Dear Lord: Another Gosnell, this time in Texas May 16, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Operation Rescue, Life News, and Jill Stanek are all covering a huge story that broke yesterday while I was in pointless training, about abortionist Doug Karpen and his Houston mill, where several former mill workers have stepped forward – and provided copious evidence – of the same atrocious conditions, illegal very late-term abortions, and killing of babies after being born that we saw with Dr. Joseph Mengele Kermit Gosnell. I am certain this will be far from the last such revelations of illegal child-murder at abortion mills. I must warn you, this story is horribly graphic. From Jill Stanek:
Operation Rescue and Life Dynamics have released photos, video, and witness testimony about a late-term abortionist in Houston, Texas, who routinely murders babies in horrendous ways after he aborts them alive.
Three former employees of abortionist Douglas Karpen (pictured below left) have come forward with shocking testimony, which they have corroborated with video and photos.
In the video below Gigi Aguliar, Deborah Edge, and Krystal Rodriguez say Karpen aborts babies beyond the legal limit in Texas of 24 weeks.
The informants also say they witnessed Karpen routinely kill babies after they were born by puncturing the soft spot or impaling the stomach with a sharp instrument, twisting the head off, or puncturing the throat with his finger.
They maintain babies Karpen aborted babies alive and then murdered them “daily.”
There are also horribly graphic photos at Life News and Jill Stanek’s blogs linked above. I really don’t feel like having them on my blog, they are beyond horrific. Two little babies so hideously mangled……..ours is a sick, fallen world. How can we “aggiornamento” such a world, that is so utterly sick and fallen. Our Lord Himself said he prayed not for the world, but for His Own………
……The abortion lobby and media have been claiming Kermit Gosnell was an anomaly, while pro-life activists know there are many more just like him. How can it not be that late-term abortionists blur the line between preborn and postborn?
I urge the TMB and AG Abbott to reopen their investigation of Karpen, particularly in light of the fact that the U.S. Congress has now launched a probe into shoddy abortion clinics, late-term abortions, and live birth abortions.
By now Abbott, pictured right, has received a letter from the House Judiciary Committee inquiring how he is enforcing the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act and how limits on late-term abortions are enforced.
Operation Rescue has many more details on this developing story, including video shot within the clinic.
It is true, they do. And while conditions at Karpen’s mill in Houston are not as bad as those in Kermit Gosnell’s baby assasination factory, they are still highly unsanitary and septic. Looking at the picture of Karpen’s abortuary, I was reminded of the nasty-looking Routh St. mill on Central Expy in Dallas. Same dingy exterior, covering up, I am told, a rather nasty, dirty interior.
Unbelievably, Operation Rescue had submitted the evidence to the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbot, and the Texas Medical Board for review, in 2012. They were told by the TMB, in an unsigned letter, that the case was dismissed due to “insufficient evidence.” I bet their scrambling to re-examine that evidence right now. And Attorney General Greg Abbot had better be on the ball on this one, as should Harris County DAs.
There is no question many state and other medical boards are supportive of, and have close connections to, the abortion industry. So, getting medical boards to condemn mills generally takes heavy political pressure. We’ve seen around the country that state boards or other supervisory agencies have historically been ridiculously lax, callously lax, in investigating complaints regarding mills, and in conducting thorough-going inspections, reviews of records, etc. But given how much money NARAL, Planned Barrenhood, the Hershey fund, etc., throw around, this probably shouldn’t surprise us. Abortion is a multi-billion dollar nexus of evil, and the prime selling point to induce doctors to perform them has always been money.
If you want to help insure this case isn’t buried by abortion-industry bought influence, please, in yoru charity, consider contacting the following responsible officials:
Mike Anderson, District Attorney Harris County, Texas
1201 Franklin Street, Suite 600, Houston, Texas 77002-1923
Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548
Voice: (512) 463-2050
Texas Medical Board
Tower 3, Suite 610
Austin, TX 78701
Voice: (512) 305-7010
How our cardinals do sin…. May 16, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, horror, scandals, self-serving, shocking, Society, the return.
Cardinals are the very princes of the Church. They are men given great Grace to elect the Pope, in addition to the torrents of Grace available through their ordination and then consecration as bishops. But it seems so very few Cardinals cooperate with that Grace. There has been the stomach-turning scandal of Cardinal O’Brien of Scotland, who resigned from his see in disgrace after numerous reports of depraved homosexual activity surfaced involving him, and men under his care, typically seminarians. After this resignation, Cardinal O’Brien had esconced himself in the parish of his “lifelong friend,” a fellow priest. When the Vatican began to intimate it would force Cardinal O’Brien to live a more retired and prayerful life than one of likely continued debauchery with his special “friend,” that priest-friend threatened to cause further scandal if his Cardinal-buddy were removed from his loving care. Well, the Vatican wasn’t bullied by this threat, the Holy See just announced that Cardinal O’Brien is leaving Scotland.
Michael Voris has much more here, including additional details on the O’Brien scandal:
This homosexual crisis in the priesthood is, to my mind, the single greatest threat to the priesthood in its 2000 year history. Can men engaged in lives founded on lies and engaging in the most debauched of activities really have a valid vocation? Do they really intend to confect the Blessed Sacrament, to change bread and wine+water into the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ? The implications of this scandal are soul-rocking, to say the least.
And as if the scandal of Cardinal O’Brien was not enough (and we know he is far from the only homosexual cardinal the Church has been afflicted with in the past few decades), today we get word that Cardinal Dolan once again failed to speak Truth to power, once again caved when it came to standing up for what the Church believed when it might threaten his ego-boosting playing at politics with the governor of New York:
New York’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan warned Gov. Cuomo to be ready for a holy battle if he tries to strengthen state abortion-rights laws.
In an interview on an Albany radio station Tuesday, Dolan said Catholic bishops would be “as vociferous and rigorous as possible in our opposition” to the governor’s efforts.Although Cuomo has yet to release an abortion bill, he’s announced plans to write into New York law protections now provided by federal court decisions like Roe vs. Wade…….………..Archbishop Dolan said the conviction Monday of Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell on murder charges calls for laws that go the other way instead.“I am in a bit of consternation as to why in a time when there seems to be kind of a sobering up about these horrors of the unfettered access to abortion, why in New York we are talking about even expanding it further,” Dolan said. [Because there is nothing more sacred to a leftist than a woman's right to kill her child, you dolt! They will sacrifice ANY other policy position to protect that one! When will you guys in the American hierarchy figure this out? THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE PARTY OF ABORTION, AND WILL BE FOR AS FAR AS WE CAN SEE IN THE FUTURE. NOTHING - NOTHING (short of an act of God, which you are deliberately frustrating with your cowardice) - WILL MAKE THEM CHANGE THAT!]When asked how Cuomo could still consider himself a Catholic in good standing while also promoting abortion legislation, Dolan responded: “That’s something that I talk turkey with him about.”Dolan spokesman Joseph Zwilling later said the cardinal did not mean to suggest that Cuomo would not be a Catholic in good standing if he went forward with the bill.
Oh, Cardinal Dolan, you pathetic worldling.
How can we otherwise think, Cardinal Dolan, that you care so very much more about the opinions of men, and especially powerful men, than you do about either serving Christ OR even protecting the unborn on a natural level, that you immediately take the most powerful weapon you have against these apostate Catholics off the table? Cuomo is pursuing the most radical expansion of abortion in this nation at present. All around the country, abortion is being rolled back by drips and drabs, but not in New Yack! Oh, no, there, it’s a brave new world of baby slaughter for all, with the great Cardinal of New Yack talking turkey as the sewer drains overflow with blood! And so you have to clarify “oh……I didn’t mean to imply still-living-in-sin-with-his-concubine Andrew Cuomo wouldn’t be a Catholic in good standing if he is directly responsible for dramatically increasing what is already by far the country’s highest rate of abortion!” It wouldn’t be politic to do so, right?!
Prayers for local tornado victims May 16, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, disaster, horror, North Deanery, sadness, Society.
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It was a wild and wooly night in North Texas. We drove home from Mass under a torrential downpour, with tornado warnings all around. The really severe weather was down to the south and west of DFW, from west of Granbury to east and south of Cleburne. I pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased, and all those who had their lives turned upside down last night:
Mile-wide tornado near Cleburne:
We drive through part of the area the tornadoes struck all the time. The path through Johnson County followed near US67 for quite a while. It is most fortuitous that the huge tornado was in mostly rural areas. Otherwise, the damage could have been of biblical proportions. Thank God for that.
Mary our Mediatrix May 15, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Our Lady, Tradition, Virtue.
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Sorry for low posting today. I was stuck in a training session of the most dubious merit and had no access to teh intrawebs. I have been intending to do some posts in honor of our Blessed Mother during this month of May, Mary’s month. I’ve done a couple, but here is one more, with some Saints extolling our Blessed Mother’s role as Mediatrix of All Grace. This is taken from Divine Intimacy, day 185, p. 537:
St. Ephrem of Syria, 4th Century: O Blessed Lady, most Holy Mother of God, full of Grace, inexhaustible ocean of the intimate divine liberality and gifts of God, after the Lord of all, the Blessed Trinity, you are Lady of all; after the Paraclete, you are hte new Consoler of all; and after the Mediator, you are the Mediatrix for the entire world. Behold my faith and my desire inspired by Heaven; do not despise me although unworthy, neither let the ugliness of my sins suspend the immensity of your mercy, O Mother of God, O name which surpasses all my desire!
St. Bernard of Claivaux, 12th Century: O Mary, God has given you the plenitude of all His benefits, to show us that all hope, all Grace, all salvation come from your superabundance. Grant, therefore, O Mary, you who have found Grace and have given us life, that through you we may approach your Divine Son. O Blessed Mother of Salvation! Grant that through you we may receive Him who was given to us through you. Let your spotless purity excuse before His eyes the faults of our malice. May your humility, so pleasing to God, obtain pardon for our pride! May your immense charity cover the multitude of our sins, and may your glorious fruitfulness make our good works fruitful!
O Lady, our Mediatrix and our advocate, reconcile us with your Son, recommend us to your Son, present us to your Son! You are blessed by the Grace you have found, by the privileges you have merited, by the mercy you have brought to the world. Obtain for us that Jesus, who through you deigned to share our infirmity and our wretchedness, may grant us also through you a share in His Glory and in His Beatitude.
Our Lady! Have mercy on us! Pray for us in this time of darkness and wickedness! Strengthen our souls! Implore God’s Grace for us! May we always cooperate with that Grace, and emulate you by having perfect conformity with God’s Will!
But we are so fallen and disfigured! Without your prayers we are lost! So please have mercy on us, Blessed Mother! Intercede always for your children!
Get your pro-life on at the annual National Right to Life conference at the Hyatt Regency DFW June 27-29. Registration is (yikes!) $95. Couples get a $5 break. There is childcare available. You an register here.
There are many, many speakers, mostly a bevy of evangelical protestants. But, Fr. Frank Pavone will apparently get out of his cell in Amarillo and be there, along with Brother Paul O’Donnell, FBP from Minneapolis.
Headliners include O. Carter Snead, Wesley J. Smith, Chet McDoniel, David Barton, and Reggie Littlejohn. I know!
I will bet money they don’t talk about contraception very much. But we’ll never be rid of abortion in this country, until all the churches oppose contraception and most of the people stop using it. And it will take the Catholic Church getting serious about her opposition to contraception, again, in order to make both happen. But we’re not even there, yet.
Gosnell will spend the rest of his lifte in jail. But he won’t get the death penalty, a mercy he denied tens of thousands of children he executed over the years:
Abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell has given up his right to appeal the verdict that found him guilty on three of the four first-degree murder charges he faced.
As a result, prosecutors have agreed to life terms in prison for the former abortion facility owner and he will now not face the death penalty.
Prosecutors agreed to two life sentences without parole, and Gosnell will now face sentencing Wednesday as opposed to next week, where he could have been subjected to the death penalty by a second jury. The prosecutors originally sought the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person and because of the age of the newborn babies involved.
They also agreed to the life sentences in prison because Gosnell’s age made it unlikely he would be executed before his appeals ran out, as he would die naturally beforehand.
“Gosnell is to be sentenced Wednesday in the death of the third baby, an involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of a patient and hundreds of lesser counts,” AP reported.
…….Gosnell was found guilty of killing Baby A, Baby C and Baby D and found not guilty of killing Baby E. He was also convicted on hundreds of lesser charges ranging from infanticide to running a corrupt organization.
Gonell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of patient Karnamaya Mongar, who died after a botched abortion. And he was found guilty on most of the more than 200 counts of violating Pennsylvania’s informed consent law.
In total, Gosnell was found guilty of 21 out of 24 felony counts of illegal abortions beyond the 24 week limit and found guilty on all but 16 of 227 misdemeanor counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law……..
Which counts, collectively, would have resulted in his serving a 30 day suspended sentence, with 100 hours of community service. I jest, but not much.
I did not think Gosnell would get the death penalty. And, as the article mentioned, even if he had, it’s very unlikely he would have actually been put to death by the state. I pray this reprieve he’s gotten will result in his sincere conversion. I pray he learns to repent of his life of murder. It’s amazing that he was only caught out because agents raided his place for dispensing bogus scripts for pain pills and other drugs. It seems even his millions made from murdering babies was not enough. Greed, and pride, are the two primary drivers of the abortion industry.
I pray this case also results in all states passing laws requiring all abortion mills to meet the same sterility and other requirements as other outpatient surgical centers do. It is ludicrous that they presently do not, in almost all states. These simple requirements will eat so much into the profit margins of abortion mills that most will shut down of their own accord. Murdering babies won’t be nearly so lucrative as it used to be.
It remains to be seen what long-term impact this trial will have on the nation’s conscience. I fear we are so anethestized to violence and so addicted to contraception and its backstop, that it won’t make much difference at all.
Domine, miserere nobis!
A devastating post from Eponymous Flower May 14, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, horror, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, shocking, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
Wow, I saw this post at Eponymous Flower earlier today, and was just floored. The context for the post was Minnesota – in spite of voting against state recognition of sodomites simulating marriage just last year, held yet another vote where the destruction of marriage was approved. That has been the case in many states: continue pounding, pounding, pounding away, until either exhaustion or indifference sets in, and the forces of darkness win. Of course, once that occurs, it’s set in stone forever, with nary a possibility of change.
But that was just the context. In a few pics and a modicum of words, Tancred managed to tie together, very coherently, British satanist (and sexual deviant – that almost invariably goes together) Aleister Crowley, Barak Obama, Alfred Kinsey, and the whole cultural descent into darkness. Today, as rainbow flags dominate a major bridge in St. Paul, Minnesota, satan must be doing a victory dance.
I don’t want to steal too much of Tancred’s thunder – you really must go to his site to see the whole thing – but he made clear how perverse conceptions of “love”, which really mean unbridled, depraved lust, have become accepted first by our elites, and then foisted on the rest of us until we now face cultural armageddon. As a certain famous nun once said, if God doesn’t chastise America for what we’ve become, he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology. A couple of photos from Tancred’s post:
Obama sporting an Aleister Crowley T-shirt – apparently, he’s not a muslim at all, but a satanist.
Then, a photo showing the prophet of perversion himself, Alfred Kinsey – whose lies were propagated by the media as great scientific revelations, and whose “research” included the most unethical, soul-destroying acts imaginable – posing with Kenneth Anger, another satanist and purveyor of high brow homosexual filth in the 50s and 60s, at the “house of Crowley:”
Kinsey was a very, very distrubed man. And his research was almost totally bunk, drawn from terribly biased pools of depraved individuals, especially prison inmates, whose sexual escapades he then pretended applied to the general public. But the public, through the media, accepted his claims with little protest.
I don’t know if Kinsey was a satanist himself, but he was certainly one of the most destructive personalities of the last century. His research is still accepted among many “progressive” academics as Gospel. Shocking, I know. It’s amazing how much progressives love to elevate themselves over the hoi polloi for their sharp, analytical minds and “reality-based” thinking, always referring to conservatives as scientific illiterates. But the truth, as we see with regard to global
warming cooling climate change weather, is really quite different.
Boy, Kinsey looks like Karloff playing Frankenstein. Sometimes, photos capture images from the soul.
We are in the deepest of trouble, my friends.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us! St. Michael the Arcangel, defend us!
The annual Immaculate Heart of Mary homeschooling conference for North Texas will be held June 28-29 at the Arlington Convention Center. The main website for the conference is here. Speakers include:
- Fr. Shenan Boquet, head of Human Life International
- Dr. Michael Foley, traditional Catholic and Baylor professor, whose articles are published in many traditional publications like Latin Mass Magazine
- Mr. Andrew Pudewa, who is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing
- Mrs. Virginia Seuffert, a long term homeschooling mom
Admission is free. All details in the flyer here.
The continuing scandal of Cardinal Roger Mahony May 14, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, episcopate, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Holy suffering, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
This is what comes of elevating unworthy men to positions of great power and influence. This man is a disciple of Cardinal Bernadin, and shows every day just what a damning association that is:
The Los Angeles Times expresses confusion, as we all should, about what the heck is going on in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Three months ago, Archbishop Gomez relieved his predecessor, Roger Cardinal Mahony, of “public duties” in the Archdiocese, including, according to a spokesman for the Archdiocese at the time of Archbishop Gomez’s announcement, celebrating the sacrament of confirmation. [Well, Archbishop Gomez caved within a day, reinstating Cardinal Mahony's faculties. This was after direct threats from Mahony and his very wealthy supporters (I shudder to think of the state of the souls that would willingly, and viciously, support this man) regarding retaliation against Gomez, intimating they would reveal what Gomez knew and when regarding handling of various abuse cases. This threat apparently worked, and well. Gomez has been totally silent on the matter of this disgraced cardinal since then] At the moment, however, the Cardinal is traveling around the Archdiocese celebrating that sacrament “every week” (his own words) and telling those who question him about it to “go home now” (his words). Meanwhile, Archbishop Gomez refuses to comment.
Cardinal Mahony’s mishandling of his clergy’s abuse of children boggles the mind and saddens the heart. A decade after Cardinal Law was pressured into resigning for his own mishandling of such abuse, Mahony continued the mishandling right up until he submitted his resignation as required at the age of 75, and his successor, who surely knew much or all of what Mahony had done to hide the abuse, distanced himself and the Archdiocese from Mahony only when files Mahony had endlessly litigated to keep secret became public. Two years Archbishop Gomez waited, and when at last he relieved Mahony of his “public duties,” he did so only for purposes of a phony publicity stunt, it would now seem.
Only the Pope can discipline a Cardinal, but Archbishop Gomez has jurisdiction over the confirmation schedule in his own Archdiocese. We can hope that Pope Francis will ground Cardinal Mahony and turn off his self-serving blog. We can also hope that Archbishop Gomez will do right by the faithful of his Archdiocese and *in fact* relieve Cardinal Mahony of his public duties in the Archdiocese. Members of the hierarchy need to stop scandalizing the faithful. Enough already. It is Cardinal Mahony who should “go home now.” If Pope Francis seeks to “rebuild” the Church, Cardinal Mahony’s public presence is only impeding that all-important work. Public penance for the Cardinal would be a help to that work on which turns, after all, the salvation of souls. Archbishop Gomez’s integrity is on the line here as well, and the jury — including in the form of the LA Times — is observing the evidence as it pours in.
I’m not surprised at all by Gomez’ failure to act, nor his moral cowardice. I’ve never been terribly impressed by him. The difference between San Antonio and LA is essentially nil. Both are extremely liberal dioceses.
Mahony has one of the most mammoth egos I’ve ever seen. This man – like his mentor, Bernadin – is utterly cocksure he can do no wrong, that he is always in the right, and gives no appearance of even a slight degree of real repentance for his crimes. Yes, he continues to cause scandal by his very presence. And if he were to be present to confirm one of my children, my children would get confirmed somewhere else. He is as utterly unlikeable figure as there is in the Church today.
But, he still has a soul, and will face his individual judgment. His towering ego and overweening pride reveal him to be a man who treats “working out our salvation with fear and trembling” with disdain. I am afraid Cardinal Mahony might be in for a terrible surprise. Certainly, there is nothing in being a cardinal that gives assurance of piety, let alone salvation - the Church has had some disastrously immoral cardinals. Thus, all the more does he need prayers, unworthy of them he may be. In fact, it is his very unworthiness that makes it all the more imperative to pray for him. And given what an ugly character he is, sincere prayers on his behalf are sure to be very meritorious of Grace and virtue.
Of course, also pray for his many victims. The pain they must endure at the sight of this man getting off utterly scot free must be horrifying.
“A Manifesto of the Catholic Laity” from 1943 May 14, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Liturgy, priests, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Tradition.
We are frequently told, by various figures in the Church ranging from local parish priests to numerous bishops, and even various authority figures in Rome, that the old Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass, was a very bad thing. Nobody understood anything. The people sat there blithely thumbing their stupid beads, while the priest rushed through Latin he didn’t understand, with the total effect being that nobody was edified at all by the experience, ever. I exaggerate, but not much. There is no question there are very strong impressions given that the Mass prior to the massive changes of the late 60s was gravely deficient, did not form souls well in the Faith, and generally was disliked by the laity, who rarely understood at all what was going on. Now, even if this widely presented view were true, one could see in this perhaps less a problem with the Mass itself, but a significant failure of catachesis, but be that as it may. That is the view that is presented, when arguing that the changes made to the Mass that resulted in the Novus Ordo were very necessary, in order to get at least some modicum of involvement from the people in the Mass.
The problem with this view is that, it doesn’t square well with the historical record. The simple fact of the matter is, there was virtually no clamor from the laity for a change to the Mass, at any period during the 20th century. As I have already addressed on this blog, even 10 years after the introduction of the Novus Ordo, a national survey reported in a secular newspaper showed the vast majority of Catholics preferred to return to the Traditional Mass! In fact, the entire “liturgical movement” was driven by academics and liturgical “elitists,” if you will, people who made study of the Liturgy their life’s work, and who became convinced, for various reasons (but, principally, a widespread acceptance of modernism among this elite), that the Mass was sorely deficient and simply must change. In having read a number of books on the subject now, following the arc of the liturgical movement of the 20th century, it is apparent to me that the imperative to change was a self-fulfilling prophecy, with excessive focus on change leading to loss of pastoral sensitivity (or misplaced sensivitiviy), and the entire movement devolving to a sort of zero-sum game where all the problems in the Church would be corrected if only the Mass could be changed, and radically! And thus, we got what we got.
But, again, history shows that far from being disinterested in the Mass, or desiring it to change, many of the laity, and very likely the same large majority reported in the late 70′s poll linked to above, were very attached to the Traditional Mass and did not want it to change at all. They were in fact put off by the liturgical movement and the effort to foist changes on “their Mass.” Specifically, there was an article in the July 17, 1943 edition of the The Tablet in England, regarding a “Manifesto” produced by lay English Catholics regarding the radical changes being discussed, even then, regarding the Mass. Far from favoring changes, or supposedy hungering for Mass in the vernacular, which was the sine qua non of the post-conciliar liturgical reform, these Catholics were very offended at the changes being discussed, and wanted it to be known that they loved the Mass, they loved it in Latin, and just wanted it to be taught better (from Dom Alcuin Reid’s The Organic Development of the Liturgy, note 109 pp. 92-93, I add emphasis and comments):
We, the undersigned Catholic layfolk, desire…….to make known our true feelings with regard to the present controversy concerning the language used by the Church in her public worship. We utterly repudiate the subversive efforts that are being made to discredit the use of the Latin Liturgy [So, even decades before Vatican II, the laity were aware of the "subversive" efforts of elites to change the Mass and attack Latin, and impose undesired top-down changes to the Mass, in contrast to natural, organic development, from the bottom up] , a precious heritage brought to the English people by St. Augustine of Canterbury from our glorious Apostle, St. Gregory the Great, and which we are proud to have preserved intact these fourteen hundred yeas, even throughout the hardships and dangers of the penal times. We therefore protest that we are oppposed to all attempts to tamper with this venerable Liturgy, or to substitute for it a copy of any non-Catholic rite, however beautiful and impressive. [It also seemed these well-informed laity had picked up on the protestant overtones to many of the proferred changes] We strongly resent the implication that we and our children are not sufficiently intelligent to understand the simple Latin of the Mass, and we declare our readiness to do all we can to equip ourselves with the necessary knowledge so as to be able to take a more active and intelligent part in our parochial Mass. [Thus, a reaction to the elitist attitude which assumed that the laity were too dumb to understand Mass in a language other than their own] We also respectfully petition our bishops to use their authority to make the teaching of simple liturgical Latin obligatory in all our Catholic schools, since we are convinced that such instruction would be of immense spiritual and intellectual value to our children and would help them to realise more vividly the supra-national character of our Faith. [I'm very impressed with this statement - these folks understood that Latin makes the Mass universal, instead of hundreds of different translations and millions of "inculturating" acts, which makes even Masses in the same town often differ radically from one another, let alone the differences between nations] Finally ,we very humbly beg our Clergy to help our efforts by a distinct and deliberate enunciation of all the words of the Liturgy, so as to make it possible for every one of us to beocme more at home with the spiritual language of our Holy Mother Church, and thus to assist at her public worship with greater understanding and devotion. [An exhortation to priests to pronounce the Latin better]
I am singularly impressed by this statement. Dom Reid does not go into detail on how many signatures it had, but it seems at least some in England understood quite clearly, even in 1943!, the nature of the changes the liturgical movement had come to favor and the dangers those changes posed. They also understood the unstated assumption that the laity were simply too stupid to follow along in a “foreign” language.
But I think the most important element, is the call to better education. And I think that is really the core of what went wrong with the Church in the mid-20th century. Instead of focusing on the very hard, often dreary, often frustrating work of catachesis and evangelization, many in the Church leadership came to favor big programs – rather like how our governments have acted since that time – that will magically solve all problems, and accomplish the tasks of evangelization and catachesis for them. That is to say, instead of slogging in the trenches, it was much more sexy to many elites to exercise their power and demonstrate their brilliance by imposing top-down changes of various sorts. And certainly, since Vatican II, the Church has been enamored of big programs. The Mass, the perennial “new evangelization,” calls for sweeping governmental reforms and the establishment of super-national forms of governance, top-down forms of charity, proliferations of offices and dicasteries and congregations and committees – all have been presented as solutions for “problems,” which are really best dealt with on the local level, by encouraging hard work by priests and bishops to form their people in the Faith! But, for whatever reason, that simple call, which was what sustained the Church through thick and thin for centuries, is the one thing it seems our leaders are most reluctant to do.
None of which is to say there aren’t individual priests and bishops who do an exemplary job at catechesis and evangelization, it’s just that such are exceedingly rare. And it seems the people of England, 70 years ago and 20 years before the Second Vatican Council, knew this very well. It is a pity their call was not heeded.
I pray this era of big programs may end. I pray we can get back to focus on grass-roots evangelization and especially catachesis. But I hear so many horror stories about parish catechetical programs. Very often, what is taught is a barely disguised protestantism, at best. Sometimes, it’s much worse than that.
I hope to do another post on this subject either later today or tomorrow. Even early members of the liturgical movement itself recognized that big programs of severe, top-down changes, were no panacea for the collapse in the practice of the Faith already well underway in the first half of the 20th century.