For the record: Yes, the Lectionary of the Novus Ordo Missae did deliberately exclude key moral teachings October 21, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, catachesis, different religion, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Liturgy, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Taylor Marshall has a post examining the fact that the Lectionary – the three year cycle of readings – used for the Novus Ordo Mass, which ostensibly is just so awesome because it “opens the treasures of Scripture to the faithful” – actually excludes very key bits of Scripture that offended against modernist-progressive sensibilities. He notes that Romans i:26-32 is not included in the cycle of readings. Romans i:16-25 is, but then it jumps to Romans ii:1-11. So, first, Romans i:16-25:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and injustice of those men that detain the truth of God in injustice: Because that which is known of God is manifest in them. For God hath manifested it unto them. For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; his eternal power also, and divinity: so that they are inexcusable. Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God, or given thanks; but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened. For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of fourfooted beasts, and of creeping things. Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonour their own bodies among themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen
Now, all of the above is a rhetorical set up for Romans i:26-32, without which the above doesn’t have nearly the effect that St. Paul intended. So, what does Romans i:26-32 say (even in the still far from ideal translation used by the USCCB)? Check it out:
For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.
The passages together are extremely powerful denunciations of modern errors, which pretend that new found “rights” somehow change the “old” moral calculus. But as St. Paul makes so clear, what has actually happened is that souls have forgotten, or rejected, the Truth of Jesus Christ as revealed through inspired and inerrant Scripture, and that they did it back then just as people try to do it today. There is nothing new under the sun. There is either Christ, or chaos.
As Marshall notes, it is little wonder Catholics are so poorly formed on matters related to unnatural lusts, when one of the most clear Scriptural teachings on this subject was deliberately excluded by the 60s modernizers. In fact, the paragraph of the (still problematic) 1997 Catechism that denounces such unnatural perversions makes reference to this very section of Romans Chapter i! You can see now why the modernists wanted it excluded, all their rhetoric regarding the benefits of giving the faithful the “treasures of Scripture” notwithstanding. In fact, the 3 year cycle of readings badly waters down Catholic doctrine by including many unimportant portions of Scripture, while excluding some incredibly important ones.
I say that, because Romans 1:26-32 is not the only excision made to sections of Sacred Scripture that made modernists uncomfortable. One of the most critical quotes from the New Testament, I Cor xi:27-29 (those who receive the Blessed Sacrament unworthily eat and drink condemnation upon themselves, and commit a great sacrilege), is also found nowhere in the Novus Ordo Missae. And, as the previous post noted, large portions of I Cor xi and Ephesians v were also not included – one might say excised – because they, too, offend against modernist sensibilities.
The sum effect is that the Novus Ordo readings, far from giving the faithful a greatly expanded catechesis through the various readings, in many respects present a biased and truncated view of Sacred Scripture and, thus, Catholic Doctrine. This was of course highly desired by the progressive faction in the Church, the better to achieve Catholic acceptance of gravely immoral acts. It sure worked like a charm, didn’t it? While it’s not true that “97% of Catholic women use contraception,” contra Pelosi, et., al., but it is true that the vast, vast majority of Catholics do reject at least some dogmatic teaching related to faith and morals.
Don’t think this exclusion was accidental. It was most deliberate.