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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fr. Peter West vs Mark Mueller

New Jersey reporter Mark Mueller has a bone to pick with Fr. Peter West because Fr. West calls it like he sees it. 

Mueller opines that Fr. West: "assailed millennials as "snowflakes" who attend "cry-ins" and described liberals as "smug and arrogant" people who find solace in puppies and Play-Doh." 

All of which, of course is 100% true. 

Quote: "Some colleges, such as Brown University, have set aside safe spaces with coloring books, cookies and Play-Doh." (Source: The Detroit News

Quote: "One of the dorms on campus (UPenn) even set up a “breathing space” the night after election day. Cats, a puppy, coloring pages, and snacks were offered to help students “decompress in a low-key and low-stress environment.”  (Source: The Statesman

Mueller goes on to confuse Twitter and Facebook with the pulpit in a parish Church... 

Quote: "Were West some random internet flamethrower, his posts might garner a shrug in an age of intense political division and social media rancor.

But West, 57, is a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, and some of his withering attacks, while popular with many of his 7,300 Facebook followers from around the country, run counter to the statements and philosophies of his own leader, Newark Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, and his ultimate boss, Pope Francis.

Perhaps more significant, West's online behavior breaks with the longstanding protocol that religious figures should refrain from political bomb-throwing or the disparagement of other faiths, experts say.

The reluctance to campaign from the pulpit is rooted in the broad notion of separation of church and state and, more specifically, in a 1954 federal law." 

What "experts" is Mueller referring to that can't distinguish between an American citizen's Twitter/Facebook accounts and a homily given from the pulpit? 

Priests don't lose their freedom of speech because they are priests- at least not yet in this country.  And if President Trump has his way (please God, hear our prayer!) clergy will be able to preach without fear of the government freely all the teachings of the Church. 

For example things like... 


10. If it is true that all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians are obliged to do so in a particular way, in keeping with their responsibility as politicians. Faced with legislative proposals in favour of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians are to take account of the following ethical indications.
When legislation in favour of the recognition of homosexual unions is proposed for the first time in a legislative assembly, the Catholic law-maker has a moral duty to express his opposition clearly and publicly and to vote against it. To vote in favour of a law so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral.
When legislation in favour of the recognition of homosexual unions is already in force, the Catholic politician must oppose it in the ways that are possible for him and make his opposition known; it is his duty to witness to the truth. If it is not possible to repeal such a law completely, the Catholic politician, recalling the indications contained in the Encyclical Letter Evangelium vitae, “could licitly support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by such a law and at lessening its negative consequences at the level of general opinion and public morality”, on condition that his “absolute personal opposition” to such laws was clear and well known and that the danger of scandal was avoided.(18) This does not mean that a more restrictive law in this area could be considered just or even acceptable; rather, it is a question of the legitimate and dutiful attempt to obtain at least the partial repeal of an unjust law when its total abrogation is not possible at the moment." (Source: The Vatican
Wouldn't it be grand to hear a priest's homily, particularly in Washington D.C. tell a parish full of Catholic politicians (if it exists) that they cannot support in anyway gay unions and that they (the politicians) must vote against all such laws? 

We can dream, hope and pray such a day comes! 

Mueller goes on whining... 

Quote: "West's targets have varied over the years -- he once criticized former Republican Speaker John Boehner as "easy prey" for Obama -- but his bread-and-butter subjects are Democrats, particularly liberal Democrats, and Muslims.

On Nov. 12, for instance, he shared a post that read: "Liberals are acting like Trump is going to kill all the gays, make slavery legal again and take away women's rights. ... Like he's a Muslim or something." 

Again, Fr. West is 100% correct! 

It is Muslim countries that "take away women's rights" have slavery and kill gays - that is why so many (mostly Christians) oppose shariah law! 
"Human rights in Islamic countries have been a hot-button issue for many decades. International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) such as Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) consistently find human rights violations in Islamic countries. Amongst the human rights issues that are frequently under the spotlight are gay rights, the right of consensual sex outside of marriage, individual freedom of speech and political opinion.[1] The issue of women’s rights is also the subject of fierce debate.[1]When the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, Saudi Arabia refused to sign it as they were of the view that shariah law had already set out the rights of men and women.[1] To sign the UDHR was deemed unnecessary.[2] What the UDHR did do was to start a debate on human rights in the Islamic world. Following years of deliberation, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) adopted the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam." (Source: Wikipedia)
President Trump is not taking away women's rights, bringing back slavery or wanting to kill gays- Trump actually doesn't even oppose gay "marriage" - unfortunately. 

So again, Fr. West is calling it exactly like it is and the left are running for their safe-spaces while filing complaints against Fr. West for being truthful - something the Left never wants- the truth!

God bless Fr. Peter West!  A priest with a spine who tells it like it is! 

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education

If you haven’t heard about it or signed up already, I wanted to make sure you knew about the conference coming up in March at the Dunwoodie Seminary (Yonkers) - “Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education.” 

We’d love to have you join us for what promises to be an excellent conference, with nearly forty excellent presentations, beautiful liturgies, and plenty of time for discussion and meeting colleagues. 

There are various tracks that focus on sacred music in Spanish-speaking communities, vernacular-language chant, sacred music programs for children, and Church teaching on sacred music. Especially if you’re looking for ideas on how to improve the music program in your current situation, this is the conference for you. 

See more information below. 
National Conference: “Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education”
Friday, March 10 – Saturday, March 11, 2017
St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie), Yonkers, New York

What role does the Church’s treasury of sacred music play in contemporary pastoral ministry and religious education? How does one build a sacred music program of excellence which serves as an integral part of the sacred liturgy and is also effective both in drawing souls to Christ and forming people in the Catholic faith? This national conference will bring together clergy, seminarians, scholars, musicians, teachers, and Catholic school administrators to consider the place of Gregorian chant and excellent choral music in the life of the Catholic Church in America today. The conference seeks to inspire attendees with ideas for starting or continuing to develop sacred music programs of excellence in Catholic parishes and schools. The conference organizers also hope to encourage discussion about the vitality and necessity of beauty and sacred music in the catechesis and formation of Catholics, as well as in the evangelization of non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics.

This two-day conference will feature plenary addresses by Msgr. Robert Skeris on “The Theology of Worship and Its Music.” Msgr. Skeris has for years directed the Centre for Ward Method Studies at the Catholic University of America. Developed in the 1920s by Catholic convert Justine Ward, the method has as its goal the cultivation of active participation of children in the sacred liturgy through the singing of the Church’s sacred music.

Another keynote by Fr. Christopher Smith will address liturgical formation in Catholic schools; Fr. Smith is the pastor of a booming parish with parochial school that has liturgical and musical formation at its center.

The final keynote is by Mark Langley, founding headmaster of the Lyceum, a classical Catholic school in Ohio; he will discuss the central role that a choir has in the intellectual and spiritual formation of students in a Catholic school.

In addition to the plenary addresses, nearly forty presenters will give workshops, papers, and recitals featuring topics such as:

Sacred Music in Spanish-Speaking Communities
Sacred Music in the Secular Sphere
Chant Camp for Parishes
Pastoral Care of Musicians
Pastoral Implications of Vernacular Chant
Parish Youth Orchestra and Conservatory for a Diverse Neighborhood
Mystagogical Catechesis and Sacred Music
The Schola Cantorum as an Integral Part of the Catholic School
A Practical Perspective in Starting an After-school Children’s Choir Program
Gregorian Chant as a Unifying Force in Multiethnic Parishes
Liturgical Formation in Catholic Schools
Forthcoming English Translations of Hymnody of the Liturgy of the Hours
Musical Literacy and Liturgy
The Role of Beauty and Chant in Spiritual Formation
The Dollars and “Sense” of Catholic Education
Training Choristers according to the English Cathedral Tradition and Royal School of Church Music
Liturgical Formation in Catholic Schools
Gregorian Chant in a Small Rural Parish
The Ward Method of Music Instruction

Presenters include: Dr. Mary Jane Ballou, Dr. Francis Brancaleone, Mary Ann Carr Wilson, Heitor Caballero, Colleen Crafton, Fr. Richard Cipolla, Dr. Jennifer Donelson, Fr. David M. Friel, Raymond Henderson, Dr. Aaron James, Fr. Robert Johansen, Lisa Knutson, Nathan Knutson, Alexis Kutarna, Frs. Robin Kwan and Kevin Mann, SJC, Dr. Ann Labounsky, Nicholas Lemme, Mary Catherine Levri, Dr. Crista Miller, Joel Morehouse, James Monti, Dr. Jared Ostermann, Kurt Poterack, Dr. Ronald Prowse, Laurence Rosania, Jonathan Ryan, Dr. Samuel A. Schmitt, Fr. Innocent Smith, OP, Students of the Atonement Academy, Dr. Jay Swain, Fr. Jon Tveit, Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, The Ward Centre of Richmond, Virginia, Nicholas Will, and Amy Zuberbuler.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

EWTN Press Release: EWTN Pro-Life Weekly

‘EWTN Pro-Life Weekly’ to Debut with January Special 

New Show, In Partnership with Susan B. Anthony List, Helps Viewers Create a Culture of Life

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network, in partnership with the Susan B. Anthony List, will launch a new half-hour weekly program that will inform and educate viewers about current issues of importance in advancing a culture of life. 
“EWTN Pro-Life Weekly” will launch with a January special on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. ET with an encore on a Friday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. ET.  The show will begin airing each week at 11 p.m. ET Fridays, 10 a.m. ET Sundays, and 3 a.m. ET Mondays starting March 3, 2017.

“Despite the fact that there are many signs of hope, our culture continues to chip away at the right to life from conception to natural death,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “I believe this is the perfect time to produce a show that takes pro-life reporting and analysis to the next level. ‘EWTN Pro-Life Weekly’ not only seeks to inform, but also to show viewers how to engage everyone from their friends and neighbors to their elected representatives on the life issues. The show will also focus on those who are already doing great work, such as the Susan B. Anthony List. Our goal is that viewers will be motivated, inspired, and equipped to make a difference.”

“Susan B. Anthony List is thrilled to partner with EWTN on this program that will go beyond delivering news,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “We will call on our audience to take concrete action to enact lifesaving legislation for unborn children and their mothers. SBA List will bring our political insight, legislative analysis, as well as relationships with legislators and members of the media to help create a dynamic, must-watch program. The show will collapse the distance between the White House, Congress, the press, and those at home who care deeply about saving unborn boys and girls, who want to know what more than can do. Viewers will meet the key players, see what they see, and become a part of the grassroots army engaged in high-stakes fights. With a pro-life White House and Congress, our movement is in the strongest position possible to advance historic protections for the unborn.”

Catherine Szeltner, who was first introduced to viewers as a correspondent with “EWTN News Nightly,” will serve as the host for the program. “We want to help viewers become actively involved in the pro-life movement, said Szeltner. “What are the expectations here? What’s realistic? What’s not? What is Congress debating now? How do we hold our lawmakers accountable for their pro-life promises? Each program will feature a call to action segment that is intended to very clearly give people the steps they can take to become engaged in the fight for life. This is the main vision for the show.”

“In addition, said Szeltner, “we will be the authoritative resource for the latest pro-life news. We’ll explain what’s happened each week, especially as it concerns abortion and assisted suicide. We also want to be a platform for dialogue on confusing questions so viewers can walk away feeling more confident about engaging in the discussion. We’ll end with a segment on a group or person who is building up the culture of life.”

While abortion and assisted suicide are major concerns, Szeltner says the show will take a “holistic, Catholic approach,” which means that the show will focus on pro-life issues in all areas and stages of life.

The debut special will air right before the March for Life and will include a look at expectations for the new Trump Administration, ways to get involved with the pro-life movement, and a powerful interview with a survivor of an abortion attempt.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 36th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.

Susan B. Anthony List is a network of more than 465,000 pro-life Americans dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  SBA List’s education arm, the Charlotte Lozier Institute, provides the latest scientific research, statistical data, and public policy analysis on human life issues to activists and legislators across the United States and around the world.

Photo Caption #1: EWTN Global Catholic Network, in partnership with the Susan B. Anthony List, will launch "EWTN Pro-Life Weekly" with Host Catherine Szeltner. The new half-hour program, which will inform and educate viewers about current issues of importance in advancing a culture of life, debuts with a January special at 5 p.m. ET, Thursday, Jan. 26, and encores at 5:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Jan. 27.

Photo Caption #2: Host Catherine Szeltner and Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser on the set of "EWTN Pro-Life Weekly," which debuts with a January special at 5 p.m. ET, Thursday, Jan. 26, with an encore at 5:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Jan. 27. EWTN's new half-hour weekly program, in partnership with the Susan B. Anthony List, will inform and educate viewers about current issues of importance in advancing a culture of life.

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