US cardinal dismisses prayer power during pandemic: We can’t just pray and think things will change

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
We have to wonder why he beats this drum in this way at this time. It’s a harsh way to put down foolishness. Does he know of Catholics who dismiss self-help and ignore danger for the sake of magical prayer? Is this how he sees the day’s challenges? It’s as…

The Last Mass of Paul VI: An Autumn Night’s Dream

The Last Mass of Paul VI: An Autumn Night’s Dream By Tito Casini, severe critic of post-Vatican 2 changes. Dom Alcuin Reid: In 1967, [Casini’s] “provocative tract” La tunica stracciata (“The Torn Tunic”), with a preface by a curial cardinal, virulently took to task the cardinal charged with implementing the reform, Giacomo Lercaro, for ‘a … Continue reading The Last Mass of Paul VI: An Autumn Night’s Dream

Fr. Rutler’s parish in Manhattan

What’s going on, special attn. to final sentence: HOLY WEEK Due to the current pandemic, the Archdiocese has directed that there be no public Liturgies. The Masses of Holy Week will be offered in abbreviated form by Father Rutler. On Palm Sunday, April 5, there will be no distribution of palms, but they will be … Continue reading Fr. Rutler’s parish in Manhattan

On dishonest defence of post-Vatican 2 sweeping liturgical changes

By the learned and articulate Fr. Hunwicke. The claim, explicit or implicit, that these things were ‘ordered by the Council’, is a wantonly and grossly mendacious retrojection. It bears the finger-prints of the Father of Lies himself. Most of the Council Fathers expected a very much more modest reform. That is why only four voted … Continue reading On dishonest defence of post-Vatican 2 sweeping liturgical changes

Pseudo-literary salute to liturgy for the sake of God continued . . .

The liturgy under discussion is spelled out, encapsulated, here, in passages from “The Priority of Religion and Adoration over Communion,” by Peter Kwasniewski: Whenever the Mass is celebrated more like a meal, versus populum [facing the people], without silence, without serious elevations and double genuflections, with a memorial acclamation breaking in on our acts of … Continue reading Pseudo-literary salute to liturgy for the sake of God continued . . .

Bad, bad pseudo-literary salute to liturgy for the sake of God — with mucho benefits for men, women, and children but not pandering to their momentary interests . . .

Should we fit worship to the worshipers? (Bunch of worshipers coming, what do we have for them? Something special, please.) Or worshipers to the worship? (Solid stuff here, take it or leave it, trust us, you will not regret it, even in this life.) Consider the first. It’s the Protestant way and successful to a … Continue reading Bad, bad pseudo-literary salute to liturgy for the sake of God — with mucho benefits for men, women, and children but not pandering to their momentary interests . . .

Communion in the hand(s) no safer than on the tongue? Attending mass without communion may be your best choice.

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
From UK’s Latin Mass Society’s spokesman, analyzing the situation with admirable sang froid:   In [“extraordinary form,” Latin mass] celebrations, Holy Communion . . . may not be distributed in the hand, according to the universal liturgical law applicable to them. Should the spread of COVID-19 necessitate suspension of distribution of…

WHEN A FRIEND CROSSES THE BAR . . . A Jesuit funeral sermon, February, 2000

Pat preached. He had two points to make, he said, “before I get to Peter.” Peter was the deceased, his friend of 49 ½ years, since the two of them entered the Jesuits. Pat’s two points were that he stood on “holy ground” there in the retirement center for Jesuits of eight upper Midwestern states … Continue reading WHEN A FRIEND CROSSES THE BAR . . . A Jesuit funeral sermon, February, 2000

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