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What is this? April 5, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass.
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Via Fr. Z, is this the apotheosis of the ‘liturgical reforms’ of Vatican II?  Is this what the progressives really want, is this close to their ideal?  I don’t see alot of this as being even Catholic – it’s like pagan nature worship.  And reading one of Chittister’s screeds for the homily (Oops, I conflated that little note with the puppet “mass” in another video at Fr. Z’s)  Good grief.

I haven’t watched the whole thing, but I hear it gets even worse.  Is this how we show we love the Lord and honor the Sacrifice Jesus Christ made once for all time for our salvation, with neo-pagan dances?

I guess Bishop Gomez wasn’t able to affect the direction of this conference very much.  Or will he just let it keep on keepin’ on?

We need a palate cleanser.  Ecce…….Fr. Michael Rodriguez at San Juan Bautista parish in El Paso.  Pray for Fr. Rodriguez.  He is persecuted.

Should the Church excommunicate all Planned Parenthood supporters? April 5, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, Society.
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American Life League says yes:

Good video.  Thanks to Jill Stanek.

Is organized opposition to the new translation about power? April 5, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness.
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Joe at Defend Us in Battle has a very interesting post up concerning a recent interview on Fr. Anthony Ruff’s PrayTell blog, concerning a Fr. Charles Bouchard who is opposed to the new translation.  Fr. Ruff was initially involved in the production of the new translation, but later left the project due to what he felt was too great an influence by the Vatican, and because he did not like the direction the new translation was taking (orthodoxy).  Joe describes the disease that afflicts those who see a separate ‘American Church,’ and that disease is power (Joe’s comments in blue):

What are your objections to the forthcoming missal?
My objections are on several levels. The first is governance. [By governance he means – power.] This new translation is being imposed on us without adequate consultation and without apparent respect for the needs and cultural sensitivities of the American church. [This is in support of my point above, Fr. Bouchard is the one claiming there is a distinct American church, separate and differnt than the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church…”] Changes in the liturgy should strengthen worship, reverence, understanding and participation. I can’t see that the new missal is designed to do any of these things. [This statement is not academic. What I mean, is he is making an emotional point here, he cannot say this with any intellectual sincerity. He is a learned man I assume, and this argument would be destroyed in any back and forth debate.]  Why is the American church not being allowed the same freedom with its texts that other language groups have been allowed?
I also object because there are many serious problems with our liturgy: poor music, inadequate participation by the faithful, bad preaching. Why are these issues not addressed with the same determination that was behind the missal revision? [Again, emotional appeal, and a fallacy. The Missal translation and settings are actually addressing portions of these “issues” where relevant.]
Finally, I object to the translation itself. Complaints about words such as “consubstantial” and the replacement of “for you and for all” with “for you and for many” are familiar. But the bigger picture is that there is a lack of appreciation for the beauty inherent in our own language. I have heard that the main reason for the new missal is to provide an English-language editio typica. This is perhaps understandable, but do we have to sacrifice the beauty of our own language to get there?
Why not commission a new version that is faithful to the editio typica, but yet produced by the top theologians and poets? In my experience the best preaching is rooted in metaphors that present the mysteries of the faith in a new light – helping us to grasp them just a bit more fully. Could we not also avail ourselves of this fresh metaphorical language in our liturgical texts as well? Can we not preserve doctrine and metaphor?
Words matter – and not just because they enforce doctrine. They also incite the imagination and enable the gifts of the Holy Spirit to deepen our grasp of God’s presence in our lives. [I applaud Father here, because he makes another compelling emotional argument here. What it lacks though, is any intellectual meat. This argument has at its roots a fear that the ‘American Church’ loses power [authority] over itself with these changes. This reigns in the liturgical abuses that have been rampant in past decades. This is Rome reclaiming her sheep. Father understands this, and he is correct – Words matter. He couldn’t say what he really thinks – these new words will profess a Faith that is vastly different than the one we have today. It will be more Faithful to the One Truth Faith, and it will hopefully undo the past few decades of distortion and modernism.]

What do you think our bishops should do? What would a successful missal revision look like?
I think it is too late to do anything now. The new missal is a done deal. But if we were to revise the missal, it would be a thing of exceptional literary, musical and artistic beauty. I wish the bishops would speak more forcefully to Rome about the needs and vitality of the American Church – a church that is arguably still one of the most observant and faithful in the world. [Again he points out a separate and distinct Church. With a capital C, something different from the Church in Rome.] I also wish they would strengthen liturgical music and preaching.
My biggest concern is about the loss of a coherent and effective teaching voice by the U.S. bishops. In my most cynical moments, I think that the Vatican has silenced them as a conference in order to “divide and conquer.” [And here we see the true colors… he sees this as a battle between the Vatican and USCCB – I think he is right, unlike him… I see it as a good thing!]

The battle lines are being drawn – and not by us, but by folks like Father Bouchard. There is a division, a divide, a dissidence that exists and it is a disease that has spread for decades here in America, and finally we are getting some remedy in the form of the coming Missal Translation later this year. People like Fr. Bouchard know that this remedy could exterminate the strain of dissident thought that pervades certain corners of the Church here in the U.S. To those that think as he does, this could be the end of the American Church.

This would mean the extinction of a disease, but it would also mean the end of their legacy and it would delegitimize their beliefs. It would make them a dissident crowd. Their veil would be torn away, and their truth would shine out, in full disfigured form. Their infidelity would be evident for all to see.

I don’t know that it will be the end of the AmChurch crowd, but the new translation should hopefully signal a much greater emphasis on concepts such as the Mass as Sacrifice, a greater sense of reverence, and the Real Presence.  But I do know there are many in the Church who feel that is not the right direction to go. But they have tended to hold sway over the last 40+ years.  I think it is definitely time for a change, and I look forward to this new translation with great anticipation.

Voris on the good schism April 5, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery, sadness, scandals.
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I’ve got to say, I think he defines a widespread phenomenon in great clarity and exactness.  I am part of that movement of which Voris speaks – small cells of Catholics who are pulling out of problem areas in the Church and either finding other sources of spiritual sustenance, or creating that sustenance on their own.  I once “got in trouble” because I advised a man undergoing RCIA at a local parish to leave, because at the first class the teacher said, roughly, that “the Church used to be really bad, but since Vatican II it’s gotten better, and it’s going to get even more better, and basically Luther had it right and that is the direction the Church is moving in.”  Well, maybe for that RCIA instructor, but not for that man, who left that program and is now a baptized, confirmed Catholic much sooner than he would have been otherwise.   I know more and more parents, generally those who are quite serious about their faith, are increasingly reluctant to place their kids in Catholic schools due to many problems in that area, as well.  It’s not even so much the teachers, as it is their fellow students, which can be a huge source of negative influences.  My family’s personal experience with Catholic schools has been disastrous.

Obviously, that’s painting with a broad brush, as, again, Voris must do in a 5 minute video.  But does anyone find his statements ring false?  They certainly correspond to my experience.  I think this phenomenon he describes is very similar to the Pope’s own vision for where he sees the Church headed.

The utter fraudulence of the left April 5, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society.
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The left thinks “grass roots” political movements, including pro-abort, means getting paid to protest:

Have you ever gotten into a discussion with a pro-abort, or pro-left wing whatever, and found out they had no clue about the subject at hand?  I mean, not even a remote clue?  That’s likely because the person was just out ‘protesting’ for a job.  Whenever you go to some ‘grass roots’ left wing rally, and you see how there seem to be a few ringleaders who hand out the 2 or 3 simplistic chants that will be repeated over and over, and always have the bullhorn, and then a bunch of other people who just kind of follow along – that’s because half or more of them are just paid to be there.

And in many cases, they are being paid to “protest” against you interest, with your tax dollars.  The other way this works is, people with degrees in Queer Theory or some other very useful topic, but who also happen to be way out crazy left wing, get paid to act out their political urgings.  There are whole industries where that is the case – paid left wing advocacy.  That’s why it is so hard for those who are more traditional/conservative in outlook to compete for government influence, media access, etc – we have regular day jobs actually trying to move the economy and take care of our families, while these guys get paid to be left wing.

That, is the left in today’s United States of America.  They can’t win the arguments on merit, so they resort to corruption, subterfuge, and force.  Oh, yes, force……

h/t CMR

Why don’t we have holy cards like this anymore? April 5, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, sadness.
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I found a neat little blog that does nothing but post pictures of beautiful holy cards from days past – largely from the 19th Century.  It’s called Holy Card Heaven.  I’ll post a few samples, but you should wander on over and see some of the beautiful cards they have on display:

Maybe some will find these cards trite and old fashioned, but I think they’re beautiful and inspiring!  I like to collect a number of holy cards, and I even have a few from the 1930s or 40s that my mother in law had saved that are really a cut above what is available today.  Why don’t we have more beautiful holy cards today?  I think it’s a great idea to take the cards and add lace around them or do other things to personalize them.  I would love to have many cards like this, they really can help focus and improve one’s faith!  This blog I found looks to be a great blessing, I’m going to check them out regularly.

Dominus vobiscum!

How to raise a Saint April 5, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, religious.
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What?  I don’t have the answers, but I pray I may figure it out someday.  But I’ve been doing a great deal of reading over the past few months on the life of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, and if ever there was a family to produce a Doctor of the Church, it was the Martin family.  I am amazed by their holiness.  I am inspired by them – the father, Blessed Louis Martin, the mother, Blessed Zelie Martin, and all of Therese’ sisters – Pauline, Marie, Leonie, and Celine.   They all had such a profound interior life, and truly did virtually everything for the love of God – at least as relayed in their numerous letters and other recorded histories. 

There are a number of books that relay these various histories, and if you have any devotion to Saint Therese they are a fantastic resource.  There is the two volume set of all letters either written by St. Therese, or by her family or others that contain mention of her.  These books are great, for they give a really in depth look at the day to day life of Therese and her entire family, revealing their constant efforts at piety and great love for God.  Later, they reveal a great deal of Therese’s holy ‘little way,’ which she related to others in part through letters she wrote.  Then there is the Last Conversations, recorded largely by Mother Agnes of Jesus (Pauline) during Therese’s very long, very drawn out death from tuberculosis, recording the Saints final words and general progression from spiritual dryness and suffering to her final ecstasy.  That’s a truly necessary book to understand Therese’s incredible will to suffer for God and her joy (yes, joy) at her impending death.  I’d also get the books by Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face (Celine Martin) My Sister, St. Therese, The Mother of the Little Flower Zelie Martin and The Father of the Little Flower Louis Martin .  For a father, I particularly recommend the last book, as Blessed Louis Martin remains a true inspiration for all fathers struggling to inculcate the Faith in their children in this fallen, modernist world. 

I don’t know if any of my readers have a particular devotion to St. Therese, but if you do, any or all the resources listed are very worthwhile – perhaps some reading for the second half of Lent?