Poll — Is an Archdiocesan Mass to honor non-Catholic and non-canonized Martin Luther King, Jr. appropriate?

 

I’m a bit twisted on this one, what’s your vote?

From the St. Louis Catholic…

Quick quiz:

How many Catholic saints had their names legally changed by their parents to pay homage to arch-heretic Martin Luther, [MY LINK] and then lived and died as a preacher in the Baptist sect?
Answer: None.
And yet, again, we face the looming date of the annual Archdiocesan Mass to honor non-Catholic and non-canonized Martin Luther King, Jr.
Neither delving into the accusations of certain sinful behaviors in his personal life, and likewise neither delving into the wonderful things he accomplished in the field of civil rights, it remains a fact that it is grossly inappropriate to celebrate a Mass “in honor” of a non-Catholic. Period.
When will this end?
Not this year, as the Review notes.

As is customary, the Archbishop will also award the “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award” to area students. Right religion is a duty under the virtue of Justice; God deserves proper worship. This worship comes from the one and only true Church, the Catholic Church.

When is the Reagan Mass, or the Lincoln Mass, or Washington Mass, or the Gandhi Mass?

With all due respect to the intentions of those involved, reflexive political correctness does not justify the continuation of this event. But, this is the third year I’ve written about this, so you can see the pull this blog really has.

FINAL NOTE BEFORE THE VOTE: On Saturday, January 15th, at St. Mary’s in Portland, Oregon, Archbishop Vlazny will lead the Celebration of the Sunday Vigil Eucharist in Commemoration of the birthday of D. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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4 thoughts on “Poll — Is an Archdiocesan Mass to honor non-Catholic and non-canonized Martin Luther King, Jr. appropriate?”

  1. Canon 4 of the Canons on Baptism during Session 7 of the Council of Trent (3 March 1547),under H.H. Pope Paul III http://www.ewtn.com/library/councils/trent7.htm#3: ‘If anyone says that the baptism which is given by heretics in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the intention of doing what the Church does, is not true baptism, let him be anathema.’
    It is not for you to say only Catholics are baptized.

  2. My understanding is that the “Mass in honor” of President Reagan was actually a Mass FOR President Reagan, offered by HH the Ven. Pope John Paul II (eternal memory). I’ve never heard it said that Masses could not be offered FOR non-Catholics.

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