2 or 3 Updates–about My Campus Apostolate

The campus ministry is going pretty good right now. We got about twelve men’s bible studies. Probably the same amount for the women, probably a few more.

We’re still feeling the effects of SEEK2013, you say how?

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We’re growing in bible studies, Justin just picked up another one. Three out of four of my student leaders that I’m directly over have Bible Studies, we’re working on a bible study for the other one. We’re working on a bible study for one of my student leader’s student leaders.

We’re growing in disciples, we’re asking many many many people into discipleship of Jesus Christ, but also asking men into what we call focus student leaders.

We have new hires on campus. Basically that means we have students we have hired to become focus missionaries, nationally. So they’ll be doing what I am doing, next year. Some will be student interns next year, which they’ll be working next year. They’ll graduate in December work on campus as a missionary for a semester after they graduate.

MEN’S OUTREACH

Men’s Outreach is starting up. You might ask, “how?”

I set up a board of directors, kind of like it’s individual outreach. even though it is what I am particularly involved in; I think it would be good to have input from other people.

How are we going to do with that. We’re going to do different men’s activities. Feats of strength, juggling babies, cards, eating, hiking, camping, fishing. We’re going to be doing distinctly masculine activities to attract men and hopefully the men here are men enough to want to do masculine activities.

But there are other activities that they may not associate with masculinity. We’ll be showing them how they are actually masculine.

You may ask what would that be? Prayer and mortification.

Along with going to play billiards, going and playing cards with the guys, or whatever it may be. Rock climbing and climbing to a the highest summit, which I think is like 12 feet in missouri. After that we’re going to pray, and hold vigils, and we’re going to fast. We’re going to have mortification. Give things up to, not only, grow the kingdom but also to help with temporal needs.

DELTA CHI

Delta Chi, I’ve been heading more and more into hanging out with these guys as the year has progressed.

I don’t have much I can tell you about it, but I do have some inroads with the fraternity. With prayer and mortification this will come about. So, please offer up your prayers and mortifications for my ability to evangelize and insert myself into Delta Chi.

I Suck at Writing

This is a picture of Cardinal Dolan laughing at me for how much I suck at writing. If I do not write about something every Monday, this post that will go up.

The only time I won’t publish something, even if it sucks, is if there is a family emergency or I’m so sick I can’t type.

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The Lede

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5 More Things No One Knows Are Ridiculously Catholic, But Should

I’m beginning to develop the belief that you could give me just about anything at all and I could link it to the Holy Roman Catholic Church. And yes, that’s a combox challenge.

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The Filioque proved in Revelation 22:1

The other day I decided to look into the Filioque – the part of the Nicene Creed that says the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father “and the Son” – and as I was casually looking at how the Greek term “proceeds” is used in the New Testament, I came across a fascinating verse in Revelation 22:1.

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Do You Have a Heresy Checklist? – Here it is

Perhaps the best way to learn the truth about the person and natures of our Lord Jesus Christ is to learn how the ancient heresies got it wrong.

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Party On! (It’s Okay–It’s Biblical!) – Part 1

Postmodern man– and postmodern woman– doesn’t know how to give a good party. It’s up to us Catholics to reclaim this lost art and share it with the world.

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Was Mary Saved?

A Protestant friend of mine related his struggle with the Catholic view of Mary’s sinlessless, because Mary herself expressed that she needed a Savior, in Luke 1:46-47, when she proclaimed at the start of the Magnificat, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

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5 Simple Steps to Get Your New Year Off to a Great Start

Whether or not I write a detailed list of resolutions, I always use this day as an opportunity to get things in order so that the new year starts off smoothly.

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The Catholic Economy and the “Charity” Crutch

Why are so many catholic services these days sub-par?

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If the Pope Sold the Vatican, I’d Buy Him a Bigger Palace

If the Pope sold the Vatican, we–Catholics–would build him a bigger palace.

At a soup kitchen I was speaking with a well meaning woman, who had volunteered that day, about the affairs of the Catholic Church. She pondered the question…rather loudly, “Why does the Pope not sell his palace and cars and feed the hungry of world and shelter the homeless.” I told her the above quote. Then, I asked a beggar if he’d rather see the Holy Father in a smaller estate or forgo his rations for a season, he’d quipped that he’d rather forgo seven seasons without, rather than see the Holy Father out of St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope is the steward of the Church’s treasury. But it is his flock’s gifts that built and sustains St. Peter’s Square. Those who love one another give each other extravagant gifts, The Holy Father shepherds us and gives us the most extravagant Gift; we in turn sustain his “Palace.”

LA Bishop Who Fathered 2 Kids Resigns – Why Celibacy is Here to Stay

LA Auxiliary Bishop Gabino

A priest once put it in a homily, the secular world getting upset about our disciplines or small-t-traditions is like getting upset about where we put our toaster. If we leave it, they say there is a better place to put it. If we move it, they yell and scream about us redecorating our kitchen. My question is why in the world are you worrying about a damn toaster in your neighbors house?

B16 accepted LA Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala, 60. The man fathered two children with a woman from another state. Reports came out this morning through twitter and a letter from Archbishop José Gomez. To read comments on the situation and the letter from Archbishop José Gomez you can read them at Whispers In The Loggia.

Celibacy…to stay.

The fact is that celibacy is NOT A DOCTRINE of the Catholic Church, but being chaste is. However, that doesn’t mean we can change it whenever we want. Clerical (as in priests and bishop) celibacy is what is properly called a discipline (sometimes referred to as a small-t-tradition). Basically a cultural tradition.

To clarify, I do think that priests should marry. I am of the opinion with St. Jerome on the subject, I also seem to have his crankiness. However, I am also with the opinion of St. Jerome that what I think doesn’t constitute what the Church should do, but only in fact what I think.

Barbarians and Monks

As far as I can suspect the reason for the Latin Rite’s discipline of clerical celibacy comes from the monks that civilized Northern Europe in the land of the Barbarians (Germanic, Celtic, Saxon, Vikings, people that worshiped Thor, &c.). The first monks were the Desert Fathers, hermits. Well being a hermit is some what dangerous as living alone is usually dangerous. So, monasteries formed to bring together hermits to be alone together.

The monasteries moved to Northern Europe into the dense forests, even fighting of the Vikings (with weather of course). The Rule (you can read the Rule of Benedict) of course for monk priests is that they are celibate. They devote their entire life to Jesus (well the original one’s did, now some do teaching, social work, &c. but they happened to do just work and pray back then) and so were celibate.

As the hermits civilized Northern Europe, the Europeans came to know priests as celibate, because they were exposed to only religious priest, versus parish priests. If a priest who is married would come to Germany at those times, it would be the same as the first time I saw a priest with a wife (Anglican man), shocking and somewhat scandalous.

So, it became somewhat of a local tradition in Northern Europe for priests, even parish priests to be celibate. This tradition came over to America when Catholics from Northern Europe came over.

This isn’t the discipline for all Latin Rite priests, as exemptions for some African priests have been given as some African cultures do not see a man without a wife as a “real man.”

Change

When B16 was in the seminary he, as well, his comrades put together a petition, of sorts, to look into the issue of celibacy within the priesthood. So, the issue is not foreign to the top of the hierarchy. It isn’t taken lightly by all, and definitely not on my part. He has shed light onto the issue last year actually, if you wish to know what the Pope thinks about it.

The issue is with changing something because of sudden cultural norms changing. We have to look at the reasons not only for celibacy but reasons for not having celibacy. Is their sufficient reason to change the discipline. Will it scandalize the laity?

What can’t change

To make matters more confusing, there is one thing that can’t change. A priest cannot marry. You heard me right, this long article and now I’m saying that a priest can’t marry? Yes. The discipline is that a married man cannot become a priest (except for the exemptions), the discipline is not that a priest cannot marry.

As far as I am aware a priest cannot marry, the issue is if married men can enter.

I hope that clears things up. If you have any other questions leave them in the comment box, or holla at me on twitter.