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You can start Novena for Corpus Christi today May 25, 2010

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If you want to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, on its traditional day, always a Thursday, you can start a Corpus Christi Novena today.  We will be celebrating Corpus Christi on the Thursday, so we will start the Novena today.  If you plan to celebrate on the Sunday it has been moved to in most diocese/parishes, you will start the Novena on Friday. 

I like the Traditional calendar in many respects – there were more feast days and holy days, and I am always up for a party.  In the traditional calendar, we would be celebrating the Octave of Pentecost, with days in the English speaking world like WhitSunday, WhitMonday, etc.  One of the novelties introduced after Vatican II was to expurgate many of these traditional feast days.  When Pope Paul VI was made aware there was no longer an Octave of Pentecost, and that HE had caused that, he wept, or so the story goes.  Plus, I love to go to Mass, so celebrating a feast day on its actual day, as opposed to being rolled up into Sunday for ‘convenience,’ is not a problem for me.

Sacred Silence in the Liturgy May 25, 2010

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New Theological Movement has a post up regarding an aspect of the Liturgy of Mass that is often sadly lacking in many celebrations – Sacred Silence.   According the the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, there are numerous times during the Mass when silence is to be observed.  These include but are not limited to, after each reading (to reflect on its meaning), after the sermon/homily, and after receiving Communion.  In most of our Catholic churches today, these periods of silence are either non-existent or very truncated.  Venerable Pope John Paull II wrote in Spiritus et Sponsa:

An aspect which it is necessary to cultivate with greater attention within our communities is the experience of silence. […] The liturgy, among its various moments and signs, cannot obscure that of silence.

Then Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) stated:

Let us become always more clearly conscious that the liturgy also implies silence. To God who speaks we respond singing and praying, but the greatest mystery, which goes beyond all words, calls us also to be silent. It must undoubtedly be a full silence, more than an absence of words and action. We expect from the liturgy that it provide for us the positive silence in which we find ourselves

One aspect of the changes introduced by Vatican II that I think has been misinterpreted, or misapplied, is the idea of ‘active participation.’  With the Extraordinary Form of Mass, the people do not make all the responses that are used in the Novus Ordo.  There was an idea to add these responses to encourage ‘active participation.’  But, this view misses the point in the sense that, there are many forms of active participation, and simply repeating by rote responses one has made 3000 times may not be the fullest form of participation.  There has been a tendency among some to denigrate the ‘lack of participation’ by the faithful in the Extraordinary Form, but if one attending the Extraordinary Form is praying intently to God, trying to prepare oneself to receive the Blessed Sacrament and expressing one’s great wonder at receiving such a Gift, is this not an active participation?  Even sitting in total silence and simply trying to hear God is a very concious act of participation. 

I know some priests read this blog, so I ask in charity for them to consider the amount of silence in the Masses they celebrate.  Yes, I know all priests are very pressed for time, with many large parishes having one Mass following the other in short order on Sunday, but adding 3-4 minutes to Mass to incorporate these periods of silence may be something worth considering, even prayerful contemplation, to determine if it can be done.  The instructions from the GIRM are not just general rules, but are guidelines for intended to optimize the worship experience of all involved.  These periods can also add a certain gravity, to create tension, if you will, as the Mass builds towards its great Summit, the Eucharist.  Silence can add a sense of the Sacred, which is something so missing in some of the Masses celebrated today. 

And let us all continue to pray for our priests, that they may be inspired by the Holy Spirit to challenge us and lead us to a greater piety and understanding of our Faith.

Beautiful photos – celebration of Pentecost in Russian Orthodox Church May 25, 2010

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Contrary to what some may think, I’m a big proponent of ecumenism.  That is, ecumenism as Cardinal Levada recently described it, with the goal of the reunion of all separated churches and sects into the One Church Christ established.  If we continue to pray for the goal of Christian reunion, Pope Benedict XVI may soon meet with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, in talks which may point the way towards reunion at some future date.   There have been many signs lately of the two great apostolic churches coming together. 

And, being one very attracted to Christian Tradition and the maintenance of same, I have a great respect for our separated Orthodox brethren, and pray daily for our reunion with these good Eastern churches.  The website of the Moscow Patriarchate posted photos of their celebration of Pentecost recently.  I think many Catholics could learn something from the august majesty of the Orthodox church (its physical nature), as well as from the obvious reverence in which the celebration was conducted:

I am friends with a young man named Mark Tamisea who will be sallying forth to seminary for the Archdiocese of New York soon.  He almost went with SOLT, but opted for New York instead.  Anyway, Mark has spent some time in Russia, and has remarked on how my daughter Juliette looks like the Russian girls when she wears a veil wrapped around her head.  So, this picture is for Juliette:

That’s exactly how Juliette wears her veil!

h/t New Liturgical Movement

The awesome Cardinal Arinze on Kneeling Communion, Eucharistic Reverence, etc. May 25, 2010

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I love this guy.  If, God forbid, something were to happen and a new Pope were needed, this would be my guy.  He is also very funny.  We in what is called the West should get used to African and Asian Cardinals, and be ready for such a Pope.  We should see many more such prelates.

UPDATE: I agree with the sentiment expressed in this video that receiving Communion kneeling and on the tongue at a Communion rail does not take any more time than having umpteen extraordinary ministers provide Communion in the hand.  At several parishes I have attended that only use Communion rails, the crowds are just as large as at any urban/suburban parish, but the use of two ministers of Communion and intincture allows both species of Communion to be provided within the same timeframe as those that use many Extraordinary ministers.  For those who think I’m wrong, see how much time is spent just assembling and providing species, cups, etc. to the EMs.  At some parishes, that alone takes several minutes! 

I don’t want to hear, well what will these people do if they’re not EM of Communion!  They can pray and prepare themselves to receive Communion.

I’m not a big fan of cats, but…. May 25, 2010

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….I like this one.  Crusader Cat!

h/t Catholic Vote Action

admin May 25, 2010

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Admin post.  Ignore.

ACLU attacks Parker County sheriff for not driving inmate for abortion May 25, 2010

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Wow, this is incredible, and many pro-lifeers assumed this would occur in the wake of the passage of Obamacare.  Lifesitenews is reporting that a sherrif in Parker County, a lovely place immediately west of Tarrant County/Ft. Worth, is being threatened with legal action by the ACLU for refusing to drive a female inmate at the jail to an abortuary to have her child killed.   ACLU is claiming that the sherrif violated her ‘constitutional “right” to an abortion by refusing to transport her to an abortion clinic.’ 

You see…now there is a constitutional ‘right’ to have an abortion!  ACLU is arguing that a previous court ruling in Arizona stated that female prison inmates have a constitutional right to have an abortion, and so this woman in Parker County should have the same rights. 

The way federal law works, is that once a benefit is provided to some group, it is very easy to argue that benefit should apply to all, and, furthermore, constitutes a ‘right.’  This is one of the very insidious aspects of Obamacare and abortion – by providing federal funding for this horrid “service,” leftist lawyers will be able to argue that there is a fundamental ‘right’ to abortion.  Thus, Obamacare providing funding for abortion is a fact so loved by abortion supporters, because it is the vehicle by which they will permanently enshrine abortion as a woman’s “right.”  Interestingly, fathers are not allowed to enter into the picture and dispute these decisions.

There are some who argue that we should not try to outlaw abortion, but that we should work to change hearts so that demand for abortion evaporates.  While laudable and certainly something we should all focus much energy on, this idea misses the point.  Unfortunately, people will sin – by contracepting, by cohabiting and fornicating, by many means that will result in a desire for abortion.  Until we have a great awakening leading to a radical change in the direction of the culture, it is unlikely we will see demand for abortion go away to any significant extent.  Thus, it is right and proper to work towards the end of laws permitting abortion, and to vehemently oppose these efforts to enshrine abortion as a ‘right.’ 

Until Christ comes again, there will likely still be demand for abortion.

Bishops reiterate stance on Obamacare, decry CHA, other groups May 25, 2010

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The USCCB released a statement last Friday to further clarify the bishop’s collective opposition to Obamacare as passed into law, and to re-emphasize their severe displeasure at nominally ‘Catholic’ groups that supported the law.   While not going as far as some reactionary types like me would like, this new document, titled ‘Setting the Record Straight,’ states that CHA and LCWR were wrong to support Obamacare and that their opposition to the bishop’s clear statements regarding Obamacare has led to “confusion and a wound to Catholic unity.” 

We know now that Obama personally wooed both CHA, the Catholyc Health Association, and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), in order to gain their support for the bill (I doubt he had to woo very hard, both groups indicated their support since late ’08).  CHA and LCWR, in spite of the opinion of the bishops, many ordained, and virtually every reputable pro-life group that Obamacare would lead to federal funding for abortion, supported this bill as it achieved long standing goals held by both groups.  These goals, while represented as being oriented towards ‘social justice,’ are also strongly aligned with the leftist/socialist tendencies publically espoused by both groups.  While the bishops do not state this directly, the inference is plain: they feel various ‘Catholic’ groups chose to ignore the obvious intent of the bill to fund abortion, if it obtained their long standing political goal – a massive socialization of a very significant part of the US economy.  

The bishops stated thus:

 we reject the argument made to us by some Catholics that expanding health care coverage justified setting aside our longstanding opposition to government participation in elective abortions or weakening rights to life and freedom of conscience.

CHA and LCWR tried to get around this clear condemnation by stating – well, abortion isn’t funded in Obamacare!  You see, there’s an executive order!  Tell that to Planned Parenthood, which is already undertaking a building boom unprecedented in its history to meet the expected demand.   Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood, has essentially admitted that the executive order is toothless, and will not stop federal funding of abortion.   And remember – Cecile Richards thanked CHA and LCWR for their critical support in passing Obamacare; without the ‘cover’ they provided, many ostensibly pro-life democrats could not have voted for the bill. 

As others have already observed, I hope this is not the bishop’s only response to these organizations that have done so much to create confusion among the faithful, undermine Catholic unity and doctrine, and harm our Catholic identity.  I think the response of the Bishop of Greenburg PA is a good starting point – refuse to allow LCWR to recruit for new members in Catholic churches until they repent of their support.   More than  likely, the response will not be this direct; the bishops will probably just continue to allow these orders to commit slow suicide and slide into oblivion. 

Unfortunately, without concrete action, these organizations will be more free to continue to undermine Catholic unity and authority in the Church.