Quanta Cura and the Syllabus
In this episode of Pastoralia, we take a few steps backward from our look at Catholic child rearing to discuss the Catholic ideal of courtship.
Blind and infatuated worldlings date in order to date, with perhaps only the remotest thought to the permanence of marriage. Why, then, does a Catholic not merely date for the sake of dating? We begin our episode with a look at the purposes of courtship, which extend well beyond compatibility testing.
Next we speak about the spiritual aspect of courtship and, for all the good which may come out of it, the necessary near occasions of sin it requires. How is a Catholic to court virtuously?
Before moving any further, armed with the knowledge of the purposes of courtship, Father discusses who is — and who isn’t — someone to pursue in a courtship. Avoiding stock answers, we look at not only the most basic requirements, without which a marriage would lack a common foundation, but, beyond the necessities and although not strictly required, how compatibility between two potential spouses is something not to be dismissed as somehow worldly and uncatholic.
Knowing why and with whom, we then ask when is the right time to consider marriage, to which the whole of courtship is directed. Is a difference in age fatal to the endeavor? Is it to be desired? How does maturity factor in?
On the topic of maturity, we confirm that the man who fails to pursue a woman in a courtship, instead expecting her to engage him, not only hasn’t met his responsibility as a man, but probably did not deserve the chance he wasted in not approaching her in the first place. A harsh truth indeed! This manliness (action, not braun) required for courtship, has long been under fire by those who preach equality of the sexes.
Once a couple has entered into a courtship, we discuss how long a courtship (and eventual engagement) should last. During that time, is constant chaperoning required as the virtuous thing to do?
Finally, we close our episode with family issues which may arise during a courtship. Should the idea of “marrying a family” be an issue — especially if the family doesn’t like you or your family doesn’t care for the person you’ve invited to Christmas dinner? What about objections voiced by parents against the potential marriage: s
Should this be fatal to the nuptials?
Join Fr. Stephen McKenna of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in West Chester, Ohio (and many mission chapels), Mr. Justin Soeder, and host Joshua Gunsher in this episode of Pastoralia.
February is the shortest month, but Francis hasn’t acted that way, giving us plenty of material to cover for the month of February.
Regular host Justin Soeder and regular guest Bishop Donald Sanborn were unable to be part of the broadcast, so Stephen Heiner filled in as host and Fr. Cekada joined in his regular guest […]
Father KcKenna on the confession.
On this month’s episode of Pastoralia, we return to talk about the Sacrament of Confession.
While we may consider this topic to be understood by most practicing Catholics, there is never enough discussion both on the fruits of the Sacrament, but also on the various orbital topics that go along with it.
Before we begin the topic itself, we begin the program by first making a slight detour per listener requests about “what to do now?” So you have been studying, you’ve come to the realization that you can have nothing to do with the heretics and apostates who occupy the Vatican and the diocesan sees across the world, but are confused as to what your obligations are from this point forward. We will let Father discuss this topic which is a very real one that all of us at one time faced.
Then we will move right into the discussion on Confession. We begin talking about the obligations a Catholic has to fulfill in order to make a good confession and how parents must be the prime force in their child’s life in not only teaching them to make a good confession, but also making it readily available to them. Father will discuss some “do’s and don’ts” for parents regarding their children’s confessions and frequency of its practice.
Father will then give a commentary on what are important aspects of a child’s confession that he should consider before entering the confessional, as well as that of adults. How often should we be going to confession? Should we have a regular confessor? What if that option is not available to us? Is it allowable for us to go seek out confession from a validly ordained priest who is of other religious congregations who are in union with the modernists in Rome? What are the rules of charity regarding making Sunday confessions when you have other opportunities to do so?
Father will then hit on many aspects that give souls a moment of pause and present an obstacle to making a confession, such as: What if Father hears my voice and knows who I am? I can’t just grab Father outside the confessional and ask him to hear a confession because he will know who I am! I am too embarrassed to tell Father this, he will think I’m a horrible person.
Father presents a clear, concise, and priestly view on the reality behind the confessions that he hears on a daily basis and gives listeners the reassurance that when a man enters into the confessional, he is no “special snowflake,” and that he should confidently and humbly approach a priest at any time that he needs to avail himself of the Sacrament. Father will even talk about his confessions, and how his confessions differ from that of the laity; our listeners may be surprised to hear that they hardly differ at all, except in one small detail.
We will then segue into frequent faults in confession, and why this cannot be allowed: failure to be specific with regards to sin, failing to properly prepare for a confession, whitewashing away sins, excusing rather than accusing oneself, spouses confessing the other’s sin, children making things up, and more.
Father will close out with talking about perhaps the most important thing we can do upon a fall into sin and the time period that exists between being able to make a sacramental confession: the perfect act of contrition.
Join us as we return for the second half of Season 3 with Fr. Stephen McKenna, assistant pastor of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in West Chester, Ohio (and pastor of many mission chapels), and host Stephen Heiner as they conduct this month’s episode of Pastoralia.
What is Culpable ignorance and how does it play a role in catholic teaching.
Listen as Jeffry Night explains how the SSPX recognize and resist theory is not in line with catholic teaching and may not even be considered as culpable ignorance.
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Listen to a traditional catholic perspective on the growing police state in America and the war culture.
Pray along this month of November with Bp Dolan as he recites a devotion to the all Saints day and rosary.
Great debate between Gerry Matatics and an SSPX priest Fr. Robinson.
Are the Vatican II popes legitimate popes?
Fr. Robinson holds the affirmative and Gerry hold the opposition.
On this month’s episode of Catholic History with Charles Coulombe, we will be discussing the life, image, figure, and aura of mystique surrounding the 35th President of the United States, and the first Catholic to hold that office – John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963).
Serving as the backdrop of this discussion, we will listen to various parts of a speech given by Kennedy on September 12, 1960 as a Senator from Massachusetts to a group of some 300 Protestant Ministers of the Greater Houston Ministerial Association at Rice University. This speech, as horrific as it is, will serve to show us the contradiction of John Kennedy as a Catholic, as a politician, and as a man. This discussion would be incomplete without using the occasion of this speech by Kennedy to illustrate the religion of Americanism, and how almost every element of it has been adopted and codified in the minds of the American Catholic.
A study of John F. Kennedy is also incomplete (and inaccurate) without discussing the patriarch
of the Kennedy family, Joseph P. Kennedy, and his immense involvement in crafting every detail, funding every political step, and influencing political regions, for the political success of his son.
Kennedy’s carefully crafted image, as well as his educational and military record as a Navy officer will be looked at and what those credentials meant in a post-war era in the United States as it related to one’s political success.
However, the largest contradiction perhaps about Kennedy (and one that we will discuss at length) is that despite his assurances that he would not govern as a Catholic in the disgusting speech he gave, despite his many personal moral failings and decades-later revealed sins of infidelity, Kennedy’s administrative decisions as President were indeed carried out in a manner more or less guided by his Catholic conscience; sometimes more, sometimes far less.
We have to talk as well as the aura of “Camelot,” the name affectionately given to the Kennedy-era in the White House and the public view of the First Family. We talk about the influence of the elegant and charming nature of Jacqueline Kennedy in the public eye, and the Kennedy siblings as a whole.
We will then highlight the five main incidents in Kennedy’s administration and how almost from day one, he was at odds with his cabinet, military, and national security advisors. We examine the Bay of Pigs incident of 1961, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the two National Security Action memorandums which Kennedy signed; which challenged the Federal Reserve’s grip on money and called for the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam. Of course, we also must highlight Kennedy’s disdain for the Central Intelligence Agency and his desire to see it end.
Lastly, we wrap up with a brief reflection on November 22, 1963 when Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas and what that meant for America and Catholics in general.
Join us as our distinguished guest Charles A. Coulombe talks with host Justin Soeder about this complex topic of President John F. Kennedy and its place in the chapters of Catholic History.
1. A complete transcript of Kennedy’s speech can be found here. The audio of the speech can be found on the same page.
October of 2014 A.D. marks exactly 97 years since the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the three peasant children at Fatima in Portugal to once again, beg the world to heed Her dire warnings and convert their lives and specifically to pray the Holy Rosary daily.
On this month’s episode of the Flagship Show, we will be joined by Father Benedict Hughes of the CMRI to discuss in great detail the message of Fatima. While it is well assumed that most who will listen to this broadcast are familiar with the essential message of Our Lady of Fatima, Father will take some time to reacquaint listeners with the core understanding of what Our Lady said at Fatima, as well as what she did not say.
We will talk about the essentials, as well as misinterpretations of the message of Fatima involving the Consecration of which our Lady asked of the Pope and what the common objections are to the consecration which took place in October of 1942 by Pope Pius XII. We will give historic look at other apparitions and what the nature of private revelation is, and what bearing it should have in the lives of Catholics along with some common objections to private revelation by such minds as St. John of the Cross and how that factors in to our adherence and devotion to private apparitions.
Of course, one cannot discuss the consecration of Russia without having a candid conversation about the nature of the Pope’s role in this, and we must deal with the oft-cited rebuttal from many traditionalists to those that hold a sedevacantist position that if the seat of Peter is indeed vacant, how then do we get a consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as Our Lady promised?
We will also take a look at the well known apostolate of the Fatima Center in Canada, and that of Fr. Nicholas Gruner. What are we to think about his version of the Fatima message and his statement that the message of Fatima is binding on all Catholics as a “public-prophetic revelation?”
These and other topics revolving around Fatima are on tap for this broadcast.
Join us as Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, gives a refreshing and balanced perspective on Our Lady of Fatima with host Nicholas Wansbutter on this month’s episode of the Flagship Show.