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Faith & Values in the News

Poll Worker Convicted of Voter Fraud

I am not taking sides and I am trying to stay non-partisan.  But this reminds me of jokes told in Democrat circles. This story fits the motto, “Vote early, vote often.” Years ago when there were complaints in Baltimore about votes being cast by the dead whose names had been lifted from cemeteries, one poll worker responded with a straight face, “It all goes to show you that you just can’t keep a good Democrat down!”

Man Returns from the Dead

Jesus would say, “Been there, done that.”  (Of course, this man was not really dead.  When will we get this right?)

Father Andrew Greeley Dies

Father Greeley passed away. Since his fall he had been unable to do very much. Back when I knew him, he always surprised me by the speed that he could talk… and he could type at the same rate, faster than I could think. Rest in peace.

Teacher fired by Catholic school after artificial insemination

Along with several other cases, such will give us a hint as to where we are going with churches and religious morality clauses in regard to employees. Christianity places a high premium on truthfulness and witness, as well as I should add, charity.

Profiting from a Dead Priest

Gloria Christian Gifts is purportedly selling religious medals owned by the late Fr. Lubey as well as patches of an old alb as relics. Such is being conducted without ecclesiastical approbation.  Any medals that Father kept were blessed, making this the sin of simony. BEWARE!  This would include the buyer.  I sent them an email and notified the Archdiocese of Washington.  He regarded every priest as a healing priest. He rejected at every opportunity the semblance of any personality cult. This business would make him very unhappy. While they might mean well, it can too easily take advantage of hurting and sick people.  (This dear priest married my parents and baptized me. He placed me as an infant on the high altar and prayed that I might be a priest. Toward the end, he visited my father at the house to tell Daddy goodbye. They were like brothers. The next day Fr. Lubey passed. He knew he was going to die.)

To The Horror Of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here

So much for global warming, we may be in for global cooling and a mini-ice age that will last 250 years! Where’s my coat? Shoot! There goes my fundraising ideas for growing oranges in Maryland!

Vatican spokesman says pope is wrong, atheists still going to hell

The media likes to create controversies where there are none. The Pope may have been misunderstood but there is no challenge here to Catholic teaching. God saves whom he wills to save. All the spokesman is saying is if someone knows that the Catholic Church is the true Church and refuses to be a part of it, such a person casts himself outside the saving community of faith. However, non-believers of goodwill probably do not believe the Church’s claim and thus do not fall under the full weight of this judgment. This does not necessarily mean that ignorance will save them; only that charity covers a multitude of sins. Can atheists go to heaven? There is no guarantee that all Catholics and Christians will, particularly if we become comfortable with living in mortal sin.

Abuse. Blasphemy. Communion in the hand?

Part of the problem here is that communion-in-the-hand is done improperly. The communicants are supposed to step aside and place the host in the mouth while standing before the priest, deacon or EMOHC. The minister of the sacrament is obliged to see them put the host in the mouth. Instead, people are taking the host, turning and walking away. With their backs to the minister, they are racing to their pews, sometimes without even saying “Amen.” I am constantly correcting people about this; yes, even to the extent of chasing a person to his seat and demanding the return of the unconsumed host. Communion directly upon the tongue would indeed better safeguard the sacrament; however, even in the old days we had issues with kids throwing up or finding the remains of a host that had been spit out. We would place the host or fragments into a water-filled intinction bowl and allow it to dissolve (in the tabernacle). Communion-in-the-hand is not really new but the restoration of an ancient practice of the Church; however, we have to ask ourselves, maybe the Church had good reason for abandoning the practice? This applies even to elements going back to apostolic and/or to patristic practice.

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  1. I often wish that our local church would remind the the flock about reverence of the Eucharist. It pains me to see people saying hello or shaking hands with friends while returning to the pew after receiving. I think the change to receipt in the hand has further added to the lack of reverence. We have taught our children (with mixed success) to take the host with the tongue and allow it to dissolve without chewing in an effort to not have any caught in the teeth. In the 1990’s a parish that I belonged to had several instances where a local group of satanists had taken the Eucharist in the hand and ran from the church. I witnessed one attempt in which several parishioners managed to grab the person on the steps of the church. While I think these are rare instances, they do happen and from my point of view, another reason to return to on the tongue only.

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