Happy Spring time Okie Trads and Beyond. This April has been rather March-like, I must say, but it is starting to warm up. I've got a bit of work and a few errands to do today, but I'm thinking another hike out at Turkey Mountain. The park entrance is very well developed, there are tons of trails, and there are some nice little vistas overlooking the Arkansas River and south Tulsa cityscape.
Might even run into our Bishop Konderla, who said he liked mountain-biking there.
This last week has been extremely busy for me, and again exhausting. I definitely need to recharge my batteries. Joseph Pieper in his must read book Leisure the Basis of Culture deplores our modern proletariat tendency to mindlessly work all week like slaves, and save leisure for the weekend to recharge our batteries for the next work week, modern leisure being more amusement and base pleasure than contemplative activity.
So I have to raise my hand to the group and confess lately I have't been practicing enough vertical holy leisure during the week, but more endless horizontal motion like a robotic mule.
Bishop Gracida from Corpus Christi, TX:
His article he posted to his blog 2-3 weeks ago is still abuzz across the blogosphere. Read it HERE. The first Bishop to publicly call into question the validity of the 2013 Conclave election, and encourage the Cardinals to consider electing a new pope. Bishop Gracida was one of the few bishops with enough guile to sign the Dubia of the 4 Cardinals to Pope Francis, he is 94 years old, a retired bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, a bishop for a whopping 47 years, a priest for almost 60 years, a former Benedictine monk for 10 years (his Abbot wanted him to be a diocesan priest), and a World War II veteran in seemingly very good health.
Oh, and he is also decidedly a traditionalist -- he now only celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass, as he revealed to Michael Voris in a ChurchMilitant interview.
I've emailed the good bishop for advise for us Catholic readers, and asking for an email interview to study the position taken up in the article. He wrote back encouraging us laity to:
"put continuous, respectful pressure on bishops and cardinals to do what lies within their power to hasten the day of the next conclave."
Sounds like we CAN implore our bishops what needs to be done about the current crisis, without falling into proud opinion or traditionalist schism. At least according to one traditional Catholic bishop. He also said he is open to a short interview, so stay tuned! I'm saying extra Hail Mary's he will answer the questions I posed for the good of the Church. If so, I expect the interview to go viral. As in all the way over to the Cardinals in Rome.
You know how there are certain constant news headlines you decide to tune out for whatever reason? For me that is the case with the story of the little boy in England apparently the courts want to euthanize, with Catholic progressives vs. orthodox conservatives debating the situation. Something too about Francis and the Vatican getting involved. That is all I know, from the 5-6 times I've glanced at the daily Alfie headlines. I've been living decidedly in a secular news bubble for quite a while, limiting my field of vision right now to matters of profession and church interests.
2019 Proposal for Married Priests:
A traditional priest recently deplored this to me. In practice I agree. In theory, I don't agree. Surely, allowing "tried and true" professional men, ordained permanent deacons, to be ordained priests to provide sacramental assistance to those parts of the world with drastic priest shortages, is meant to be a LOOPHOLE to undo priestly celibacy. The whole modernist push these last decades to undo the Catholic priesthood (married priests, women priests, openly gay priests, an emasculated priesthood) leaves each and every headline like this extremely suspect.
But in theory, it is not sacrilege for a married man to be ordained a priest; the Eastern Catholic Churches have married priests for two millenia (i.e. married men who become priests, not vice versa). The Latin Church does have its history of certain instances allowing them. And there are regions of the world where Catholics rarely see a priest. What then of those in the Amazon or the like who are dying in need of a priest? Though for now at least, I think providing for these situations would certainly be manipulated by the modernists. But I believe it is worthy of consideration down the line, as the numbers of priests get lower and lower. Call me a confused heretic, but I look at it as an open question. :)
Tulsa Still Hosts Exorcists Conferences:
More on this to come in a later post. But there are three main places in the world today for the training of exorcist priests: Rome, Chicago, and guess where else? Tulsa! That is thanks to Bishop (now emeritus) Slattery, and Msgr. Brankin, the diocesan exorcist. When the
But it is a testimony to the Works of Traditional Restoration, of Bishop Slattery in particular, of the forces of Catholic tradition restoration, that these Exorcist Conferences here in the Heartland still continue.
Still no Village Store out at Clear Creek:
A commentator to my post about Clear Creek and the Benedict Option (part 1), an apparent CC resident answering my question if the community still has no public place like a store, posted:
Cool dudes... it's a process. We're still working it. A Pub centric model has potential ;) I can offer good coffee until next steps are in place.
Cool dudes? It's a process? Still working it?
Well, the "Village" started up in potentia, what, 15+ years ago. Abbot Anderson said in his 2015 article (LINK) construction of the village store/restaurant was underway. That was THREE years ago! Guys, at this pace it won't be until 2050 there is anything outwardly resembling an actual community, and you young parents settling the area to homeschool and raise goats will be in the nursing home! :)
I would love to one day be able to drop in and buy a diet Coke at the Clear Creek Catholic Village store, leaving the monastery after a retreat (I'm a confessed diet Coke addict, and the monks just serve water and lemonaide). But until that distant day comes, it seems the "Clear Creek Village" remains a "process," and collection of private homes spread out across the valley.
Or am I wrong?
Alright then, time to attend to those chores. Have a blessed weekend!