The Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community and the Catholic world lost a dear friend, Father Angelus M. Shaughnessy, OFM Cap., on March 2, 2018 at the age of 89. He died at 2:15pm while praying the 5th Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary, the Crucifixion, on a First Friday dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Father Shaughnessy was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on June 4, 1955, a First Saturday dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Father Angelus is perhaps best known for his time at the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in Birmingham, Alabama from 2001 to 2007. There, he appeared world-wide while serving in the background as the Minister General to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Father Angelus had also faithfully served God as a missionary to Papua New Guinea from 1966 to 1980. Father Angelus was a ‘man of the world,’ but his roots were in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Born on November 16, 1929 in Rochester, PA (Diocese of Pittsburgh), he was baptized at St. Cecilia Church by a Capuchin priest, Father Hugh Rauwolf. He attended St. Fidelis College and Seminary in Herman, PA. On July 14, 1950, Father Angelus professed his vows as Capuchin Friar.
While stationed in the Western Pennsylvania area, in the time following the promulgation of Ecclesia Dei in 1988, Father offered his first Traditional Latin Mass for the Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community, on August 2, 1992 at St. Agnes Church in Pittsburgh. When in town, Father Angelus would continue to serve the Pittsburgh Latin Mass community for more than a decade at St. Boniface in Pittsburgh (aka: Holy Wisdom Parish) and St. Titus in Aliquippa.
This is what Father Angelus used to tell other Catholics about the Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community:
“Jesus called us His friends because He revealed all the secrets of the Heavenly Father to us. It seems the best kept secret in our American neighborhoods these days is the presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. In so many places He has been: MINIMALIZED, CASUALIZED, TRIVIALIZED, and sometimes even OSTRACIZED. How sad to treat the greatest gift of God to us in such a shabby fashion! There is one place in Pittsburgh where this kind of treatment to the Lord is not the case. That is in the Latin Mass Community of Holy Wisdom Parish, where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered in the Tridentine Tradition … The faithful who participate in these Holy Masses truly have a sense of the sacred. Even the children who come are most edifying. The choir that sings the High Mass is among the best.” (from a 1996 Holy Wisdom bulletin)
Various emails in the Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community announced recently that Father Angelus was dying at the Vincentian Home near Pittsburgh. As soon as I heard, I visited him and extended the Latin Mass Community’s appreciation and promise of prayers. I asked Father Shaughnessy if he would like to receive the Traditional Latin form of Extreme Unction. Without hesitation, he agreed and proceeded to make the appropriate responses in Latin. As prescribed by tradition, I anointed Father’s eyes, ears, nose, mouth, back of the hands (not on the palms for a priest) and feet. Following other prayers, “The Rite of the Apostolic Blessing with Plenary Indulgence at the Hour of Death” was imparted. Father Angelus had a Brown Scapular. Before I left, I asked if it would be acceptable to him if I wrote an article about our visit for The Remnant. He said: “Surely.”
After my visit, on the day before he died, ten members of Pittsburgh’s Traditional Latin Mass Schola Cantorum of St. John XXIII Parish, under the direction of John Rokosz, performed for Father Angelus. On the day of his death, I offered a Traditional Latin Requiem Mass for the soul of Father Angelus Shaughnessy.
During his life on earth, Father Angelus served the faithful of the Pittsburgh Traditional Latin Mass Community. At the time of his departure from this earth, and after his death, our prayers and appreciation for him were expressed and will continue. May we meet again in Heaven, and in the meantime, hold forth to that certain Catholic doctrine that the “Church Triumphant,” the “Church Suffering,” and the “Church Militant,” are always united in the “Communion of Saints.”
Viewing: Tuesday, March 6, 2018; 3-5pm and 7-9pm
Vigil Prayer Service: Tuesday, March 6, 2018; 8pm
Funeral Mass (‘Ordinary Form’): Wednesday, March 7, 2018; 11am
All at: St. Augustine Church; 225 37th Street; Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville), PA 15201
In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, while most of the media’s passionately clamoring against guns, one woman makes a far shrewder point:
By Suzanne Venker | Fox News: My most recent article about the Parkland school shooting and its connection to fatherlessness prompted a tsunami of emails. In one of those emails, a man named Fritz asked what I considered to be the root of fatherlessness. I decided to write a follow-up article to answer that question.
The subject of “The Desperate Cry of America’s Boys” is a difficult one. To point out that boys need their fathers is to shine a spotlight on divorce and single mothers; and that is, admittedly, uncomfortable. But there’s no way to address fatherlessness comfortably.
The fact is, divorce and family breakdown—which, to answer my emailer’s question, is the root of fatherlessness—is catastrophic for children. There’s more than one reason why, but an obvious one is that in the majority of cases, divorce separates children from their fathers.
This is destructive to both boys and girls, but each sex suffers differently. Girls who grow up deprived of their father are more likely to become depressed, more likely to self-harm, and more likely to be promiscuous. But they still have their mothers, with whom they clearly identify. Boys do not have a comparable identification and thus suffer more from father absence. They also tend to act out in a manner that’s harmful to others, which girls typically do not
…When boys don’t have this model, they suffer. And when they suffer, society suffers. A majority of school shooters come from fatherless homes; and a study of older male shooters (think Steven Paddock of the Las Vegas massacre) produces similar results. Indeed, the consequences of fatherlessness are simply staggering.
The root of fatherlessness is deep and wide, but it ultimately rests in two things: our culture’s dismissal of men as valuable human beings who have something unique to offer—on the one hand, we tell them to ‘man up,’ and on the other we tell them manhood is the problem—and its dismissal of marriage as an institution that’s crucial to the health and well-being of children. This long-standing belief has been supplanted by the notion that marriage is about the emotional fulfillment of adults.
It is not. Marriage is about the needs of children, pure and simple. That’s how it began, and that’s how it remains. Children’s needs are the same today as they were one hundred years ago. It is we, not they, who have changed. Read her excellent article HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Now we’re getting somewhere! Please, click on the link above, read the entire article, and share it with your friends and family.
The Remnant will not be getting into the guns debate here. We've said our piece. We support Second Amendment rights. But this is so much bigger than that. If we don't address the fundamental problems that have developed in our society since we ran Christian Morality out of town and told God to go to Hell, it won't matter if we put the nation's schools in lock down, arm all the teachers with AR-15s and put state-of-the-art metal detectors in every doorway. The evil will continue to come in, the madness will only increase, and the pungent stench of death will continue to permeate the streets and classrooms of our precious New World Order.
You cannot possibly gun down all the monsters we're mass producing in progressive laboratories from sea to shining sea. Only God can save us now.
Uh-oh. Sounds like Fr. Spadaro’s been @triggered…
February 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Papal confidante Father Antonio Spadaro retweeted a call for EWTN to be severely censured “until they get rid of Raymond Arroyo.”
The call for an “interdict” to be imposed on the Catholic media empire started by Mother Angelica came from Anthony Annett, Assistant to the Director at the International Monetary Fund’s Communications Department.
An interdict is essentially one step short of excommunication. It bans a person or people from accessing most Church Sacraments.
Annett called for an interdict to be imposed on EWTN because of a February 15 World Over segment.
“Make no mistake,” tweeted Annett, the show’s discussion of a recent Spadaro speech and ultra-liberal Cardinal Blase Cupich “represent ‘total war’ on the papacy of Pope Francis.”
…Arroyo was a close friend of Mother Angelica. He is the author of numerous books. As confusion has mounted during Pope Francis’ reign, his signature show, The World Over, has analyzed troubling developments in the Church. Arroyo often does this with the help of Father Gerald Murray and Robert Royal (the “papal posse”).
Spadaro, a Jesuit who is often called the pope’s “mouthpiece,” frequently criticizes critics of Amoris Laetitia’s ambiguity or the Francis pontificate. He is the editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica. Read the full report HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Good for Raymond Arroyo! What Father Spadaro--the "Pope's Mouthpiece"--doesn't realize is that the shark has been jumped. The jig is up. The cat's out of the Vatican’s bag. The world is onto them. Get rid of Raymond Arroyo and he'll become an even more outspoken critic of the Vatican dog and pony show. Consign him to the Gulag and a dozen others will step up and take his place. Nobody is falling for it anymore, Father Tony....nobody!
Pope Francis has awakened the sleeping giant. All glory and honor to God.
(Note to Raymond Arroyo: If worse comes to worst and you find yourself living under a bridge somewhere, eating out of dumpster and hiding from Vatican hitmen--well, you're always welcome at our fire.)