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Lent V – Passion Sunday


School children sing at the St. Patrick’s day party.
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Restoration Radio: The Legacy of Benedict XVI, Part I

This first of 3 shows focuses on the years 1960-2005.

Ratzinger: Theologian and Cardinal (1950–2005) His theological training by professors who advocated the modernist “New Theology” condemned by Pius XII. Ratzinger’s rejection of Thomism. The accusation of modernism against his doctoral thesis. Ratzinger’s hand in writing two Vatican II documents, on the Church and on revelation. Ratinger’s errors (heresies?) as theologian on the resurrection of the body, and as cardinal on the nature of the Church, justification, etc.

Our guests are Bishop Donald Sanborn of Most Holy Trinity Seminary and Fr. Anthony Cekada of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church. Both men have studied Benedict XVI and his actions over the years and have much useful commentary to share.

Listen here.
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Restoration Radio: The Legacy of Benedict XVI, Part II

This is the second of a 3-part series on the legacy of Benedict XVI. This show will focus on the years 2006-2013

Our guests are Bishop Donald Sanborn of Most Holy Trinity Seminary and Fr. Anthony Cekada of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church. Both men have studied Benedict XVI and his actions over the years and have much useful commentary to share.

Listen here.
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Restoration Radio: The Legacy of Benedict XVI, Part III: Habemus Papam? Francis I

The background of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio and what his actions since his election tell us.
• Attitude toward “liturgical abuses” and the traditional Mass.
• Ecumenism with Jews, Anglicans and Evangelicals.
• Diminishing the papacy.
• A disappointment to the Benedict XVI conservatives.
• “Humility” goes on parade.
• A “Paul VI resurrected”?
• The Ratzinger agenda dumped in favor of a more radical course.
• Will neo-cons engage in a “hermeneutic of denial”?
• The Second Vatican Council is the ultimate root of the problem.

“One balloon says a thousand words!”

Listen here.
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This school year we will be publishing daily sermons from the previous week:

Mar. 11, 2013: Monday in the 4th Week of Lent by Fr. Lehtoranta
Mar. 12, 2013: St. Gregory the Great by Bp. Dolan
Mar. 13, 2013: Wednesday in the 4th Week of Lent by Bp. Dolan
Mar. 14, 2013: Thursday in the 4th Week of Lent by Bp. Dolan
Mar. 15, 2013: Friday in the 4th Week of Lent by Bp. Dolan
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zelusdomustuae
✠ The Bishop’s Corner ✠
Wednesday we woke to white. Winter was still with us. Spring, though, was waiting in the wings, robins and bunnies at the ready, and sincerely surprised at this sneak attack of snow. The struggle for Spring continued.

Wednesday, the world went to bed with white, white smoke and the man in white on the balcony, well satisfied that one of its own now ruled in Rome. The Church’s long Winter continues. Catholic doctrine and worship and life lie frozen beneath the white. The Sede Vacante has yet to melt into a spiritual Spring. If you want the new religion, he’s your man, but don’t look to this Francis to rebuild the Church.

Holy Mother Church is widowed, her winter endures, but how joyful things are in church! We are finishing a joyful Lent with the Little Flower. Her happiness is catching as we see signs of Spring everywhere. Bookcases are up in the school hallway. We can think in terms of a parish library again. The cloister work has been resumed, a most handsome and practical extension of our church.

Today the little ones will entertain us (oh, and one “big” one, Fr. McKenna) and the O’Donnells will provide our annual Spring spaghetti dinner, a little fund raiser and a big fun raiser on St. Patrick’s Day. Please do stay, or plan on coming back. You won’t regret it.

Last Saturday, about 25 servers had a wonderful Altar Boy Day at St. Gertrude the Great, thanks to Rich Vande Ryt, whose creative planning ensured success. The big hit was a “Jeopardy”-style game testing the boys’ knowledge of sanctuary and sacristy. It was so popular they chose to forgo the planned movie! Thank you to everyone who helped, and the parents who brought their boys for an unforgettable day. Meanwhile, I was in Detroit with Fr. Saavedra for a Ladies Day of Recollection. Twenty-six ladies from four different Catholic chapels in southeastern Michigan came for a day of devotion and spiritual refreshment. See how good it is when Catholics dwell in unity!

I was refreshed to see – and hear of – such spiritual enthusiasm and sacrifices on the part of so many eager souls, both in Detroit and Cincinnati. This same sense of pleasant surprise was in the air for St. Thomas Aquinas. We had an excellent attendance for the Solemn High Mass in honor of the Angelic Doctor. What a nice surprise!

I have every confidence that we will be honoring St. Joseph the same way come Tuesday. The enticements (I had almost written “entitlements,” but those are for a far different world) are many. The rewards, however, far exceed dispensations and hot cross buns.

I am sure, finally, that this same spirit will carry us through Palm Sunday and Holy Week, and right up to Easter’s joy. Thank you, St. Thérèse!

Fr. Hecquard is visiting our Milwaukee Catholics this morning. Yesterday, Bishop Sanborn preached a Men’s Day of Recollection in Detroit. He and Fr. Cekada have already recorded a program on Ratzinger’s replacement. Try to listen to it. You will find it of interest. I joined both of them last Wednesday afternoon – amidst all of the election hoopla – to talk about our expulsion from the Pius X Society 30 years ago next month. What a cause of joyful thanksgiving to be a Catholic, just a Catholic, uncompromised by the new teachings (old errors) of this new age. We are safe and sound in Noah’s Ark, the Catholic Church.

May St. Patrick bless you all on his day, and St. Joseph protect the Church in our day.

–Bishop Dolan