Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Going, going gone

The Catholic Centre of Bonn

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Feast of the Translation of the Relics of St Jerome


Days Numbered for One Morningside Church

"“We just thought it was the most beautiful church in the world,” says former parishioner Agnes Donovan.

But now, it's just a skeleton.

“The windows are gone, there’s holes in the wall it looks like tornado hit inside.”"

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An act of spiritual and liturgical terrorism


As a priest who stands in persona Christi to offer the sacrifice of the Mass, I felt disappointed and betrayed when liturgical dancers appeared at the Mass that opened our diocesan synod. The believers present for this Mass deserved to partake of the liturgy under the proper rubrics outlined by the Holy See. It would not be an exaggeration to say these believers were ambushed by an act of spiritual and liturgical terrorism. Full article here.

Three sets of liturgical dancers waltzed up the aisle at the time of the Presentation of the Gifts. First, three or four young girls and a boy, about 11 or 12 years old, pranced to the altar twirling lit candles through the air in a circular motion. The candle-bearers circled the altar and placed the candles in front of the altar. A second wave of youngsters, holding bowls of incense aloft, also paraded to the altar, repeating the same pattern.

Then came the climactic dance. A boy and a girl, about 14 or 15 years old, came up the center aisle, bearing gifts of bread and wine. I looked for our bishop, and the deacon seated at his side, to rise from their chairs, walk to the front of the altar, and receive the gifts. But they both stayed put. The boy and girl circled the altar, carrying the bread and wine. Finally, they stopped, dead set in front of the altar, facing the people, and hoisted the bread and wine above their heads. Solemn looks crossed their faces as they fixed their gaze upward on the gifts for a long moment. Then they placed the gifts on the altar and returned to their seats.

Moments later, the bishop proceeded to the altar and made the official, liturgical offering of the gifts to God. He lifted the gifts above his head, exactly as the boy and girl had done, as seen by hundreds of worshipers from the pews.

With few exceptions, the Holy See has said "no" to liturgical dance.

The mountain the Catholic Church has to climb in Europe

While Cardinal Lehmann worries himself about Social Europe and banning the Latin Mass.

But at the top of the mountain stands the Cross, while the world revolves.

No servant can serve two masters:

For either he will hate the one, and love the other; or he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Luke 16:13

Cardinal Lehmann is in Brussels tomorrow. The theme of his talk: Social Europe. It would be nice to think that a Catholic Europe would be on his agenda.

And here is the reason why Cardinal Lehmann is such an enemy of the Latin Mass? His left-hand man is the Devil (out in public together at the Carnival two years ago) (Hence the name sinister from Latin for left, as the left was always associated with evil things, even before Communism was invented!)

Cardinal Lehmann's official reason for the opposition to the Latin Mass is that it would cause liturgical chaos. So to help the Cardinal here are the number of different Masses, approximately that are possible in the new Rite, taken from a commentator on the ever-excellent

Apart from variations in language, priestly dress, wine, and hosts used

2 Introits
3 Greetings
3 Confessions
2-variable Kyries
2 readings
3 credo (Symbolum or Nicene, last with I or We)
4 Praises…(loud- soft with or without acclamation)
2 Suscipiats
4-10 Canon
2 doxologies (Priest alone or with the people)
3-variable Prayers prior to the Our Father
2 Libera (with or without)
2 Lord we pray thee (Priest with or without the people)
2 Silent prayer (missing occasionally)
2 Communion (with or without Communion helpers
2 Blessings

2 times 10 times 3 times 4 times 4 times 2 =
1024 timesl 81 times 16 = 1327104 Variations

One million three hundred and twenty seven thousand one hundred and four variations

New Rite

(click to see the Collect at Mass YODLED)

There is only one Old Rite.


The Good Shepherd

Model for Bishops- and German bishops take note!
Ezechiel 34:12
As the shepherd visiteth his flock in the day when he shall be in the midst of his sheep that were scattered, so will I visit my sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

Uncovering Orthodoxy

League of Evil Traditionalists rebrands as Catholic Restorationists

“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.” - G.K. Chesterton

Long live the Restoration!

German bishops block the doors of the Church

In last desperate attempt to stop Latin Mass being freely celebrated.