Red Mass highlights role of faith in public square

Emphasis on Pope Francis' teachings
Associate Justice Corrigan offers closing remarks at the Red Mass.

Associate Justice Corrigan offers closing remarks at the Red Mass. (photo from October 28 Angelus article)

The following comes from an October 28 Angelus article by R.W. Dellinger:

“Pope Francis is urging us to see migrants and immigrants as brothers and sisters, and human beings,” Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell told more than 400 lawyers, judges, legislators and other law professionals at the 33rd annual Red Mass on Oct. 20 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

“He is calling us especially as believers to have that compassion, to go out to the street to listen, to look and to be touched by the sufferings of others,” he said.

The Red Mass — first celebrated in Paris in 1245 and from the time of Edward I in England at Westminster Abbey — is offered each year at the start of the judicial year. In the United States, the first Red Mass was celebrated in New York City on Oct. 6, 1928. Today, the liturgy in Washington, D.C., opens the new term of the U.S. Supreme Court. In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, it’s sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society.

Two by two, judges from L.A. superior courts and U.S. district courts dressed in scarlet robes led the opening procession down the cathedral’s center aisle, with an honor guard from the Knights of Columbus Color Corps. They were followed by members from the Order of Malta, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and other groups walking to the organ-driven cadence of the hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King.”

Auxiliary Bishop Edward W. Clark presided at the late afternoon Tuesday Mass. After, he spoke about being present at Pope Francis’ recent visit to Washington, New York City and Philadelphia.

“In his talk to us bishops, Pope Francis reminded us to be gentle pastors and to avoid harsh and divisive language,” recalled Bishop Clark. “He said to dialogue with people, not to be a part of divisive language. And that struck me very much when I heard those words.”

In her closing remarks, Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan of the California Supreme Court said, “Tonight we all unite in our belief that the spiritual dimension is important in our lives and in our work. … If our faith is a covenant with God, the law is a covenant among us as Californians, as Americans, as people who enact intent upon the law.”

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  1. Jim McCrea says:

    Wow, for a moment, I thought there was a female bishop at the podium!

    Whew.

  2. Clinton R. says:

    “In his talk to us bishops, Pope Francis reminded us to be gentle pastors and to avoid harsh and divisive language,” recalled Bishop Clark. “He said to dialogue with people, not to be a part of divisive language. And that struck me very much when I heard those words.”

    In other words, a good and convenient excuse to not uphold the teachings of the Church.

  3. LEGAL immigration is good. ILLEGAL immigration is bad.

    • it is true that we are the children of immigrants, but so much as changed in the years, the drugs fom mexico the gangs from el Salvador, I heard a rumor that the 2 bishops rececent to la archdiocese are both anglo, because they the church is unable to find latino priests they the church can trust I know of one priest from central America who stated I was a nobody and now I wm a somebody and guess what he even said he had questions about the divne nature of our lord

  4. CCC: ” 2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin.
    Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him. ……… “

  5. continued – – – CCC: “……. 2241 Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption.
    Immigrants are obliged to RESPECT with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them,
    to OBEY its laws,
    and to ASSIST in carrying civic burdens. “

  6. Your Fellow Catholic says:

    CCC: ” 2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin.

    • YFC, the USA is NO longer a prosperous nation.
      We are over $18.4 TRILLION dollars in debt,
      and that does not include all the money the government owes to the Social Security Trust fund – another $ 2.7 TRILLION.
      (And this does not include Billions in many States debts, or Millions in many County and City debts.)
      We don’t have jobs for Americans – per Oct 2, 2015, the US Dept of Labor stated that the number of unemployed persons in the USA is 7.9 MILLION.

    • Tell that to the Europeans who are being invaded and will eventually lose their culture to Islam,, oh wait that’s what you on Left on want….

  7. Steve Phoenix says:

    Red Mass. October 2015. I wonder if any of the attendees consider that 100 years ago, some of the first apparitions began to appear to 3 children shepherding sheep in a hill town in Portugal. A cloud appearing in the form of a man, that was transparent to the children.

    I have been recently studying the famous photo of the 3 seers of Fatima (Latin Mass magazine, Fall 2015) : 3 dark-eyed, gravely serious children, 11, 10 and 9 years old. If one hadn’t been told they had seen a vision, you would have known just by looking at the momentously serious, transfixing gazes of the 3:

    This is the image I am referring to, sharpened by modern tech:
    http://3.bp.blogspot

    • Steve Phoenix says:

      This is the image I am referring to, sharpened by modern tech:
      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pikwmhuc7aw/T6540Ge5FtI/AAAAAAAAFu0/7HGUum5S8D8/s1600/Pastorinhos4.gif

      So why are the 3 children so grave, and so penetrating in their gaze? “Something about prayer and to do penance.”

      How far we have come in Pope Leo’s vision of the century.

      • Catherine says:

        Thank you, again Steve Phoenix for all of your posts. I do believe that the three children’s faces are so grave and penetrating in their gazes because of their clear recognition of what happens to sinners who do not repent before they face God. Are today’s shepherds accusing Our Lady of Fatima of not being very merciful or pastoral when she showed them the terrifying vision of the souls in hell. Did the three children quibble with Our Lady about the possibility of hell not being very crowded? OR was the shocking vision of “many” burning souls enough to cause those penetrating gazes to represent the seriousness of Our Lady’s request to pray and make sacrifices so that souls would not go there?

      • Catherine says:

        Interview with Sr. Lucia on Hell

        Fr. Lombardi: “Do you really believe that many will go to Hell? I hope that God will save the greater part of humanity.” [He had just written a book entitled: Salvation for Those Without Faith]

        Lucia: “Father, many will be lost.”

        Fr. Lombardi: “It is true that the world is full of evil, but there is always a hope of
        salvation.”

        Lucia: “No Father, many will be lost.”

      • Catherine says:

        A painful reality

        The vision of Hell which the three children were favored with is not an exaggeration of the reality it represented. It is a presentation of it within the grasp of the human mind. In 1992, Lucia, who had been a Carmelite in Coimbra, Portugal since 1948, told a Cardinal who had come to visit her, “Hell is a reality. . . Continue to preach about Hell, for Our Lord Himself spoke of Hell and it is in the Holy Scriptures. God condemns no one to Hell. People condemn themselves to Hell. God has given mankind the freedom of choice, and He respects this human freedom.

        • Steve Phoenix says:

          Thank you, in turn, Catherine, for your additional citations. We look at the Red Mass attendees, festooned in their mock-worthy robes while oir society is collapsing, and yet, as you mordantly point out, they want to have “gentle language” a la Papa Francisco: Yet gentle language is so preposterously out of touch with what we know to be elemental to the urgency of Fatima. We have been given a century to convert and to do penance—and now we are to be mum, or lull people to sleep with lullabys and feather-pillows, right up to the Die Illa.

        • Steve Phoenix says:

          Another aspect of what Catherine observes (re. Fatima and our present time of “gentle language” and “anti-divisiveness”):

          The late servant of God, Sr. Lucia, the last seer of Fatima, at least once referred to the century of opportunity for atonement and conversion afforded to France and the King, after the apparition of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (17 Jun 1689, where Jesus’ heart is offered in atonement for sin).

          One hundred years later, to the day, on 6/17/1789, the Paris “Communes” eliminated Louis XVI’s powers (including his titular leadership of the Catholic Church) and soon the executions began, starting with the storming of the Bastille one month later (7/14/1789).

          • Steve Phoenix says:

            While in house-arrest, Louis XVI tried to dedicate France to the Sacred Heart—but now all the bishops had been dispersed, executed, imprisoned or in hiding. The Clergy Laws (12 Jul 1790) made all clergy employees of the State; religious orders had been suppressed.

            From that point on, it was only a matter of time til his execution in Jan 1793, later, of Marie Antoinette (she was only age 28, she was much more religious than Louis, and had implored him many times to re-dedicate France: she was guillotined on Oct 16th, 1789—which is the New Church calendar feast now of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, irony of ironies) and subsequently that of any suspected “royalists”, of course including large number of priests, sisters, and…

          • Steve Phoenix says:

            ..”royalist” Catholic laity.

            Most know the Reign of Terror, which really commenced with the storming of the Bastille (the Governor, who had ordered a cease-fire and surrender, was nonetheless brutally tortured, decapitated, and his head processed around Paris on a pike), grew in fury — as most know, until the execution of the 16 Carmelite sisters at Compiegne (July 17, 1794) . It was only their prayer, that their lives as self-sacrifice “would end the Terror”, that brought the glut of murder to a temporary end: 11 days later, the Assembly voted to execute Robespierre (28 July 1794).

            But we are gearing up again. Who wants self-sacrifice, prayer, and penance? Ha.

  8. “Emphasis on Pope Francis’ teachings”

    Is it his “teaching” on homosexuality (still identified as an “intrinsic disorder” in the Catechism) of “who am I to judge”?
    Is it his “teaching” that women shouldn’t “breed like rabbits”?
    Is it his “teaching” that pastors who “talk too much” are not Christian, when all Jorge Bergoglio has done since illicitly elected pope is to talk too much?

  9. John Patrick says:

    I wonder whether the bishops and Pope realize that a country has the right to manage its own affairs and own citizens, even without their input?

  10. John Patrick says:

    Wonder what the Pope would say if the same policies he recommends for others were implemented at the Vatican. Rome should set the example and open up St. Peter’s to immigrants, feed and clothe them, educate them. They would be putting their money where their mouth is.

  11. John Patrick says:

    Vatican City is a recognized City State.

  12. Michael McDermott says:

    Next Step towards Mandatory ‘tolerance’ Pogroms = Jail Time 4 Thought Crime:

    “Justice Kennedy: Christians with convictions resigned under Hitler and they should today too
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/justice-kennedy-christians-with-convictions-should-resign-from-govt-jobs

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy told a Harvard Law School audience that government employees with religious convictions about marriage should resign.
    The Ronald Reagan appointee said on Wednesday that if a public official has a moral objection to homosexuality, he must either follow the law or quit public service.

    The judge’s comment came in answer to a question a student asked about government officials who disagree with the Supreme…

  13. Like her Church Clerical Bishops, Justice Corrigan is a high-level member of a heirarchy — the secular judicial one. I think it fitting she gave some remarks after the official liturgy at a Mass dedicated to her profession.

  14. Maryanne Leonard says:

    Legal minds are trained to honor the law and place it before the law of God. Is this news? That some practitioners of the law honor the commands of God, for example, “Thou shall not kill,” more highly than the legal right to kill unborn babies, is remarkable. It is also worthy of special recognition, such as articles in CCD.

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