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Woot! Woot! Latin-English 1961 Breviary close to printing! April 8, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass.
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Finally!  Double woot finally!  The very long awaited (3+ years) Roman-English Breviary according to the pre-Vatican II rite is about to be printed!  Six thousand and sixty four pages and $350!  I know what I want for my birthday!  They estimate the books will be ready in August of this year. 

I have been praying parts of the Divine Office, or Liturgy of the Hours, for over a year now.   I have come to find that many of the prayers, which were revamped greatly after Vatican II to accord with the…ummm……spirit, of that time to be, how should I say…….rather plain, and sometimes focused perhaps a bit much on temporal concerns rather than being lofty prayers of adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication (I say this in particular with regard to the intercessory prayers at the end of many of the Offices).  You could say that the same spirit which resulted in the rather poor translation of the English we are using now also influenced the prayers in the Hours.  The prayers from the 1961 version are much more focused on the transcendent.  And, I have been teaching myself Latin bit by bit, and having a version with Latin and English side by side will be very, very helpful.  While I pick up bits at Mass and learning prayers in Latin on my own, this will help me to learn at my own pace – sometimes the pace at Mass is too fast, and I’m trying to be actively involved in the prayers so I wind up focusing on the English side, and not as much on the Latin (although, that’s been getting better). 

I’ve personally been waiting on this set of books for 2 years.  Others have been waiting since Summorum Pontificum was released over 3 years ago.  This will be such a tremendous blessing to the entire Church.  And just in time for my birthday.  My beautiful wife, you know what to do.

Dominus Vobiscum!!

PS – And I love who gave the Imprimatur – Bishop Bruskewitz!

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Voris takes apart the horrid Call to Action Mass April 8, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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I know of some Call to Action types here locally.  I wonder what they would think of this disastrous, uh….mass? 

What is the deal with leftists and giant papier mache puppets?  And liturgical dance?

Look at the age of the crowd.  Bizaare how narrowly focused it is – it’s like it was held in a nursing home.  Very few children.  I do not see a future for this crowd and its Mass.

A commenter on Youtube said: “If they use “The Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sanctifier” rather than “The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”, they aren’t even Christian and any baptisms they do won’t be recognized by any non-Catholic Christian. This isn’t a minor issue. It strikes at the heart of Christianity since it redefines the Trinity onto the Hindu categories of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.” 

IF they did a baptism with those terms, the commenter is right.  I don’t know why you would want to use those imprecise terms in the Mass, unless your goal is to minimize the sense of the unique, Divine nature of Christ and the Lord. 

Many Call to Action types think any religion is as good as another.  Odd that they just simply won’t avail themselves of those other religions instead of constantly undermining the Faith Christ founded.

It is a grave liturgical abuse for anyone to give the homily other than the priest.  A woman gave the homily by all appearances.  We need to greatly limit who is allowed to stand in the Sanctuary, including those who serve as lectors.  I would prefer, were it possibly, that only those who have received at least minor orders could serve as lector, and that the post of “extraordinary minister of Holy Communion” would be abolished (and, yes, I know that minor orders were abolished by Pope Paul VI (something I hope that can be undone soon), so in the case that no seminarian is available, I think it would be great to have the priest celebrating the Mass read all the Scripture).

And dont’ get me started on altar girls.  I don’t get why these people like this – it’s a totally different religion.

Democrats inexorably wedded to Planned Parenthood April 8, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, sadness, sickness, Society.
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As a government shutdown approaches, we can see the extremely high value democrats place on not only unrestricted access to abortion, but also federal funding for same.  It has grown more and more apparent that free, unrestrained access to abortion is perhaps THE most important plank in the democrat party platform.  It now appears that the democrats are willing to shut down the government over just one issue – the Republican insistence that the amoral, corrupt organization Planned Parenthood be denied all federal funding.  The budget issues have apparently been resolved, and democrats have agreed to a certain measure of cuts (which will have to grow tremendously in next years budget), but they will not agree, ever, unless completely forced, to defund their abortionist allies:

As legislators in Washington, DC, negotiated on a last-minute compromise that could avoid a temporary shutdown of the federal government, Democratic leaders said on Thursday morning that they could not accept a deal that would eliminate taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.

Republican and Democratic negotiators had nearly reached agreement by April 8 on a resolution that would allow continued operation of government agencies. But the two sides remained at odds on two issues: spending cuts that would amount to about 00.01% of total federal outlays, and funding for Planned Parenthood.

From a Catholic perspective, this issue fatally undermines those Catholics who have long been apologists for democrats.  The party simply has no higher priority than to insure that abortion remain legal and federally funded.  You can argue that democrats are better on social issues (I would strongly disagree, I think the democrat support for welfare and other programs keeps people mired in misery and leads to moral and societal decadence), or that republicans support the death penalty more, but there is no moral issue in our times remotely close to the barbarity of legalized abortion.  There is no other single issue that causes more death, pain, destruction, moral decline, and fundamental harm to society than abortion.  There are more children aborted in a year in this country than have died in all the wars ‘progressive’ Catholics have been so opposed to over the past 10 years.  There are more children dying from abortion than die from “lack of access to medical care” (meaning, we need socialist government run health insurance).  And not just the children – the societal cost in the depression in mothers, in their higher rates of cancer, in broken families, in opportunity cost from 2 entire generations being gutted from abortion – there is nothing remotely close.

And now, we see the emperor naked before us, the democrats will negotiate on virtually anything before negotiating away the right to for mothers to kill their children.  The reasons for this steadfast support are many, but also immaterial – the fact remains, the democrats as a party are, first and foremost, a party of abortion.

I pray that more Catholics will come to see both that abortion is the single greatest moral issue of our time, and the fact that all democrats, whether individually “pro-life” or not, are wedded inexorably to this party of child killing.  Every additional democrat in congress or in the White House is an incredible advance for this party in maintaining and expanding access to abortion.  I cannot see how they can be supported by any faithful Catholic.

Michael Voris banned from Scanton PA Diocese – UPDATED April 8, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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Well, this is rich – Michael Voris has been banned from speaking in the Scranton, Pennsylvania Diocese for being too Catholic:

The Diocese of Scranton has determined that Mr. Voris will not be allowed to speak in a Diocesan or parish facility. After these engagements were scheduled, the Diocese became aware of concerns about this individual’s views regarding other religious groups. In videos posted on the Internet, Mr. Voris makes comments that certainly can be interpreted as being insensitive to people of other faiths. The Catholic Church teaches us to respect all people, regardless of their faith tradition.

Although the Diocese shares Mr. Voris’ support of efforts to protect human life, his extreme positions on other faiths are not appropriate and therefore the Diocese cannot host him.

Voris’ “extreme position” was the default position for the Church a few decades ago.  False ecumenism implies equivalence where there is none –  but I doubt this is actually about Voris’ comments with regard to other faiths, this is about Voris’ challenging statement regarding the state of the Church in this country.  Remember, Scranton is the Diocese where the very orthodox Joseph Martino was forced to step down as bishop due to a threat of schism eminating from the Call to Action types there.  Almost unheard of nowadays, the Vatican accepted his resignation – and a more “moderate” man took Martino’s place as bishop.

I don’t think Voris would have been banned had  Martino remained in place.  And Martino was driven out due to having offended his brother bishops, and possibly more importantly, the demonrat party hierarchy, with his unremitting orthodoxy. All the other reasons stated were just smokescreen.

And the stated reasons for Voris being banned from Scranton are equally smokescreen – he is banned because of his recent attacks on the institutional Church in the United States.  That is my opinion, anyway.

Be careful, Michael.  This is how they get you declared persona non grata, and a tremendous amount of trouble for your apostolate can flow from that.

UPDATE: I don’t think I have to note the extreme irony that the completely, 100% orthodox Mr. Voris is now officially banned from a diocese, which will make future engagements more difficult from him anywhere he is engaged to appear, while known, ahem, <cough> dissenters <gag> ranging from women’s fake ordination proponents to those who reject Church doctrine on homosexuality or abortion or contraception or fornication or whatever groinal issue is at stake still not only have free reign to speak anywhere they please, many even have letters of recommendation from bishops in various places that serve as a kind of key, that grants instant approval to speak in virtually any diocese.  Does anyone else see anything wrong with that state of affairs?