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Vatican to prepare new document to help priests offer Mass January 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, priests, Tradition, Virtue.
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There are actually many dozens of these already.  I think as Father Z would say, if priests would merely say the black and do the red, things would be greatly improved.  But, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Canizares is producing a booklet to help priests – and laity, apparently – participate in the Mass better (I add emphasis and comments):

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments is preparing a booklet to help priests celebrate the Mass properly and the faithful to participate better, according to the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.White_St Josaphat_Detroit

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares confirmed this Tuesday at an address at the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See on “Catholic Liturgy since Vatican II: Continuity and Evolution.”

“We are preparing it; it will help to celebrate well and to participate well. I hope it will come out this year, in the summer,” the cardinal told ZENIT.

During his talk the cardinal reiterated the importance Vatican II gave to the liturgy, “whose renewal must be understood in continuity with the Tradition of the Church and not as a break or discontinuity.” A break either because of innovations that do not respect continuity or because of an immobility that  freezes everything at Pius XII, he said. [I would say, why not Pius XI?  Just a joke, but it sure seems like almost every major statement coming out of the Vatican these days takes some swipe at the SSPX. I would say the Holy Father is rather peeved at them at present. It is amazing to me how much the talks that went on from 2009 to 2012 mirrored those that took place in the run up to the 1988 illicit ordinations.]

In particular, Cardinal Cañizares stressed the importance that Sacrosanctum Concilium gave to the sacred liturgy, through which “the work of our Redemption is exercised, above all in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist,” adding that “God wants to be adored in a concrete way and it’s not up to us to change it.” [I think there are many legitimate criticisms of Sacrosanctum Concilium, not the least of which is the self-contradictory nature of the text – “latin is to be retained, BUT vernacular may be used,” etc.  Without being more specific, that statement has been used to justify the completely vernacular Mass (with awful, modernist translations). That is a major concern throughout Vatican II – it is very often like reading two totally separate documents]


When speaking of the liturgy, continued the cardinal, one must not forget what the conciliar document states: “Christ is always present in his Church, especially in the liturgical action. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, be it in the person of the minister, ‘offering himself now through the ministry of the priests as he then offered himself on the cross,’ be it especially under the Eucharistic species.”[A legitimate question might then be asked – why did the 1970 Roman Missal remove almost all the references to sacrifice in the new Mass?  The Cardinal is precisely right, the Mass is a Sacrifice, and I’m glad he didn’t refer to the “other” real presences mentioned in Sacrosanctum Concilium, such as the “real presence” of Christ in the people.  But if you want to really reform the Mass, is a booklet the way to do it, or should we see a thorough-going reform of the Roman Missal?]

He stressed that the objective of the liturgy “is the adoration of God and the salvation of men,” which is not a creation of ours, but source and summit of the Church.” [Awesome.  That’s exactly right.]

The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments criticized existing abuses such as showmanship, and praised moments of silence “that are action,” which enable the priest and the faithful to talk with Jesus Christ and which exclude the Christmas_Midnight Mass_Christ the Kingpredominance of words that often becomes showmanship on the part of the priest. The correct attitude is the one “indicated by Saint John the Baptist, when he says he must decrease and the Messiah must increase.” [I fully agree. Every single moment of the Mass doesn’t need to be filled with sounds, be it words or song. Silence allows time for prayer, builds reverence, and adds to mystery. All very necessary elements of the Mass]

The cardinal criticized the effort to make the Mass “entertaining” with certain songs — instead of focusing on the mystery — in an attempt to overcome “boredom” by transforming the Mass into a show.

He added that the Council did not speak of the priest celebrating Mass facing the people, that it stressed the importance of Christ on the altar, reflected in Benedict XVI’s celebration of the Mass in the Sistine Chapel facing the altar. [This is highly confused and disconcerting.  I think they are trying to refer to Christ in the Tabernacle, which the priest does face Ad Orientem or Versus Deum, but the priest does face the altar when facing the people. They are referring to the Benedictine arrangement, of which I am not too fond as it is such an obvious kluge of a compromise. But the Species are only on the altar after the Consecration, and I’ve never seen a priest not face the altar at that part of the Mass, whether he has his back to the Tabernacle or not.] This does not exclude the priest facing the people, in particular during the reading of the word of God. He stressed the need of the notion of mystery, and particulars such as the altar facing East and the fact that the sacrificial sense of the Eucharist must not be lost.

Rose_Ecce Agnus DeiAsked by the ambassador of Panama to the Holy See about the action of native cultures in the liturgy, the cardinal specified that “the Council speaks of inculturation of the liturgy,” respecting “the legitimate varieties,” without affecting the principles.

He recalled his experience on Palm Sunday in Santa Fe, Spain, when he attended a gypsy Mass in which a youth sang the “Lamb of God,” with an instrument used in flamenco singing, “a real groan of the soul,” which “moved everyone and brought the whole assembly to participate.” [Inculturation is a bad idea.  This undermines the entire tone of the rest, and the seeming intent of this “reform.”]

He also referred to the fact that in many churches the Most Blessed Sacrament is placed in a side altar or chapel, so that “the tabernacle disappears,” and people talk before the Mass and arrive less prepared. [That’s a big problem]

In regard to the case of Marcel Lefebvre, the founder of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, the cardinal said that Benedict XVI offered a healing measure, but that the archbishop’s followers did not respond. To “think that Tradition stops with Pious [??] XII is also a break,” he noted.

Well, this last bit is also a bit nonsensical.  There can be developments in understanding of Dogma, but there can’t be mass apostasy and what appear to many souls to be radical redefinitions. This is getting to be a tiresome, throwaway line, like “more holy than the Pope” (I hate to break it to you, but there have been many unholy popes), which ignores the actual argument, which is that there are grave concerns about many conciliar formulations which seem very difficult to reconcile with Tradition. That doesn’t mean Tradition stops doctrinal growth cold – I think most traditionalists would welcome, for instance, further dogmatic statements regarding the role the Blessed Mother plays in salvation, possibly including the role of co-redemptrix. It’s not so much that change occurred, it’s the changes themselves, that are the concern.

One last bit – if you want to fix the Mass, shouldn’t you make whatever guidance binding?  Isn’t enforcement necessary?  Hasn’t the problem been that priests aren’t doing even what authoritative documents say?

I laud the effort to improve the Mass, but if it is done under serious misapprehensions as indicated above, and if it is done without a vehicle for enforcement, I am skeptical that it will effect any change. It will simply be yet another in a very long list of documents that have been ignored.

If you want to really reform the Mass, may I suggest mandating the following for every parish, everywhere?




Ahh socialism…….cholera returns to Cuba January 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Prior to the disastrous marxist revolution and takeover of Cuba in early 1959, Cuba was a quite prosperous and modern country.  It was one of the wealthier Latin American states. And while wealth distribution was poor and there was great poverty, there was enough money around to improve infrastructure, provide a fair amount of medical care, create a public sanitation system worthy of the name, etc.  It was a country with problems, but one that was generally growing and improving, at least economically.  Then the Castro-ites took over, and the country has been on one long decline ever since. As Margaret Thatcher famously said, the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.  Castro first ran out of Cuba’s money, then out of the Soviet Union’s money, and they’ve been living on European and Canadian tourist dollars ever since – but that isn’t nearly enough.  Cuba has now sunk far back into lower-third world status, with even cholera – which hasn’t been seen there since the 30s – making a comeback.

Cuba’s health ministry has confirmed a cholera outbreak in Havana with 51 people infected – the biggest incidence of the disease there in decades.

An official statement said health workers had detected an increase in “acute diarrhoea” in some districts, which has been established as cholera.

The source has been identified as a foodseller who caught cholera during a previous outbreak in eastern Cuba.

Doctors have been going house to house in Havana areas, checking for symptoms.

The official confirmation follows several days of speculation about an upsurge in diarrhoea in the capital, where the BBC understands a 46-year-old man died of suspected cholera earlier this month.

Cholera means public sanitation has collapsed.  It means sewer water and drinking water and mixing.  It means disaster and death.  And it’s a damning indictment of the “workers paradise” and what was supposed to be a wonderful socialist medical system.  That medical system has in fact been implicated in the apparent near-demise of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.  Supposedly, the treatment Chavez is receiving in Cuba is antiquated and his cancer is now so bad he’ll soon die.

Yay socialism.  So, how many years till we have cholera epidemics in the US?

On the radio tonight! January 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, blogfoolery, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, fun, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, Our Lady.
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I’m on the radio tonight with Adrian Montes of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart/Living Fast group I blogged about earlier this week.  You can listen to the show live here at 9pm CST, or anytime after!  I’m very eager to spread the word about this new apostolate.  I think it’s a very worthy effort, since I think mortification has been perhaps the most ignored area of the interior life of so many Catholics for the past several decades, and this group has so much to recommend it.

I pray you can listen!

USCCB announces Novena to end abortion/mark Roe v. Wade anniversary January 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, episcopate, General Catholic, Interior Life, sanctity, secularism, sickness, Society, true.
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It seems sad they have to refer to this as “Nine Days of Prayer…..” as opposed to a Novena.  Well, it does incorporate penance and pilgrimage (?), so shut me up, I guess.

The United States Conference of Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” around January 22, the 40th anniversary Roe v. Wade– the Supreme Court decision that struck down laws protecting unborn human life.

“The bishops recognize that prayer is the foundation of all our efforts on behalf of human life,” said Tom Grenchik, executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. “These nine days of focused prayer and sacrifice are a great opportunity for people across the nation to unite their voices in prayer to God.”

The nine days will take place from January 19 to 27; events include the National Prayer Vigil for Life (January 24-25) and the March for Life (January 25). Interested Catholics can sign up to receive novena prayers by e-mail or text message. Other suggested activities include special Masses and holy hours.

The “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” are part of the US bishops “Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty,” in which the bishops have requested [stop requesting and DEMAND something for a change!  Make it compulsory, we like being ordered around!] a monthly holy hour, daily Rosary, and fast and abstinence on all Fridays until the Feast of Christ the King in November.

I’d put some information up from the USCCB website, but the site must be down, I couldn’t get through. Probably due to being overwhelmed by the throngs of Catholics, tens of millions of them, hitting the site to sign up for the Novena.  Given the USCCB’s track record with prayers, forgive me for not getting my hopes us too much – money says the word “help” is featured at least 7 times.

Seriously, a Novena is nice, it’s a good idea, and I wish I could see the prayers that are planned. It’s a decent start – let’s do more and better next year, and the year after, and really start to transform some lives. That’s what is needed.  Not occasionally added baubles to the lives of the faithful, such as they are, but radical transformation.  We all need it, as we’re all sunk in this increasingly fallen, ungodly culture, and it weighs on all of us.  We need to help each other out, and we need heroic leadership.  We can pray, anyways.



Most Catholics oppose overturning Roe v. Wade January 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, priests, sadness, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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Never believe a label.  Most people have no idea what is meant – to the true believers – by terms like pro-life, conservative, and even Catholic.  Thus, while a plurality of Americans continues to refer to themselves as pro-life, a solid majority across decades continues to favor keeping  Roe v. Wade the law of the land.  So reports Pew Research in a recent study on American attitudes towards Roe v. Wade as we approach the 40th anniversary of this now institutionalized national controversy and disaster.  Now, Pew skews pretty left, so the results may be a bit off, but I doubt it’s a stretch to say that at least a bare majority of Americans support retaining Roe v. Wade, from the data Pew presented (and thanks to reader TB for the tip):


Worse still, a solid majority of Catholics supports Roe v. Wade, and white Catholics are even more likely to do so:


Amazing.  But, then again, much hinges on how questions are asked and whether the respondents even clearly understand what Roe v. Wade was and what it means.

The massive disconnect is that a plurality, even in Pew’s poll, says abortion is immoral.  But they are apparently OK with keeping something blatantly immoral legal. Is this a slowly fading echo of Christian moral belief in a rapidly paganizing culture, a sign that people really had no idea what was being asked, or just a hugely nonsensical cognitive dissonance – abortion isn’t for me, but I wouldn’t deny it to someone who may want one?  Do these people not know that there is a third party in this equation – the babies that are killed?  Anyway, Pew reports the following:

However, the public continues to be divided over whether it is morally acceptable to have an abortion. Nearly half (47%) say it is morally wrong to have an abortion, while just 13% find this morally acceptable; 27% say this is not a moral issue and 9% volunteer that it depends on the situation. These opinions have changed little since 2006.

The only religious grouping that opposes abortion is white evangelical protestants.  What that tells me, is that politics trumps religion in the lives of a huge number of “believers” in the United States.  Most Catholics are still democrat, for some reason. They’d rather go with the demonrat stance on abortion that follow the Church.

It is still amazing, and disheartening, to see these numbers regarding Catholics.  We’ve seen them before, and what is most distressing is that abortion is probably the one moral area where there has been at least occasional catechesis for many of the faithful.  Whatever, it seems to have been very ineffective.  I know there are so many priests – in this Diocese and especially beyond – who tell their flock something very different from the constant moral and doctrinal belief of the Church.  And I guess they are just so very effective. Or people just tune out the things they don’t want to hear.  It’s also important to note that the vast majority of self-described Catholics rarely if ever attend Mass, and never consider their faith outside a cultural label. In short, catholycs.

But this is a scandal of epic proportions. If Catholics – CATHOLICS – can’t even agree that Roe v. Wade should be overturned, that baby murder should stop, how can we expect them to believe far more ethereal things like the Real Presence, the need for Confession in any decent spiritual life, etc?  We can’t.  These people have been catechized by the culture and feel-good priests who never even slightly challenge their modernist, cult-of-man presuppositions.

Even more incredibly, Pew reports later on that 58% of Catholics, and 55% of white Catholics, believe abortion is morally wrong – but half those who know it to be morally wrong support Roe v. Wade remaining law, anyways?  How do you do that?  I know…….personalism, and the “inviolability of the individual conscience.”  I may think abortion is wrong for ME, but I couldn’t possibly deny the “right” to abortion for someone else.  Sheesh.

Or, the American people have devolved to a mass of fickle mush-heads, whose greatest concern is what’s on TV tonight.  Reason and logic don’t enter in, internal consistency is waaaay too difficult, just give them McDonald’s, Honey Boo Boo, porntube, and Keystone Light and they’re totally satiated.

It’s difficult not to become jaded when confronted with such banality of evil.  But where sin abounds, Grace abounds all the more.  Pray.


Talk about blind trust in technology – woman drives 900 miles after bad GPS directions January 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, error, fun, General Catholic, non squitur, silliness.
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And not just that, she drove across numerous countries, since this was Europe.  What should have been a short 50 mile jaunt across little Belgium wound up into a 2 day trans-European road trip, winding up in Croatia.  What can one say?

A 67-year-old Belgian woman mistakenly drove 900 miles from her home in Begium  to Zagreb, Croatia, because her TomTom GPS instructed her to do so.

Sabine Moreau wanted to pick up a friend from a train station in Brussels, 47  miles from her home in Solre-sur-Sambre, the  Daily Mail reported. But her GPS gave her the wrong directions, which she  followed.

On her way to Croatia, Moreau passed through Germany, Austria, and Slovenia.  After two days of driving, she finally stopped and called home.

OK, this story originated in the Daily Mail, so maybe it’s a joke?  But once driving back from Hanceville, AL to Dallas, my father-in-law got crazy instructions from his GPS set that had him going way north into Tennessee.  He finally bailed on it when it started to point him towards Kentucky. An 11 hour trip (we were traveling the same day, but separately) wound up taking more like 15 hours. Pretty hard on an 80 year old man!  The worst of it was, a lady from our church was riding with him and she was not the best traveling companion.  Constant panic might best describe it.

The normal route would have been I-65 south from Hanceville to I-20 in Birmingham, then straight on home.  Well, they took the scenic route.

I can see how one could get led astray for an hour or two by these seemingly frequently crazy GPS devices, but 2 whole days?  Especially when you knew you were only going 50 miles?

We’re all going to regret this technological dependence one day.