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Holy Communion latinmass_priests_pic arkansascatholicorgPlease — if there’s one intolerable sentence, it’s: ‘That’s how they did it in the early Church!’

Let’s see, what else did they do in the early Church? Hide from the authorities, go underground, live in fear, lack sanitation.  Well, given today’s po-mo Western culture, we’re wishing ourselves back to those days, no question.

Funny how no one worried about the early Church when we had Latin Mass and our centuries of traditions. All of a sudden comes Vatican II and, to get us all to swallow these liturgical abominations, the public relations line was and is, ‘That’s how they did it in the early Church!’  If I had a five-pence piece for every time I’ve heard that, I’d be writing this from Monte Carlo.

We have romanticised the early Church beyond belief.  We have also used it as an excuse to go against accepted Catholic practice — taking Vatican II beyond what was intended — the latest example of which is the practice of receiving Holy Communion in the hand.  (In some countries, this was the norm for cultural reasons, but in most, it is not.  More on that further down the page.)

A number of blogs have discussed this matter, of interest to traditionalists everywhere, particularly in the English-speaking world:

  • Fr Z’s blog, What Does the Prayer Really Say?, notes that a kneeler (prie-dieu) was in place for communicants at Pope Benedict’s Corpus Christi Mass.  Furthermore, they received Communion only on the tongue — not in the hand.  Fr Z hopes that this will get ‘a conversation going’ about re-establishing the traditional, reverent way to receive the Real Presence.
  • Fr Z also has a post with an article from The Catholic Register of the Diocese of Toronto attacking traditionalist clergy who would like to reverse the liturgical reforms of Vatican II.  The article includes the usual audacious, disingenuous postmodern gambit about people being stuck in the past: ‘Even in calling us to abandon old sins, God is urging us forward to a new lifeOld liturgical forms and practices had their glorious days, and now is the time to keep the Vatican II renewal moving forward in the direction Paul VI approved.’ That’s just breathtaking — we’re to move deeper into the heresy of Modernism instead of turning away from it?  Traditionalism is an ‘old sin’?  Tell me we aren’t sinning against our wills when we go to a V-II Mass!
  • Australia Incognita reports that bishops recently opposed the Holy Father on the Corpus Christi return towards kneeling.  In fact, Australian bishops recently issued a paper on the use of the Roman Missal. It says, ‘In Australia, standing is the commonest posture for receiving Holy Communion. The customary manner of reception is recommended to be followed by all…’  It should be noted that the Chairman of the Bishop’s Liturgy Committee, Archbishop Coleridge, acknowledges that some parishoners will wish to continue genuflecting or kneeling when receiving the Host.  The blogger notes that this practice is hardly being encouraged, however.  

With all this as a backdrop, let’s see what St John’s Valdosta has uncovered in the US. Because taking Communion in the hand was never the norm pre-V-II, we never should have started.  However, the American bishops decided to disobey the Vatican.  The story continues (emphasis in original text):

Did you get that? Pope Paul told the bishops that they could apply for the indult for Holy Communion in the hand only if they could demonstrate that this ‘contrary usage’ prevailed.

THE U.S. BISHOPS LIED TO THE VATICAN
TO FORCE THIS PRACTICE UPON THEIR FLOCK.

Thanks to them, now every day at every Mass in America, communicants unwittingly drop particles of the Body of Christ on the floor and walk over them.
IS THAT RESPECT?

Thanks to them, people involved in Satanic worship and other occult rituals can easily obtain a Host to desecrate.
DOES THIS REFLECT AN INCREASE IN PIETY?

Thanks to them, Hosts are regularly found on the ground in churches, under pews, between the pages of missalettes and in other inappropriate places.
IS THAT REVERENCE?

Thanks to them, belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist is at an all-time low.
IS THAT AN INCREASE IN FAITH?

This practice was IMPOSED upon us in disobedience. Its fruits, predictably, have been a decline in the Church.

And, how was this practice introduced to us? As the blogger explains, the nun said … wait for it …

‘That’s how they did it in the early Church!’

No, it is not

In its most primitive state, the Catholic Church permitted Holy Communion in the hand, however, the laity were not even allowed to touch the host with their fingers … They had to bring their cupped hands to their mouths–and that was only in some places.

This, by the way, is how it is done in the Anglican Church.  The host rests lightly on the palm of the hand.  The communicant does not touch it with his fingertips.    

Please, educate your V-II apologist friends about these practices, especially if they are teaching converts.  Note the comment at the end of the St John’s Valdosta post:

When I came into the Church three years ago we were never even instructed that we could receive on the tongue. We were only instructed by the priest on how to receive in the hand. I first learned about receiving on the tongue via … great websites like yours. I now know I have a choice and can never see going back to receiving in the hand.

Increasing awareness of the errors of V-II amongst our friends and fellow parishoners gives us a better chance to put pressure on priests and bishops to return to tradition and the truth.

For more articles on postmodernism, click here.

Covering ears fotosearchcom‘Why aren’t you SINGING?’

You really want to know?  Because I’m fed up to the back teeth with this feminised brand of Jesus and its moratorium on any hymns that hint at spiritual strength.  I’m also sick and tired of hymns that sound like bad pop tunes.  I’m also tired of churchy songwriters making a mint off of royalties for heretical lyrics and awful melodies. 

Please — leave the Church alone!  How much would I have to pay you to JUST GO AWAY?

Is it any wonder that attendance is falling?  Even more surprising is that neither Catholic nor Protestant clergy can figure it out!  (I make sure I go to a service with no music.)

What can’t we sing anymore?  The list is endless, but for starters, ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’ and ‘A Mighty Fortress Is Our God’. 

One Reformed blog addressed the issue recently:

… what do we do when some people—especially blokes—won’t even open their mouths in the songs? (I am talking about committed Christians.)

Answers range from encouraging song leaders to adopt a lower profile to emphasising the reasons why we sing in church.  However, other readers write in to say that many people just don’t know the music and resent being told to sing loudly by an overly-enthusiastic song leader. Emotion and men don’t mix — and rightly so.  I would have added my comment, but they won’t accept pseudonyms.

Strangely, not one of these male commenters — godly and well-versed in theology though they are — suggested that these modern compositions are simply wussy.   That worries me quite a bit. 

Meanwhile, at Reformation 21, a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Dr Carl Trueman, shares his thoughts about modern church services (emphasis mine throughout):

I heard recently of a church service involving dressing up in costume and music taken from a Tom Cruise movie.  Now, if I go for my annual prostate examination, and the doctor comes into the consulting room dressed as Coco the Clown, with `Take my breath away’ from Top Gun playing in the background, guess what?  I’m going to take the doctor out with a left hook, flee the surgery, and probably file a complaint with the appropriate professional body.   This is serious business; and if he looks like a twit and acts like a twit, then I can only conclude that he is a twit.

You can tell a lot about someone’s theology from what they do in church.  Involve [pop] music in your worship service, and I can tell not only that you have no taste in music but also that you have nothing to offer theologically to those who come through the church doors; indeed, what you do have can probably be found better elsewhere … More seriously, however, why certain orthodox churches strive to look like them, worries me intensely. Look, it’s rubbish.  So let’s just call it rubbish, shall we?

Back to men, taking into account Dr Trueman’s comment.  The Telegraph (UK) reported on a survey taken earlier this year which found that men don’t like modern church music or any of the other touchy-feely elements of today’s services:

A majority of men, 60 per cent, said they do not like flowers and embroidered banners in church with 52 per cent saying they do not like dancing in church.

Comments gathered from the survey of 400 UK readers of the men’s magazine Sorted also showed many did not like hugging, holding hands or sitting in circles discussing their feelings in church.

Nearly 60 per cent of those surveyed said they enjoyed singing – but added comments showing they preferred anthemic songs and ‘proclamational’ hymns as opposed to more emotional love songs.

Nearly three quarters, or 72 per cent, said their favourite part of a service was the talk or sermon.

My late father would have been in sync with these findings.  I remember clearly the day that Sister Rosemary (who seemed to appear in our parish out of nowhere) and a new liturgist (ditto — but he looked like Carlos Santana, so he was ‘cool’) strode down the side aisle just before Mass one Saturday evening so gosh darned pleased with themselves.  This would have been 1971 or 1972.  All of a sudden, we had Sister on the piano (!) and ‘Carlos’ on electric guitar.  I watched my dad and the other dads visibly stiffen.  ‘C’mon, join in — everybody!’  From that moment forward, it really was just mothers and daughters singing.  After a few weeks of this, it wasn’t long before Dad said to Mom and me afterward, ‘I wish I were a Baptist.  At least they sing real hymns.’  Every other guy was probably thinking the same thing.

Please feel free to circulate this post to your clergy and liturgists.  This cannot be said too often.  Let us restore a sense of gravitas and propriety to our church services, especially if we wish to attract and retain our men.

More on music soon, after I recover.

Holy Communion elements ctrcccomWith the rise of swine flu, Anglican churches in the UK are able to withdraw the chalice at Communion and distribute both elements — bread and wine — by means of intinction, whereby the host is dipped in the wine before giving it to the communicant. 

The Telegraph [UK] reported on July 22:

The changes are allowed under the 1547 Sacrament Act, which requires both bread and wine to be given ‘except necessity otherwise require’, according to the Financial Times.

The Church of England devised the Sacrament Act following the Bubonic Plague.

The Bishop of Plymouth recommends eliminating the distribution of wine altogether.  The Rt Revd Christopher Budd advises:

In the light of the decision to designate the swine flu outbreak a pandemic, I now recommend suspending the chalice and giving the Sacred Host in the hand only.

Meanwhile, in sign of peace news, the lefty Anglican Diocese of Southwark recommends replacing handshakes with hugs.  Yuck.  Talk about wrapping oneself in possible contagion!

And, finally, in Essex, clergy are discouraging Anglicans in Chelmsford from using holy water stoops (fonts).

The New York Post isn’t wasting any time delving into what’s really behind the proposed health care bill in the US.

In a guest editorial dated July, 24, 2009, former NY Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey quotes top Obama advisers on the gist of the legislation.  First up is Rahm Emanuel’s brother, Ezekiel, who is not only the health policy advisor for the OMB but a member of the Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research (whaaaat?).  He said:

Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality are merely ‘lipstick’ cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change.

Then, he has a go at doctors:

Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, ‘as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or effects on others’.

Whoa!

So, what does he want?  Rahm’s brother thinks that ‘communitarianism’ should guide (force?) doctors’ decisions:

… medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those ‘who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia’.

He defends this by saying:

Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age.

That has to be some of the worst reasoning I’ve read in years. It doesn’t even make sense. It would appear that he doesn’t want you taken care of at all, if he can help it. 

Well, Mr Emanuel, let’s hope you never find yourself of being old and infirm.  Or, would you, as part of the new ruling elite, have a different plan to the rest of Americans?  By the way, folks, your legislators are likely to have their own health care plan — much like the one you used to have until it was legislated away by people who haven’t even read the bill!

But, there’s more.  Americans — you have been spoiled by progress and scientific advances.  Ezekiel Emanuel says so:

Emanuel criticizes Americans for being too ‘enamored with technology’ and is determined to reduce access to it …

Emanuel sees even basic amenities as luxuries and says Americans expect too much: ‘Hospital rooms in the United States offer more privacy . . . physicians’ offices are typically more conveniently located and have parking nearby and more attractive waiting rooms.’

That’s too much to expect when you’re sick in the country that leads the Western World?  Meanwhile, this bill will provide open access by the government and who knows who else into your finances.  So, it’s okay for them to take your money — and it’s likely you’ll be paying more for fewer options and less choice — but they won’t even be able to provide you with a pleasant atmosphere whilst you’re being diagnosed or receiving treatment? 

Then we move on to Dr (!) David Blumenthal, another Obama advisor:

He recommends slowing medical innovation to control health spending. Blumenthal has long advocated government health-spending controls, though he concedes they’re ‘associated with longer waits’ and ‘reduced availability of new and expensive treatments and devices’ (New England Journal of Medicine, March 8, 2001). But he calls it ‘debatable’ whether the timely care Americans get is worth the cost. (Ask a cancer patient, and you’ll get a different answer. Delay lowers your chances of survival.)

But it gets worse.  Back to Ezekiel Emanuel for the closer:

Every favor to a constituency should be linked to support for the health-care reform agenda. If the automakers want a bailout, then they and their suppliers have to agree to support and lobby for the administration’s health-reform effort.

Some of you have been working extremely hard making your Congresscritters aware of the provisions of this bill. 

For those who haven’t, it is imperative you know what this bill really means for you and your family.

(Sniff, sniff) … What’s that smell?  Newsprint? Smells like … no, not teen spirit but … postmodernism!

Mouse with head in hands cropped philosophyofimagecomThe first time I saw them I knew they would be trouble.  I was only 11 or 12 when they suddenly appeared in the pews at St Rita’s.  What’s this?  A missalette?  Ewww.  All horrible and newsprinty.  I think we were in Lent at the time. 

Then I got worried.  Later, I asked my mother the question plaguing me throughout Mass: ‘What do they do with them afterward?  You know, when we get the new ones?’  Mom said they would have to throw them out.

I don’t know if you were around when Missalettes first came out, but, if you were, didn’t you think it was sacrilegious to throw something out containing prayers, Bible readings and hymns?  I did.  I have never thrown out anything like that.  So, it seems sinful not only that people would do that but that it was suddenly okay to do so.  (We didn’t have recycling then.  Even if we had, that would have also posed a problem for me.) 

‘They’re not blessed or anything, so it’s all right,’  my mom said, vainly trying to reassure me.  Maybe, but, today, it also seems so wasteful!  Why not just get laminated prayer cards, hymnals and Bibles?  After all, if Vatican II was supposed to make our churches more inviting to Protestants, we might as well have all the same items in the pews as they do.

I’m not alone in this, however.  Catholic Sensibility wrote last December:

I don’t know that ‘everyone’ feels squeamish about hurling stacks of disposable hymnals into the parish dumpster. I can tell you I always did, and most of my professional colleagues since the 80’s have had a strong preference for hymnals …

A parish can expect to outlay three to five years of missalette cost into a decent population of hardbound hymnals. But unless you’re chewing up covers at a more impressive rate than the toddlers I’ve seen, you’ll get at least a decade out of a book. 

I’ll go into music specifically in a separate post (at least one!).   

There are various missalette publishers.  The best known in the US is the Oregon Catholic Press, or OCP.  Crisis calls them ‘the leading Catholic purveyor of bad music in the United States’.  They started out well when they were known as the Oregon Catholic Truth Society.  Maybe your parents or grandparents have an old My Sunday Missal.  That was an inexpensive, reliable product from the Oregon Catholic Truth Society.  Then, Vatican II and its liturgical and music changes came along.  It would prove to be an incredible opportunity for the society. 

Not only would the OCP buy up 10,000 music copyrights and run liturgy workshops, but it would also acquire publishing houses producing liturgies and music.  It has no mandate from the Vatican or American bishops, yet half the Catholic parishes in the US purchase OCP publicationsThe OCP also determines what you in the pews will pray and sing.  It makes it easy with subscription plans which include not only missalettes but hymnals. You cannot select what type of liturgies or hymns to buy.  The OCP does it for you.  Everyone gets the same thing.  Consequently, the OCP determines the prayers and the hymns for half of Catholic America!

Crisis says:

… once a parish dips into the product line of the OCP, it is very difficult to avoid full immersion. So complete and integrated is their program that it actually reconstructs the sense that the liturgy team has about what Catholicism is supposed to feel and sound like.

But few of those subject to the power of the OCP understand that it’s the reason why Catholic liturgy so often seems like something else entirely…

Meanwhile, the nature of the OCP is completely unknown to most laypeople. Many Catholics shudder, for example, when they hear the words Glory & Praise, the prototypical assortment of musical candy that was already stale about 15 years ago but which mysteriously continues to be repackaged and rechewed in parish after parish. ‘Here I am, Lord’, ‘Be Not Afraid’, ‘City of God’, ‘One Bread, One Body’, ‘Celtic Alleuia’, and (wait for it) ‘On Eagle’s Wings’ – these all come courtesy of the OCP.

And what about those prayers of the faithful that seem far more politically than doctrinally correct? They’re probably from the OCP, too. A new edition of its Prayer of the Faithful is printed every year…

Part of the OCP’s strategy is recognising that most parishes are short on resources, especially for music.  They provide workshops which are designed for parish volunteers who have little liturgical knowledge.  At the end of the workshops, attendees become ‘experts’, knowing how to whip up the congregation:

… loud microphones, drum tracks, over-the-top enthusiasm when announcing the latest hymn. These ‘experts’ love the OCP’s material because it allows them to keep up the pretence that they have some special knowledge about what hymns should be used for what occasions and how the Mass ought to proceed.

The liturgical instructions are equally pathetic. On July 8 [2002], the liturgical columnist passes on this profound summary of the gospel of the day: ‘Live and let live’.

Like Obama and America, the OCP has divided Catholics.  Some want more traditional hymns and others want more pop-influenced melodies at Mass.  The rational person might say, ‘Why not have some traditional Masses and some that are just for the kids?’  The OCP doesn’t see it that way, however.  Michael Prendergast, editor of the OCP’s Today’s Liturgy, told Crisis:

Prendergast says, ‘everyone in the parish has to be exposed to [the music].’ And what if a pastor just doesn’t like rock and other contemporary styles? Prendergast says, ‘I would talk to the [chancery’s] Office of Worship about him.’ I asked whether that means he would turn this poor priest in to the bishop. His response: ‘I would try to arrange for him to attend a workshop on liturgy.’

So, the OCP has no ecclesiastical mandate yet wants people to report their priest to the diocese if he doesn’t like contemporary church music?  Wow.  What an excellent example of the postmodern need for control.

You can style your own more traditional Mass with hymns, but Crisis says that you’d really need to know the OCP materials in order to do so. They recommend getting an old Scripture index to aid the matching of hymns to readings.  They also suggest cancelling the OCP subscriptions, changing missalette publishers and buying proper hymnals.  Crisis concludes:

In his book, The Spirit of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2000), Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger states clearly that popular music does not belong at Mass. Indeed, it’s part of ‘a cult of the banal’, and ‘rock’ plainly stands ‘in opposition to Christian worship’.

This is very strong language from the cardinal. And yet we know that many liturgy teams in American parishes will continue to do what they’ve been doing for decades-systematically reconstructing the liturgy to accommodate pop aesthetic sensibilities. The liturgy is treated not as something sublimely different but as a well-organised social hour revolving around religious themes.

It’s up to you to decide the future course of your parish’s liturgy: reverent worship or hootenanny. Despite what the OCP might tell you, you can’t have both.

 

For more articles on postmodernism, click here.

Believers can have more than a little to do with the rise of atheism. To the extent that they are careless about their instruction in the faith, or present its teaching falsely, or even fail in their religious, moral, or social life, they must be said to conceal rather than to reveal the true nature of God and of religion.

– from Gaudiam et Spes (CCC 2125)

More than just atheism — other faiths, too.  The idea behind emerging (emergent) churches is to make Christianity available to all in a diverse number of locations outside the church building.  This is because many of the clergy and lay leaders promoting emerging church say that many people are ‘afraid’ to enter a church building.  Emerging churches are said to meet the needs of postmodern society.

Its aim of evangelisation is good, but is it really winning souls for Christ?  If so, how solidly is it performing?  It may be too soon to tell, but the danger exists that the people taking part regularly in these programmes, whether on a dirt bike track or in a school hall, will not be sufficiently catechised or schooled in the Bible.  This leaves them open to moral relativism, being unable to commit to a denomination or joining a faith which offers more certainties and structure.

It is no accident that Islam is gaining ground among young people.  There are many instances, particularly in the US and the UK, where young prisoners convert whilst in prison.  Even young Christians in the US — men and women — have converted to Islam because they believe it offers a more disciplined lifestyle.  

Meanwhile, various Christian denominations promote emergent church programmes, e.g. Fresh Expressions.  (I’m leaving home churches out of the discussion as they are a different type of emerging church.)  The idea that someone could go to church in a cafe will be a godsend to someone promoting a dogmatic faith system.  Why?  The seeker is likely looking for structured belief, not the relativism of ‘church is whatever you want it to be’.

Imagine in England an unchurched woman going to Messy Church with her child to do fingerpainting and get free food and refreshments.  The leader may suggest a prayer or a song that all can participate in together. Everyone smiles and has fun at Messy Church. Then, everyone goes home and returns the next week.  How much of the draw is the free food?  What do the mother and child learn about Christianity?  That Jesus was nice?  That God loves us?  That, no matter what we do, we’re all going to heaven when we die?     

Now imagine the same mother and child a few years later.  The child is in school and makes friends with Muslim classmates.  The Muslim child tells the Messy Church child about his faith and how he is learning the Koran by heart.  He asks the Messy Church child, ‘Do you know the Bible?’ 

The child says, ‘No.’      

‘But you go to church?’

‘Yes.’

‘What do you do there?’

‘We do fingerpainting, share a meal and pray or sing a song.  My mum chats and has tea with the other mums.’

The Muslim child thinks, rightly, ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’ He begins to think that is what all Christians do and concludes that it is weak way of life. The Muslim child will attend mosque and grow up to learn the Koran by heart and be able to quote it spontaneously.  He will have a regular prayer schedule and dietary rules.  He will come to know, understand and love his faith as much as he loves his parents. 

Meanwhile, the Messy Church child may or may not continue going after a few years.  He and his mother may seek no further understanding of the Christian faith.  They may think that they have explored Christianity and that it was fun while it lasted.  They may conclude that Christianity is boring or something for children.  Or, they may decide to go to services in the church.  But, what sort of education are they receiving?  Do they have a yearning to praise God, their Creator?  Do they wish to be baptised?  Do they understand what Baptism is?  Do they know what the Holy Trinity is?  Do they know what the 10 Commandments are and what they mean?  Do they read the Bible?  Do they know the basic tenets of the Anglican, Methodist or Baptist faith where they participate in Messy Church? 

Do they even care?

There needs to be structure in expressing and evangelising our faith. We also need to explain why we believe in Jesus Christ. We need to tell people about the dangers of sin and the promise of redemption. We need to tell people about Christianity little by little, building their knowledge up to eventually give them an irresistible urge to say, ‘I’d really be interested in learning more.  In fact, I’d like to find out what goes on inside a church.  I’d like to meet other Christians.  Perhaps get involved in Bible study.  And, my son has asked if he can go to Sunday School.’    

If the Emergent Churches can do that, more power to them.  But, doing a doctrinal soft soap and advocating moral relativism won’t cut it in the long run.

For more articles on postmodernism, click here.

Catholic Church Conservation reports that Bishop Ludwig Schwarz of the Roman Catholic diocese of Linz, Austria, decided to follow the Christian crowd and, via a press release, invited his flock to a Global Church Specialist Seminar at the Benedictine Monastery at Lambach on July 23 and 24.

O Gaia, Gaia …

The diocese is on shaky ground as it is with questionable practices such as the foccacia loaf used as a host, an excommunicated woman ‘bishop’ who feels entitled to give herself Holy Communion and a real bishop who perhaps should be seeking retirement.  So he decides that a good course of action would be to go to a conference on the environment which features at least one obligatory Earth Mother. 

Apparently, one must fill out a questionnaire answering a series of questions, one of them being ‘Are you yourself in a crisis?’   

Wouldn’t the two days have been better spent at the cathedral with a guest prelate or two to lead these Catholics in prayer for the recovery of their diocesan environment?

Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger DSC_3471-72Most unfortunate.  Read and freak.

Apologies to the good Catholics of Linz, Austria, who must be mortified by this event covered recently in the St John’s Valdosta and Catholic Church Conservation blogs.

The woman pictured is a Catholic ‘bishop’, Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger.  As most people know, the Roman Catholic Church does not allow women priests, much less women bishops.  She is currently excommunicated, which means that she cannot receive the sacraments, including Holy Eucharist.

On June, 28, 2009, ‘Bishop’ Mayr-Lumetzberger attended the Feast Day Mass at the Parish of St Peter in Linz. Bishop Ludwig Schwarz was the celebrant. 

St John’s Valdosta relates what happened when it came time for the faithful to receive Communion (emphasis mine):

Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger was dressed as a Bishop when she appeared at the Mass in official dress with a large pectoral Cross. During the Communion she chose, consciously or unconsciously, the row in which the Diocesan Bishop Ludwig Schwarz distributed communion. The bishop suggested to her that she should not come, because he could not give her Communion. But Mayr-Lumetzberger would not stop. When it came to her, she was not given the Host…

Mayr-Lumetzberger took the host herself from the ciborium … Is it normal to receive the Host like this? ‘There are different models of the Communion’, she says. What did she feel? ‘In the first moment, nothing. But now I feel hurt and angry, like a woman who has been beaten for the first time by a man,’ says Mayr-Lumetzberger.

Note the postmodern themes in play:

  • Authority problem: The woman priest feels aggrieved about her relationship with men and authority.   
  • Relativism: Church and the sacraments are whatever we want them to be (the heresy of Modernism).
  • Ego: It’s all about me, me, me — what I want when I want.
  • Victimhood: Say no to me and I’ll play aggrieved victim, accusing you of cruelty.

A God-fearing Christian wouldn’t even think about taking Communion if they were in serious sin, not to mention if they had been excommunicated. To reach in the ciborium herself for a power grab of Christ’s Body and Blood — the Real Presence — which one receives from the priest or bishop, His representatives here on earth.  What was this woman thinking?    

Some at Catholic Church Conservation think that the bishop should have exercised more authority in the situation.  But, it would have been all too easy for the hosts to have spilled if both of them had tightly held the ciborium. 

Note the ostentatious jewelry: pectoral cross, cross ring and that peculiar leather thing around her wrist.  I don’t even want to speculate on what that might signify.  Something to do with ‘wise woman’ or ‘earth mother’?  Maybe it’s an empowerment talisman of some sort.

All this reminds me of Agent AA-1025, the Anti-Apostle, from my post of June 11:

These experiments based on the ‘Spirit of the Council’ are destroying the 2,000-year Traditions of the Church, leading the Catholic faithful on the road to the Great Apostasy, and preparing the Church for the election of the Anti-Pope and for the reception of the coming Anti-Christ

‘Some day, you will see married priests and mass said in vernacular tongues.’ I remember with joy that I was the first one to say these things in 1938. That same year, I urged women to ask for the priesthood

[T]he Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and His Resurrection … were to be put in parenthesis and finally were to end up in a simple suppression. The dignity of modern man, in their eyes, was worth such a price…

Mass must only be a community meal for the greatest welfare of human fraternity.

Many are well disposed to believe that the Goodness of God surpasses all crimes. AIl we have to do is to insist on this Goodness.  A God Whom no one fears, quickly becomes a God about Whom no one thinks. Such was the end to be reached.

 Pope St Pius X warned us of this.  The woman needs our prayers.  And so does the Diocese of Linz.

Woman priestSome years ago a Dutch newspaper used to feature a controversial op-ed column entitled ‘May I say this?’  Generally, the answer was no, not in public!  This post may elicit the same response.

In principle, I have no problem with ordaining women, provided the relevant Protestant denomination officially approves it.  In practice, some of the worst priests I’ve run across have been women.

Don’t get me wrong, yes, they seem devout. Yes, they preside over the services beautifully.  Yes, they know their theology.

It’s just that … one begins to wonder about what they learn at seminary.  You know, ‘women’s’ stuff.  They all seem to have this therapeutic need or obligation to bond.  Hugs all over the place — each other, church members, people they barely know.  Guy priests don’t do that.  Well, if they did, there’d probably be some sort of sex allegation!

Still, one has to wonder why.  They seem to have no semblance of humility, modesty or restraint. 

Why do they need to wear ostentatious or chunky adornments?  They seem particularly fond of huge crosses, ginormous rings and other ornamentation best left understated. Or there’s the chronically too-short hair.  It never grows out.  I wonder if they go for a short back and sides every fortnight.  There’s no modesty there.  But there does seem to be an insider’s message of sorts and an external message to outsiders. (Sorry, I’m not po-mo enough to understand.) It’s similar to thumb rings.  A certain type of person wears them.  Watch people with thumb rings, because within five minutes they’ll exhibit some irritating or distasteful behaviour — eating in public, loud conversation or raucous laughter.   

Then, we get to restraint, or self control, another of the timeless seven virtues.  Here’s a local example, one of the former curates.  Fortunately, she accepted a post in another part of England a few years ago.  One either loved her or loathed her.  (And, yes, she was huggy, too!)  The parish church used to have a 1662 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) service on Sundays at 12:00 twice a month.  She couldn’t stand presiding over it because she hated — yes, hated — the liturgy.  It only took a half-hour to say and there weren’t that many people there.  I used to go now and then but could see its days were numbered.  One Sunday I saw her running down a side street from the church still in her robes, straight from the 11:00 service.  She did a little dance in the middle of the street.  Then she saw someone she knew from church, ran over to them and — what else? — hugged them, saying: ‘Isn’t it wonderful?  We finally got rid of that stupid service — the notice is up on the church door!’   

In fact, her distaste for traditional liturgy was such that, when planning a funeral with my family, she ever so subtly knocked our BCP off the arm of the sofa.  The book lay there until I picked it up some minutes later.  So, it was all about her and the modified liturgy she suggested after informing us: ‘I don’t do the Book of Common Prayer’.  I gave her the hairy eyeball, especially since I had retrieved the prayer book from the carpet just a short time before. But more importantly, it was a funeral for a close family member;  surely, funerals are for the bereaved. ‘I suppose I could read a few prayers from it’. Humility? Forget it. It’s all ‘me, me, me!’  

Well, hey, who am I to criticise these ordained postmodern Earth Mamas?  No, I don’t want to hear about their children or grandchildren in a Midnight Mass sermon, as I did one year. I’m surprised they don’t talk about their menopausal experiences.  They probably do when they’re together.  There’s something of the ‘wise woman’ about them.  Fumare has a comment about ‘wise women’.  Let’s hope this isn’t true of our Anglican lady priests:

The meaning of the phrase ‘wise woman’ as code for neo-pagan feminist witch is well established. Just Google ‘wise woman’, 10:1 the returns are about neo-paganism, herbalism, moon circles, and aligned products and services …

In the late 80’s PBS began to popularize the ideas of mythologist Joseph Campbell and with him, Carl Jung through the Bill Moyers series The Power of Myth. The ideas of these men, and others, really paved the way for the mainstreaming of neo-paganism in America as an intellectually sophisticated practice about depth psychology and self-actualisation. Organizations such as Woman Within International offer women ‘training’ (code for ritual initiation) for ’empowerment’ (code for witchcraft power rituals) and a network of women who ‘gather’ for mutual support (code for monthly communal lunar rituals). Someone who has been initiated into this is a ‘wise woman’. The intellectual foundations for this coincide with feminist and post-colonial critical theory.

Critical theoryGramsci again!  The guy who wanted to destroy the Catholic Church because he resented the power it had over people and their beliefs.  Devout Catholics don’t fall for Marxism or Communism. Gramsci loved leftism, so he devised a way of making people accept it through ‘silent coup d’etats‘ in the media, churches, schools and universities. It started happening decades ago. ‘Relax — you’re soaking in it‘.

You’ll see another wise woman in the next post.  She’s Catholic. 

Unrelated but, according to Fumare, ‘the most intense feminist neo-pagans have Catholic backgrounds’.  I know a Catholic laywoman who fits the bill perfectly.

For more articles on postmodernism, click here.

The health care bill hasn’t been voted into law yet, and the August recess is almost here for America’s ‘Congresscritters’. 

If you are American or have family living in the US and haven’t had a chance to read this bill, you might want to.  It’s unlikely US legislators have.  And they’ll be voting on it! 

Here are parts which might pose ethical dilemmas or issues for you or your families.  I’ve taken this pretty much verbatim from the link:

  • Page 65, Sec 164 — a payoff subsidised plan for retirees and their families in unions and community organisations (e.g. ACORN)
  • Page 95, Lines 8-18 — The Government will use groups, e.g. ACORN and Americorps, to sign up individuals for the Government Healthcare plan
  • Page 170, Lines 1-3 — Any NON-resident Alien is exempt from individual taxes, so Americans will pay
  • Page 203, Line 14-15 — ‘The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax.’ Yes, it says that
  • Page 239, Line 14-24 –The Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected
  • Page 241, Line 6-8 – Doctors, doesn’t matter what specialty they have, they’ll all be paid the same
  • Page 253, Line 10-18 — Government sets value of Doctor’s time, professional judgment, etc., their value as humans?
  • Page 272, Sec 1145 — TREATMENT in CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!
  • Page 298, Lines 9-11 — Doctors who treat a patient during an initial admission that results in a readmission will be penalised by the Government
  • Page 354, Sec 1177 – Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs, e.g. DOWNS SYNDROME, people!
  • Page 425, Lines 4-12 — Government MANDATES Advance Care Planning Consultation. Think Senior Citizens’ end of life?
  • Page 425, Lines 22-25, page 426 Lines 1-3 — Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you to death
  • Page 427, Lines 15-24 — Government mandates program for orders for end of life. The Government has a say in how your life ends
  • Page 430, Lines 11-15 — The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of your life
  • Page 469 – Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit orgs. Hello, ACORN Medical Services here!!?
  • Page 472, Lines 14-17 — PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANISATION. 1) a monthly payment and 2) a community-based org. Like ACORN?
  • Page 489, Sec 1308 — The Government will cover Marriage & Family therapy. Which means they will insert Government into your marriage.

I have read that there is a provision for mandating the period of time that must elapse between pregnancies, but I haven’t found that particular line.  The Advance Care Planning Consultation, from what I have read, is about counsellors advising the elderly about death.  There are to be five counselling sessions to make sure the elderly patient is comfortable with the idea.  So, this sounds nice but also quite sinister. 

There’s more at the link, including arranging for payment, which enables the government to see your financial details. To what extent is unclear.

For a doctor’s perspective, please click here.  Dr Vliet suggests a few things you can do today, before it’s too late.

But, hey — everything’s for the ‘common welfare’, right? 

‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’  Very postmodern.

(In case you’re wondering, this bill seems much more restrictive than the NHS in the UK, but then the NHS came about in 1948.  And, in the UK, we can have private health insurance if we wish.  We also don’t have community-based organisations like ACORN involved.)

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