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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Hearsay, Daresay, Say nothing...

I was not able to be there, but I heard that the latest of Archbishop Dolan's Pallium Lecture Series, this time with "veteran reporter" John Allen. You know the guy, of National Catholic Recalcitrant fame. After a review of two of Mr. Allen's books, one about then Joseph Ratzinger, and a new one about, Pope Benedict, I can see that he has progressed well in fairness and accuracy.

Rumor has it that the highlight of last Monday's lecture was a question from a man in the audience who wanted to know how it was that the progressivist-beloved Cardinal Martini, who was rumored to have actually won the election's first ballot, could have had the election stolen by B-16. (Unfortunately for the conspiritorialists among you, all of the ballots were burned, so there can be no studies of "hanging chad.")

Well, Mr. Allen did not miss a beat. "Obviously, you haven't read my book!" It turns out that there is a whole chapter in Allen's book, "The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church," devoted to debunking just this whimsical hope on the part of so many of the dissention class.

OK, so here is the best part...after a little research (really just a follow up question), it turns out that the not-so-well read-Martini supporter is actually a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. None other than, no surprises here, Fr. Joe Juknialis. Juknialis is a member of the local priests union, director of the college seminary, a professor at St. Francis Seminary, and columnist in the local Catholic rag, the Catholic Herald.

Simply put he is another holdover from the previous regime who is still on the job because the present His Excellency is unwilling to take any real action.

Is it really too much to ask that the religious dissenters of our day at least be better read than some Al Gore supporters from the West Palm Beach trailer parks? Barring that, is it such a fanciful dream that the dunderheads learn when to keep their mouths shut? It is better to remain silent, and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and thus to prove it.

So it goes, and there is no end in sight.

But, I actually am looking forward to the remaining two Pallium Lectures.


P.S. I think I know the answer, but the person to whom I was speaking about the Juknialis incident asked who the priest that organized the lectures is. It seems that the Archbishop never introduced (or thanked) him even after made the announcements. Who was it?


Blogger Dad29 said...

This twit, Juknialis, first made his reputation because as a newly-appointed assistant pastor at Christ King, he said Mass for the "children" ON THE FLOOR OF THE BASEMENT OF THE CHURCH.

Evidently that's where he left his mind.

Thursday, March 02, 2006 3:13:00 PM  
Anonymous DC said...

When I was growing up Fr. Juknialis was at St. Catherine's (51st and Center) and did a basement mass every Sunday geared towards Sherman Park hippies. On at least one occasion the "sermon" was actually the parishoners gathering in small groups to discuss the Gospel. Ironically this may have resulted in a more substantial sermon than Fr. J. would have offered.

Thursday, March 02, 2006 5:44:00 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I think Fr. Paul Hartmann (sp??), who works in the Archdiocesean offices (like, not at a parish, afaik), organizes the Pallium lectures.

Friday, March 03, 2006 10:50:00 PM  
Blogger Terrence Berres said...

I think the rule in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is that you only thank someone at a Mass, where they then get a round of applause.

Fr. Hartmann also serves as administrator of St. Aloysius in West Allis, and with the local chapter of the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society.

Saturday, March 04, 2006 8:24:00 AM  
Blogger Mike, the Faithful Catholic said...

Andrew and Terrance:

Thank-you. I thought it was Fr. Hartmann, but wanted to be sure. I know that he also has a vocations program on Relevant Radio.


Saturday, March 04, 2006 11:02:00 AM  

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