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On that Memorial Mass for victims of Roe v. Wade….. January 18, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Dallas Diocese, foolishness.
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………a couple of things.  I already alluded to the Bishop’s comments after Mass about vocations.   I wanted to touch on a few other aspects of the Mass, as well. 

First, I thought Bishop Farrell’s sermon was pretty good.  I thought it got a bit long and lost focus a little, but I think in general he stressed the proper Catholic view of life as a gift from God and abortion as an atrocity on a horrifying scale.  I was disappointed when he tried to tie access to health care into a list of fundamental human rights on a par with being born.   Doing so at this point in time leaves open the interpretation, and this may well have been intentional, that the Bishop feels that government provided health care is an issue just as important as abortion – which it simply is not.  How to provide health care is a prudential issue about which faithful Catholics can disagree – whether abortion is fundamentally evil is not a like issue.  Given the on again off again support the USCCB has given for the current government directed health insurance legislation being debated in Congress, I winced when I heard Bishop Farrell say that – his remarks could easily be used by those in favor of radically expanded federal funding of abortion to confuse the issue.  I think at this point in time, in the present context, such comments are a further potential source of confusion (many Catholics do not know, at present, what the US Church’s stand on the proposed health care legislation is). 

Second – uff, what was with the music?!?   Let me paint a picture.  We’re at a Mass honoring the victims of abortion in the US.  50 million of them.  This is the KEY Catholic social justice issue of our times.  We’re at the Cathedral, with it’s huge organ and beautiful nouveau Gothic design, and the music is…..happy clappy protestant inspired praise and worship music?!?!  Are you kidding me?  So at a Mass where our Catholic identity should be strengthened and glorified, where we are mourning the loss of so many souls, we’re singing “We are one body”and “Here I am Lord,” banged out on a 5-piece rock n’ roll ensemble?  C’mon!  Is this the best we can do?!? 

How about something a little more Catholic, with a little more heft?  Since Mary is our protector and patroness, how about Salve Regina?  Or “Remember Those, O Lord, who in your peace have died?”  Almost any Catholic hymn would have been better than the insipid offerings on Saturday. 

I don’t know who is in charge of music at the Cathedral, but I’ve celebrated Mass there several times since Bishop Farrell’s ordination, and the music is always the same.  Does this mean this is the kind of music Bishop Farrell favors?  I pray not. If anyone is counting, here is one vote for a return to far better sacred music.  Jeepers, we would have been better off humming ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ than the claptrap we had to endure, and it would have been far more apropos.

Gonna get myself in trouble again January 18, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, Society.
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Some time back, I made a post regarding the cause for canonization of Pope JPII and Pope Pius XII.  I haven’t related a few details about that post.  You see, apparently, I offended some people.  I know of two for sure, one a priest in our very own diocese, and the other was ostensibly a bishop from another diocese (although that one, I take with a grain of salt).  I was even accused of being anti-semitic, because I assailed the likes of the Anti-Defamation League and other, similar agitation groups for ignoring a mountain of evidence, much of it from Jewish sources, citing Pope Pius XII’s diligent efforts during WWII to help aid as many Jews as possible from Nazi terror.  I don’t play that – I will not let anyone take  my words and completely misconstrue them in order to use some ‘end the debate’ tactic like calling me an anti-semite. See most anything ever written by Jeff Goldstein at proteinwisdom to understand how dangerous such tactics can be in a free republic.

Well, that priest and bishop better take a Xanax, cuz Father Z is all over a recent op-ed in the NYT.  He then goes on to quote from the NYT itself, from editions from 1941 and 1942, using the newspaper itself to destroy the argument they are trying to make today, which is that Pope Pius XII was almost an ally of the Nazis.   The historical evidence is clear, and at one time most Jews understood that Pope Pius XII and the Church had done more to protect threatened Jews during WWII than anyone else.  In fact, the Chief Rabbi of Rome during WWII, Rabbi Israel Zolli, converted to Catholicism at the conclusion of the war as a result of his experiences working with the Church to save as many Jews as possible.  It was not until ‘revisionist’ history became fashionable in the 1960s, and a Broadway play was written accusing Pope Pius XII of being an anti-semite, that accusations of some sort of malfeasance on his part began to be made.  That those accusations were completely baseless is immaterial; the accusations suited the purposes of the accusers, which was not so much to assail Pope Pius XII, but to assail the Church.  Most tragically, some of those assailing voices came from within the Church itself, in an attempt to discredit Pius XII along with the orthodox Catholicism he was so strongly associated wth.  Those voices were, of course, associated with what is today called ‘the hermeneutic of rupture.’

The NYT and other, similar outlets, are simply doing the same – finding whatever club is most convenient at the moment with which to beat the Church.  The article then goes on to some incoherent drivel where they attempt to say that too many popes are on the path to canonization – yes, we can’t have too many saints!  That would be terrible!  They even get ‘tricky Dick’ McBrien in on the act, so you know they are really reaching.

None of this really matters a whit, in the grand scheme of things.  The NYT will continue to sink into irrelevancy and insolvency, some people will always attack the Church baselessly, and both John Paul II and Pius XII will be canonized.  I think it is simply important to note the various players involved and their motivations, for future reference.  Such issues can also tell us a great deal about the state of our Church.  I think, under Benedict XVI, we have a Church that is finally becoming less enthralled of the false-ecumenism of endless, pointless dialogue and is working towards real ecumenism, such as a reunion with many Anglicans and possibly, Orthodox Christians.  The Church is also becoming more orthodox and more confident, if haltingly.  This drives the dissenters crazy, as they see their influence literally dying off, but it will bring great graces to the Church and the faithful.  

Oh, and the article is wrong on one more thing.  There are  many causes for canonization opened up, but I do not think Paul VI will ever be canonized, and definitely not in the next 100 years.