoon. He was involved in a terrible accident: a head-on collision with a pickup truck and with God. Three people were in the pickup. No one was killed.

Fr. Scheier was thrown from his vehicle. His entire scalp was taken off on the right side. The doctors told him afterwards the right side of his brain was partially sheered off and many cells were crushed. He was unconscious at the scene. Behind him in the ambulance on the way to the hospital was a nurse, who later mentioned she tried to help him with the Hail Mary but didn’t know it, but he was saying the Hail Mary over and over by himself. He was taken to a small hospital in Eureka, Kansas. He had suffered a broken neck, a C2, the second cervical vertebra was broken, the hangman’s break. Had his head been turned either way at the scene of the accident he would have asphyxiated.

The doctor said there wasn’t much he could do and sewed his scalp back on and called for the lifewatch helicopter in Wichita from Lesley Hospital and they brought him to Wichita. He did not know he was being transported because he was unconscious. One of his parishioners who happened to be in the hospital was told he was being given a 15% chance to live. Many people of different Christian faiths prayed for him. Fr. Scheier said God hears everyone’s prayer and that’s why he is still here today. He had no surgery. The accident happened in October and on December 2nd he was released from hospital and still had the halo, as he called it, a support around his head. He recuperated at home until they could take the halo off, in April. He returned to his parish in May 1986.

One day when celebrating Mass, the Gospel was today’s Gospel about the fig tree (Luke 13:1-9). While proclaiming the Gospel, the page became illuminated, enlarged and came off the lectionary toward Fr. Scheier. He finished Mass as best he could and back at the rectory remembered a spiritual conversation that had taken place shortly after the accident. In that conversation Fr. Scheier found himself standing before the judgment of Jesus. He doesn’t know how long it lasted. He says the Lord took him through his entire life, and showed him how he had failed in his priestly service. Fr. Scheier said “yes” to everything Jesus said about his life. Before the accident Fr Scheier had planned that when he would go before the judgment seat of Jesus he would say he was pushed on any day he sinned and couldn’t do anything else. He had a number of excuses all ready. He used to go to confession regularly before the accident but not appropriately, i.e. he was not allowing the sacrament to change his life. He did not have a purpose of amendment.

After the accident he wondered how many of his confessions were valid because he had no purpose of amendment. Before the accident he was thinking there would be time to convert but during this judgment scene Jesus taught him there is no time. Now before Jesus he was talking to Truth and when you are talking to Truth you can’t give excuses. At the end of his judgment, his sentence from Jesus was hell. Fr. Scheier said “yes” as that was the only logical thing he deserved. At that moment, however, he heard a woman say, “Son, will you please spare his life and his eternal soul?” The Lord replied, “Mother, he’s been a priest for twelve years for himself and not for me, let him reap the punishment he deserves.” “But Son,” she said, “if we give him special graces and strengths then let’s see if he bears fruit; if not, your will be done.” There was very short pause, after which Jesus said, “Mother, he’s yours.”

Ever since then he has been Our Lady’s. He didn’t have a special relationship with Our Lady before the accident but since then she has become everything to him. At the foot of the cross Jesus looked on his mother Mary and made her mother of the whole Church. Fr. Scheier says she takes that very literally and seriously. Fr. Scheier experienced Jesus’ mercy but Mary was the one who interceded for him. He has learned this beautiful truth: no one of the Blessed Trinity can say “no” to Our Lady. It is impossible. They will not say “no” to her. He says “Isn’t she someone you want on your side?”

We believe in God, Our Lady and the saints in two ways, with the head or the heart. Fr. Scheier believed with his head and knew nothing with his heart. He believed the angels and saints, but they were make-believe friends for him and were not real. After the accident he became aware that they are very real, that we have only one home and it’s not here. Fr Scheier says a lot of our priorities are mixed up. His priorities were mixed up, his priority should have been to save his soul and save other souls. If he had died his parishioners would not have thought that he would have gone to hell.

Jesus doesn’t take a popularity poll, Jesus is the only one that matters when it comes to what others think about us because we are alone before Jesus in judgment. We cannot say somebody made me sin. Jesus knows the truth. Fr. Scheier says during his first twelve years after ordination he was not being a priest for Jesus. Instead of suffering for Jesus he was a priest for himself. He always ran from the cross. If we run from the cross there is a bigger one awaiting us. He says he was a coward during those twelve years. His mission now is to let people know that Jesus’ love outweighs justice, that hell exists and that we are liable to hell and also that Jesus’ Divine Mercy exists.

I conclude with some of the words of the parable in our Gospel today which has become so meaningful to Fr Scheier, “Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?” “Sir,” the man replied, “leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.” (Luke 13:7-9)

This homily was delivered by Father Tommy Lane when he was engaged in parish ministry in Ireland before joining the faculty of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

SOLT superior details Corapi's violations

Father John Corapi Resigns From SOLT

In a July 5 press release, Father Gerard Sheehan, the priest’s superior, outlines multiple violations of Father Corapi’s holy orders and directs him to return to the community.
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by REGISTER STAFF 07/05/2011
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Father John Corapi has submitted his resignation from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), the Register has learned.

Father Gerard Sheehan, regional priest servant of SOLT, said in a press release dated July 5 that the popular priest and speaker has inspired countless thousands of Catholics, “many of whom continue to express their support of him.”

However, Father Sheehan added, “SOLT also recognizes that Father Corapi is now misleading these individuals through his false statements and characterizations. It is for these Catholics that SOLT, by means of this announcement, seeks to set the record straight.”

The press release follows in full:

Father John A. Corapi submitted his resignation from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) early in June. SOLT is a society of apostolic life of diocesan right with its regional office in Robstown, Texas.

While SOLT does not typically comment publicly on personnel matters, it recognizes that Father John Corapi, through his ministry, has inspired thousands of faithful Catholics, many of whom continue to express their support of him. SOLT also recognizes that Father Corapi is now misleading these individuals through his false statements and characterizations. It is for these Catholics that SOLT, by means of this announcement, seeks to set the record straight.

A woman, well known to Father John Corapi, mailed SOLT a signed letter detailing allegations of Father Corapi’s sexual activity with adult women, abuse of alcohol and drugs, improper sacramental practices, violation of his promise of poverty and other wrongdoing.

After receiving the allegation, SOLT formed a three-person fact-finding team to ensure that it handled this matter in accordance with canonical norms. The team included a priest-canonist, a psychiatrist and a lawyer. Two were members of religious orders, and one was a lay Catholic. Two were men, and one was a woman. All three have national reputations and substantial experience in ecclesiastical processes related to priest disciplinary issues.

As the society was engaging this team, Father Corapi filed a civil lawsuit against his principal accuser. He contended that she had defamed him and breached her contract. The contract, according to [Father] Corapi’s lawsuit, contained a provision binding the woman to silence about him. He offered the woman $100,000 to enter this agreement.

SOLT’s fact-finding team subsequently learned that Father Corapi may have negotiated contracts with other key witnesses that precluded them from speaking with SOLT’s fact-finding team. Many of these witnesses likely had key information about the accusations being investigated and declined to answer questions and provide documents.

When the fact-finding team asked Father Corapi to dismiss the lawsuit, to forbear from foreclosing his mortgage, and to release her and other individuals from their contractual obligations to remain silent about him, he refused to do so and, through his canonical advocate, stated: “It is not possible for Father Corapi to answer the commission’s questions at this time.”

SOLT’s fact-finding team has acquired information from Father Corapi’s emails, various witnesses and public sources that, together, state that, during his years of public ministry:

— He did have sexual relations and years of cohabitation (in California and Montana) with a woman known to him, when the relationship began, as a prostitute.

— He repeatedly abused alcohol and drugs.

— He has recently engaged in “sexting” activity with one or more women in Montana.

— He holds legal title to over $1 million in real estate, numerous luxury vehicles, motorcycles, an ATV, a boat dock, and several motor boats, which is a serious violation of his promise of poverty as a perpetually professed member of the society.

Read more at NC Register by clicking here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer of Mercy 2.0 to Feature "All-Star" Line-Up of National Pro-life Leaders (& more)


  July 5, 2011

Summer of Mercy 2.0 to Feature "All-Star" Line-Up of National Pro-life Leaders

Germantown, MD - An "All-Star" line-up of nationally-known speakers have confirmed that they will participate in the Summer of Mercy 2.0 pro-life event, scheduled for July 30 through August 7. 

 

The event will focus on abortionist Leroy Carhart, who recently began doing a late-term abortions at clinic in Germantown, Maryland, after Nebraska passed a law that made the grisly abortions illegal in that state last year.  A series of rallies and full schedule of prophetic street activism has been planned for the nine-day event.

 

The kick off rally for the event will be Sunday, July 30, at 7:00 PM at Covenant Life Church, 7501 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877.  It will feature Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life, who is an encouraging and powerful advocate for the pre-born.

 

Confirmed speakers include:

 

  •  Father Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life
  • Joe Scheidler, Director, Pro-life Action League
  • Star Parker, Columnist and President  of the Center for Urban Renewal   Education, (CURE)
  • Wendy Wright, President, Concerned Women of America
  • Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director, Christian Defense Coalition
  • Troy Newman, President, Operation Rescue

 

In addition, several local Maryland Pastors and leaders are also scheduled to speak.

 

"We are excited at the overwhelming support for this event in the pro-life community.  It promises to be a powerful time of prayer and public witness.  We encourage all who can to join me and this all-star line-up of pro-life heroes in Germantown from July 30 through August 7 for nine days of standing in the gap for the babies," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

 

Full Event Schedule


Ask Obama to Withdraw Pro-abortion Steve Six's Federal Appeals Court Nomination!

 

We have gathered the evidence that Obama's pro-abortion nominee to the Federal Appeals Court has a history of protecting abortionists and allowing his personal and political biases affect his professional judgment.  There is no doubt that he is unfit to serve.  (Read more.)

 

Even both Senators from Six's home state of Kansas, Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, have said they will not support his confirmation.

 

Operation Rescue has called on Obama to withdraw Six's nomination.

 

Please join us in opposition to this nomination by contacting the White House and demanding that Obama withdraw Steve Six's name from consideration for the Federal Appeals Court.

 

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