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Wow – how sad April 27, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery.
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Via Fr. Z – there is a priest, who apparently serves as a diocesan liturgist (pity the diocese), who really, really hates the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, and apparently, anything else that doesn’t have enough ‘spirit of Vatican II.’ 

 I must be honest in saying that I find this rite offensive by todays’s liturgical standards. It isn’t just the endless bows, nods and genuflections, nor even the silly dancing birettas. Nor is it the bishop preaching, surrounded by vested ministers sitting undecorously on the steps, as if the basilica has run short of seating for ministers of the Mass. And to whom, exactly, are the readers proclaiming the scriptures? If it’s to the people, then this critical proclamation is in an unintelligible language. If to God, well, God already knows the readings.  

I find it offensive that anyone would foster the return of a rite that is immune from the fundamental principles of good liturgy annunciated by the formal teaching of Vatican II. Why would anyone return to a rite that virtually ignores the Hebrew Bible on Sundays and feasts, that requires no homily on the scriptures, that strictly exculdes any lay ministers? The Church teaches that full participation is required by all, that our rites should be simple, short, clear, and unencumbered by useless repitions. Our rites should be within the people’s power of comprehension, and not require much explanation. The old Latin rite ignores all these fundamental principles. It is a rite that cries out for reform, just as it was crying out the day before Vatican II began

What a sad mentality.  This guy is sort of a nut – he absolutely lambasted St. John Vianney in another post, and refuses to refer to himself as ‘Father.’  That he has shaped liturgy at a diocesan level over much of his 42 years as a priest boggles the mind.  It’s a very sad reflection on the outlook of many who inhaled far too much of that ‘spirit,’ to the extent that they must reject, denigrate, and trivialize all forms of liturgy that came before 1965.  I can say with confidence that this is the kind of authority figure in various diocese who subjugated traditionally minded Catholics and absolutely refused to tolerate any form of Mass other than bowlderdized versions of the 1970 Missal. 

It’s hard to see this guy having much respect for the laity – he seems to think that Latin Mass is simply incomprehensible to the vast majority of people.  I wonder how much that is based on genuine concern, and how much is a fundamentally elitist view of the ‘poor common man’ in the pews.

Bishop installation at 2 pm April 27, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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The installation of Dallas’ two new coadjutor bishops is today at 2 pm.  Sorry for the late reminder!  The installation will be broadcast locally on EWTN radio.  I had hoped to attend this installation Mass but will not be able to due to work constraints. 

Let us pray for these two new bishops, Mark Seitz and Doug Deshotel, and pray that the Dallas Diocese will grow in faithfulness, reverence, and orthodoxy under their pastoral care!  I pray that these new bishops will be able to focus great efforts on improving formation, vocations, and liturgy in this diocese.

Dominus vobiscum!

Eighth Bishop severs ties with CCHD April 27, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic, scandals.
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Bishop Lawrence Brandt of Greensburg, PA, recently made news by informing some religious orders in his diocese who broke with the bishops to support Obamacare that they were no longer allowed to recruit using diocesan resources or at local parishes.  He is in the news again, coming out as the eighth bishop to state that his diocese will no longer support CCHD.   His diocese will now direct those funds normally allocated to CCHD to a diocesan anti-poverty fund that the diocese can control.  This will insure that funds given by the faithful in that diocese will not be diverted to causes that are antithetical to the Catholic faith.

CCHD has had a very checkered history.  For the past several years, numerous pro-life groups have railed against CCHD for its repeated support of pro-abort, pro-gay marriage, pro-contraception organizations.  There have been serious efforts afoot to either defund CCHD or to completely reform it.  Many complain that it’s very nature, being a Catholic ‘social justice’ organization set up in the Saul Alinsky mold, makes CCHD problematic from the get go.  The Reform CCHD Now coalition continues to press for a complete makeover of CCHD’s goals and agenda. 

I will note again that CCHD does not give to the poor!  It does not run one soup kitchen, it does not help get jobs for poor people, and it does not provide clothing or medical care.  It’s entire existence is centered around political agitation on behalf of the poor in the Alinsky mold.  Most of the organizations it supports are fringe leftist/progressive pressure groups.  These groups, being fully immersed in progressive thought, of course subscribe to those core progressive beliefs of being pro-abort, pro-gay marriage, pro-contraception, pro-women’s ordination, etc.  So long as CCHD is oriented to supporting these types of groups, scandals will repeatedly occur.

The future of the Church April 27, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass.
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Alot of people ask what direction they think the Church is headed, or should be headed.  I’ve certainly offered my opinions on numerous occasions.  a writer for Inside the Vatican has opined that the future of the Church is less a hermeneutic of rupture, of discontinuity with the past, and more a hermeneutic of continuity, of enlivening the Church based on Sacred Tradition.  Thus, there will be less “the Church was re-invented in 1965” and alot more of St. Pius X – everything in the Church must be in continuity with what has gone before.  This is not mere romanticism.  No, the ooint of embracing Tradition is to continue to live the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church in the past, present, and into the future.  We cannot do this by chunking all the practices of the past, but by embracing the whole of the Church’s tradition from the earliest days through later times to today. 

After discussing the growing interest in the Extraordinary Form of Mass, especially among younger people (for whom no one can say that interest represents nostalgia), the writer states:

It is our future that it looks toward — not just our past.

Having just been in Rome, having been present three weeks ago at the papal liturgies during Holy Week, having talked recently with a number of Vatican officials about liturgical matters, and about the Second Vatican Council and its legacy, for me this liturgy reflected what Pope Benedict is trying ceaselessly to teach: that the Catholic tradition has not been lost, that it remains to be discovered, and lived.

How this will all work out, of course, is yet to be seen.

At least one Vatican official I talked to recently told me he believes the future of the Church’s liturgical life will be a type of fusion between the old Mass and the new Mass of Paul VI.

This is the view of many.

But at least one Vatican official I talked to, also in the past month, told me he believes the future is solely and exclusively in a return to the old rite.

“The old rite is our past, and it will be our future,” he told me. “The new Mass is a passing phase. In 50 years, that will be entirely clear.”

Perhaps.  I am not one who thinks Vatican II was an unmitigated disaster for the Church and all the changes associated with it, including the ‘new’ Mass, should be thrown out.  I certainly hope we never come to a  point where those who favor the new Mass are as ostracized and isolated as those who favor the Extraordinary Form once were, and, to some extent, still are.  I feel that the Novus Ordo, celebrated in a reverent form and using alot of Latin (as was the intent of the Council members), with Chant and beautiful music, is a beautiful Mass.  I think the Extraordinary Form should be far more available than it is, and I pray that the obstructionism ongoing in many diocese, including Dallas, will stop. 

The Novus Ordo is now a part of the Church.  It should remain a part of the Church.  Now, it’s use may decrease for many valid reasons, but that is a different thing than denying people the right to celebrate it.  I don’t think that’s the intent of anyone, but given recent history, it is important to be forthright on this subject.  I think the Extraordinary Form will be a very important part of the future of the Church, and I cannot wait for that day.  I think we will see a very large portion of Catholics, perhaps more than half of daily Mass types, eventually gravitate to that most august form of the Holy Mass.  I have assisted at Extraordinary Form Mass, my son was baptized in that form, and I think it’s a great thing.  

What’s very interesting is that my kids love it, except for our little rebel, who at 3 hasn’t taken to any form of Mass.   It’s very interesting how kids are really drawn to authenticity, even without prompting from mom and dad.  I am not the only one to notice it.  So, yes, Extraordinary Form I think does represent the future of the Church, but not to the exclusion of the current Ordinary Form.