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Acts of the Apostasy fisks an NCR type January 2, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, sadness, scandals.
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A very thorough fisking by Larry D here, of an article that appeared in that very sad publication, the National catholic Reporter.  A brief excerpt (LarryD’s comments in italics):

As life-giving as it is for me to attend meetings with progressive Catholics who are committed to inviting this institutional church into greater integrity and inclusion, [translation: the hierarchy are meanies] I always come away from these gatherings with a slight heaviness in my heart.

What weighs on me, I believe, is the palpable hurt in this group of faithful people whose expectations have been betrayed. [Betrayed? No – their expectations were wrong] In the late 1960s and through the 1970s it was not unreasonable for Catholics to believe that major reforms were beginning to unfold. [and most of those ‘reforms’ constituted the hermeneutic of rupture]

So often traditional Catholics make progressive Catholics feel like they are asking the impossible, or they are imposing their own secular needs on a church that is unchangeable. [let’s see…what things are the Catholycs ‘asking for’?…women’s ordination is impossible; gay sex is sinful; no such thing as gay marriage…gee, I wonder what could possibly give Catholycs such ideas?]………….Yes, it is painful to be alienated by the institutional church, and the hierarchy’s disempowering actions are spirit-breaking. [sniff sniff] But in these fragments of our shattered expectations we may find an opportunity to see God in the faces of the rejected believers, of the powerless ministers, of the isolated prophets. [question: can one really see God in the face of those who reject Christ’s teachings and His Church? Who reflects Christ more closely – Fr Barron or Fr Bourgeios? Mother Teresa or Sister Carol Keehan?]

Being free of the trappings of church authority has a way of illuminating the path of integrity, of true wholeness. [Yeah sure – ignoring Church teaching on homosexuality, for instance – there’s none of that icky guilt stuff getting in the way…] Working on the margins of religious institutions can allow us insight into where God is fully alive. [But…but God is everywhere, isn’t He? Isn’t that what these Catholycs preach? So isn’t He fully alive in the center of religious institutions, as well as at the margins? Remember that dichotomy earlier? Hypocritical] There is so much holiness brimming like living water on the margins of the parched desert of the institutional church. [translation: feeeeeeelllinnggss! whoa whoa feeeeeellllinnnnnggs! Many people confuse emotions of holiness with actual holiness.]

There is very much more at the link, so please go check all of it out.  While I may be tempted to go on a rant about the heresy expressed and the damage such views have done not just to the Church as an institution, but to the actual faith of millions of Catholics, I’m not going to.  Even before my long blogging break, I had been discerning a bit of a change of direction for this blog.  One thing I have been becoming increasingly aware of, as the Lord has patiently revealed it to me, is the need for humility and suffering to draw closer to the Lord, to be pleasing to God.  I don’t sense a willingness to be humble in the screed published on NCR, and I’m sure there’s been a whopping lack of humility in some (many?) of my own writings.  Now, extremism in defense of liberty, or the Truth revealed by Christ through His Church, may not be a vice, but I fear it may not be a virtue, either.  But when one is very far from the Truth, and yet casting aspersions left and right at the “institutional Church” (the heretic, in effect, calling the Church heretical), it is very hard to see humility.  And the suffering  described above is certainly self-inflicted, and will not be assuaged by the impossible, getting the Church to accept falsehood as somehow being Truth.

The Truth is unchanging.  How can one say that something that has always been viewed as sin, is not sin?  Why not just say Jesus didn’t rise from the grave?  There isn’t some aspect of Doctrine that is somehow able to be compromised, and some other aspects that aren’t.  The Truth of the Church is an unchanging whole.

All I can do is pray for the conversion of the many Catholics, mostly of a certain age, but some not, who were formed in a time of terrible turmoil and rank heresy and who have not been able to grow beyond that period of formation.  I pray they may come to accept the humility that comes from shucking off one’s cherished biases and opinions and following the Mind of the Church.  I pray I do that every day, and I know I miss the mark, but I don’t stand screaming, shaking my fist at the Church telling it how wrong it is.  I pick myself back up from my ego-slip and try again, and again, and again.  I try to emulate behaviors of the Saints, that made them successful in the eyes of the Lord.  And I pray that I may do God’s Will and not my own.

I am not humble, but I am trying to be.  Humility is a long step towards sainthood, and I pray I may become more and more humble and less and less in love with me.  I pray many others will do the same.

I’m back!!! January 2, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Latin Mass.
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Well, all good things must come to an end, and I’m back, so many of you will have your welcome respite ending.  I was blessed to be able to spend a week at Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Al, with the good Poor Clare’s of Perpetual Adoration and the Knights of the Holy Eucharist.  What a blessed trip!  So many graces….I felt like Blessed Louis Martin – I wanted to shout out “it is too much, Lord!”  If you ever get a chance to go to Hanceville, take it!  We went last year, but this year, somehow, was even better.  The weather was very cold, but aside from that, it was great, stupendous.  The only downside on coming back is that my knees are sore.

The best part?  The singing….heavenly.  Truly amazing at times…..I was really carried away, transported, as it were.  The Mass, too…..a full Latin Novus Ordo in some cases, a part Latin/part English in others, but all celebrated with supreme reverence and great care.  It’s amazing what a difference taking just a little extra time with the Consecration and attention to detail during the entire celebration can make.  This is the only video I could find of the nuns singing – this doesn’t do justice, I don’t think, to what I heard:

A local angle – the most recent postulant with the Poor Clares is the daughter of a St. Mark parishioner.

I will try to post pictures early this week.  I look forward to getting the blog running again – this is the longest break I’ve taken from blogging since it started!

I pray everyone had a blessed Christmas and is still enjoying this wonderful season.   5 more days of Christmas to go!