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Megachurch May 13, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, Latin Mass, Society.
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Here’s a send up of ‘megachurch’ worship –

I’ve never been to a megachurch, except after hours snooping around a couple near my home (and sprinkling holy water all over the place).  So, I was wondering if the above might be an oversimplification, an exaggeration, perhaps.

Uh, no.

Wow.  That’s not for me.  Seems so facile, so terribly American – a contrivance of religion.  But, I know some people look at the spectacle, the production, and go WOW, that’s SO COOL!  They equate the visceral experience in these megachurches with the media saturation that goes on in the rest of their lives, and call it good.

I can see why some Catholics walk away, or why they think the Mass is boring.  If you don’t understand what is happening at Mass or why (due to poor formation), one might be led to think that without a production staff of 30, videoboards and a 500 amp sound system, it’s boring.  But so much of the Mass is supposed to be about interior participation – about ordering our interior life towards God.  I cannot see how any degree of interior participation can occur in the face of such a media onslaught, but perhaps I’m wrong.

The interesting thing, is that this megachurch trend is already starting to come apart.  The outer show can only count for so much – there has to be more substance.  In fifty years, will the screaming guitars and flashing billboards still dominate evangelical worship?  The service below has been taking place for hundreds and hundreds of years, since well before the Council of Trent.  I know it will be in use 200 years from now, and far beyond that.

This is what we need to hear May 13, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.
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Michael Voris, via my friend Steve B:

This goes along rather nicely with my recent post on Catholic homilies (I would prefer they were sermons).

My family already know I’m crazy.  I haven’t shared this blog with all my friends.  I was very lucky growing up to have the same core group of friends from age 4 or 5 until today. We’ve all scattered to the four winds, but we still get together semi-regularly.  I’ve thought about sending them this blog, but I don’t know what they would think.  None of them are practicing Catholics, although some of them were raised as Catholics.  They already know of my conversion and the fact that I don’t drink or drug anymore, and they know I’m a ‘holy roller,’ but they don’t know the extent.  Why haven’t I sent them the address to this blog?  Laziness is one explanation, but maybe there is more……..

Time to send the blog address out.

UPDATE: How could I forget to add the fact that Mr. Voris mentions Dietrich von Hildebrand.  Perhaps the greatest Catholic theologian of this century, von Hildebrand wrote many notable works, but his magnum opus, Transformation in Christ, has been referenced by Pope Benedict XVI as one of the greatest works of the 20th Century.  Von Hildebrand also wrote about the changes in the Church in the wake of the 2nd Vatican Council.  His books The Trojan Horse in the City of God, and The Devastated Vineyard, are vital for anyone concerned about the abuses that have occurred since Vatican II.  Any serious Catholic would be very well served to read his works.

Yet another in my endless series of video posts May 13, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.
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Since watching TV is generally a waste of time and not good for you (SSPX claims that it’s members should not have a TV in their house!), you can think of me as your wholesome, Catholic TV replacement 🙂 

But seriously, I love John Salza.  He’s got a couple of views that I don’t share, but his research into the Scriptural basis for Catholic doctrine is nothing short of fantastic.  I’ve recommended his books several times, especially The Biblical Basis for the Catholic Faith.  That book is a peerless resource for apologetics, evangelization, and formation.   I don’t think anyone can say that John Salza is not an ardent defender of the Faith.  In particular, he is an ardent defender of an orthodox, traditional understanding of the Faith.  What some people may not know is that he was a Mason, a top, 32nd degree Mason.  As such, he has some very strong opinions on Masonism and the influence that condemned heresy may be having on the Church.

He gave a talk at a conference on Fatima some time back.  The first 3/4 of the talk is a description of Masonism and their activities, showing how Masonic practices are antithetical to the Faith and the reasoning why Masonism has been repeatedly condemned by Popes.  Salza also ties the secrets of Fatima to Masonic influence.  The last 1/4 is more analysis – has Masonism influenced the Church?  Did Masonism play a role in the latest ecumenical council? 

I can’t embed the video, unfortunately, but I think it is highly worth your while.  If you can’t watch the whole thing, scroll ahead and make sure you watch the last 10 minutes or so. 

Salza is a much greater authority on the Faith than I.  I do not believe his analysis can be dismissed out of hand.  Most of all, I think we all need to heed the principle message of Fatima – that we are headed into very troubled times and we must offer sacrifices of prayer and penitence to beg God’s forgiveness for many things – for the sins of the world, for our own sins, for the piety of our Church, and for the failure to consecrate Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.  We have been warned three times, at Quito, Fatima, and Akita, that God’s Wrath is building and that great tribulations will strike the world if we do not repent and make oblations of ourselves to God.

Again, the video is here.