So here are five things I love about Jesus:
1. He's Jesus.
2. I am not Jesus.
4. That's it.
Catholic, English, Lancastrian, in Raleigh, North Carolina. "Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam."
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Well, here are my offerings for today.
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First video I found. Fantastic!
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Where is Harry Reid? Where is the MSM? Where is Nancy Pelosi? Where am I?
Bless the Beasts and Children part 3 (including video).
Bless the Beasts and Children part 2 (including video of Iraqi Army Captain, Baker, information about the killing of Zarqawi).
Bless the Beasts and Children part 1.
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Excellent. Take a look.
Vatican City State. "Vatican City State is governed as an absolute monarchy. The Head of State is the Pope who holds full legislative, executive and judicial powers..."
Sweet music. Democracy? Origins at the tree...
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Horrible post. Glad I deleted it.
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This post and the one below remind me of these famous exchanges from the BBC TV series Blackadder IV:
Scene, The Western Front 1917.
General Melchett: Good man. Now, Field Marshal Haig has formulated a brilliant new tactical plan to ensure final victory in the field. [they gather around a model of the battlefield]
Captain Blackadder: Now, would this brilliant plan involve us climbing out of our trenches and walking slowly towards the enemy sir?
Captain Darling: How can you possibly know that Blackadder? It's classified
Blackadder: It's the same plan that we used last time, and the seventeen times before that.
Melchett: E-E-Exactly! And that is what so brilliant about it! We will catch the watchful Hun totally off guard! Doing precisely what we have done eighteen times before is exactly the last thing they'll expect us to do this time! There is... however... one small problem.
Blackadder: That everyone always gets slaughtered in the first ten
Melchett: That's right! And Field Marshal Haig is worried that this may be depressing the men a tadge. So, he's looking to find a way to cheer them up!
Blackadder: Well, his resignation and suicide would seem the obvious
Private Bob Parker: Oh sir, please don't give me away, sir. I just wanted to be like my brothers and join up. I want to see how a real war is fought....so badly.
Captain Blackadder: Well, you've come to the right place, Bob. A war hasn't been fought this badly since Olaf the Hairy, High Chief of all the Vikings, accidently ordered 80,000 battle helmets with the horns on the inside.
Captain Darling: What the general means, Blackadder, is...there's a leak.
General Melchett: Now leak is a positively disgusting word.
Darling: The Germans seem to be able to anticipate our every move. We send up an aeroplane, there's a Jerry squadron parked behind the nearest cloud; we move troops to Boulogne, the Germans have bought the whole town's supply of lavatory paper. In short: A German spy is giving away every one of our battle plans.
Melchett: You look surprised, Blackadder.
Captain Blackadder: I certainly am, sir. I didn't realise we had any battle plans.
Melchett: Well, of course we have! How else do you think our battles are directed?
Edmund: Our battles are directed, sir?
Melchett: Well, of course they are, Blackadder -- directed according to the Grand Plan.
Edmund: Would that be the plan to continue with total slaughter until everyone's dead except Field Marshal Haig, Lady Haig and their pet tortoise, Alan?
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If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you...If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools...
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Oops: is Trautperson one of those about whom Cardinal Bertone spoke of in November: "Much more worrisome[than atheists] are those inside the Church who work to distort its faith and moral principles, or who oppose the Pope and his design for renewal of the Church." Let's see what the Pope actually says in Summorum Pontificum...but before we do that, let's see what another enemy of Summorum Pontificum says:
"Cardinal Jean Pierre Ricard, president of the Bishops’ Conference of France, said this week the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum by Pope Benedict XVI “is intended for Catholics faithful to the Pope and respectful of the authority of the Council (Vatican II) and who desire to use the 1962 Missal.”
Oops: So according to Cardinal Ricard's full statement[click link] it is not only for schismatics [he means SSPX]; Bishop Trautwoman says it is. Do they think we cannot read? There are many Catholics who refuse to accept the suppression of the Latin Mass, but what does that have to do with VII?
There are many who refuse to accept Bishop Trautwoman's interpretation, his rupture, and this has nothing to do with VII. Is the Pope a schismatic? He must be under his implied definition. In anycase, a reading of the article at the end of this post from Adoramus, and Bishop Fishwoman's weeping intervention at America that I have linked to at the end should leave no-one in any doubts. The Pope is probably not on Bishop Fishwoman's annual Animating-Spirit liturgy list.
Bishop Fishwoman is attempting to equate a refusal to accept ipso facto his interpretation of the liturgical reforms of the Council - of which he is the sole authentic interpreter - with a. the reforms themselves, and b. a refusal to accept the (illegal) suppression of the Latin Mass, making either determinative of whether one is schismatic or not. He is his own personal magesterium. Okay, so what does the Pope say? For whom is the Motu Proprio given, and what prompted it? Whither Bishop Fishwomyn's insulation?
First, the letter:
"The document is the fruit of much reflection, numerous consultations and prayer...[this] Missal was never juridically abrogated... [a] good number of people remained strongly attached to this usage of the Roman Rite...[Many] people who clearly accepted the binding character of the Second Vatican Council, and were faithful to the Pope and the Bishops, nonetheless also desired to recover the form of the sacred liturgy that was dear to them. This occurred above all because in many places celebrations were not faithful to the prescriptions of the new Missal, but the latter actually was understood as authorizing or even requiring creativity, which frequently led to deformations of the liturgy which were hard to bear."
Bishop Fishwomyn: would he care to comment on the meaning of "many", as in "Many People"? Is that "many" or "all"? How does he understand "clearly accepted"? CLEARLY. Do you think the Pope is speaking about men like Bishop Fishwomyn when he says "This occurred above all because in many places celebrations were not faithful to the prescriptions of the new Missal,...". Goodbye insulation? More from the Pope:
"[I] have seen how arbitrary deformations of the liturgy caused deep pain to individuals totally rooted in the faith of the Church."
Bishop Fishwomyn: He has, in his letter, slandered millions of Catholics by associating them with schismatics. He should ppologize. More from the Pope:
"...[it] has clearly been demonstrated that young persons too have discovered this liturgical form, felt its attraction and found in it a form of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist, particularly suited to them."
Bishop Fishwomyn: Is he a hypocrite? He has, in his letter, slandered millions of Catholics by associating them with schismatics. He should apologize. Interior reconciliation? More from the Pope:
"...[the] positive reason which motivated my decision to issue this Motu Proprio updating that of 1988. It is a matter of coming to an interior reconciliation..."
From the Motu Prorio itself: what prompted this?
"Following the insistent prayers of these faithful [the faithful that "adhered and continue to adhere with great love and affection to the earlier liturgical forms"] long deliberated upon by our predecessor John Paul II, and after having listened to the views of the Cardinal Fathers of the Consistory of 22 March 2006, having reflected deeply upon all aspects of the question, invoked the Holy Spirit and trusting in the help of God, with these Apostolic Letters we establish the following..."
Back to the main feature: Bishop Fishwoman continues...
The Second Vatican Council, an ecumenical council of the Church, restored
and adapted the liturgy recommending vernacular languages for the worship
life of the Church. Pope Benedict, sensitive to those still clinging to the
Tridentine Latin Mass (the 1962 missal) and liturgical rites prior to Vatican II,
now grants a more generous application of that former liturgy. [my emphasis]
Oops: note he mentions nothing of the sacraments as a whole. Note how he focuses on "those still clinging". Is this a different "those" from "those Catholics in schism" he mentioned in the first paragraph above. Notice how he characterizes VII and the Council Fathers. Note how he speaks about "application" (which he will determine absolutely) and "former".
Bishop Trautwoman continues...
Since the Diocese of Erie already permits the celebration of the Tridentine
Mass in two locations, St. Ann Parish in Erie and St. Bernadette Parish in
Saegertown, I do not foresee a pressing pastoral need on the part of our people.
In the future, I will be issuing diocesan norms to help apply and order the
specifics of the pope’s letter. Priests who might want to celebrate the
Tridentine Mass will be given a rubrical and Latin exam to comply with the
pope’s own statement, “The use of the old missal presupposes a certain degree
of liturgical formation and some knowledge of the Latin language.”
FEAR: for months I have been warning about how this issue of training (obvious it would be mentioned in any MP) will be open to abuse. This Bishop is going to issue norms to help frustrate and disorder the specifics of "the pope's [sic] letter." Note also how the issue of a stable group - which he calls community (think, why would he do that? The Motu says group. Why would he say community? Habit, or something else...I think I know, what do YOU suspect?) - appears. Can you imagine how someone unsympathetic to the Motu Proprio can toy with "stability"...the how, the what, the where? What is this "common good" of the parish? We know what it means, it means this: if any parishoner objects to the establishment of the Latin Mass or sacraments per 1962 in any parish, the issue is closed. The Pope has stated that fears about division are groundless, right? Thus, where non exists, perhaps Trautman will create; where they are weak, perhaps he will exacerbate; where they are latent, perhaps he will foment.
Bishop Trautperson continues...
Further, there will be need to ascertain that the common good of the parish
prevails and to ascertain what constitutes a stable community of those
requesting the 1962 missal. We must keep in proper perspective the pope’s
more generous use of the liturgical rites prior to 1962. The pope himself has
said: “It is clearly seen that the new missal will certainly remain the ordinary
form of the Roman rite.”
COMMON GOOD: do you want an idea of what this Bishop thinks is the "common good"? We are already aware of his "John and Mary Catholic" remarks. Try this:
Adoramus Bulletin, Online Edition - Vol. IX, No. 8: November 2003
Bishop Trautman to Liturgists: "Keep up your courage"
Doctrine Committee chairman urges liturgists to resist "pullbacks", "reform of the reform"
"Coworkers in the Liturgical Ministry of Christ" was the title of Erie Bishop Donald Trautman's acceptance speech on October 10, as he received the annual Frederick A. McManus Award from the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) at the organization's national meeting in San Antonio.
Bishop Trautman, former director of the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy (BCL) and current chairman of the Doctrine Committee, began his remarks with a tribute to Monsignor McManus, emeritus professor of Canon Law at Catholic University of America and a principal architect of the post-Conciliar liturgical reform.
"I recall the many meetings of the Bishops' Committee on Liturgy on which Fred served as a consultant", said Bishop Trautman. "He was always a voice of calm and reasoned discussion in liturgical matters. Tonight I urge all liturgists to be the continuation of Fred's voice -- a voice of expertise -- a voice of balance -- a voice of truth -- a voice of charity. A recognized expert in canon and liturgical law, Fred represents the very best of this National Federation", he continued.
"Fred was present 40 years ago when the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was debated and approved at Vatican II", the bishop told the group.
"As a peritus to the Council, he saw firsthand the workings of the entire four sessions of Vatican II. This experience gave him a vision and passion to bring renewal to all parishes. Fred gave invaluable assistance to the Bishops' Committee on Liturgy. He was a founding member of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy and was intimately connected to the foundation of this Federation", Bishop Trautman noted.
"Today liturgists need to imitate his spirit more than ever -- his spirit of perseverance, his spirit of courage, his spirit of dedication and commitment to the liturgical principles of renewal. We need to be his voice -- knowledgeable, persuasive, respectful of all sides of the question but ever insistent on the baptismal rights of the assembly for full participation".
The Euphoria Has Ended.
But "the euphoria of Vatican II" has ended, and liturgists must face "major challenges" today, the bishop remarked. "It is not a fad, it is not the work of liturgical terrorists, not the invention of liberal liturgical scholars; the liturgical movement is the will of the Spirit for all of God's people".
Bishop Trautman enumerated some of these "challenges":
"As the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy fades in time, is it also fading in influence?" he asked. "Do we recognize a pullback from the liturgical principles, a lessening of collaboration, a return to devotionalism rather than Eucharistic celebration? Is there a liturgical backsliding that causes us to be disillusioned, dejected, disheartened? We need to recall the founders of the American Liturgical Movement. These liturgical pioneers did not give up and we must not give up. We must not surrender the progress made at Vatican II".
"Do Not Quench the Spirit."
"Do not quench the Spirit", the bishop repeatedly exclaimed as he urged the FDLC members to resist what he termed "pullbacks" and "liturgical backsliding".
"When we encounter those who advocate a 'reform of the reform', we must say, 'Do not quench the Spirit'. The Holy Spirit was present at Vatican II and gave us new liturgical direction. When we encounter people who harken back to rigidity in rubrics, we must say. 'Do not quench the Spirit'. When inculturation is denied and one liturgical form is forced on all, we must say, 'Do not quench the Spirit'. When the Scripture translations in our Lectionary are flawed and not proclaimable, we must say, 'Give us the richness of God's Word: Do not quench the Spirit'. The Holy Spirit prompted the renewal and reform of the liturgy. Now, more than ever, we must say, 'Do not quench the Spirit'".
In the 1990s, Bishop Trautman led opposition to the Holy See's intervention in translation both of Scripture (Lectionary) and other liturgical translations (International Commission on English in the Liturgy's "Sacramentary" revision). The bishop, as head of the BCL and member of the Lectionary committee, was a strong proponent of so-called "inclusive language", and a free approach to translation. Recently he has published articles critical of the Instruction on translation, Liturgiam authenticam, issued in 2001.
Although Bishop Trautman did not directly accuse Pope John Paul II of "devotionalism" for strongly encouraging the revival of Eucharistic devotions, nor did he mention by name the Vatican cardinals he believes are responsible for impeding "progress" in translation and other aspects of the Liturgy, Bishop Trautman called for strong resistance to any perceived "pullback".
He singled out for particular concern the forthcoming "prescriptive" directives that the Holy Father called for in Ecclesia de Eucharistia, released in March 2003.
"A recent draft of a forthcoming Vatican instruction included several problematic elements -- elements which were neither pastorally sensitive nor liturgically correct" Bishop Trautman told the liturgists. "While we are thankfully reassured that more competent and more sensible judgments have prevailed, we need to ask how could such proposals be drafted and approved for submission in the first place?
"When such Roman liturgical drafts call us to return to a liturgical mentality prior to Vatican II, we need to say to one another: Keep up your courage. When liturgical expertise is not respected, we must say to one another: Keep up your courage. When fundamental principles of liturgical renewal are reversed, we must remind one another: Keep up your courage. When liturgical offices are closed and liturgical budgets are slashed, we must say to one another: Keep up your courage. When we see liturgical renewal still wanting in many parishes and when we feel the pain of the clerical sex abuse scandal and its impact on worshipping assemblies and presiders, let us give hope to one another".
Bishop Trautman concluded his address to the FDLC with a call to action:
"I say to you who are in the liturgical ministry of the Church: Persevere; let no one quench the Spirit; give one another courage; keep the liturgical movement alive, keep the liturgical movement alive".
Does this remind you of his John and Mary moment? It does me.
Posted by Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley at 7/13/2007 11:04:00 AM
Am I the only person blocked from Father Z.'s blog? This happened about a month ago, then all of a sudden I had access again. A week ago I found myself blocked again, and this continues. Any ideas?
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