16 05, 2023

One of the Original “Canceled Priests”

By |2023-05-19T18:05:11+00:00May 16th, 2023|Theology|

The top left is the late Fr. Enrique Tomas Rueda and the top right is the late Bishop Bonaventure Broderick.  Both are, in some sense, among the original "canceled priests."  I re-publish this tragic but inspiring account of Fr. Rueda written with the permission of Remnant Newspaper. Tu Es Sacerdos in Aeternum—by Thomas Ryan I hadn’t heard from Fr. Rueda in at least two months when an email message, forwarded multiple times, showed up in my inbox last month indicating he’d died. In time, I would learn there was some rather bizarre news associated with that of Father’s passing. Fr. Enrique Tomas Rueda was a native of Havana, Cuba. In fact, he’d [...]

4 04, 2023

The Maniturgium On the Mother of a Priest

By |2023-04-20T04:39:37+00:00April 4th, 2023|Life|

My mother died yesterday.  Her name is Claire Nix and her maiden name is Donnelly.  She was 100% Irish but born and raised on the South Side of Chicago.  I'm going to write more about her death later this week. When referring to death, the Apostle Paul says someone "fell asleep in the Lord."  That might sound like overly-pious language to most Catholics today, but it is more theologically accurate if we really believe Christ has conquered death, as we know He did on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  We especially are reminded that "Christ has trampled down death by death" during Holy Week, as the Eastern Rite Liturgies exclaim. [...]

28 02, 2023

What Happened to All the Good Priests?

By |2023-02-28T04:59:49+00:00February 28th, 2023|Theology|

Several years ago I was at a dinner in Florida and a bunch of us were discussing Church history in the 20th century, especially the state of the priesthood.  It was a light-hearted discussion about the topic, "What happened to all the good priests in the 20th century?"  After typical answers for awhile, an older Polish gentleman chimed in, "Maybe they all died in the World Wars."  The levity departed from the room at the profundity of his answer.  Everyone got silent because he seemed to have said something unexpected, but accurate.  Even the man who said it seemed surprised at the potential accuracy that had just come out of [...]

3 02, 2022

Clone Protocol 66

By |2022-01-31T00:52:48+00:00February 3rd, 2022|Theology|

This is going to be my nerdiest blog-post to-date, but it gets to the priesthood and the current Church crisis. Despite the abysmal acting, I have to admit that I really like the Star Wars prequels (released 1999-2005.)  In the third of those three, Revenge of the Sith, Chancellor Palpatine orders "Clone Protocol 66" or "Order 66" (see above picture) and Wookieepedia describes it: "Order 66, also known as Clone Protocol 66, was a top-secret order identifying all Jedi as traitors to the Galactic Republic and, therefore, subject to summary execution by the Grand Army of the Republic. The order was programmed into the Grand Army clone troopers through behavioral modification [...]

21 10, 2021

Are Diocesan Priests “Self-Employed”?

By |2021-10-17T13:28:32+00:00October 21st, 2021|Theology|

There's a lot of talk of bishops being the "spiritual fathers" to their priests.  I like that idea a lot, but let's see if it's true. In 1997 in Connecticut, there was a priestly scandal in Bridgeport that was brought to light several years before the "summer of shame" in the nearly-neighboring Archdiocese of Boston.   The Hartfort Courant ran the story of an accused priest titled The Priest as Independent Contractor and I'll include the first 135 words here: More should be expected from a man of the cloth than Bridgeport Roman Catholic Bishop Edward M. Egan delivered earlier this month at a federal trial in New Haven.  Bishop [...]

12 10, 2021

Self-Incriminating Struggle Session

By |2021-10-12T14:40:16+00:00October 12th, 2021|Theology|

The man at the top right is Jack Posobiec.  He is a 35 year old husband and father and a Traditional Latin Mass Catholic.  He learned Mandarin and lived in China working for the US Chamber of Commerce.  He was also in the Navy including several tours as well as serving for the Office of Naval Intelligence.  Jack now has 1.4M followers on Twitter, mostly conservatives like him.  Recently, on a podcast, he was describing tactics of the Chinese communists, including "struggle sessions."  In a "struggle session," a person convicted of thought crimes against communism was frequently to incriminate himself by confessing the "sins" against a state in a struggle-session. [...]

24 08, 2021

Another Good Priest Threatened with the Funny-Farm

By |2021-08-24T13:54:52+00:00August 24th, 2021|Theology|

p/c Catholic News Agency of Fr. Sixto Eduardo Varela Santamaría of Costa Rica Catholic News Agency reports: ACI Prensa, the Spanish sister news agency of CNA, confirmed that the Diocese of Alajuela, in the Northern region of Costa Rica, ordered Fr. Sixto Eduardo Varela Santamaría to be suspended from all ministries for six months, and will be sent to a psychological treatment clinic for celebrating in Latin the Mass of the Missal of Pope Paul VI, also known as the Ordinary Form or "Novus Ordo."  In a statement issued on behalf of the Bishop of Alajuela, Bartolomé Buigues Oller, Fr. Luis Hernández Solís, director of communications, explained that Fr. Varela Santamaría [...]

19 08, 2021

A Message to Every Good Priest

By |2021-08-19T15:00:06+00:00August 19th, 2021|Theology|

Priests, now in 2021 is not the time for excuses, self-serving insularism or finagling excessive plans for the safety for one's own priestly congregation or personal apostolate. Look, I like being in good standing too, but I have to say:  Please stop preserving your faculties at the cost of sacrificing the fullness of the faith from the pulpit in the worst Church crisis in history. It's not the time for priests to cry, whine or play-word games to appease tyrants in the hierarchy or in the globalist government.  It is certainly not the time for finding a middle-ground between truth and error, as if the end could justify the means [...]

10 07, 2021

Life Update 2021.07.10

By |2021-08-09T04:43:23+00:00July 10th, 2021|Life|

I was recently  thinking about being an ex-paramedic and my desire to work with mercenaries involved in the rescue of child slaves. Mercenaries rescuing child-slaves is not something only found in the congregations of the Middle Ages like the Trinitarians or the Mercedarians or the Knights Hospitaller. The fact is that today there are Catholic organizations of laymen dedicated to rescue Christians kidnapped by Muslims. However, due to the corrupt situation found in the leadership in both Church and State, these modern mercenaries must work around the Catholic hierarchy and around European and African governments, not with them. In other words, these Catholic mercenaries fly under the radar of both [...]

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