Spoiler Alert (God Wins) and More on Chicago

Chicago's Buckingham Fountain at night, with the Sears Tower (now called Willis - but you will get me to call it that when you can pry the word from my cold, dead lips) to the west.

Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain at night, with the Sears Tower (now called Willis – but you will get me to call it that when you can pry the word from my cold, dead lips) to the west.

In the past few days I have been swamped with letters and suggestions. Many have suggested new links to pious sites that I should put up. I intend to keep links from this site very limited. That means there are an enormous amount of very good places that I will not be linking to. Here at this site I am less interested in finding exactly what is going to happen and how it is going to happen than I am in encouraging people on what to do whatever happens to keep steady and hold fast to Christ. That means I do not emphasize very specific prophecies of how things are going to come about and what is going to happen when. I have written some about the big picture and will largely leave it at that. Things are going to go from being bad to very bad, indeed, to catastrophic. I don’t see how it makes much difference whether we are hit from the left or from the right or from the center. Most important is what we are to do, so without ignoring such things completely, I focus on how to stay steady and help those around us to find hope and steadiness in the Storm.

I link to sites that I think will help cover that and help people stay steady. I particularly love Mark Mallett’s and Pelianito’s sites because they do have such a profound emphasis on how to hold fast to Christ in all of this. Mallett gets deeper in how it is going to happen than I do, but it is always grounded in how to keep ourselves steady. Pelianito has very simple and pure reflections and prayers emphasizing the same. She also links to many excellent devotions that fit many different temperaments but all keep the focus on going to Our Lord through Our Lady.

I love Michael Brown’s Spirit Daily. He covers a wide variety of topics – and about all the mystical and prophetic topics. He is open to the mystical and prophetic but is cautious and careful to stay grounded in the faith of the Magisterium. I think Brown has an excellent gift of discernment – and has been a chronicler of these troubled times for several decades now. Just hit the link to his site and you will find a solid, balanced and open approach to the full gamut of such things.

The Contemplative Homeschool site run by Connie Rossini is a marvelous running commentary and examination of real contemplative prayer – which is so deeply needed in these times – that almost effortlessly tosses aside abuses such as empty self-centered mysticism masquerading as contemplative prayer, while giving real helpful guidance on how to deepen your prayer relationship with the King of Glory.

The Mother of God Forum, though currently on hiatus until late October, offers an open forum where people can discuss and even argue with vigor about important matters of the faith. Its founder, Padraig Caughey, has done a marvelous job of giving people leeway to ask or argue what is truly in their hearts while keeping it reined in so that it does not become a hostile or malicious outlet that burns people. That is a much tougher job than you might think – and I deeply appreciate that sort of outlet for people of good will.

These are my big five linked outlets – all serving a particular purpose to help everyone keep steady AND explore certain matters in more depth that may not be the primary focus here. Alas, I will not add new links that merely duplicate what I have already added. Most prophetic materials are covered and vetted very well in Spirit Daily if they have some merit. I have too much to do to vet more than a few myself and I think it would be a waste of time when Michael Brown already does such a smoothly competent job of it.

New devotions may be worthy but, again, Pelianito is already doing a magnificent job of vetting what is out there and providing an abundance of links to those that have real piety and promise. Why would I duplicate what she is already doing so well?

So the bottom line is that you are never more than a few clicks away from finding what you are looking for here without cluttering up the site.

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A hat tip to reader, Mariangela, who noted that the phrase,  “the gates of hell will not prevail against (Christ’s) Church…” suggest that hell, not the Church, is in the defensive position. It is an ambiguous phrase, because prevail usually is applied to the entity making the assault. But I think she is right in her insight here, particularly given that Christianity is an evangelical faith, one called to go forth and rescue souls. Satan has his enclave, his kingdom in this world of lost souls which he tries to isolate from the Gospel (or Good News) of Christ.

In the Storm that has begun, nations have already started to fall and more will continue to fall, but in the end, Christ wins.

Wars will break out along with great persecutions. Governments will seek to oppress their own people and subjugate people of other lands. But in the end, Christ wins.

Tidal waves will rise, earthquakes will shake, fires will blaze, tornadoes and hurricanes will wreak their havoc, but in the end, Christ wins.

Bishops will contend with Bishops, denominations with denominations, many – in the name of Christ – will try to gut the message of Christ. But in the end, Christ wins.

Our technology will fail, the monetary system will crash around the globe, our means of sustenance will become much more primitive and dicey. But in the end, Christ wins.

People have long been very foolish, rarely concerned with what is fundamentally right and true, but restlessly jockeying for position to be on the winning side. The Lord allows this shaking to reveal hearts. If you try to cleverly determine which is the winning side, He allows it to look as if His forces are withering under assault to draw you out and prove your love. He who endures to the end will be saved. Do not be shaken when it looks as if the Church is sundered or the government has fallen or that agents of evil are on the rise. These things are allowed to test and prove our love. Stay steady, acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those right around you and you will hold fast to Christ however violent the Storm becomes. Trust-Do-Love. The simple way of proven faith.

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The real Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago

The real Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago

Reading prognostications on what will happen in Chicago now that Spokane Bishop Blasé Cupich is set to take over has been a bit like the old Kremlinologists trying to read the tea leaves to figure out what various obscure appointments meant for future policy. Many believe (or fear) that this signals a progressive move in the Church that is less firmly tethered to the Gospels and Magisterium. I am among those that have shared that concern. Certainly, Cupich started in Spokane with a decisive progressive bent that was often impatient with traditional expressions of faith. But I get the impression that he came to think he had gone too far in discouraging traditional expressions in order to encourage a greater dialogue with those outside the faith. It may be that he is, indeed, trying to strike a balance that calls all and that his experience in Spokane helped give him a broader wisdom – that you don’t suppress the most loyal of the faithful in order to attract more converts. I think at this juncture, Cupich is poised to be a brilliant and surprising success in Chicago or a spectacular, flaming failure. Somehow, I don’t think he is going to fall into the category of a mediocre nonentity. And I don’t think his appointment signals a worldwide turn from orthodoxy at all. I got copies of two thoughtful articles on the subject I thought I would share – as I think they provide a clear point of view backed by evidence and insight.

First, the more pessimistic view. A hat-tip to reader Stephen Maresch for sending this on. It is from Lifesite News and carries the most peculiar picture of Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral I have ever seen. I spent a lot of time there and had to look at the picture quite a while to figure out what angle this is from. Here, then, Hillary White’s pessimistic view of what the appointment means.

John Allen, Jr. provides another perspective, though, particularly related to the world scene. Cardinal George Pell, a notably orthodox Australian prelate, has a star that is clearly rising in the Church. Pelianito was kind enough to send me this article from Crux, a Catholic website, which uses the evidence of various appointments throughout the world, to suggest that Pope Francis is trying to establish a balance that will ultimately provide more unity between the orthodox and progressive advocates in the Church.

I cannot say with certainty which interpretation is most accurate – or even whether a different interpretation than any yet seen is the most accurate. But I know this: when you set all the Kremlinology aside, in the end, Christ wins.

The stunning interior of Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral.

The stunning interior of Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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37 Responses to Spoiler Alert (God Wins) and More on Chicago

  1. FrankieGee says:

    Charlie,

    The picture in the article looks strange because it’s of St James chapel a few blocks away from Holy Name Cathedral !

    – still keep in’ the Faith in chi-town. Pray for us!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Frankie. I kept trying and trying…the spires look like those at Holy Name, but the setting is completely wrong. It has been a few years since I have been there, so I wondered if maybe there had been a bunch of rehab work done to the area. I feel much better now. (When I was doing a Sunday night panel show on WLS, I always used to go to Mass there at the last afternoon Mass, then walk down State to the ABC studios and walk back up after the show. Being a faithful Catholic saved me a lot in parking fees then!)

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  2. Gary says:

    In a brief reading about this new appointment to Chicago, it seems to me to be impossible to bring a bunch of left wing marriage equality priestess loving progressives to the same table with authentic Catholics. It is doomed at the start. One can not negotiate with people who cooperate with evil and want to destroy the Faith. This is why the Church in America is in such difficulty. These bishops need to tear out the liberal loving diocesan bureaucrats who filled the Church with their filth and bring sanity back. It is one thing to try and save the wheat from being thrown out with the weeds. It is a whole different prospect to cooperate with the weeds.

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    • Stephen Maresch says:

      I agree with you Gary, we can be welcoming to all with out compromising our core beliefs. Jesus never watered down his message even though he spent time with the worst of the worst. I think sometimes these priests and Bishops think the way to save people is to just get them in the door by any means; even compromising the faith, but all that does is compromise the faithful as they watch there faith being chipped away. In the end all you have given them is a lie to believe in and they are still in the same boat. Priest have to become afire with the truth of the gospel; then people will come just to watch the flames!

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  3. joanp62 says:

    Charlie, haven’t read your post yet, but as for your caption on the top picture- I agree. I was born and raised in Chicago (not the suburbs) and lived and worked there for 30 years. It will always be the Sears Tower to me too.

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  4. Jim says:

    Hope. We also need to heal the divide between the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church which split 1000 years ago. That WILL happen before the era of peace comes.

    Pope Francis has done marvelous work in this regard, but I fear that the new book released just before the synod considering marriage and divorced remarried Catholics, “Remaining in the Truth of Christ” whose contributors include Walter Cardinal Brandmüller; Raymond Cardinal Burke; Carlo Cardinal Caffarra; Velasio Cardinal De Paolis, CS; Paul Mankowski, SJ; Gerhard Cardinal Müller; John M. Rist; and Archbishop Cyril Vasil’, SJ, will damage the progress toward reconciliation.

    In a Catholic World Report interview with Dr. John M. Rist, one of the nine contributors, an Emeritus Professor of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and Rev. Robert Dodaro, OSA, president of the Patristic Institute, Augustinianum, in Rome and the editor of the forthcoming book, Dodaro’s and Rist’s statements on our Eastern Orthodox brethren I believe cross the line from disagreements to condemnations:

    “Fr. Dodaro: We also examine closely the history and theology of the Eastern Orthodox practice of oikonomia that Cardinal Kasper cites as a model for the Catholic Church today. We show that the Orthodox practice contradicts the Catholic understanding of the indissolubility of marriage. I believe that readers of our book will be astonished by what this chapter shows about the ways that Eastern Orthodox Churches treat theological and pastoral questions concerning marriage and divorce….

    CWR: Historically, what key differences are there between how the Western and Eastern churches have interpreted and applied the words of Jesus about divorce and remarriage? Does the Eastern Orthodox practice of today offer solutions or alternatives for the Catholic Church? Why or why not?

    Dr. Rist: As regards Eastern practice, it seems that, contrary to the view of some of their own clearer thinkers (like Theodore the Studite) they allowed themselves to misread patristic texts, largely under lay (i.e., imperial) pressure. In this sense they did something like what Henry VIII insisted on doing in England, tolerating second and even third remarriages after some sort of penance for the failure of the first one.

    If the Catholic Church follows this line, the future of its teaching on sex and marriage will become increasingly Anglican.”
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/3381/marriage_communion_and_the_teachings_of_the_church.aspx

    The Eastern Orthodox Church takes a different view of Matthew 19:9: “And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.”

    The word “fornication” is an interpretation of the Greek word Porneia, and is replaced in various versions of the bible with terms like “adultery”. Mathew 19:9 was translated from Greek, and the Greek word used in that verse was “Porneia”. The Catholic Church takes a limited definition of Porneia to mean incest. The Eastern Orthodox Churches, which include the Greek Catholic Church, interpret Porneia to have a much broader meaning to include adultery and licentious sexual behavior, which appears to be supported by historical context. I found an interesting discussion on the very subject of the meaning of the word Porneia: http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=4778

    A dispute that comes down to the meaning of ONE word that is preventing reconciliation of the two churches. Amazing.

    The point here is that while reconciliation will happen, the new book on marriage and divorce is not going to help, particularly when a book co authored by more than a few Cardinals takes shots at the Eastern Orthodox Church like they are populated with unclear thinkers, that their doctrine on marriage and divorce is astonishing or that they have misread scripture (even the Greeks, who should have a firm grasp of the meaning of the word in question).

    Eastern Orthodox can attend and receive communion in the Catholic Church, and likewise, Catholics can attend and receive communion in Eastern Orthodox churches. To me, that says neither church considers the other guilty of heresy, misinterpreting scripture or possibly suffering damnation from exposure to unclear and misguided doctrine and thinking.

    I tell my children and grandchildren, watch and listen: those things that do not bring us closer to God’s will and the Truth as not the works of God. I have not read this new book, but the timing of its release and the interview with two of the contributors does not sound to me that this is doing much to drive the will of our Father. It seems to be picking the scab on a 1000 year old dispute.

    We know in the end all will be one Church.

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    • Mack says:

      Sometimes the truth does indeed hinge on one word–indeed, sometimes one letter. During the Arian heresy, the difference between truth and heresy was literally an iota. “homoousios” and “homoiousios” were the words; the first means “consubstantial” ie. of the same substance (as the Father), and the second, only a similar substance. One iota meant the difference between affirming or denying the divinity of Christ, which is certainly a very big deal!

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      • MM Bev says:

        Am I ever with you. (Love the word selection you made.) And porneia is a biggie. As I said a few blogs ago, it is used only twice in the New Testament. Once in Matthew and once in 1st Corinthians by St. Paul, who describes what it is quite clearly. (Ch. 5) I always think of the word “Resurrection”. Real or fictional? Big, Big Difference and again, only one word. And, yes, Jim, we will all be One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church, with Jesus as Our Eucharistic Lord. Not a problem on my plate except to pray for Unity, thank goodness.

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  5. Nancy says:

    Gary, I don’t see the same Church in America that you see. I see families trying to raise their children with heaven as their future home. I am even seeing things the way they were when I was growing up–large families, for example. Most of all, I am seeing fathers taking back their headship in their families. No, it is not a Norman Rockwell moment; we are not perfect. What I see are Catholics trying to become holy with God’s help. Sure these points of light are more evident, probably because of the darkness. They are examples to draw others to the Light. And the Light will destroy the darkness. Look for the Light.

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  6. I don’t know if you have ever entered our web page, but I make a humble suggestion to you to consider it as well. Go to Love Crucified Community web page and read the Simple Path to Union. God bless you!

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    • Kati says:

      Maria,

      I have entered this website and as I began to skim various pages, I was astounded at the beauty of thoughts shared. The description of the *simple path* is particularly beautiful. The whole notion of being on the PATH has very special significance for me.
      I found myself extremely moved by everything on the website: the patron saints, the consecration to Mary, the gifts of the Spirit and the special manner in which holiness and ONENESS are spoken of.

      The website mentions that some groups are geographically distant. Does this include groups in other states? I so, in which states can such groups be found? Also, what exactly does being a FRIEND of your community entail?

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      • charliej373 says:

        Gosh, Kati, I think I will invite readers to respond to that. We are a virtual community. People from some 60+ countries have visited this site and almost 30 countries have at least a few people who visit every day. We are a community of believers that help to try to build each other up – to be a sign of hope as darkness seems to surround us. There are some who have started making arrangements to be refuges for others when times get very tough. I personally know of about 15, but there are many more. I never discuss any particular places as there are hostiles out there, too. Plus, we all need to be ready to reach out to others as things get tougher – and so I say that Our Lady is our first real source of refuge – and that if we follow her through these times that look difficult we will be led, as always, to her Holy Son, who is our true shelter.

        But from my standpoint, if you acknowledge God, take the next right step, and act as a sign of hope to those around you…you are not just a friend of this community, but an active participant. Trust-Do-Love. Live that to the best of your ability and you are not only a participant in this little community, but you are a friend of God.

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        • Kati says:

          Charlie,

          I sure hope that I did not give the wrong impression by describing what I liked about Marie’s website. Her site is not virtual but rather a covenant community. What attracted me to read more there was that they have a Rule to live by. If you recall, this is something that I have been praying about for awhile now and that you encouraged me to continue praying about. This virtual community (The Next Right Step) has become something very dear to me and I read it daily because I find much direction and balance (think wisdom and common sense) in addition to spiritual encouragement. 😉

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          • charliej373 says:

            I hope you will forgive me, Kati. I actually got a whole bunch of suggestions for new links in my inbox. I looked briefly at each. Some I liked, some did not move me, others were quite good and sound. I would have to pull up your email to see specifically which you recommended. My main point is that, since I started this site I have probably gotten close to 100 suggestions for added links. Many are quite good, but as I talk about simplicity, I very much like to keep the site as simple as possible. I think most people will find very good things at other sites, many of which fit their temperament better. I encourage them to do so…and try to provide just enough links here so that it can open up new doors to everyone – and that they may find more compatible material from those links. I just wanted to explain why I keep it simple and to assure folks that, just because I do not add a link they like does NOT mean I find anything wrong with the link. If I find something that I am certain is leading people astray, I say so – and why. Otherwise, you should assume it just doesn’t quite fit the focus I am trying to keep here.

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          • Kati says:

            Not to worry, Charlie. There is nothing to forgive. I don’t think I gave a link to Maria’s website at all. I was simply asking her some questions. The person was Maria…not Marie. I misspelled it. Yikes! She is Maria V Hickein in the post above mine.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Okay, gotcha – when clearing these comments, I usually see them out of order and sometimes get confused as to who someone is responding to. If I get too confused, I just clear a comment and go back to the full thread to get an idea of the sequence.

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        • marie says:

          Just chiming in from Denmark. I’m one of those who visit every day, sometimes more than once. I LOVE this site and this little community – hope I’m counted as a friend and participant☺

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah, Marie, you wonderful folks in Denmark have a special place in my heart. Even when this site was only getting a few hundred visits a day, some were coming from Denmark. You are not just a friend and a participant: you folks in Denmark are part of the foundation!

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          • marie says:

            Thanks, Charlie – good to be part of the family ☺

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        • MM Bev says:

          I have “skimmed” (oh I love it, it took me two years to learn how to do it again!) and I don’t think I am repeating a comment already up.
          The first time you called us “a virtual community”, Charlie, I cried. I belong to no group except this one. I have felt so incredibly lonely for so long I didn’t think God would ever give me “a place to land”.
          I agree so strongly with the beginning of your entry tonight. God really blessed me by allowing me to be able to function with conditions. Break those conditions and the consequences are real, always painful, and often force me to have to Trust Him More. And I thank Him. I can “think” of about three things on my “software” that makes a path around the brain damage. Doesn’t fix everything, but allows me to function, and in reality, often no one can detect anything wrong with me. But three is the limit. Let go of one, and CRASH. (Said she, with the two fractured cervical vertebra and unable to drive-oh the loss of freedom!). Now it seems to me that all of us, and I mean those who Love Our Divine Master and His Mother, are a bit brain damaged just by living here in the Western World. I certainly know that unless one has spent considerable time living in a place of total poverty never mind governmental restrictions (not even counting Sharia Law) we don’t have a clue. Sorry, guys, but it’s true.
          That means we go around with a liability that we don’t even know we have. You, Charlie, have culled what we need to do, down to the three necessary things–the “software” to go around our “brain damage”. All the devotions, etc in the world won’t change these three important things. I include as other do, my own personal imperatives: daily Mass, rosary, and we do have ten fingers, well right now) consecration daily, etc. But, I have to do the three things with what is now, and what is coming that we can’t imagine. We HAVE to do those three things. I don’t know who will arrive at my house, or how long it will last as a safe haven if they do, only God knows. I will prepare as He leads me through His Mother and do the best I can.
          I don’t know how long daily Mass, or even a Sunday Mass will be a possibility next year or the year after. I don’t know how long I will live. I will do my ever-living best to continue to do those things I believe cleave me to Jesus. When I can’t, I know that your three steps will always be available for me right to the end. They are my imperative “software”. Even Jesus, as Divine Mercy, insisted we can’t have His unless we give mercy to others to the best of our ability. And do I ever need His mercy. If I last to the end, believe me, I will be doing what you said. You will feel that ALL IS LOST. OK. Pretend you believe, because faith is an ACT OF THE WILL. (And you are following St. Therese in saying this. She could no longer believe in heaven, but no one would ever have guessed that fact from her behavior or statements.)
          So. I have my software, my “virtual” refugee which will still exist even if the Internet goes down, (you guys are so distinctive and loving, you’re hard to forget), and, at least for right now, Charlies’ entries (indeed, all 194 pages so far-yes, I did omit the odd picture so it would be less, but NOT of the Chapel or the Shrine).

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          • charliej373 says:

            A sweet entry, Bev. Thanks. I hope you have printed out some of the great comments, too. Some are just so inspired.

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          • MM Bev says:

            I think i’m “above” you in placement, Charlie. The comments are on a different document. I have not yet decided if I will make a “sheet or two” for each entry, or just run them off. (Depends on length.) However, you have named and/or dated all your entries, so using bold highlights will let both binders cinq together, and I hope I spelled that right. Wouldn’t be quite right without a lot of the comments! Gosh, that’s a good part of the fun, and your replies to us. And I really believe that when you have a reply comment, that God means the correction, clarifications etc for all us. I meant what I said about the blessing of “holding the reins gently, and guiding us” as we learn. (And I went back and got all those on the Facebook pages too….right from the beginning. Little did you know what was going to happen when you made your first entry. At least you understand His sense of humor!) And He uses the same humor on us all. My printer will not allow me to print more that about three or four pages at a time, because I refuse to replace the colored cartridges……only black. But it’s the same old, same old ever time I print.

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      • Hi Kati and Charlie,
        I have a feeling I have created some kind of a tension with my suggestion, so please forgive me if I have done so out of ignorance. Since you Charlie have on this page a list of spiritual sites you like I was suggesting to you in particular to check our site as well, specially our Path to Union, and get to know us. I believe we are led by the same Spirit. I feel the same about Mark Mallet. It’s always nice when you find others on the path that think alike. I wanted you to have an opportunity to be aware of our particular mission and charism. It was a way to let you know that our little mustard seed is on the same path. Love you both!
        We are ONE in Christ!

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        • charliej373 says:

          Hi Maria,

          I don’t think there is any tension. I typically watch a site for a good period and get a feel for it before linking to it. When first looking over your site, I see no problem at all with it, and much good. I think – at least I hope – people understand I have gotten almost 100 requests to put up new links. I have not gone over all of them….but even if all were as lovely as your site is, pretty soon this site would be nothing but links. And that would defeat the purpose that I am trying to accomplish. However, lest anyone take that as a criticism of your site, let me link to it here for now. Some calls are substantive, some are merely editorial.

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  7. Stephen Maresch says:


    Found this telling video on Spirit Daily a prophecy for our times.

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  8. jmhem5 says:

    While the Catholic Church allows members of the Orthodox Churches to commune, Catholics – neither Latin rite Catholics nor Catholics belonging to the Eastern Catholic Churches – are NOT permitted to commune in canonical Orthodox Churches. That it might happen here or there or back “in the old country” is beside the point. Their canon law explicitly forbids ‘Latin heretics ‘ from receiving communion. I wouldn’t be too worried about hurt Orthodox feelings; they more likely would be pleased to see Catholic bishops not being spineless.

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    • charliej373 says:

      You may be right, jmhem: I am not familiar with Orthodox canon law. I have, however, been invited to visit Orthodox Church services about a half dozen times by people who knew I was Catholic including on, at least three occasions, Orthodox priests. I know on May 9, 1999, Pope John Paul II and the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church each attended a Mass conducted by the other. The beginning of efforts at re-establishing unity continued throughout St. John Paul II’s papacy and through that of Benedict XVI and have been greeted with no little enthusiasm by many Catholic and Orthodox Shepherds. So without reference to Orthodox canons, I have to believe it is not quite as divided as you describe.

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  9. Lynette says:

    I think a very necessary culling is coming through the arena of marriage/sexuality and family life. I’m not a prophet, but it seems logical that a basic and yet thorough right ordering of these things is needed to know Christ and his Church, Mary and the meaning of the sacramental life. And we have not been good witnesses, to say the least, is living them out well, as Catholics. How we need to pray for this Synod and for the Light of Christ to help us see in order to Trust-Do-Love!

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  10. Sharon says:

    I am still somewhat uncomfortable about the new appointment in Chicago….What are we to make of this? In Bishop Cupich’s own words…..
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/09/22/new-archbishop-draws-line-in-sand-against-church-hardliners/

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Sharon, I heard from one of Archbishop Cupich’s old parishioners from when he was a priest in Omaha – and that one offered condolences for Chicago, particularly any who think the faith ought to be faithfully proclaimed. As many critics on this site would quickly note, I am no hardliner – but I believe Traditionalists and orthodox Catholics ought to be treated with respect and valued for their deep contribution to the faith. While I certainly believe we need to reach out to those who are outside the Church or actively oppose the Church, I don’t have much use for those clerics who suppress and persecute orthodox Catholics and Traditionalists. We won’t know until he is installed and has begun, but I hear a lot of things about Archbishop Cupich that make me nervous and not enough that makes me think his vaunted tolerance extends much to those who are trying to live their faith with fidelity and in full accord with the Magisterium. Lord, I hope the unnerving reports are wrong. But this much I know: in the end, Christ wins.

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  11. Diane Mello says:

    you have a small army here – call us into the battle field to pray for the appointment that Pope Francis made – and trust because Christ does indeed win.

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  12. jmhem5 says:

    Let me clarify my earlier remarks. While canonical Orthodox jurisdictions do not normally commune non-Orthodox, that does not necessarily mean that the typical Orthodox parish is necessarily “closed” in attitude toward those that visit her services. Bear in mind that Orthodox laity until quite recently did not commune more than 2 or 3 times a year. (Orthodoxy never experienced a Vatican II, with among other things, frequent communion). Also, as you may know, laity receive both the body and blood of our Lord simultaneously, spooned into the communicant’s mouth by the priest. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, blessed (but unconsecrated) bread is distributed to those who have just communicated, those that have not received communion, … and in most parishes … to baptized non-Orthodox Christians in attendance. This gesture of friendship does “take the edge off” of not being invited to communion. Or such has been my experience. I was Orthodox for eleven years before returning to the Catholic Church during Lent of 2013. I too continue to pray for reconciliation between Rome and our Eastern brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.

    May Our Lord richly bless you Charlie, from a new reader. John

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    • charliej373 says:

      Wow, John, the idea of distributing blessed but unconsecrated bread to those not invited to communion is downright lovely. I like that a lot. And welcome to our little community John. Glad to have you here!

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  13. Matthew says:

    Charlie:
    Again I ask pardon for my pickiness but I found what you have written a little disturbing. You wrote : “but I believe Traditionalists and orthodox Catholics ought to be treated with respect and valued for their deep contribution to the faith.” Now I understand this view about “Traditionalists” – not all can appreciate the Traditional Latin Mass or other more traditional devotions so I can see why you would talk about their “contribution”. But you also speak of “orthodox Catholics” making a contribution. That sounds odd. Do heretics also make a “contribution”? From my view “orthodox Catholics” don’t make a contribution, they stand at the center, where the fullness of the Faith, that is the Person of Jesus Christ stands. To stand outside the orthodox Catholic Faith is to stand, in some degree, outside of Christ. Maybe I am misunderstanding you? To say that one contributes means, to me, that one contributes TO SOMETHING ELSE. For example, as a teacher I contribute to the growth of my students – my students necessarily are something other than myself.
    What are “orthodox Catholics” contributing to? Are they contributing to the Faith? I am unclear as to how holding to the fullness of the Faith is contributing to it. I don’t know maybe I’m just confused.
    Feel free not to post this.
    Oremus pro invicem!!
    Matthew

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks Matthew…and methinks maybe you are analyzing too much. Do heretics also make a contribution? When they convert, they sure do! Beyond that, did the Samaritan make a contribution when he acted as neighbor to the man left by robbers? Did the lost and forsaken and those looked down upon by religious types…that is, the sort of people that Jesus hung around with…make a contribution? Yeah, they were the foundation of His new Church.

      While I appreciate religious authorities evangelical efforts at reaching out…I used a little understatement to suggest they not neglect – or even worse – harass – the bedrock which is found among those who are orthodox and try to live it each day. Now, it could be you can’t see a wry smile when I use ironic understatement in print (though my radio listeners used to “hear” it)…or it could be that my understatement was a bit too obscure…or it could be that you just prefer things literal and straightforward. Whatever, we muddle on…

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  14. Observer says:

    A wonderful tribute to our Pope, with a bit of necessary explanation of just how things work:

    http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1403980.htm

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