Historic St. Anthony Catholic Church
258 Ohio, Wichita, Ks
2nd St. & Ohio
Two blocks east of Old Town
Sunday Mass at 1:oo
English/Latin missals provided. Join us for coffee and donuts after mass downstairs in the St. Clair/Sunshine room, south exterior basement entrance.
Pastor of St. Anthony Parish: Fr. Ben Nguyen
EFLR Celebrants: Fr. John Jirak, Fr Nicholas Voelker
Master of Ceremonies: Tony Strunk
Choir Director: Bernie Dette

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Post #63

Topics: Pope Under Fire for Lifting Excommunication of SSPX Bishops: Remnant columnist Christopher A. Ferrara....Blast from the Past: Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception.....Vatican Insider Projects Speedy SSPX Resolution: SSPX Will Not be Forced to Swallow the Council....Ideology and Liturgy: Worship as the Cult of Community....Chaplets: Those Funny Looking "Rosaries"


Trial and Tribulation

Pope Under Fire for Lifting Excommunication of SSPX Bishops
By Christopher A. Ferrara

The Remnant


(Posted 1/26/09 http://www.remnantnewspaper.com/) Pope Benedict XVI has once again made history by a dramatic act in favor of Tradition: the bishops of the Society of Saint Pius X are no longer deemed excommunicated by Rome. The decree of excommunication issued by the Congregation for Bishops on July 1, 1988 has been annulled by a decree of the same Congregation, issued January 21, 2009 at the direction of the Pope and according to a specific faculty he granted to the Congregation. Te Deum Laudamus!

This is great news for the Society and the Church at large. But the good news is accompanied by bad news about a problem that must be addressed in order to prevent grave damage to the cause of Tradition. First, let us consider the import of the good news.

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Blast From the Past Pic
Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception
Wichita Public Library Photograph Collection

Here is a photograph of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, circa 1914 in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas.

Note the cathedra and canopy on the left, the curved communion rails and the pulpit winding around the pillar. One can only weep thinking of the destruction of the high altar. I am told that the six foot angels are warehoused, in disuse, at the back of a local Protestant cemetery.

Wouldn't it be grand if the renovation of the cathedral included the rebuilding of a high altar and communion rails! If only such vision could be found in this diocese...


Vatican Insider Projects Speedy SSPX Resolution
SSPX Will Not be Forced to Swallow the Council

By Brian Mershon(Exclusive to The Remnant)

January 28, 2009, Rome, Italy—In his first interview subsequent to the Society of St. Pius X’s (SSPX) official statement to the good news, Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay said that he believed in the infallibility of the Church and that he was “confident” that the Society would “reach a true solution” in its doctrinal discussions with the Holy See.

In fact, Vatican sources have indicated that the full regularization may occur as early as February 2, 2009, the Feast of the Purification of Our Lady and Candlemas, which, if true, would be quite a Christmas present to the Church and especially traditionalist Catholics worldwide!

Continue to The Remnant for full article


Ideology and Liturgy
Worship as the Cult of Community
By Rev. Robert A. Skeris
Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Chairman of the Theology Department at Christendom College

Courtesy of EWTN

Venite Missa Est! note: This is a long read but it is worth the effort. The following is cut and pasted out of context, without the introduction, to garner interest. Please follow the link to the full article.

In reply to the countless chronic vexations, indeed scandals caused by the "new conception of liturgy and of the Church" which is being imprinted upon the Church's celebrations of the Eucharist, we always hear the self-same conciliatory, beguiling remonstrances: the real purpose of it all was an accommodation to so-called "modern man," an adaptation which would leave the essentials untouched and (it goes without saying) would remain in continuity with the pre-conciliar Church.

Assurances such as these have long since lost whatever meagre credibility they may perhaps have had. The innovators had already revealed themselves and their real intentions by de-valuating the so-called "pre-conciliar" Church, in fact often treating it with ridicule and contempt. This applied in particular to the Liturgy, which because it was "old," was banished and practically outlawed. All this of course has very little to do with the last Council and its Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. On the contrary, in Par. 23 of that document the Council Fathers established this admirable general principle: there must be no innovation unless the good of the Church genuinely and certainly requires it, and care must be taken that any new forms adopted should in some way grow organically from forms already existing.

Viewed in this way, it is clear that the situation which is so widespread today has arisen in various ways out of disobedience to this basic principle, this expressed will of the Council. And it is equally clear that the situation is not only being maintained but carried even farther in its anticonciliar dynamism.

A few years ago, Bishop Rudolf Graber asked, "Where do the conciliar texts speak of communion in the hand, for example, or where do they enjoin the so-called altar facing the people (which is scant testimony to that `giving perfect glory to God' which the Liturgy Constitution says [in Par. 5] is the goal and purpose of worship)? The answer is: Nowhere."1 This good bishop went on to mention a number of other things which fall into the same category: elimination of the subdiaconate and the four minor orders; the monotonous enumeration of "Sundays in ordinary time" _ while the Protestants of course have retained the pre-Lenten season and the Sundays "after Trinity"; abandonment of Latin as liturgical language of the Western Church; elimination of the second imposition of hands during priestly ordination, and many others.


Chaplets: Those Funny Looking "Rosaries"
From Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

Blogger's Note: This is pulled from Wikipedia, the editable open access encyclopedia. Therefore, this article, like all Wikipedia submissions, has probably been submitted by an individual that may, or may not be an expert or scholar on the subject. It is, however, a good starting point for personal inquiry.

The term Chaplet is used commonly to designate Roman Catholic prayer forms which use prayer beads, but are not necessarily related to the Rosary. Some of these chaplets have a strong Marian connotation, others are more directly related to Jesus or the Saints. Chaplets are considered "personal devotionals," and there is no set form and therefore they vary considerably. While the usual five decade rosary may be referred to as a chaplet, often chaplets have fewer beads than a traditional rosary and a different set of prayers. Common Chaplets include:

  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy, using ordinary rosary beads of five decades.
  • Chaplet of Holy Wounds, a rosary based prayer using the ordinary rosary beads, but without the usual mysteries
  • Chaplet (Little Crown) of the Infant Jesus, made up of three and twelve beads.
  • Chaplet of the Sacred Heart, consisting of 33 small beads, 6 large beads, a centerpiece, a Crucifix and a Sacred Heart Medal.
  • Little Chaplet of the Holy Face, to honor the Five Wounds of Jesus Christ, composed of a cross and six large beads and thirty-three small.
  • Chaplet of the Precious Blood, consisting of thirty-three beads in seven groups.
  • Chaplet of Black Madonna of Częstochowa, made up of nine beads with a crucifix and a medal of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
  • Chaplet of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, consisting of a medal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, three separate beads, and 12 additional beads.
  • Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception, also called the Crown of Stars, consisting of 3 groups of 4 beads, with a medal of the Immaculate Conception. [1]
  • Chaplet (Rosary) of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, made up of seven groups of seven beads. Also known as the Dolour beads.[1]
  • Chaplet of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, composed of eight brown, eight red and eight crystal beads.
  • Chaplet of Saint Anthony, made up of thirteen sets of three beads.
  • Chaplet of Saint Joseph, which is divided into 15 groups of four beads consisting of one white and three purple beads.
  • Chaplet of Saint Patrick, made up of twelve beads symbolizing the twelve perils of St. Patrick
  • Chaplet of Saint Philomena, consisting of three white beads and thirteen red beads.
  • Bridgettine Rosary, consisting of six decades of ten beads each. There are three additional beads at the end.
  • Little Flower Chaplet, made of one large bead and twenty-four smaller beads.
  • Chaplet of the Way of the Cross, made of fifteen groups of three beads, etc.
  • Chaplet in Honor of the Holy Infant of Good Health, said on the standard Dominican Rosary.
  • Chaplet of Saint Michael the Archangel,[2] comprising nine groups of four beads each, consisting of three Hail Marys and one Our Father in each. (Each of the nine groups is said in honor of one of the nine choirs of angels.)


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