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Monday, June 24, 2013
  Looking at our Church

When as a thinking catholic I scan the internet, this catholic can see in an understated way, we are, in general a little too proud, a little too triumphant. I find it false and unbecoming to hide these attributes under what is false humility. I do confess it is obvious priests are a little paternal and dismissive of our, the laity's views. This triumphalism confuses how we see and believe in our religion. No one likes to be patted on the head with a unspoken,"Father knows best" attitude. This is a usually a poorly a wrong headed version of paternalism. I thank God not all are inflicted with this schism. No one, especially those of us, who have been in the Church all their long life and whose knowledge and views are dismissed in favour of those who are newbies. Newbies, I find, who are inexperienced and badly formed in the faith, and of different cultures. I mean in the text of a Unifying Catholic Culture that has matured and developed over many years of practicing our faith. This attitude does effect how we translate, interpret or understand scriptures, dogma or what is most disgusting for catholic, is how we were taught to interpret and use our badly formed consciences. I wish the nonsense spoken as a gospel truth that is extremely offensive when a severely uniformed newbie tells those of us who existed as catholic and practiced and worked to become saints and got there without ever  knowing the scriptures. That is rude and ignorant and so many of those who should know better publicly agree. Even though one could point out it was their fault if previous to that pastoral council, it was their responsibility to guide us. 

If it is, as the majority of right thinkers iterate and reiterate that catechism is lousy in the Church today. The right thinkers who repeat and repeat rightly in condemning the very foolish majority who teach the RCIA. I question, as should the prelates and the priests who authorize such monstrous foolishness, how can anyone been able able to form consciences properly, since the advent of dreadful pastoral debacle called Vatican 2 and following? I can criticize since I have been to RCIA classes in various parishes and in the main they stink, reek of schisms and down right denial of catholic teachings. In one argument with a priest when he glossed over confession before a Holy Communion, he objected to my question of not receiving communion if not in a state of grace.


Let this blog cause you to stop and consider the lack of unity in the church. Why is this lack so apparent? My thoughts lean towards a complete and very deliberate misunderstanding of Vatican 2 and a lack of interest by bishops and priests in teaching encyclicals such as Christifideles Laici, and documents on the Liturgy. Vatican 2 fostered a worldly view by the laity of their role in the Church which was never corrected by prelates and priests. It has been for so many a descent to where we should be frightened to go. It has been downhill journey ever since. The resulting success of liberal obscurantism in the church is caused by the neglect and bad catechizing through a lack of fortitude by priests who fail to insist on orthodox catechetical teaching. Are these sentiments wrong? Consider therefore the disunity over the Liturgies. Consider the words in Evelyn Waugh's letters to Cardinal Heenan, who agreed with him over the abuses in the new liturgies. Cardinal Heenan agreed wholeheartedly, fought and earned the Heenan Indult and then did what a modern and untaught laity popularly demanded. The sacrifice of the mass had to be built unfortunately on the demands of rebellious Jewry, 2000 years ago at the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. Then formed, it was offered in places and actions formed by God's instructions to the Hebrews over the form of the temple interior, the personnel allowed on the altar, and what the sacrifices were to be in atonement for. Evelyn Waugh dismissed the idiotic demands for the use of the vernacular language by showing if it is to be followed to its perfection then due to refugee-ism, immigration, and other cross border pollinations, we should have masses offered in parishes everywhere, in Tagalog, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, and various other languages, even as he facetiously wrote by Abyssinians with their rattles banging, dancing around the altar. I remember when we could all understand the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as it was always the same, and our teachers took pains to teach us the format in which it was presented. I have heard catholics talk about the mass in Latin as retrogressive. The unspoken statement is the old mass is not modern enough. The music is old fashioned, and must we, to keep up with new trends start celebrating the today's mass in rap and as the fad changes, change the mass again. This would be a logical conclusion from the modern thought of the prelates and priests. If someone wants the mass to be a rock concert, then give them a mass separate from the traditions of the Church. See how long it would last. If someone wants to dance around the altar banging with rattles and tambourines then give them a separate mass. Do not disturb me or others like me in our prayer of silence, which is the precursor, by Church teachings on the prayer to DIVINE COMTEMPLATION.

May I add some other thoughts. I have heard many say by their actions they do not need confession as a sacrament, Priests are demanding that it is replaced with general absolution. Some claim the Church cannot make rules other than what is in the scriptures. How truly banal? The Church has the power. Christ after  His resurrection and before His ascension said so. Do no, as is fashionable today, place your opinions, your private revelations, before those of a Man who did not tell lies. The Church echoing the Old Law instructs us to keep Holy the Sabbath and gives us an order of mass by which to keep the sacrifice and the day Holy. If we are not present, we have committed a grievous or mortal sin. The Church defines the length and the time in liturgical practice by which this instruction is made (fulfilled). We must be there from before the Gospel until after the Last Blessing. To do otherwise we have missed mass and committed a mortal sin. The Church instructs us that we cannot receive Holy Communion until we have confessed this sin and should not receive until we do so, as soon as possible. This meant in my day and it has not changed, do not go to Holy Communion until we go to a sacramental confession. So many I know could not care less and miss mass and receive. I know there are all sorts of excuses one can give but nevertheless, it is still a precept or commandment of the Church, miss mass you have sinned. When will one priest have the intestinal fortitude to stand in front of his sheep and tell them of this precept or instruction. He might not want too, but when he stands before Christ he will certainly know he should have as he is sent to join the goats.

If there are any of the laity who reads this, and armed with the virtue of fortitude decides to ask Prelate or Priest to give an opinion on the veracity of what you have just read, you will find it will be obvious if the questioned has the intestinal fortitude to give an answer from his conscience. Good Luck with your quest. By the way, why when so many Bishops do admit to a rotten malaise in the teaching of the faith through bad catechesis, why has it not been corrected?

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