Feb 102014
 

Roto Reuters – Today the little known federal agency the United States Fisheaters and Worshiplife Service (FWS) acted in accordance with section Sec.3.6, Sec.4.a of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Secretary Mortain announced that male altar servers would now be protected by the ESA. The Secretary said “While sightings of male altar servers continue to be reported that in many parishes they are being overwhelmed by populations of female altar servers.”

The FWS has previously setup safe harbor agreements in some areas. This policy’s main purpose is to promote voluntary management for listed species on non-Federal property while giving assurances to participating diocese that no additional future regulatory restrictions will be imposed. The agreements benefit endangered and threatened species. The safe harbor agreement with Bishop Bruskewitz the previous bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln have been fruitful where male altar servers were in their native habitat and protected from competing populations.

Secretary Mortain noted the previous safe harbor agreements, but said “While there are thriving male altar server populations in some parishes or even some diocese it is also evident that the species is threatened in the large majority of parishes. We must act now so that future generations will not be deprived of this species and the related endangered species the parish priest.”

News of the FWS decision caused an outcry from many groups within an outside the government. The common thread of these complaints is that male altar servers should just be allowed to die out naturally and replaced. A spokesperson for Greenpax protested “Where will this end? If we start to protest such naturally declining populations will we then also have to protect Catholic men because of their declining populations at Mass compared to Catholic women?”

historic picture of altar servers

Historic picture showing a time when male altar servers were not endangered and could be found in any parish.

 

Photo credit: Gora Gray via photopin cc

Dec 032013
 

small_8060908233<Roto Reuters – Random Lake, WI> Parishioners on Sunday at St. Nicholas of Myra were stunned to hear and to find out that there is more than one Advent Hymn. Parishioner Karla Townsend said “The opening hymn was ‘O come, O come, Emmanuel’ so I was all settled in for the normal repertoire during the rest of the Mass. Later I heard ”People look East“ and ”O Come, Divine Messiah“ and was shocked to realize that they also related to Advent. Who knew?”

Cantor Jaime Willis related “After Mass many surprised people came up to me rather upset that I introduced other Advent songs. When I mentioned that next week we would be singing ”Creator Of The Stars Of Night“, ”Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming“, and ”Rorate Caeli“ they weren’t very happy that there were even more of them. One gentleman told me that even though he never sings at Mass, introducing new Advent hymns was way to confusing. Besides he said ”If ‘O come, O come, Emmanuel’ was good enough for Advent for the last forty years it was good enough for him.”

Fr. Alan Ray, pastor of St. Nicholas of Myra, also fielded questions from parishioners after Mass. “I think I am going to have to do more catechesis regarding Advent. I now realize hardly anybody understood that Advent was a distinct liturgical season and not just ‘Christmas warm-up.’”

Photo credit: Bill Ruhsam via photopin Creative Commons

Aug 202013
 

In the intersection of faith and appropriate use of technology there are many questions that have varying prudential answers and a wide range of opinions.

For example the use of smartphones and tablets at Mass or adoration.

Some like Catholic apologist Patrick Madrid will use their iPhone to take notes during the homily. He holds his phone down low so as to not distract others. Others also see no problem using these devices as tools for deepening the faith when appropriate.

While others believe that the use of such devices can be a scandal to others or just plain not appropriate for such use. St. Paul said “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful.“ and a couple of chapters later in 1 Corinthians also remarked ”Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother’s falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall.”

It is easy to see how this could scandalize others. If you see somebody using such a device during Mass it is reflexive to wonder just exactly what they are doing? Perhaps they are following along in a missal app with larger type easier to see. Usually though we imagine them tweeting trivial information, liking Facebook posts, or finally beating some level in Candy Crush. Our imaginations regarding what others are doing is often not very charitable and we assume the worst.

This is a serious “first world problem” that needs to be addressed. Perhaps others like me would want to bring an iPad into Eucharistic Adoration for sacred reading and contemplation. Yet do not do so as to avoid scandalizing others.

We here at Curt Jester Laboratories are on the cutting edge of technology and faithful use.

Introducing the iHALO with our patented HALO (Holographic Active Light Orthodoxy) technology. The iHALO will keep you on the straight-and-narrow and not be a cause of scandal to others. When you faithfully use your device in the right context the iHALO displays a holographic indicator.

Simply attach the iHALO to the back of your device and use Bluetooth to pair it to your device.

The iHALO uses a database of constantly updated whitelisted sites, books, and apps to determine when to display the holographic halo. Uses GPS and Masstimes.org to determine if you are currently at Mass to further restricts use or to put it in Eucharistic Adoration mode. The iHALO is totally context aware! So in your off-time “Play Angry Birds and do not Sin” – not said by St. Paul in Ephesians 4:26–27.

But what if you are using your device inappropriately or even sinfully!

Don't try this at home kids!

Don’t try this at home kids!

The iHALO then goes in to HORN (Holographic Ornamentation Referencing Nonconformance) mode to hopefully shame you into using your device appropriately. Inappropriate usage is logged to the free iHALO app as a reminded for your next confession.

But even using you mobile device for spiritual reading, studying of the Bible, Liturgy of the Hours is not always appropriate. Enable spousal audit mode to enable further restrictions and time limits. For those in religious life religious superior audit mode is available along with Episcopal audit mode for diocesan priests.

While the iHALO can help you with your faith it is device agnostic and available in iOS/Android/and those 4 people with Windows Phone 8.

Jun 032013
 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa, October 16, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholics must learn to “exorcise” the so-called “spirit of Vatican II” to end the secularization that has “wreaked havoc” on the Church since the Council, says Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa.

In a pastoral letter issued Thursday to the lay and religious of his diocese, Nickless wrote that he has “no other desire” than to see the reforms of Vatican II implemented properly. However, he said, “It is crucial that we all grasp that the hermeneutic or interpretation of discontinuity or rupture, which many think is the settled and even official position, is not the true meaning of the Council.”

The “hermeneutic of discontinuity,” under the guise of the “spirit of Vatican II,” sees “the Second Vatican Council as a radical break with the past,” explained the bishop. However, “There can be no split … between the Church and her faith before and after the Council.”

“We must stop speaking of the ‘Pre-Vatican II’ and ‘Post Vatican II’ Church,” continued Nickless, who agreed with Pope Benedict XVI that the Council’s meaning “must be found only in the letter of the documents themselves.” “The so-called ‘spirit’ of the Council has no authoritative interpretation,” Nickless said.

“It is a ghost or demon that must be exorcised if we are to proceed with the Lord’s work.”

Kathleen Gilbert at LifeSiteNews

Reminds of something Russell Shaw said in his latest book:

For progressive Catholics the beauty of the spirit of Vatican II was precisely that it allowed themselves to dismiss the Council’s teachings while declaiming themselves the Council”s champions.

I once wrote a “Rite of Exorcism of the Spirit of Vatican II” some years ago in a parody.

I have received a copy of a proposal for a new rite of exorcism currently being considered by the by the Congregation for Divine Worship. This is not a revision to the Rite of Exorcism issued in 1999, but a brand new document for an especially pernicious spirit. The new document is called The Rite of Exorcism for the Spirit of Vatican II. The Spirit of Vatican II Exorcists will be designated as one of the minor orders and these priests will be drawn from those who have already been designated to the Exorcistate and are experienced in expelling demons. The reason behind this I assume that expelling demons is a breeze compared to expelling the spirit of Vatican II from subjects. I will posts parts of this new document with some commentary.

The Bestowal of the Office. The candidates now come up to the bishop, and each touches the book and the actual documents of Vatican II which he presents to them, saying:

Receive, and commit to memory the documents of Vatican II, and have the power to lay your hands upon those possessed by a modern spirit and another gospel, be they baptized or catechumens.

Prayer. The bishop rises and prays for the candidates kneeling before him:

Let us, dearly beloved brethren, humbly beseech God, the Father Almighty, that He may graciously bless these His servants for the office of Spirit of Vatican II exorcist. May they be spiritual commanders, to cast out of the false ideas and heresies that have lead them and others astray. Through His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with Him in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. R. Amen.

The rite speaks of exorcists as spiritual physicians endowed with the power of healing. This may also refer to bodily afflictions caused by the devil; once the influence of the devil is broken by the exorcism, the affliction ceases.

One of the discussions in the new document, which is definitely in the draft phase, is what to do when the bishop themselves are possessed with the spirit of Vatican II? Some of the drafters have considered an Episcopal intervention done by other bishops or perhaps a single bishop designated for these cases. Some of the drafters expressed concerns about collegiality, but other put forth the example of St. Paul. Whatever the solutions posed it must be better than waiting for a bishop to turn 75.

As with a normal exorcism an investigation is required first. The investigation is required to determine if a person is actually possessed by the sprit of the age instead of mental illness or an attachment to a liberal political party. Mental illness might be a charitable prognoses, but the investigator should take care to find the actual root of a possible possessed persons outbursts.

There are specific signs to look for in discerning Spirit of Vatican II possession. This is not an exhaustive list and a possessed person may or may not hold one or more of the following:

  • Advocacy for women priests. If they spell women as womyn proceed to the exorcism immediately.
  • If the subject has vocal outbursts in a foreign language they do not speak. The exception is if they speak Latin. Latin is a sure sign that they are not possessed by this specific spirit.
  • Denial of the supernatural. If they refer to the miracle of the bread and fish being multiplied as the miracle of sharing do not delay in starting the rite.
  • Advocacy of homosexual acts or same-sex marriage. Outright advocacy is an easy case for this rite. Though normally the exorcist will have to discern for themselves when the subject crouches their underlying belief by concentrating on respect for the homosexual person or their anger at the document on not admitting those with deep-seated homosexual tendencies to the seminary. Asking them straight-forward whether they believe that homosexual acts are intrinsically immoral can cut through the obfuscation.
  • Advocacy of abortion and/or contraception. Appealing to the “seamless garment” is not a certain test for possession, though it is a indicator to dive deeper.
  • If they believe that the document Environment and Art in Catholic Worship which was never approved by the Bishops conference must be held de fidei, but Humanae Vitae and Ordinatio Sacerdotalis can be safely ignored.
  • If when making the sign of the cross they repeat Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.
  • Has subscriptions to the National Catholic Reporter, Commonweal, America, and St. Anthony’s Messenger.
  • Can not say obedience, male hierarchy, Pope Benedict XVI without grimacing

Rite of Exorcism of the Spirit of Vatican II

The priest delegated by the Ordinary to perform this office should first go to confession or at least elicit an act of contrition, and, if convenient, offer the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and implore God’s help in other fervent prayers. He vests in surplice and purple stole. Having before him the person possessed (who should be bound if there is any danger), he traces the sign of the cross over him, over himself, and the bystanders, and then sprinkles all of them with holy water. After this he kneels and says the Litany of the Saints, exclusive of the prayers which follow it. All present are to make the responses. Do not be surprised if during the Litany of the Saints if the subject becomes uncomfortable with so many pre-Vatican II names. The person might try ot interject other names like for example Gandhi.

It might also be necessary to gag the possessed person. The possessed will often appeal to dialoguing and will attempt to do it for countless hours and then days on end. This faux dialoguing in not an attempt to get to the truth, but to wear you down in sophist arguments. Appealing to Holy Scripture, Apostolic Tradition, and reason are fruitful avenues in most situation, but only the most patient exorcist should try to employ them in this situation since the possessed are normally immune to them.

The next step in the exorcism has been known to produce especially strong reactions from the possessed person. Even if the person is bound it is suggested that a minimum of two people be on hand to hold them down and to assist you. The exorcist after appealing to the Holy Spirit begins to read the actual texts of the documents of Vatican II. As mentioned above be prepared for a violent reaction especially while reading Sacrosanctum Concilium. If the possessed person is not gagged be prepared for obscene outbursts like “Your mother is a homophobe.” Rainbow colored projectile vomiting has also been known to occur. While the text is read the bystanders chant “The power of the text compels you.” Make sure that a medical team is on hand in case the possessed person goes into shock during the reading. They will no be spinning of their head or displaying supernatural phenomenon, but the logic they will use in defending the spirit of Vatican II might make your own head spin.

The following invocation is then chanted:

From all evil, Deliver us, 0 Lord.
From the spirit which denies the text, Deliver us, 0 Lord.
From modernist interpretations, Deliver us, 0 Lord.
From inclusive language, Deliver us, 0 Lord.
From the pride of independence, Deliver us, 0 Lord.
From liturgical abuses, Deliver us, 0 Lord.
From disobedience to the magisterium, Deliver us, 0 Lord.
From an unformed conscience, Deliver us, 0 Lord.
From the spirit of the age, Deliver us, 0 Lord.

The exorcist than commands the spirit of Vatican II to come out

Therefore, I adjure you every modern spirit, every specter from academia, every dissident power, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who was led into the desert after His baptism by John to vanquish you in your citadel, to cease your assaults against the creature whom He has, formed from the slime of the earth for His own honor and glory that you leave this soul. I command you moreover that you leave immediately so that this person can not only come to enjoy the actual documents of Vatican II, but that he (she) may appreciate and accept in obedience all of the Church’s councils and magisterial teachings of Holy Mother Church. That he (she) may see the Second Vatican Council as an organic growth and not a starting point of a new church.

Depart, then, impious one, depart, accursed one, depart with all your deceits, for God has willed that man should be His temple. Why do you still linger here? Give honor to God the Father almighty, before whom every knee must bow. Give place to the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His most precious blood for man. Give place to the Holy Spirit, who by His blessed apostle Peter openly struck you down in the person of Simon Magus; who cursed your lies in Annas and Saphira; who smote you in King Herod because he had not given honor to God. Depart you mischievous spirit that denies sin and calls right wrong and wrong right. I order you depart deceitful spirit to leave and to never return.

All the above may be repeated as long as necessary, until the one possessed has been fully freed.

It will also help to say devoutly and often over the afflicted person the Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Creed, as well as any of the prayers given below.

The Canticle of our Lady, with the doxology; the Canticle of Zachary, with the doxology.

The exorcist then looks for signs that the evil spirit of modernity has truly departed. Have the subject read from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and VII documents and observe their demeanor. If they look comfortable doing this let the person read some scriptural texts. If they can do this without injecting inclusive language for references to God, then this is a further sign of healing. As a final test have the person as a test of obedience recite the Affirmation of Personal Faith. If they can read this without breaking a sweat, screaming in terror, or any sign of discomfort then this is a very good sign indeed. “The devil can imitate humility but he cannot imitate obedience.” St. Faustina

The new rite looks pretty interesting and I certainly hope they approve it soon and make it broadly available. Of course there will be a problem getting the large number of these exorcists considering the extremely large demand. I also heard that they are considering a similar rite for schismatic traditionalists, though they might combine the two since they are just two sides of the same coin of disobedience and misunderstanding of Vatican II.

Apr 022013
 

DAYTON | Tue Apr 2, 2013 10:32am EDT

(Roto Reuters) Senator Bob Rortman became the first prominent Democrate lawmaker to oppose abortion.

In a newspaper opinion piece on Friday the Ohio senator said he now supports the protection of the unborn.

“I have come to believe that if two people have a child regardless of the circumstances there should be commitment to love and care for that child in good times and in bad. The government should allow that child the opportunity to be born.”

“That isn’t how I’ve always felt. As a congressman, and more recently as a senator, I supported legal abortion allowing the choice to be totally depending on the mother. Then something happened that led me to think through my position in a much deeper way.”

“Two years ago, my son Bill, then a college freshman, told my wife, Sally, and me that he is now Catholic and pro-life. He said he’d known for some time, and that his religious orientation wasn’t something he chose; it was simply a part of who he is. Sally and I were proud of him for his honesty and courage. We were surprised to learn he is Catholic and a fully believing one at that, but knew he was still the same person he’d always been. The only difference was that now we had a more complete picture of the son we love. He was born again that way.”

“At the time, my position on abortion in all cases was rooted in my Democrate tradition that the fetus is just a tissue mass that can be disposed when undesirable. Knowing that my son is a pro-life Catholic prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective: that of a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the children they love, a blessing Sally and I have shared for 26 years.”

“I wrestled with how to reconcile my Democratic faith with my desire for children to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment by being born. Ultimately, it came down to the Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God. It’s really about equality and whether the child is male/female or unborn/born they should have equal rights before the law to life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness.”

Rortman’s 21-year-old son, Bill, told the senator and his wife in April 2011 that he was Catholic and had been “since he was initiated in the Easter Vigil.”

Rortman was quoted by the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper as saying he now believes abortion should be illegal and overturned at the Federal level and subsequently in any states that try to keep it legal. Unborn children should be eligible for the same federal benefits granted to born children.

Update: I guess this was not obvious as being satire. I am satirizing Sen. Rob Portman’s support of same sex marriage a reversal that came about since his son has same-sex attraction. I just edited some of the coverage and the Senator’s actual letter.

Feb 172013
 

I was raised on baseball and as a kid enjoyed those neighborhood games of it. Since then though I have fallen away from baseball. I just am not interested in organized baseball with all its rules and rituals. Really I find it boring and just not related to my lived experience. Also I really don’t know all that much about the details of baseball. I barely understand what a sacrifice is and a RBI is arcane to me.

Nevertheless I have some suggestions for when they elect a new Commissioner of Baseball. So I would like to suggest new rules for baseball to bring it up-to-date and more inline with modern times and that of course we need female players in the major leagues.

Now isn’t that pretty much how so many articles start out right now in relation to an election of a new pope? People who really don’t care about the Church or are opposed to it are freely giving advice to make it better. Equal parts hubris and ignorance seem to be a prescription for such writers commenting on the Church.

That these writers are ignorant of the fact that there very prescription has already been adopted by other churches such as Anglicanism and the results of that prescription have had many side effects including shrinking attendance. They are also not even aware that the bodies that adopted their remedy have people moving to the Church they believe so deficient. Still I can hardly blame them for their ignorance of this since even those not unaware of this say exactly the same thing.

  • Bullwinkle: Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.
  • Rocky: But that trick never works!!!
  • Bullwinkle: This time for sure…Presto!!!
Feb 072013
 

LONDON | Thurs Feb 7, 2013

(ROTO REUTERS) The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to approve a bill redefining poverty in Britain, indicating that the bill is assured of passage as it moves through further legislative stages.

Prime Minister David Cameron had been concerned about the increasing poverty rates and the growing problems poverty entails. The bill changed the definition of poverty to only include those who have less than a shilling and don’t have any family members to support them. Members of The House of Commons are enthused about this historic vote which wiped out poverty overnight.

After the approval of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage David Cameron said “I was thinking if we could change the definition of marriage to mean whatever we wanted it to mean then what is to stop of from doing this in other areas? If we can go from an understudying of marriage as the union of one man and one woman to hardly having a definition at all, then certainly that provides a precedent.” Mr. Cameron has also outlined some other legislative efforts such as redefining illness thus saving millions regarding the National Health Service.

Nov 132012
 

Many people are probably aware of the social media service “foursquare”, for those not in the know Wikipedia says:

Foursquare is a location-based social networking website for mobile devices, such as smartphones. Users “check in” at venues using a mobile websitetext messaging or a device-specific application by selecting from a list of venues the application locates nearby.[3] Location is based on GPS hardware in the mobile device or network location provided by the application. Each check-in awards the user points and sometimes “badges”.

Now I have never used this service since even rocks call me sedentary in my ways. When I am not working in front of a computer monitor, I am likely to be behind a book and so my check-in history would be rather repetitive and extremely boring.

This social networking service does make me wish for a different type of service that would be more useful than letting your friends know what store or restaurant you are currently are visiting.

What I would like to see a service called;

But of course with a logo that doesn’t suck.

Now I would envision prayersquare as the place to check-in with your private and liturgical prayers.  You could then follow the prayer activity of  fellow members of the body of Christ and have events such as:

  • Praying the Sorrowful mysteries.
  • Attending daily Mass.
  • Reading the Office of Reading in the Liturgy of the Hours.
  • Praying for the repose of the soul of my loved ones.
  • Prayerfully preparing for the Sacrament of Confession.
  • Praying before the Blessed Sacrament.

Though this would have to be social networking with a twist. Your prayersquare account would have to be totally anonymous to discourage people bragging about how pious they are. Not much point in bragging like the Pharisees about how much they contributed to the Temple.  Seeing the prayer activity of others would help encourage people to join in and pray themselves.

I can also envision some cutting edge technological integration to make checking in of prayer easier.

  • Mobile phone Liturgy of the Hours apps such as iBreviary and Unversalis could have prayersquare integration and as you read through the various hours it posts your prayer check-in.
  • Wi-Fi enabled  and touch sensitive Rosaries could check in after a decade or a set of mysteries.
  • Location aware phone apps could check you in when you go to your parish.
  • Logos bible software integration.
  • Phone personal assistant applications like Siri could detect prayer ejaculations and check them in.  Though it would have to have a “Jesus prayer” filter so as not to check-in every utterance of this prayer so as to not clog up the prayersquare timeline.

Like foursquare there could also be achievements. For example:

  • Volunteered for 3 AM adoration in the Blessed Sacrament chapel.
  • Found a priest giving confession out of the hours of 5 to 5:30 PM on Saturday.
  • Graduated from the purgative way to the illuminative way.
  • Found a spiritual directory that doesn’t believe in that anonymous Christian crap.
  • Read the Catechism in a Year via flocknote.
  • Actually “prayed attention” during Mass.
Now if the the person is experiencing the Dark Night of the Social Media, than all achievements are taken away and the person comes to rely totally on God and not badges, achievements, and other forms of point scoring.
Now I am not so sure of Mayorship where a user has checked-in to a prayer event on more days than anyone else in the past 60 day.  Or maybe it is the term “Mayorship” that doesn’t apply and is jus too prideful. Really maybe the term “Servant”  applies since “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.”

Now of course this post is firmly tongue-in-cheek, but really I wish a service like this existed.

Nov 042012
 

I’ve been working on a story idea for television and I am looking for a capable screenwriter who can take my idea and bring it to life.

Here is my synopsis.   Walter Write is lapsed-Catholic who has been cooking meth taking advantage of his knowledge in chemistry.   His conscience has been tamed and the amount of damage his product brings to the world does not concern him.  He is only in it for the money and the prestige of being a high quality meth cook.  He is  diagnosed with Stage IIIA lung cancer and as he becomes aware of his mortality he comes to confront the choices he has made and the man he becomes.  In his journey towards truth he comes in contact with a young Catholic seminarian Jessie Redman who begins to evangelize him.   His conversion starts to bring him full circle and starts to wonder if he is being called to the priesthood as his love of the God and the Eucharist grows in leaps and bounds.

The name of the series:

* For those unfamiliar with the show “Breaking Bad”, here is the Wikipedia entry.

Oct 072012
 

JERUSALEM 20 B.C. — Today a breakaway group ordained a member of the  Tribe of Benjamin at the 1st Community Temple. The Non-Aaronite Ordination Conference NAOC has lately been raising awareness concerning the disparity in the treatment of the twelve tribes of Israel.  The newly ordained priest wore the traditional vestments consisting of a breastplate, ephod, robe, tunic, cap, sash and in a odd break from tradition a purple stole. NAOC President Samuel bar Jonah told us “Restricting the priesthood to the Tribe of Levi is totally unfair to the other eleven tribes. Are the men of the tribe of Levi better than men of the tribe of Benjamin, Dan, Issachar, or any of the other fine tribes? How can we share equally in the Temple worship if we are also not allowed to offer sacrifices to the Lord? Besides I think there was a bit of nepotism involved in Moses appointing his brother Arron and establishing the Aaronic priesthood. The official church does not seem to recognize that all tribes are equal in dignity and justice demands equal treatment!”

Small groups of protests involving various tribes have broken out across the city demanding justice.

Protesters are upset  about the injustice and tribal discrimination.  One man who spoke anonymously for fear of Temple reprisals and being excluded from Temple sacrifice told us “The temple also uses an all-Levi priesthood as the norm when it proclaims that other tribes do not image the Aaronic priesthood and therefore only ordained men from the Tribe of Levi can adequately represent the sacrificial nature of the priesthood .  This is simply false considering that even before Aaron scripture recognized other priests like Melchizedek who was good enough for Abraham and should be good enough for us.”

One Temple priest how agreed to talk with us said “Being a priest isn’t all it is cracked up to be.  For one you don’t own your own property and are totally dependent on the tithe of others. Plus all the work in quality control makes it rather difficult.  I can tell you stories of animals that were brought to me supposedly ‘devoid of defect” and actually having a defect or two.  Plus grain sacrifices can get pretty old pretty fast.”