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November 18, 2014

Bishop Semeraro and the Pixies

Bishop Semeraro of Albano in Italy has taken it upon himself to excommunicate lay people who attend Masses of the Society of St Pius X. Now, I hold no brief for the Pixies (who can be extremely tiresome, see below) but His Lordship is talking through his nasty little sawn-off mitre and I hope he is ignored.

Many years ago now, the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Liturgical Texts (whose job it is to clarify such matters) declared that while bishops and priests of the SSPX could be considered excommunicate, in the case of lay people…

…Those who participate occasionally and without the intention to adhere formally to the positions of the Lefebvrist movement towards the Holy Father do not incur the penalty of excommunication.

And the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei declared, in answer to an inquirer…

1. In the strict sense you may fulfill your Sunday obligation by attending a Mass celebrated by a priest of the Society of Saint Pius X.

2…If your intention is simply to participate in Mass according to the 1962 Missal for the sake of devotion, this would not be a sin.

3. It would seem that a modest contribution to the collection at Mass could be justified….

It all seems clear enough. So why do we  now have this nasty piece of bullying from a bishop who is regarded as being close to the Holy Father?

A contributor to the combox of Fr John Zuhlsdorf summed up the present situation in the the Albano diocese rather well, with this offering which is meant to be sung “in your best Bob Dylan voice”:

Oh yeah, we gotta luhhhhve one another!

No rules gunnah work for me!

I just wannuh be free to luhhhhhhhhve my brother!

Even if it’s carnally!

Them hardline conservatives are so full of hate! They don’t know how to luuuuhhhhhve!

They judge everybody with their mean ol’ rules,  Jes’ coz they come from abuuuuhhhhhve!

He concludes:

So if you “love” another man, or a woman you’re not sacramentally married to (switch genders if need be) then the church ought to welcome you with open arms, without judging, but if you’re in love with the way the church USED to be before they changed it…?

No love songs for you. Conform or you’re outta here.

However, as I made clear above, I’m not too keen on the SSPX. Two reasons:

1.  At St John’s in Mounttown, Co. Dublin, the main SSPX church in Ireland, I was handed an official leaflet which stated, inter alia, that one could be excused one’s Sunday obligation if one could only attend either the Novus Ordo or what was then described as the indult Mass (celebrated by a priest in communion with the ordinary of the diocese.)

2. I was recently told of a Pixie priest in the West of England, who preached about the Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in London, and about how the Queen had been praying at the cenotaph. “Of course, said Father, “God would not hear her prayers.”


Who’s ‘Damaging Women’s Health’ ?

There is something quite brazen about the way TDS of  not only the Labour Party,  but also Fine Gael, now openly defend the indefensible when it comes to abortion. You are unlikely to have read this news release from the Pro-Life Campaign in any of the Big Media outlets, so I’m publishing it here.

The Pro Life Campaign has criticised Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell over remarks she made in a Sunday newspaper attacking those involved in an undercover investigation that exposed life-endangering counselling practices at clinics run by the taxpayer-funded Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA).

Deputy Mitchell was responding to news that the DPP does not intend to prosecute the IFPA over the dangerous advice they gave to women in crisis pregnancy. In yesterday’s Sunday Times, Deputy Mitchell welcomed the DPP’s decision not to prosecute and she said that undercover investigations like the one carried out are potentially “damaging to women’s health.”

Responding to Deputy Mitchell’s comments, Cora Sherlock, Deputy Chairperson of the Pro Life Campaign said:

‘It is an absolute disgrace the way Deputy Mitchell has chosen to vent her anger at those who carried out the undercover investigation and not those who gave life-endangering advice to women. By adopting this stance she is displaying a crass disregard for women’s health. It is simply ridiculous to claim that exposing life-endangering practices somehow damages women’s health. The refusal of so many politicians to condemn what was going on in IFPA clinics is a very graphic illustration of how one-sided the debate on abortion is at present.’

Ms Sherlock continued, ‘The fact that the DPP is not prosecuting in this particular case does not mean that the story ends there. The undercover investigation team proved that pregnancy counsellors were telling women to lie about their own medical history, advising them to take illegal abortion drugs without medical supervision and telling them not to tell their doctors if they had complications arising from the abortion.’

‘The way Deputy Mitchell has sought to downplay this scandal is appalling. The women of Ireland deserve better than this from their public representatives,’ Ms Sherlock concluded.

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  1. That PLC release is in this week’s Irish Catholic for 20 November 2014. Dunno that it would describe itself as Big Media tho…

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