Friday, August 03, 2007

ICKSP priest Michael Wiener cooks the truth of the Catholic faith in charity until it tastes sweet

Father Wiener from the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is rector at Santa Clara Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and Episcopal Delegate for the Latin Rite at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle published online at SFGate, Fr. Wiener speaks very well about the Catholic position on the controversies swarming around the recent motu proprio from the pope, which allowed more widespread use of the Tridentine Mass.

I also chanced tonight upon an above-average 2005 article by Christopher Zehnder, former editor of the now-defunct San Francisco Faith newspaper, which gave Fr. Wiener a chance to explain very eloquently the charism of the ICKSP.

I love this quote from the interview in which Fr. Wiener is telling SFFaith about the influence of the patron saints of the ICSKP:

From St. Francis de Sales, the institute receives the charge to "cook the truth of the Catholic faith in the milk of charity until it tastes sweet," said Father Wiener. "We know that today it would not be a very effective endeavor to pronounce the pure truth of the Catholic teaching without being charitable. It never was effective, but especially today we try to combine charity and truth, because they belong together. Truth without charity is not the truth of Christ, and charity without truth is not the truth of God."

May we all always cook the truth of the Catholic faith in the milk of charity until it tastes sweet!

Below: Corpus Christ, Adoration at St. Margaret Mary, June 10, 2007

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