Monday, May 30, 2016

Mercy Playlist: For Those Who Tilt at Cathedrals

Hit it, Linda!

Is "Defiance" the hallmark of Scituate?

Today's New York Times visits Scituate and delivers "After 12 Years of Defiance, a Massachusetts Congregation Goes in Peace" by Jess Bidgood.

These parishioners are the same beloved people that stand beside us in prayer all over the United States.  The article focuses on 12 years of defiance, but there are so many nouns to choose from: "love." "devotion," "community," "faith."

The article references a a statement from the Boston archdiocese quoting:
"In a statement, the archdiocese said it hoped the congregants would join other parishes. “Their sense of loss from the closing of the parish is understandable,” the statement said. “For this reason the archdiocese kept its commitment to allow the appeals process to conclude both in civil and canonical courts.”
While using the press op to advertise is goodness and good faith, the archdiocese expresses its hope that the "congregants" would join other parishes.  By not preserving the community and designating a receiving parish the diocese paved the way to collect the assets instead of dedicating them to the pastoral care of the intact community of faith.

Some intrepid journalist in the land of Spotlight, should cover this next outward ripple from the sex abuse scandal and follow the money.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Corpus Christi in Scituate: Mystical Body of Christ Suffers Pain of Loss

Today's Boston Globe published an article about the end of the 12 year vigil at the church of St. Frances X. Cabrini in Scituate, MA.  Titled "Parishioners say farewell to Scituate,"   The article describes the last service at the church after 12 years of constant community inside the building after the Archdiocese of Boston announced their decision to close the church.  On May 16 the parishioners reached the end of the legal road when the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear their case.

I posted the latest about the parishioners in vigil on the Feast of the Epiphany, 2009:  Parish Closures: An Epiphany.  The post contains links to a story in the New York Times and an ensuing post and discussion in the dotCommonweal blog.

The story of the last service in Scituate made it to the evening news in NYC on CBS.  Click on link below to view video:
After nearly 12 year fight, historic Catholic Church in Mass. closes

The CBS video addresses the real estate angle.  The Scituation bears watching to see the fate of the parish assets and the implication of schism.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Wallander: Epilogue or Epitaph

The Half-Finished Heaven

Despondency breaks off its course.
Anguish breaks off its course.
The vulture breaks off its flight.
The eager light streams out,
even the ghosts take a draught.
And our paintings see daylight,
our red beasts of the ice-age studios.
Everything begins to look around.
We walk in the sun in hundreds.
Each man is a half-open door
leading to a room for everyone.
The endless ground under us.
The water is shining among the trees.
The lake is a window into the earth.

From Tomas Tranströmer, New Collected Poems, translated by Robin Fulton (Bloodaxe Books, 1997/2011)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

AD of NY: Stranger Than Fiction

Today's New York Post ran a ridiculous but tragic story titled, "Foul mouthed priest in hot water at Catholic high school".  The story features the aforementioned priest, some nasty expletives with asterisks in the middle of them, mutual accusations among the agonists and a dispute over motivation for pulling down a student's shorts.

Is the press making a mockery of our archdiocese?  Is our archdiocese making a mockery of itself?  Maybe the Holy Spirit is revving up for Pentecost.  Veni creator spiritus!

Hit it, girls...

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Happy Mothers' Day to My Fellow Unconventionally Consecrated Oddballs

Today, as homemade gifts and cards are profferred, sticky kisses planted on soft cheeks, glasses raised and bouquets placed on graves, I would like to pay tribute to all the mothers that never bore physical children.

At many churches today, mothers will be asked to stand at the conclusion of Mass for a special final blessing.  At Our Lady of Vilnius all stood for the final blessing which began with mothers of flesh and blood, then rippled out in concentric circles blessing all who have loved, created and nurtured.

In the spirit of Our Lady of Vilnius parish and The International Jubilee Year of Mercy, I offer you the Recessional Hymn for this post..  The post has ended, thanks be to God.  Go in peace.

Hit it, Leonard..

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Congregation for the Clergy Informs Cardinal Dolan of Procedural Lapse While Making All Things New

Today's Catholic New York spins the above development as "Two Manhattan Merger Decrees to be Reissued"

According to the article:
"The Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, which oversees parish mergers, notified the archdiocese that it should have redrawn the parish boundaries before the mergers were put into effect, not afterward, as the archdiocese had planned."
The affected parishes and mergers are St. John the Evangelist-Our Lady of Peace and St. Monica’s-St. Elizabeth of Hungary-St. Stephen of Hungary.

I look forward to a statement from the good folks at Our Lady of Peace Virtual Parish.  Their last post indicates that the review of their appeal before the Congregation for the Clergy had been extended 4 times, most recently until April 30.