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Monday, April 21, 2014

'TO HELL WITH IT": AN EASTER REFLECTION ON THE REAL PRESENCE

This is probably the most profound thing I've ever read about the Real Presence:

“I was once, five or six years ago, taken by some friends to have dinner with Mary McCarthy and her husband, Mr. Broadwater. (She just wrote that book, “A Charmed Life.”) She departed the Church at the age of 15 and is a Big Intellectual. We went at eight and at one, I hadn’t opened my mouth once, there being nothing for me in such company to say. . . . Having me there was like having a dog present who had been trained to say a few words but overcome with inadequacy had forgotten them.

Well, toward morning the conversation turned on the Eucharist, which I, being the Catholic, was obviously supposed to defend. Mrs. Broadwater said when she was a child and received the host, she thought of it as the Holy Ghost, He being the most portable person of the Trinity; now she thought of it as a symbol and implied that it was a pretty good one. I then said, in a very shaky voice, Well, if it is a symbol, to hell with it.

That was all the defense I was capable of but I realize now that this is all I will ever be able to say about it, outside of a story, except that it is the center of existence for me; all the rest of life is expendable.”

- Flannery O'Connor, (1925-1964), "The Habit of Being"


And that is exactly what this whole conversation has been about. If the bread and wine truly become the actual Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, then everything about how we view, treat, handle, reverence, and even reserve the Blessed Sacrament is either in accord with its being the "center of existence" or "to hell with it." 



Monday, April 14, 2014

CLOSED FOR THE REMAINDER OF HOLY WEEK

No posts will be made. No comments will be accepted. See you next week.


SPECIAL REQUEST
The four people who died yesterday in the crash on Route 15 included the parents and two other relatives of the wife of our good friend and fellow Catholic, Patrick Artatis. Please keep this family in your deepest prayers. Thank you.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

ANONYMOUS COWARD DEMANDS A VERDICT

Anonymous Coward has insisted that I produce the "verdict" that the July 2013 firing of Fr. Paul Gofigan was illegal. You can thank him/her for my dragging this back into full public view. So here it is.

The Archbishop produced his own "verdict" when on September 10, 2013, he wrote Fr. Paul Gofigan:
"Following my request for your resignation as pastor of Santa Barbara Church in Dededo on August 20, 2013 (Prot. No. 013-057), this is to inform you that I am proceeding with the removal process observing the canonical norms."
Had the Archbishop followed canonical norms back in July, there would be no need to begin the "removal process observing the canonical norms" two months later. 

DOES THE NCW HAVE PUBLIC CONFESSIONS?


Technically, the Neocatechumenal Way does not have public confessions. Members are asked to share their "crosses". Think of it is as an AA meeting. There is nothing wrong with this of course and it can be, as the AA has proved, the first step towards healing. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

TODAY IS APRIL 11. 78 BABY GUAMANIANS ARE DEAD.

From The Esperansa Project
April 11, 2014
DEAR FRIENDS OF THE UNBORN AND THEIR MOTHERS: 

Today is April 11. The year is 101 days old. At the rate of one abortion every 1.3 days (average since 2008), as of today, 78 babies have been aborted in Guam's abortion clinics. 

We are praying, hoping, and working to ensure that as of June 2, mothers seeking an abortion will at least know that there are options to abortion, and that there are many wonderful people ready and willing to care for these children. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

THINKING OF VOTING FOR SEN. RESPICIO? THINK AGAIN.


"So I've read where Sen. Rory Respicio has created a "FOIA" Council to increase government transparency. Really? The words "Respicio" and "transparency" in the same sentence?"

Read more at Guam PDN

WHY THE NEOS NOW WANT TO DUMP THE ARCHBISHOP

There appears to be some discussion amongst some in the Neo-communities as to how to delink the fate of the Neocatechumenal Way on Guam from the fate of Archbishop Apuron. 

The goddess Diana

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

QUESTION

Does anyone know why Kiko doesn't use his real last name...the one all the way at the end?

IS THAT YOU, FR. ADRIAN?

From Janet B:

Tim - I know who that anonymous is. It is Fr Adrian, who was off-island playing missionary in Denver when the conference took place, so he really does not know what was said.

Instead, typical of his efforts, he merely tries to support anything neo-kiko.

Fr ADrian - you should be horribly ashamed of yourself for all that you have done in the name of the Archbishop's office to hurt so many people. While I don't relieve Tony of responsibility for allowing you to carry your your sub-reign of terror...he is a big boy and should know better, we all know you are the mastermind of all the terrible things being done in the Archdiocese these past few years since you got back from Denver. It was no different when one were the stooge before heading to Denver to lick your wounds. Only now, you seem more vicious than ever.

We know who you are and what you are. We cannot figure out why you are that way.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"WE WERE APPALLED...BOTH SAID NOT A THING!"

In response to an infantile attack (here and here) on Chuck White for his post on David Atienza's view of Chamorro prayers for the dead, Maria writes the following:


6:47am-- Yet, again, a neo sputtering accusations without factual basis for his accusation. But then, we're all used to your lack of substance-evading-the-issue-no-factual-or-documentation-ways in "the way". 

CHAMORRO PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD - THE NEO VIEW


RMS professor, David Atienza has some interesting views about Chamorros:

"...Chamorros believe that personal decisions and behaviors do not determine our salvation, but rather how many prayers our family offers after our death."

Just remember, you are paying for this.

Read more. 

FUN COMMENTS

On my post AT THE HEART OF OUR DIVISIONS wherein I point out two major departures of Kiko's teaching from Catholicism, the following comments ensue:

Anonymous: The Jesuits were accused of heresies. The LAW crucified Christ.

Me: The Jesuits were accused of heresies by who? The law did not crucify Christ. Our sins did. But thanks for letting us know what they teach you in the NCW.

Anonymous: When the Jesuit mixed science and Christianity Timmy. The Gallileo affair. I taught you know everything since your starting your own church. Pope Rohr. LOL!

Another display of the type of neo-defender intelligence that we have become all too used to on this blog: can't spell, can't construct sentences, no clue about anything, and of course, the usual anonymous personal attack. Again, these comments are more useful in discrediting the Neocatechumenal Way than anything I can post. We do appreciate them.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

THE XIPHIAS GLADIUS PROJECT


By Chuck White

The Xiphias Gladius Project.  It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, but it’s not.  ”Xiphias Gladius”, a phrase taken from the Greek and Latin words for “sword”, is the name of a team of Neocatechumenal academics dedicated to researching and teaching the theories of Rene Girard,  a French-born American academic.  Girard is famous for his theory of religious anthropology called “Mimetic Desire.”  I will describe this theory and it’s great danger after I describe how we stumbled upon the issue and the discovered the Xiphias Gladius team.

Read more

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN



Conductor Paul Salmunovich makes his final appearance as conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 2001. (Los Angeles Times / April 20, 2001)

Yesterday, April 3, I had some time between a plane and a train, so I visited the nearby campus of my old college, Loyola Marymount, where I met a friend for lunch and recounted how I had come to Loyola in 1978.

Friday, April 4, 2014

NOT WILLING TO CALL THEM GNOSTICS, BUT....


Anonymous accused me of "paraphrasing" Kiko in my post AT THE HEART OF OUR DIVISIONS. I guess he/she didn't know what the word "paraphasing" means. The quotes I used from Kiko were exact quotes, not paraphrases, and I provided the sources. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

AT THE HEART OF OUR DIVISION


At the heart of our faith is the Eucharist. And at the heart of our division with other Christian religions is what we believe about it. 

Catholics (and our close Orthodox cousins) believe that when Jesus said "This is my Body...This is my Blood", the bread and wine in his hands truly, actually, and substantially became Him - as it does today in the hands and at the same words of our priests (who are not otherwise impeded). 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BOSTON HAS THE SAME QUESTIONS

I hear all the time about how "Tim Rohr is out to destroy the Catholic Church on Guam." Aside from how pathetically grasping, self-incriminating, and laughably untrue that statement is, every question I have posed on this blog relative to the Neocatechumenal Way has been posed elsewhere. And it looks like the Bishop of Boston doesn't want to answer any questions either...other than with pre-manufactured Kiko answers. 

http://bostoncatholicinsider.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/neocatechumenate-questions/

Here's an excerpt from one of the comments that we can relate with:
Friends in Denver and Newark have told me that it is standard operating procedure for the RM seminarians to spend more years in formation than they do incardinated in the diocese that paid all their bills. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

THE SALVATION OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

The following originally appeared as a comment to which I have already replied. However, I would like to examine it again here in a bit more detail.
Zenit 1/20/12 quotes Kiko "What is important, above all, is the fact that the Pope has reiterated that the communities can celebrate the Sunday Mass as a community. It is a sociological fact of immense importance, which means that the small community is the salvation for the New Evangelization. The Eucharist, in fact, creates and forms the Christian community, it makes it stable, unites it."

ROBIN KIKO HOOD

Here's a quote from Kiko when he's about to count the loot that people "donate" during the 2nd Scrutiny Convivence:
“Now we will read the records of the spoil that we have torn from the idols in the victory over the demons. When Israel ends a battle, she picks up the loot, right? So are we. That booty is for the poor, and is the money that the selfishness had taken from the poor.  That is why there are poor people in the world.  There are poor and miserable people who are suffering because there is selfishness in the world, because there is sin.”  Catechetical Directory, Vol. IV
Spoken like a man who never had to care about anybody but himself.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A FORMER "ITINERANT" SPEAKS OF KIKO AND CARMEN

The page is an internet translation from the Italian and in some places it is not translated at all or poorly translated, but you get the story. It's like all the rest who have escaped the Way.

http://apocalisselaica.net/en/varie/cristianesimo-cattolicesimo-e-altre-religioni/un-ex-itinerante-ci-parla-di-kiko-e-carmen