Thursday, November 20, 2014
This due process protects the rights of all citizens, including the Church, against the whims of government and the tyranny of one or a few. It is called the rule of law.
The executive order contemplated by the President today, Thursday, November 20, 2014, is far-reaching and it is meant to impact an entire population of illegal immigrants by the sweep of the President's pen. This executive order is not meant to clarify an existing law or otherwise administer existing law according to the President's executive philosophy. The breadth and width of this executive order and its impact is staggering: meant to impact as many as five million illegal immigrants.
The President's whim to impose his will to the point of legislating public policy and law of the United States by executive order is constitutionally, politically, and morally wrong.
Further, his uncompromising attitude, not to give the new majority in the U.S. Senate and House the opportunity to work with him reveals a terrifying arrogance and frightening chasm between what is right and good and what is disordered and wrong. I am praying for our President and for wisdom.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
How modern we have become, when we can exclude a continent, no longer for the race of the bishops, but rather for their strong and vibrant Catholic faith in word and practice! So the dominant culture once said that we should marginalize a group of people based on race...
...and now marginalization has a new face; the back of the bus is reserved for those whose faith is that of the ages with all the saints, rather than that of the moment with the culture.
So it seems a good time to embrace the back of the bus, and like those freedom marchers of the 60s, in a statement of solidarity with the new marginalization, declare myself to be novus africanus!
To those who support traditional marriage, today's novus africanus, well, some things don't seem to change.
Only one sin is nowadays severely punished: the attentive observance of the traditions of our Fathers. For that reason the good ones are thrown out of their places and brought to the desert.
- Saint Basil the Great
Friday, September 12, 2014
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
The artist, Michael Dente, has really gotten into his work!
Here's a bit of a close-up...
Friday, April 25, 2014
Dear Friends and Family,
I would be delighted for you to join me in my ordination to the priesthood in San Francisco this May 31. If you are coming from a long distance, we have limited accommodations at St. Albert's Priory. Please contact me (pjohannahop at gmail dot com) and I can inform you of possible space.
There will be a light reception following the ceremony at St. Dominic's, and then a luncheon on the back lawn of St. Albert's Priory beginning at 2pm. In addition to the mass attendance RSVP (on the main invite), please let me know by e-mail or phone if you intend to join us for the 2pm reception.
I am truly indebted to all of you for your support and prayers through the years. In this vein, it is a tradition for newly ordained Catholic priests to offer "masses of thanksgiving" at places that have spiritually formed them. Below is my current list of such masses/celebrations. You are invited to attend, according to desire (and geography!), any of them:
St. Albert's Priory, Oakland, CA June 1st, 9:30a 7th Sunday Easter
Carmel Mission Basilica, Carmel, CA June 7th, 5:30p Vigil of Pentecost
1st Presbyterian Church, Monterey, CA June 8th, 9a & 10:30a Pentecost
Santa Catalina Chapel, Monterey, CA June 10th, 10a (Weekday Mass)
Holy Family Cathedral, Anchorage, AK June 15th, Holy Trinity Sunday
4:00p (Dominican Rite Missa Cantata)
St. Mary's Parish, Annapolis, MD June 19th, 8a (Weekday Mass)
Corpus Christi Monastery, Menlo Park, CA June 29th, 8a Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul
On Good Friday, Mr Paul O'Leary OP brought out a team of volunteers to erect the steel cross which had been built for us. The cross stands 12' above ground and is constructed from square box steel. It should stand much longer than our previous wooden crosses, which seemed to last about 2-3 years each. This one was anchored with about a half ton of cement.
The cross against the skyline... a view we should see for many years to come!
Next item: The Bl. Margaret of Castello life-size statue is taking shape under the careful hands of sculptor Michael Dente. Michael has a long history of sculpting for the Western Dominican Province; notably the statue of St Dominic which is at the Dominican Cemetery in Benicia, California. It is fitting that Little Margaret will be here in our little Dominican cemetery in Idaho!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
David Adler: Women's rights at stake in Hobby Lobby case.
Here is my response:
Monday, March 24, 2014
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
DATE: Saturday, March 29, 2014
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.--With morning and afternoon sessions.
PLACE: St. Mark’s Catholic Church
7960 West Northview Street, Boise, Idaho.
LUNCH: Lunch on your own; however, a no host lunch, will be served at
12:00 noon at St. Mark’s, ($8.50 per person), if you want lunch
please R.S.V.P. in advance at the sign-up sheet at St. Mark’s or
call 375.2532 (RSVP message), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Yes, my darkened brother, you have seen people on their knees; Is it not amazing how you know the secrets of their heart? Well, "Stop judging by appearances, but judge justly" (Jn 7-24).
For if the charge of idol worship could be so lightly laid and be true, what am I to think when I see you praying on your knees before your bed at night?
Should I assume, since you are kneeling before your bed, that you are worshiping and praying to your bed, and in spite of your protestations, reply "No, you worship idols; I have seen you on your knees praying to your bed!"
It would be nice if we'd have a little more smarts and charity than the glorified monkeys that the fans of Darwin would have us be...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Subject: Petition to defend Vatican at United Nations
Good morning everyone,
I encourage you to read this petition and then sign it.
Check out this site http://defendtheholysee.org. Help defend the Holy
See at the UN!
A few months ago the group “Catholics for Choice” launched a global
campaign to have the Holy See thrown out of the General Assembly.
The Holy See is the conscience of the UN as it is the only delegation
that does not have political considerations in how they negotiate. The
Holy See is a constant defender of life, faith and family at the UN.
Governments look to the Holy See for leadership on these issues. If for
any reason the Holy See is silent on an issue, others governments may
From time to time it becomes necessary for everyday people to show
their support for the Holy See at the United Nations. That is why C-FAM
is calling all individuals and organizations of good will to sign the
Declaration in Support of the Holy See. Drafted by Professor Robert
George of Princeton and William Saunders of Americans United For Life,
the Declaration first gathered more than 4,000 group signatures more
than a decade ago when these campaigns first began.
The signers of the Declaration included the largest Protestant and even
the largest Muslim groups in the world. The document is for all men and
women of goodwill who understand the vital role the Holy See plays at
the UN. For the very first time, it has been opened for individuals to
C-FAM will present the signatories to the Holy See in New York, Geneva
and Rome sometime at the end of this year. The signatories will also be
presented to the UN. It is important to let “Catholics for Choice” know
that we are far stronger than they are, and all those who want to
impose child-killing on the world.
We are urged to read the Declaration in Support of the Holy See at
www.defendtheholysee.org and sign it. We are also requested to campaign
to get people and groups in our city and country to sign.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Dear members of the Dominican Family:
I write to you to ask you to consider participating in an academic colloquium on the intersection of philosophy and theology, scheduled for 16-20 July 2014.
Regent of Studies, Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Western Dominican Province, U.S.A.; http://www.opwest.org)
Berkeley, CA 94708-1816
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Getting tired of being asked "So, what do you think of Pope Francis' endorsing gay marriage?" and that sort of mis-characterization? The questions come as barbs from marginal catholics who do support such aberations, from marginal protestants who just enjoy taking a jab, and from serious seekers who are truly hurt and scandalized in their search for truth by such nonsense.
To the former, who are not sincerly seeking Truth, the reply can be simple; a "Where did you hear that?" or perhaps even better, a "So what?" which might lead to a deeper consideration (but that is doubtful). the smug delivery of the barb is hard to overcome where Truth is not welcome. It is the latter ones that the reply does indeed stretch to a new evangelization; putting in Truth so that the Way leads to Life rather than death.
I won't point the finger entirely at the media, although this is their specialty, they don't have to work nearly as hard to spin things as they did with Benedict XVI, who rarely gave them an opening (remember the hypothetical question about condoms when he went to Africa that was trumpeted to the world as a change in fundamental moral teaching?). No, our dear Holy Father seems to have a way with words, to the continuous delight of the media!
So it is that the Holy Father is very interested in the New Evangelization; enough to write an Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii gaudium. It is here that I am in complete agreement with him; that infused and enthused by the Love of God, our efforts to share that Love should overflow from God's abundance! "The world loves a lover" is nothing new, love draws to itself, because we are made for love. Jesus said, "when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself." God's enemies in their turn love their vice and thus draw the weak away from grace.
In Evangelii gaudium we find:
35. Pastoral ministry in a missionary style is not obsessed with the disjointed transmission of a multitude of doctrines to be insistently imposed. When we adopt a pastoral goal and a missionary style which would actually reach everyone without exception or exclusion, the message has to concentrate on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary. The message is simplified, while losing none of its depth and truth, and thus becomes all the more forceful and convincing.
But we have to balance this with Leo XIII's Testem benevolentiae nostrae, better known as the condemnation of "Americanism":
The underlying principle of these new opinions is that, in order to more easily attract those who differ from her, the Church should shape her teachings more in accord with the spirit of the age and relax some of her ancient severity and make some concessions to new opinions. Many think that these concessions should be made not only in regard to ways of living, but even in regard to doctrines which belong to the deposit of the faith. They contend that it would be opportune, in order to gain those who differ from us, to omit certain points of her teaching which are of lesser importance, and to tone down the meaning which the Church has always attached to them. It does not need many words, beloved son, to prove the falsity of these ideas if the nature and origin of the doctrine which the Church proposes are recalled to mind. The Vatican Council says concerning this point: "For the doctrine of faith which God has revealed has not been proposed, like a philosophical invention to be perfected by human ingenuity, but has been delivered as a divine deposit to the Spouse of Christ to be faithfully kept and infallibly declared. Hence that meaning of the sacred dogmas is perpetually to be retained which our Holy Mother, the Church, has once declared, nor is that meaning ever to be departed from under the pretense or pretext of a deeper comprehension of them." —Constitutio de Fide Catholica, Chapter iv.
We cannot consider as altogether blameless the silence which purposely leads to the omission or neglect of some of the principles of Christian doctrine, for all the principles come from the same Author and Master, "the Only Begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father."—John i, 18. They are adapted to all times and all nations, as is clearly seen from the words of our Lord to His apostles: "Going, therefore, teach all nations; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all days, even to the end of the world."—Matt. xxviii, 19. Concerning this point the Vatican Council says: "All those things are to be believed with divine and catholic faith which are contained in the Word of God, written or handed down, and which the Church, either by a solemn judgment or by her ordinary and universal magisterium, proposes for belief as having been divinely revealed."—Const. de fide, Chapter iii.
Let it be far from anyone's mind to suppress for any reason any doctrine that has been handed down. Such a policy would tend rather to separate Catholics from the Church than to bring in those who differ. There is nothing closer to our heart than to have those who are separated from the fold of Christ return to it, but in no other way than the way pointed out by Christ.
So if we return to the work of Pope Francis in Evangelii gaudium:
39. Just as the organic unity existing among the virtues means that no one of them can be excluded from the Christian ideal, so no truth may be denied. The integrity of the Gospel message must not be deformed.
So in summary, I would say that The Way must include The Truth if it is to lead to The Life.
now, back to the reading... !