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  • Commentary: Caritas Christi’s Deal with the Devil – Part II

    05/29/2009 6:42:54 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    Serviam1 to Unam Sanctam

    I hate to admit this, but I’m beginning to believe this has more to do with institutional and fiscal preservation. Can I expect anything more from an Archdiocese and Catholic Healthcare System that is increasingly administered by a lay professional class that is nominally Catholic at best. It’s all about the bottom line and preserving jobs in Boston. Truth is becoming a casualty.


    07/01/2008 10:35:09 AM PDT · 24 of 34
    Serviam1 to topher

    Pastoral solicitude for an “itty-bitty parish” is analogous to the man who leaves ninety-nine sheep to save one. Our Lord’s pastoral logic flies in the face of modern day asset management. Does it not? Unfortunately, all too many dioceses are being administered by hirelings...and the hireling flieth.

    Matthew 10:13
    13 And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep.

    Matthew 18:12-13
    12 What think you? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them should go astray: doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the mountains, and go to seek that which is gone astray? 13 And if it so be that he find it: Amen I say to you, he rejoiceth more for that, than for the ninety-nine that went not astray.


    07/01/2008 10:10:47 AM PDT · 22 of 34
    Serviam1 to topher

    Please read this and the previous discussion.


    07/01/2008 9:38:05 AM PDT · 19 of 34
    Serviam1 to All


    Also check out Fr. Zuhlsdorf Blog. He has posted Monday’s Boston Globe article. Your thoughts and perspective can add well to the on going discussion and help dispell the usual misconceptions and administrative/pastoral apologetics.


    07/01/2008 5:16:48 AM PDT · 1 of 34
  • Archbishop Burke Named Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (Catholic Caucus)

    06/27/2008 7:13:50 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    Serviam1 to All

    With the impending suppression of Boston’s Holy Trinty Church (6/30/08) and the recent response regarding appeals of eight closed Boston area parishes from the Apostolic Signatura as “clearly lacking any basis”, many in the Boston area have questioned whether the Apostolic Signatura seriously looked at the merit of the eight individual appeals.

    It was the impression of many in Boston that these appeals were simply “rubber stamped” to facilitate Cardinal O’Malley’s sad policy of “reconfiguration” that has proceeded since May 2004. With Archbishop Burke’s appointment positive change is likely to occur.

    As discussed in previous posts, Holy Trinity Church in Boston’s South End remains and important icon of both the historic and cultural patrimony of the Church in Boston and New England, yet all proposals to preserve this venerable House of God continue to be dismissed by Archdiocese of Boston. This unfortunate suppression will occur the very year the Archdiocese of Boston celebrates its Bicentennial.

    The parishioners of Holy Trinity, as in other cases will likely appeal to the Apostolic Signatura, as was the case of other closed parishes. Much of our case may focus on the importance of Holy Trinity’s historic and continued role with regard to the cultural patrimony of the Church in New England. Assistance may be requested from the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Patrimony of the Church. If such a case is properly presented, it could clearly demonstrate how Holy Trinity’s preservation transcends sole parochialism. I understand one of the Apostolic Signatura’s criticisms of the eight recently rejected appeals was that parochial interest is secondary to the universal mission of the Church.

    Perhaps, with Archbishop Burke’s keen interest in Benedict’s reform, he may be encouraged to look a little closer at Holy Trinity’s case and how it may benefit the whole. With his direction, may he fairly the merit of several proposals presented to the Archdiocese that could ensure Holy Trinity’s presence for future generations.

    We will pray for His Excellency’s effectiveness in his new assignment, despite the sad loss for the folks in St. Louis.
    St. Robert Bellermine pray for us.

    Parish Website:

    Parish History:

  • Holy Trinity Closing, But Welcoming Doors Not Opening – Yet

  • Holy Trinity Closing, But Welcoming Doors Not Opening – Yet

    06/26/2008 7:27:42 PM PDT · 7 of 22
    Serviam1 to All

    Check out the photos of Holy Trinity German Church by Genevieve MacLellan and Roland Horst (regular 11:00AM Mass attendees). I’m surprised no one has spoke of their posting considering the parish’s upcoming suppression on 30 June.

  • Holy Trinity Closing, But Welcoming Doors Not Opening – Yet

    06/26/2008 4:26:15 PM PDT · 4 of 22
    Serviam1 to Ann Archy

    Boston, Massachusetts in the South End.

  • Holy Trinity Closing, But Welcoming Doors Not Opening – Yet

    06/26/2008 3:35:13 PM PDT · 1 of 22
  • How Obama's Catholics Will Dodge the Infanticide Question

    06/24/2008 1:02:29 PM PDT · 24 of 31
    Serviam1 to All

    The bottom line:

    Abortion is a “fail safe” to continue and maintain a culture of complete and utter sexual license. Society wants absolutely no restriction to its sexual apetite. Thank the Sexual Revolution and the fall of a moral order based on the Common Good grounded in Natural Law.

    This Evil is so close few wish to confront its magnitude.

  • Archdiocese halts church's annual gay pride prayers

    06/24/2008 9:40:13 AM PDT · 38 of 59
    Serviam1 to All

    Has any of these folks ever considered the Catholic teaching regarding “Pride”? It seems the promotion of Pride, which is correctly understood as vice is inmical to the Catholic Faith.

    Pride is the root of all vice/sin and the strongest influence propelling us to sin. Gregory the Great charaterizes it as the sovereign of vices: “Pride, the sovereign of vices, when it has captured and vanquished the heart, forthwith delivers it into the hands of its lieutenants, the seven capital vices, that they may despoil it and produce vices of all kinds.” Pride is rebellion — the rejection of God’s authority and plan, and the refusal to submit to God and accept his truth. In this sense pride is the root of all sin.

    As a particular vice pride is an inordinate desire or love of one’s own excellence. Through pride a person either thinks of himself or herself better than he is, or he thinks he can do things beyond his capability. Pride springs from an exaggerated self-centeredness. In pride a person makes self absolute and central, isolating self from God and others, or using others for the achievement of selfish purposes. Pride leads a person to sin in the pursuit of his own good. Excessive pride may move a person to steal in order to keep up his appearance, or to lie or cheat to better his own reputation. Pride can lead to all sorts of vices, notably presumption, ambition, vainglory, boasting, hypocrisy, strife, and disobedience. The proud person rebels against God and resists God’s efforts to lead him back to virtue.

    Humility, which is a person’s recognition of his dependence on God and of his absolute need for submitting himself to God, is the only remedy for pride. Humility is true self-knowledge — regarding oneself as God sees him. It is truth in self-understanding and truth in action. The humble person does not trust in his own strength, but in the power and love of God. True humility is a servant-like quality which enables one to place his life at the service of God and others. The modern notion of humility as feeling inadequate, inferior, incompetent, bad about yourself, or unneeded is unscriptural. True humility involves the readiness to place oneself at the disposal of others, to be a servant for others.

    Must we continue to one wonder why Holy Mother Church can never promote “Pride” or any other vice twisted to be virtue?

  • A Month After Pope's Visit . . .Cardinal O'Malley Closes German Parish

    06/13/2008 5:00:12 AM PDT · 1 of 8

    The closure of Holy Trinty is a sad loss of historic patrimony for not only German Catholics, but for all Bostonians and arguably New Englanders as well. It comes at a time Pope Benedict attempts recovery of Catholic cultural and spiritual identity. Holy Trinity is the latest casualty of Cardinal O'Malley's "reconfiguration", linked to the fiscal (and spiritual) crisis precipitated by the recent Sex Abuse scandals that rocked Boston and elsewhere. Such plans to such suppress iconic Catholic landmarks is a sad reflection of the utilitarianism that has replaced Faith, in many sectors of the Church today. It in itself is a scandal of immense proportions that affects not only the Church, but the entire cultural climate. Pray for Cardinal O'Malley. Pray for the Holy Father, Benedict. Once gone it will never be recovered.

    Below are some helpful background links on what we stand to lose. Please check this out:

  • A Month After Pope’s Visit . . .Cardinal O’Malley Closes German Parish

    06/12/2008 7:54:15 PM PDT · 1 of 6
  • Losing a Space to Soar

    06/11/2008 6:13:22 AM PDT · 1 of 2

    There is a column by Yvonne Abraham in today's (6/11/08) Boston Globe regarding the impending the shortsighted supression of Holy Trinity Church in Boston's South End. This stands to be a major loss to not only Catholic, but the region's historical patrimony as America's "Christmas Parish", founded by German Catholics in 1844. The present church edifice, designed by famed architect, Patrick Keely was dedicated in 1877.

    Check out:


  • Letter of Intent to Close Holy Trinity, Boston, on 30 June 2008

    05/24/2008 2:49:21 PM PDT · 3 of 12
    Serviam1 to weeder

    No, it is at 140 Shawmut Avenue, just south of the Massachusetts Turnpike and near the Boston Herald, in the South End near Chinatown.
    See for more information.
    Also, the story in the Boston Globe,

  • Letter of Intent to Close Holy Trinity, Boston, on 30 June 2008

    05/24/2008 11:47:48 AM PDT · 1 of 12
  • Archdiocese Cracks Down on St Stephen's Parish in Minneapolis (insiders look at their service)

    03/05/2008 7:01:44 AM PST · 36 of 55
    Serviam1 to maryz

    The weekly celebration of the Tridentine Mass will resume at Holy Trinity beginning on Sunday, February 10, (the First Sunday in Lent). The Tridentine Mass will be celebrated each Sunday at 9:00 AM.

    Effective on February 10, the English/German (Novus Ordo) Mass will be moved from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

  • Devotion to the Holy Name [of Jesus]

    01/01/2008 8:13:59 AM PST · 22 of 27
    Serviam1 to Salvation

    Hi Salvation,

    I didn’t intend to take anyone to task, but only want to add to the awareness out there. The Holy Name Society, as Sodalities were a common part of parish life before Vatican II. Their demise, may in part may be connected to the common understanding of a changing role of Laity and ecclesiologyin post-Conciliar parish life. In the last few years, we are fortunately seeing the important role of devotional confraternaties play both in formation and living out the Faith. Please pray for their renewal.

    If you want I can post the Litany of Holy Name (we recite this in Latin in our parish) and the lyrics of the Holy Name Hymn by the late William Cardinal O’Connell, Archbishop of Boston. It has a march or fight tempo. I can also Email a PDF scan of the associated music.

    Happy New Year!!

  • Devotion to the Holy Name [of Jesus]

    12/31/2007 6:55:56 PM PST · 20 of 27
    Serviam1 to All

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned the Confraternity of the Holy Name of Jesus (or simply known as the Holy Name Society), which was founded by Blessed John of Vercelli in 1274.

    The Holy Name Society is an indulgenced confraternity in the Catholic Church. The primary object of the society is to beget due love and reverence for the Holy Name of God and Jesus Christ. The secondary object is to suppress blasphemy, perjury, oaths of any character that are forbidden, profanity, unlawful swearing improper language, and, as far as the members can, to prevent those vices in others (Pius IV, 13 April 1564). It had its origin in the Council of Lyons, 1274, which prescribed that the faithful should have a special devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, that reparation might be made for insults offered to it by Albigenses and other blasphemers. The Friars Preachers were preaching everywhere with the Zeal of St. Dominic; it was natural, then, that Gregory X selected the Dominicans to preach the devotion, which he did by a letter to Blessed John of Vercelli, master general of the order, 20 September 1274 (Constit. “Nuper in”). The master general immediately wrote to all the provincials of the order, expressing the pope’s wish, and enjoining upon all the duty of labouring for its fulfilment (Litterae Encyclicae Mag. Gen Ord. Praed., Reichert, 1900). The brethren gave their best energies in executing the command, preaching everywhere the power and glory of the Holy Name of Jesus; and to give permanency to the devotion excited in the hearts of the people, it was ordained that in every Dominican church an altar of the Holy Name should be erected, and that societies or confraternities under the title and invocation of the Holy Name of Jesus should be established. St. Peter, Martyr (d. 1252); John of Vercelli, a contemporary of St. Dominic; Blessed Ambrose of Siena (d. 1286) are said to have been great propagators of the devotion. In the fourteenth century Blessed Henry Suso (d. 1365) is the most notable apostle of devotion to the Holy Name.

    The history of the society in the fourteenth and the fifteenth centuries is somewhat obscure, but that it continued to exist is certain from papal Bulls addressed to the Order of St. Dominic. Boniface IX in his Constitution “Hodie” 31 October, 1401, granted indulgences to those visiting the altar of the confraternity in the Dominican monastery at Schusen, Diocese of Werden, Saxony. In 1432 at Lisbon the devotion preached by a retired Dominican bishop, Andrea Diaz, was a means of stopping the ravages of a plague that was then afflicting that city. In gratitude for their deliverance, the people of all classes in Lisbon held, on 1 Jan., 1433, what was probably the first procession in honour of the Holy Name of Jesus. At this period St. Bernardine of Siena, an Italian Franciscan gained great renown as a promoter of the devotion in Italy. In the sixteenth century Emperor Charles V and King Philip II, moved by the prevalence of blasphemy and sacrilege, exhorted and encouraged the Dominicans to spread the devotion and to establish the society throughout their dominions. Among the preachers engaged in this apostolate, the most celebrated was the Spanish Dominican, Didacus of Victoria (d. 1450), who may be properly called the great preacher of the devotion of the Holy Name of God. He founded a confraternity known as the Society of the Holy Name of God, of which the special object was to suppress the horrible profanation of the Divine Name by blasphemers, perjurers, and by men in their ordinary conversation, and to this end he drew up a rule and constitution for its government.

    His confraternity was approved by Pope Pius IV 13 April, 1564, who richly endowed it with indulgences, commanded all ecclesiastical authorities to favour it with all their power, and, in a special letter, recommended it to the laity (Bullarium Ord. Praed., tom. I, v). Later, this confraternity was merged into the Society of the Holy Name of Jesus. Thereafter the society was called by both titles. It also bore the title of “Confraternity against Oaths”. Following the example of Pius IV, the popes of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, notably Innocent XI, made the society an object of special solicitude, encouraging its promotion, granting indulgences, and regulating its organization. St. Pius V, in the Motu Proprio “Decet Romanum”, 21 June, 1571, absolutely restricted the canonical erection of the society to the Dominican order. Letters patent from the master general of the Dominicans are required for the canonical establishment of the society (for the United States these letters are issued through the bureau of the Holy Name Society, New York). In missionary countries special provision is made for the establishment of the society.

    The acts of the general chapters of the order held since 1571 contain numerous regulations and admonitions insisting upon zeal in propagating the confraternity. Great encouragement to the development of the society was given at the close of the nineteenth century by Pope Leo XIII, who decreed through the Congregation of Indulgences, 20 May, 1896, that the bishops may dispense from the Clementine decree “Quaecumque”, requiring that there should be only one confraternity in a town or city. Before this the society had existed in many churches of various cities of the United States, by virtue of the dispensations obtained from Rome. Since then branches of the society have multiplied very rapidly and in several dioceses; following the example set in the Archdiocese of New York, 21 May, 1882, they have been formed into diocesan unions under a director general appointed by the ordinary. Being thus united, the men of the society in the United States (they number about 500,000) are able to accomplish great good by public yearly processions of many thousands professing reverence for the Name of Jesus Christ, and abhorrence of blasphemy, profanity, and immorality. They are required to receive Holy Communion in a body at least once every three months; in most places the rule prescribes Communion on the second Sunday of every month, when they may gain plenary and partial indulgences granted by Gregory XIII. A complete list of indulgences, all of which may be applied to the souls in purgatory, is contained in the “Pocket Manual of the Holy Name Society” (new edition, New York, 1909), by the Dominican, Father McKenna, who for many years has been recognized as the apostle of the Holy Name in the United States. In 1907 the monthly publication of “The Holy Name Journal” (New York) was begun by the Dominican Fathers.

    Publication information
    Written by Clement M. Thuente. Transcribed by Paul Koenen. Dedicated to Kathleen, Brigid, Deirdre, Liam, Patrick, and the Holy Name Society of St. Paul’s Parish in Hingham, Mass.
    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VII. Published 1910. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Nihil Obstat, June 1, 1910. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York


    In nomine sancto ejus,

    Robert R. Quagan
    West Roxbury, Massachusetts

    Archdiocesan Union of Holy Name Societies of Boston