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Jesus, the New Covenant Priesthood, and the Most Holy Eucharist-UPDATED Link Fixed!

[Originally posted May of 08]

Over the weekend I listened to Dr. Brant Pitre (a Catholic version of N. T. Wright) discussing the above topic. I think it is very powerful and contains some arguments that any self-respecting Protester needs to answer. And if no answer is forthcoming, then, said self-respecting Protester ought to either quit the protesting, or quit the self-respecting! ūüėČ

Part 1.

Part 2


May 27, 2008 Posted by | Catholicism, Historical, Liturgy, Religion, Theology | Leave a comment

Archbishop Ranjith says it like it is.

What a priest.

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May 26, 2008 Posted by | Catholicism, Liturgy, Religion | Leave a comment

Hey, the Old Mass is only to get SSPXers back, right?

Enter the President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.  What does he say?

This video is from in introduction to an FSSP training video… is the Extraordinary Form only for the schismatics and the old fogies that are pining for when the priest only showed his back side?¬† Well…

Think again!

Deo gratias!

May 24, 2008 Posted by | Catholicism, Liturgy, Religion | Leave a comment

Only on the tongue…

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May 22, 2008 Posted by | Catholicism, Liturgy, Religion | Leave a comment

Summorum Pontificum finally translated from the Latin on the Vatican Website!!

Good thing I read Hungarian perfectly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh well…. it’s a start.

April 11, 2008 Posted by | Catholicism, Liturgy, Religion | Leave a comment

So, will that PCED clarification ever come?

Just wonderin’.¬† I mean, it seems that we have been waiting for about 40 years and it just ain’t here yet.¬† But, peace, be still, my soul.¬† It shall come…

But I do have these nagging fears that our current Pope will not wake up one morning (perish the thought) and his enemies will go into overdrive to turn back the clock on liturgical develpoment… hmmm.¬† That’s weird.¬† Who are the sentimentalists pining for the past now?

I urge prayers for our Pope.

April 3, 2008 Posted by | Catholicism, Liturgy, Religion | Leave a comment

So the Pope did change the prayer…

But I am inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt after going nuts with despair when I first heard about it.¬† “All he is going to do,” said I, “is make the Jews mad, make the Traditionalists mad, make the liberal/progressives mad, make the conservatives mad, and give the Evangelical Protestants more ammo to accuse the Pope of being a Ecumaniac!”¬† Well, come to think of it, I think my feelings were right, and Mr. Foxman (the epitome of reasoned, thoughtful commentary) with his “Christian” friends decried the Popes decision, many Catholics are all bent out of shape about this.

But let’s look at it a moment.¬† He changed the wording, but, logically, it still says the same thing.¬† The Jews need illumination… because they are already illumined??¬† No, because they are in… what… darkness.¬† In the first major liturgical act since the ridiculous prayers of the Novus Ordo Good Friday Prayers (Happy Friday I should say… I’m good, you’re good, hell, even the Jews are good!), the Pope has reiterated that the Jews are still in need of the Savior of all men, and someday, all Israel will be saved by the fullness of the Gentiles coming in.¬† I think this will bring a debate that has gone on in the clouds too long down to earth.¬† Is the Catholic Church the New Israel?¬† What does this mean?¬† This may precipitate a changing of the current NO Good Friday prayers.¬† But now I am dreaming…

February 6, 2008 Posted by | Catholicism, Liturgy, Religion | 1 Comment

Finally, the Pope tells it like it is…

Very funny stuff…

January 4, 2008 Posted by | Catholicism, Entertainment, Liturgy, Religion | 1 Comment

*sniff* *sniff*… I love the smell of liberals whining in the morning

Just in case you missed it…National Catholic Reporter.¬†¬†This article swerves into an explicit sedevacantism of the opposite kind we are used to when hearing that word… that being that the Chair of St. Peter was empty at least between the years of the Council of Trent and the Second Vatican Council. ¬†It’s very scary folks…Sure we joke about laughing at liberal whiners who can’t take truth, but there are souls to be lost, or hopefully won back. ¬†The disobedience to the Holy Father and Holy Mother Church is disobedience to God Himself… “He who rejects you rejects Me and rejects the One who sent Me. ¬†“Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis peccatoribus.”

December 28, 2007 Posted by | Catholicism, Liturgy, Religion | Leave a comment

Resistance to the Motu Proprio

There is a eerie feeling one gets when people who have promised their lives to the Church and to the shepherding of Christ’s flock blatantly oppose the Traditional Mass, the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.¬† I am a personal witness to this and it causes a whole series of emotional, intellectual and spiritual reactions in me- from anger, to sadness, to bewilderment, to hardened resolve and everything in between.¬† I think to myself, “Is this no longer a struggle for the Mass or is it about power?”¬† I do not think that some of those those who oppose this, the most beautiful expression of the Mass, do so because they actually dislike the traditional Mass so much.¬† Nearly all of them don’t even know what it is!¬† How can you dislike what you in fact know absolutely nothing of!¬† I really believe that somehow they believe that it represents a threat to the control they exercise.¬† Sadly, from my experience, most who are opposed to the Motu Proprio do not have theological problems with it because they lack the necessary theological formation to make an argument.¬† Those who do have that formation put up rather weak and obviously transparent reasons to not implement Summorum Pontificum in the way that is equally obvious and transparent in Summorum Pontificum.¬† Perceived loss of power and control seem to be the culprit to this observer.

But then there is a deeper and more ominous reason for the resistance.¬† Michael Davies uttered many beautiful words about the old Mass.¬† But among all that I have heard or read, one statement he made has stuck with me and has been brought back to the front of my thinking since the post-motu resistance began.¬† He said that the Fathers of Trent had built up a Mass that was impregnable to the attacks of Satan and heresy.¬† Whether that was poetic hyperbole, or the literal truth, the force of the statement is still gripping.¬† If true, in either interpretation, (and I believe it is true) then the resistance has thrown on it a more sinister light than a mere ignorant and sickening fear of loss of power (as horrid as that thought is).¬† If true, then la R√©sistance then becomes a tool in the Devil’s own hand.¬† He has been busy for the last 100 years tearing apart our foundations theologically and worse still morally.¬† He has convinced Catholics that they no longer need penance to be saved, although Christ said so- no longer are Fridays days of penance.¬† He has convinced us that children are not one of the most precious gifts that God can choose to give to His people- contraception is okay.¬† He has convinced us that the old superstitious days are past- alchemy and the Real Presence are nice for fairy tales, but in real life…¬† He has convinced us that the only virtue that matters is Tolerance- Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus is intolerable.¬† Where do we stop?¬† This is hardly a sufficient list, but it must suffice for now.¬† These dogmas were a part of the Old Mass.¬† Unmistakable.¬† Undefeatable.¬† Indefectible.¬† These formed the theoretical and moral basis for Catholic living.¬† These “old” ideas are mostly in the minority now in the Church.¬† If even 51% of American Catholics believe in the Real Presence (if 98% do!) that constitutes one of Satan’s greatest victories since the Protestant Rebellion.*

The fight for the Mass is not a fight for nostalgia or how we feel when we hear a Latin chant or smell the glorious incense or etc.¬† (although all that is really swell!).¬† It is not even a fight for just the “Old Mass”.¬† No this is a fight for the Faith itself.¬† And the Traditional Mass embodies the faith of our fathers, that holy faith, in the most perfect way to date.¬† Can and should changes be made?¬† “If the good of the faithful certainly require it.”¬† Understood objectively (good=real and not apparent good, certainly require=certainly require), I say yes.

Keep the Faith.¬† May we be worthy of the company of the 4000 slaughtered at Devon by Cranmer’s satanic forces because they would rather die than alter the Mass of God wherein we find supernatural life in the receiving of the Most Precious Body and Blood of our Lord.

*Obviously, the Church has not failed and changed her teachings on these matters.  But there has been a decisive failure to teach on the part of her ministers and the people have (in some cases a small part in other cases in large part) ceased to believe the dogma of the Church.  I am no Sedevacantist.

October 7, 2007 Posted by | Catholicism, Liturgy, Religion | Leave a comment

Cardinal Hoyos says the priests don’t need bishop approval to celebrate the Ex. Form.

For whatever reason, some of the bishops in the US seem to think that they must grant permission to a priest before he can say the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.  The President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission thinks different

Q: What has changed, really, with this “motu proprio”?

Cardinal Castrill√≥n Hoyos: With this “motu proprio,” in reality, there has not been a big change. The important thing is that in this moment, priests can decide, without permission from the Holy See or the bishop, to celebrate the Mass in the ancient rite. And this holds true for all priests. It is the parish priests who must open the doors to those priests that, having the faculty, go to celebrate. It is not therefore necessary to ask any other permission.

Q: Your Eminence, this document was accompanied by fear and polemics. What is not true about what has been said or read?

Cardinal Castrill√≥n Hoyos: It is not true, for example, that power was taken away from bishops over the liturgy, because the Code of Canon Law says who must give permission to say Mass and it is not the bishop: The bishop gives the “celebret,” the power to be able to celebrate, but when a priest has this power, it is the parish priest and the chaplain who must grant the altar to celebrate.

If anyone impedes him, it is up to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, in the name of the Holy Father, to take measures until this right — which is a right that is clear to the faithful by now — is respected. has the whole interview.

September 15, 2007 Posted by | Catholicism, Liturgy, Religion | Leave a comment

The Motu Proprio is all about SSPX… That’s all! wait…

So if it is all about SSPX and not those of us in the younger generation that have found and love the old liturgy (which is ever new), then we have some problems…

1.¬† If SSPX is “outside the Church” as some say, including my Bishop, then how can the document be working for “internal reconciliaition” as the Pope says?¬† If SSPX is “out” then the Pope must not understand that he cannot work for an internal reconciliation for a group that is not “in”… silly Ratzinger.

2.¬† If the “stable group” that has been in a “continuous” state refers exclusively to SSPX, then are the Bishops who believe that SSPX is “out” going to let them come into “their” Churches and set up shop there like the MP says they are to do?¬† Yeah,¬† riiiight.

Just some thoughts…

August 28, 2007 Posted by | Catholicism, Liturgy, Religion | Leave a comment

Dossier on Summorum Pontificum

A Dossier on Motu Proprio has just been released. Here is Rorate’s blurb.

The news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide), Fides, provides a complete historical-documentary dossier (DOC) on the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, edited by Don Nicola Bux and Don Salvatore Vitiello.



Sacrosanctum Concilium
The Constitution Missale Romanum of Pope Paul VI (1969)
The Indult Quattuor Abhinc Annos of Pope John Paul II (1984)
The Commissio Cardinalitia of 1986
The Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei Adflicta of Pope John Paul II (1988)
Cardinal Medina on the Third Editio Typica of the Missal of Paul VI (2002)
Bibliography by Uwe Michael lang



August 4, 2007 Posted by | History, Liturgy, Religion | Leave a comment

On Why Women Ought not to Assist at Mass as (Extra)ordinary Eucharistic Ministers

It seems to follow from SyncContDunce’s illuminating article that women ought not to actively participate in Mass by administering the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist to her peers, the laity (leaving aside the question of whether having Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers was a good idea at this time in the Church- and also leaving aside how “Extraordinary” could become “Ordinary”- oh well, that gives me hope that the “Extraordinary” form of the Latin Rite will sometime soon become the “Ordinary”).

The priest goes up to the altar- he is Christ. The priest offers Christ to the Father- he is Christ offering himself to God the Father for the Salvation of the Church. The priest then gives Christ entire to the faithful- he is Christ, giving himself to His Holy Bride. As Dunce put it, we have a very luminous and intelligible metaphor if a priest (Christ and man) gives (Christ’s own body, blood, soul and divinity) to the assembled (his wife, the Church). It seems that the intelligibility of the metaphor is undone if a woman administers the Eucharist to the faithful. One might say that a sort of spiritual lesbianism results, though not strictly speaking. It might be more obvious that the situation is all wrong if these Extraordinary Ministers wore head coverings like they are commanded to by the Church. But laws that are not enforced are not practiced. That is the way it is…

July 6, 2007 Posted by | Liturgy, Religion | Leave a comment