Mar 6, 2006

Using the Eucharist?

Remember, in the 2004 election campaign, when several pro-abortion Cattholic politicians presented themselves for Communion "photo opportunities?"

It was great, wasn't it, when several bishops told them to stay away until they publicly repented of being pro-abortion. Bishop Raymond Burke in St. Louis was even so forceful that John Kerry stayed far away.

But it wasn't so great when other bishops, and cardinals, undercut those bishops and said, "Oh, we shouldn't use the Eucharist as a weapon."

Of course, as usual those bishops and cardinals had things backwards. The pro-abortion politicans were the ones using the Eucharist as a weapon, as a campaign tactic to make themselves appear legitimate. The pro-life bishops were not "using" the Eucharist, they were defending the Blessed Sacrament from profanation.

But anyway, my point is that on Ash Wednesday last week, Cardinal Mahony speculated about whether pending bills in Congress about churches not dispensing services to "illegals" could mean priests would have to ask communicants for their ID.

Obviously, no bill would ever mean that. So was His Eminence saying that as a scare other words, was he "using the Eucharist as a weapon?" I think he should have said nothing about the Blessed Sacrament in the context he did.
Speaking of the Eucharist...are your children or grandchildren familiar with these verses?

"O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine."

"O Lord, I am not worthy, that Thou shouldst come to me; but speak the words of comfort, my spirit healed shall be. And humbly I'll receive Thee, the Bridegroom of my soul; no more by sin to grieve Thee, or fly Thy sweet control."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My kids are familiar with these verses.
We've been homeschooling for 10 years tho.
And our parish is pretty by the book.
I found your blog searching on our associate pastor's name. We are in Minnesota.
You and your cardinal are in our prayers..

11:23 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

In the 60s during the Civil Rights era, Archbishop Rommel excomunicated racist politians. They could not receive the Sacraments at all. Eventually most recanted their views as the activists became more successful.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just shows the Cardinals mindset- denial of the sanctity of the Host, as though it were instead common bread from a food bank.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Aaron said...

At St. Victor's in West Hollywood this the Eucharistic hymn during weekday masses.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous MVH said...

Now everyone here knows why Mother Angelica of EWTN was so angry with Hizz Eminence when he reduced the value of the consecreated bread and wine to "simple gifts," and placing emphasis not on the Eucharist, but on the congregants, in a pastoral letter ["Gather Faithfully Together" 09/4/1997]. She defended Our Lord like a good wife defends the honor of her husband. Hizz Eminence, on the other hand, treats the Church like a bully treats his wife: "You do what I say or else!"
This incident is covered well in Raymond Arroyo's new biography of Mother Angelica. According to Arroyo, a curical cardinal said that Mother Angelica had the guts to say what they're aftaid to say. BTW Cardinal Majony refused to talk to Mr. Arroyo about Majony's and Mother's argument.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 11:23 a.m.,

Glad to hear from you, and you and your family will be in our prayers.
What you are doing is super.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Andrew,

Good point. Those politicians, such as Leander Perez, were resisting the Archbishop's integration of Catholic schools.

At first Perez joked about the excommunication; he said he would start his own "Perez-byterian" church. But he reconciled with the Church before he died.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Hi, Aaron,

Thanks for the good news. It's such a beautiful hymn, isn't it!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear MVH,

Thanks for writing! What a model of a courageous Catholic is Mother Angelica. God bless her always.

An analogy about the Eucharist: if the President of the USA visited one of our churches, would we station him in a side chapel, or down a corridor, or downstairs, or behind a screen, and would we sit there admiring ourselves instead of listening to him?

7:15 PM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

How long O'Lord, how long.

I just received a email from a friend that shows the filth that is being allowed by the new Cardinal O'Malley in Boston.

Go to:
to see it an weep weep weep for His Church!

Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman, Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

Attention, just 24 more days unti we stand up for His Church at the annual invasion of the heretics, the Archdiocese of Lost Angels Religious
Anti-Catholic Education Congress.


7:31 PM  
Blogger bobnd said...

O Sacrement most holy, O sacrement divine, All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine is also said 3 times at the end of the divine mercy before the sign of the cross three times. Well Mother is a great nun she defended her husband greatly, I know what she went through. I walked out mass a few times in tears because of our heretical pastor, thank God he left before more damage could be done.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

A Church Already
In Ashes

By Gabriel Garnica

A recent ABC /Washington Post poll revealed that American Catholics’ favorite “sacraments” are, in order, 1. ashes on Ash Wednesday, 2.Baptism, 3. “that day when we get to bring in our pets for blessings”, 4. annulment, 5. confirmation and 6. marriage.
The folks at ABC and The Washington Post, not exactly pillars of Catholic support, must have been rolling on the floor on this one, assuming they realized how pathetic those results really are. After all, it is possible that these pollsters actually think that ashes on Ash Wednesday, blessing pets or annulments are Sacraments. Anyone who doubts that today’s typical American Catholic is about as clueless as anyone even pretending to be a member of any religion can be need just look at this poll.

Brazenly Clueless Ignorance

I never cease to be amazed by those segments on Jay Leno where Leno asks everyday people really tough questions like which country is north of The United States only to get “Mexico” or “Spain” as an answer. It occurs to me that the only thing worse than ignorance is brazenly clueless ignorance where someone’s answer is so pathetically imbecilic yet that person seems to have no clue just how imbecilic and just how fundamentally dysfunctional their ignorance really is. It is one thing to not know what 2 + 2 equals, but it is quite another to then be publicly giddy in declaring that 2 + 2 equals 5! These so-called “Catholics” are so ignorant about that what they claim is their faith that it is painful to read. However, what is more painful is the realization that they are not the exception, but the rule. They are the product of a dumbed-down, twisted, warped, and often heretical Catholic education and upbringing which are a shadow of the glory days when children learned to be good Catholics and were taught by people who likewise knew. What do you expect from Catholic schools that featured posters of John Kerry noting he is supposedly “Catholic” and CCD programs so diluted that they make water look like thick soup. Simply put, today’s American Catholics know about as much about their faith as John Kerry knows about rap music and they practice that faith about as well as Ted Kennedy practices proper lifeguard rescuing techniques.

Deer in The Doctrinal Headlights

When you read that someone like Katie Stanbury of Phelps/Dawson Public Relations say “I miss Mass quite a bit but I never, ever miss this service (ashes)”. How about Maggie Oliver, a retired teacher, who says that she likes Baptisms and Confirmations because they are a “great chance to take some pictures and see relatives I haven’t seen for awhile. Oh, plus we all go out and eat afterwards, which is fun” My favorite one was Kenny Daniels, who discovered that he had arrived too late for ashes but just before Communion. “I could have stayed for Communion, but I came for the ashes, so I just went to Starbucks instead. Oh, well, there’s always next year.” It’s nice to see that typical American Catholics equate their faith with missing Mass, favoring ashes over Mass, photo and food opportunities, and Starbucks. Put it this way, if your typical bus driver, airline pilot, or chef were as ignorant about their jobs as Catholics are about their faith, you would have a lot of dead passengers and food poisoning emergency visits.

Again, what shocks me the most is not the totally imbecilic ignorance of one’s own faith or the brazenly open indifference for what is really important that these people show, but the amazingly clueless perception of just how dysfunctional and destructive their ignorance really is. I equate this with the sight of a plumber hopping down the street singing proudly about how he just connected the toilet to the refrigerator.

The Cherry on The Clueless Cake

Much has been written on the causes for the clueless condition of American Catholics, and certainly one of the causes is the callous confusion caused by clerics who collaborate in this catastrophe. One need only read the profound words of one Fr. Allen Bannion of St. Peter Claver Church in Boston who likened receiving ashes in addition to Communion to “Bonus days at the Clinique counter when you not only get the perfume you went in to purchase, but a kick-ass red lipstick as well.” With profound moral and theological insight like that, how can American Catholics go wrong? I researched for days, but I could not find Thomas Aquinas or Theresa of Avila ever equating Communion with perfume and ashes on Ash Wednesday with a “kick-ass red lipstick”.

Sadly, we have legions of moral and doctrinal morons who are tragic victims and products of a systemic deterioration in Catholic catechism and education. As we search through these piles of bubbling fools, we realize that we have sheep jumping off cliffs to perdition being led by many clergy telling either telling them that there is no cliff, that the fall is not too deep, or that jumping off cliffs is fun.


Sometimes I feel as if I am watching one of those pathetic movies which get even more absurd just when I thought they had reached the lowest point of human stupidity. I cannot count how many times I thought that I was touching the low point on American Catholic clueless existence only to realize that I was indeed on yet another precipice with far more imbecilic depths below and, worse still, surrounded by legions of giggling “Catholics” only too eager to Bungee-jump even further down to hell. There is one bright spot to this country’s tragic Catholic consciousness. It occurs to me that if Judas had been an American Catholic, he would never have betrayed Christ, for upon arriving late at The Last Supper, he would have opted to go to Starbucks for some “kick-ass” coffee instead.

Gabriel Garnica can be reached at:

Attention, just 23 more days untl the annual invasion of the heterodox, the Archdiocese of Lost Angels Religious Dis-Education Congress. WILL YOU BE THERE TO DEFEND THE TRUE FAITH?

bobnd, please explain: "Mother is a great nun she defended her husband greatly".

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Alice said...

St Justin Martyr:

"For we do not recieve these things as common bread or common drink, but as Jesus Christ, our Savior..."

First Apology

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kenny Fisher...just an amazing amount of humility shown in that post. No doubt that kind of stuff will turn the tide and win conversions. Love the constant references to Ted Kennedy as well!

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Aaron said...


It is a beautiful hymn, indeed. Father Parnassus led us singing it today! "O, Jesus we adore you."

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Du-uh! A nun is a consecrated "bride" of Christ. Just like a priest's "wife" is the church. Remember? A priest is "alter Christus" i.e. another Christ, whose wife is the Church.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

So now we know, bobnd is "anonymous, at least I thought I had addressed the question to "bobnd".

Have any of you seen the pictures of Arnold Scwartzeneger receiving Communion in one hand at St. Monica's in Santa Monica?

Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman
Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

ATTENTION, remember there are just 21 days left until the annual invasion of the hetereodox, the Archdiocese of Lost Angels Religious Anti-Catholic Education Congress at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Will you be there to prayerfully demonstrate against this attack on our Faith?

11:55 PM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

pril 1st is April Fools Day, and it is the day that “Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.” will be picketing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (I prefer to call it the “Anti-Catholic Religious Education Congress!”.

We will be conducting our prayerful protest demonstration in front of the two main Exhibit Hall entrances from 9:00 AM until roughly 6:00 PM.

We are now in the process of preparing poster signs for this, and very much would appreciate suggestions as to what the themes of these posters should be.

Please email me at: or call me at: 714-491-2284 with any ideas on this you may have.

Remember there are just 12 days left until the annual invasion of the hetereodox, the Archdiocese of Lost Angels Religious Anti-Catholic Education Congress at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Will you be there to prayerfully demonstrate against this attack on our Faith?

God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman
Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

7:35 PM  

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