7 Quick Takes Friday (set #68)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: 43 archbishops receive their pallium from the Holy Father. A young priest is ambushed by LCWR protesters. A newly ordained priest talks about the vocation. A father and son are ordained together. Father Barron speaks on opposing heresy. Moral decisions of the commander-in-chief and their consequences. A quote of the week.

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At the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Holy Father placed the pallium upon the 43 Archbishops he appointed over the last year. This year therefore included Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. Rome Reports has the story.

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Young Father Ted Martin was greeting parishioners after Mass at the Cathedral of Kalamazoo. A protester supporting the deeply troubled Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) approached him to make points. A reporter and a gaggle of other protesters are also present. It is basically an ambush.

(This video is no longer available.)

Fr. Martin was excellent! After listening carefully, he responds to the vague assertions on Vatican II with document names, paragraphs and quotes. He has an impressive grasp of scripture and Latin too. The persistent protester, despite obviously coming armed with talking points, seems to ramble and change the subject. She promises to call him later but so far has not.

It’s basic stuff, but obviously some people need it. Especially the protester, who turns out to be a former Mercy sister of 11 years with 2 theology degrees. Fr. Zuhlsdorf covers the story here and here. Pray for these lost sheep. Pray also for more priests like Fr. Martin.

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Father Pablo Santa Maria is a recently ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. In this video from their vocations office, Fr. Santa maria speaks on the priestly vocation, calling, seminary and importance of liturgy:

Spotted by Shawn Tribe at NLM

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A father and son have been ordained as priests…   at the same Mass.

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Is being anti-heresy being uncharitable? Of course not. Father Barron:

I wrote about the new atheists last August. Spirit Juice Studios has put together a new video for the teen / young adult audience that might find appeal in such shallow nonsense:

Spotted by Marcel LeJeune

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We must choose our presidents very carefully. This is a true story, demonstrating how NOT to be a faithful commander in chief:

Spotted by my friend Tom

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Quote of the week:

Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.

Chief Justice John Roberts
Supreme Court of the United States

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!


  1. Thanks for putting all the links to the LCWR videos in one place. I’ve never seen the story about the newly ordained father and son. And I agree with you, the quote from Chief Justice Roberts is great!

  2. #2 Its just painful to listen to that lady’s vague, unfounded arguments.
    #5 Spirit Juice Studios has a lot of great videos by Fr Pontifex.

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