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Relativism

Video – Variety #204: 2012 Rally For Life Perth Parliament House

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
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Variety #204 - 2012 Rally For Life Perth Parliament House( 19min) >>> Play

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May 22nd 2012 Rally For Life organized by the Coalition for the Defense of Human Life in Perth, Western Australia.

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Lumen Christi

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

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Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
O King of Israel:
Hosanna in the Highest! (Antiphon, Palm Sunday, cf. Mt 21:9;).

Hypocrites, well hath Isaias prophesied of you, saying:  This people honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me (Mt 15:7).

The sacred liturgy offers us an opportunity, in this most holy of weeks, to enter into the history of our Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection.  Our presence at the Sacred Triduum is a proclamation of our faith in that the Christ of History and the Christ of Faith are one and the same.  Some scripture scholars have the tendency to demythologize the gospel accounts, and, inversely, some commentators on the liturgy have the tendency to mythologize the Easter liturgy.  In fact, the gospels are historical and the liturgy brings us into contact with that sacred and sacramental history.

Christopher West, as I have mentioned many times before, has tended to sexualize the liturgy.  (more…)

Full Text of Cardinal Raymond Burke’s Address at Thomas More College

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Full Text of Cardinal Raymond Burke’s Address at Thomas More College.

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Here is the text of Cardinal Burke’s first public address in America since his elevation to the Cardinalate in November. Included is the full text and also the video of the event recorded by the Archdiocesan TV channel, Catholic TV. He addresses the need for Catholic Higher education to be more than just Catholic in name only.  A description of the event is on the TMC site:

On Saturday, December 4, the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts was privileged to host Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Louis, and Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. The cardinal, a long-time friend of the College, chose the occasion to issue a major address on “on the nature and ends of Catholic higher education from the Magisterium of the Venerable Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.” More…

Video – Roving Reporter #70: Abp Raymond Burke and Shrine of OLO Guadalupe

Monday, August 3rd, 2009
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Roving Reporter #70 – Fr. Peter interviews the founder of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine. ( 26min) >>> Play

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Archbishop Raymond Burke is at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI celebrating the first anniversary of the shrine’s opening. The Rector of the shrine, our very own Fr. Peter Fehlner, took the opportunity to ask him for an interview on his role as the “Chief Justice” of the Catholic Church and the significance of the shrine in a modern, relativistic world and the Archbishop graciously agreed.

Taking his queue from an editorial from Dr. Robert Moynihan in the June issue of Inside the Vatican, Fr. Peter asks Abp. Burke his opinion on two different types of justice prevailing in the world, one relativistic and the other based on absolutes like natural law and divine revelation.

This leads to many other questions on our current cultural, political, social and spiritual condition: Does relativism lead to tyranny and totalitarianism? Is it possible to have an appeal to a higher authority than the US Supreme Court? Is relativism the cause of our current economic mess? Is strict separation of Church and state viable? How is religion and the Catholic Church important in secular affairs today? Is there a connection between your role as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and your Marian devotion? Does Our Lady add an element of mercy to the judicial process? Does Our Lady have a role in resolving the current crisis in the secular world? What role does this Shrine have today in the Church? Can Our Lady be a means to solve the ecumenical crisis.

And there are more provocative questions like: Can Our Lady be the basis for true and lasting peace, sort of a “Pax Mariana”, that would replace peace based on worldly power which comes and goes like “Pax Romana”, “Pax Britannica” and perhaps even “Pax Americana”?

Listen to a whole world of insight from this very Marian Prelate.

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FiNews – The FIs Mentioned in Interview with Abp Raymond Burke

Monday, June 15th, 2009
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“It is through our union with the heart of Mary, that she brings us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” —Archbishop Raymond Burke

In a latest Newsflash by Inside the Vatican Magazine an excellent interview titled “The Overseer of Justice” was featured by their correspondent Andrew Rabel of Archbishop Raymond Burke who heads the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. Not only were many interesting subjects covered, ranging from Pope Benedict,  to the Obama-Notre Dame fiasco, to His Excellency’s role as head of the Church’s ‘Supreme Court’ – but also he mentioned many projects and events with which the FIs have had mutual involvement and in the process we were mentioned a few times. These include the recent Ordinations by Abp. Burke of six FI priests in Tarquinia, Italy according to the extraordinary form (old Rite), the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI and the fact that we help staff it, the promotion of Kolbian Marian Spirituality and the Marian Dogmas of Coredemptrix and Mediatrix, and the promotion of Our Lady of America.  Here is an excerpt:

Recently you participated in an ordination to the priesthood of some Franciscans of the Immaculate at Tarquinia, north of Rome, according to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (the old rite). It is not very often that one sees a senior Churchman celebrating so solemn a ceremony according to the extraordinary form. What was your reason for doing this?

Burke: First of all, I have celebrated a number of priesthood ordinations according to the extraordinary form. One very beautiful one took place in Saint Louis in June of 2007, on the feast of the Sacred Heart.  When the Friars of the Immaculate requested that I celebrate the ordinations according to the extraordinary form, I was happy to accept because I have known them for a long time, and they staff the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe at La Crosse.
To put it another way, I have never tried to downplay or hide in any way my strong support of what Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Church to do in Summorum Pontificum, and what his predecessor, the servant of God John Paul II asked us to do in Ecclesia Dei adflicta, but rather to accept their liturgical direction fully and wholeheartedly.

In responding to a request like this from the Franciscans of the Immaculate, do you have any sympathy with the Kolbean Marian theology which is their charism, and its current manifestation, in pushing for a final Marian dogma of Our Lady as Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix?

Burke: I certainly am very sympathetic to the Kolbean theology by which I have been enriched for many years. The first papal ceremony that I ever attended, as a first-year seminarian at the Pontifical North American College, was the beatification of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, and I have had the blessing over the years to get to know his writings and to visit the sacred places of his heroic life and death in Poland. I am certainly very steeped in the whole spirituality of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as the way to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is through our union of heart with Mary, and our striving to imitate her, that is, our making our hearts like hers, that she brings us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
With regard to the fifth Marian dogma as it is often called, for my part, I believe it to be part of the ordinary teaching of the Church. Although I have no special competence in the area, I certainly am supportive of such a declaration. The teaching is part of my faith. (read more here)

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FiNews – Fr Angelo Guest Blogs on The Dawn Patrol

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

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Fr. Angelo Geiger, F.I. blogs again on the Christopher West – Theology of the Body controversy. This time as a guest blogger on Dawn Eden’s The Dawn Patrol.

He points out that the discussion has deteriorated on many blogs into a shouting match between Christopher West haters and Christopher West groupies and in the process the real issue is lost.

He sees that we have to get a firm understanding of how original sin is the cause of both extremes, of Victorian prudishness on the one hand and the unrestrained lust of Hugh Hefner on the other. He insists that Christopher West’s blind spot is that does not grasp this point adequately and so he is in danger of falling into one of these extremes. Another insightful article by Fr. Angelo and a call for peace in the comboxes.

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News – 2008 a Year of Contradiction

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

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For a clear and concise overview of the state of Catholicism in the light of the 2008 elections and the history of moral relativism in the US the Mindszenty Report for December 2008 is a must read, all in just three pages! Oh, and Happy 50th anniversary to the Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation!

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From the Web – The Truth

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

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Very clever video from YouTube for our troubled times.

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Video – Raymond de Souza: Christ’s Uniqueness and Western Contraception

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
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Spirit, Faith and Family #16 – Host John Primeau with guest Raymond de Souza (27min) >>> Play

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Is it true that one religion is no better than the other? How is Christ unique?

All founders of religion claim that they teach the truth about God. In this episode, Raymond de Souza discusses the unique claims Christ made as the founder of Christianity. Has any other founder of a world religion claimed to be one with God? Was the birth of any other religious founder pre-announced hundreds of years beforehand by various men living in different ages? Has any other founder of (more…)