Deceived … or just another failure and dereliction of duty?

It is a puzzling question, but in a mostly overlooked interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo in August, Archbishop Dolan gave some insight into what happened behind the scenes, suggesting that the bishops had, in fact, deliberately avoided “pulling out the stops.”

Why? Because, Dolan says, he and his fellow bishops had been assured by “political allies” that the bill didn’t have any legs, and that there was no need to expend resources fighting it.

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Editor’s note: The bishops are, by nature, political creatures. Archbishop Dolan’s lame excuses simply don’t pass muster. There was much more to this abject failure in leadership than meets the eye … but it’s likely we won’t hear anything more about it than this. Shame!

How’d it go? A host of comments on the new Mass translation.

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Libs just “hate” the word “consubstantial” in the new Mass translation

“There are a lot of people upset by the changes, and the process by which the changes were made,” said Tom Kyle, 72, a Catholic from Farmington who says the church should be more open. “There is a lot of resistance from the clergy. A lot of the priests don’t like it.”

The word “consubstantial” is one example of what Kyle says represents a backward step for the church.

“Technically, it’s correct, but people don’t know what ‘consubstantial’ means,” Kyle said. “It doesn’t make any sense for many. And it doesn’t have the same flow.”

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Editor’s note-

Dear Mr. Kyle:

Consubstantial means that Jesus Christ, like all the members of the Holy Trinity, is of one and the same eternal, uncreated, divine essence … i.e. substance. (You remember … God from God. Light from Light. True God from True God?)

Since God made us to know him, love him, and serve him … in this world … and in the next … there’s absolutely nothing “backward” about developing a deeper understanding of the divine nature … especially at Mass.

A more complete treatment of the subject can be found here,  and here, in the venerable Catholic Encyclopedia.

Now that we’ve put that behind us, why not just relax and worship God in spirit and truth, the way it was always supposed to have been done?

Sincerely,

Doug Lawrence
Just Another Faithful Catholic

285,000 Moscovites que up in the cold to view the Precious Sash of “Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos”

Reliquary of the Precious Sash

Such is the excitement and fuss the Cincture of the Virgin Mary has generated on its first trip out of Greece in 200 years. The faithful believe it clung to the waist of the Virgin Mary and thousands have flocked to Moscow to see it on its grand tour.

According to tradition Mary was buried wearing the belt but disappeared thereafter. She then reappeared to the apostle Thomas, who had missed the funeral, and she gave him her camel hair belt.

It then traveled to Constantinople, years later, where the Empress Zoe, wife of the Emperor Leo VI embroidered it with gold thread and divided it into three sections.

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Voices from Russia (with photos)

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Washington Post Slide Show

Editor’s note: It seems as though “Doubting Thomas” was always in need of some additional “proof”. And he always got it! Meanwhile, back in the good old USA, millions jostle for position at various “Black Friday” sales venues.

The First Thanksgivings Were Catholic

The first two Thanksgivings in the present day United States were actually Catholic. The Pilgrims can only claim a third one, a correction I suggest should be made in school history books.

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Revised Roman Missal: They should have put in just a bit of Latin.

by Doug Lawrence

By far the greatest difficulty with the newly revised Mass translation is remembering to say “And with your spirit” instead of “And also with you.”

The “old” response is so ingrained as to be virtually automatic, with probably half or more of the congregation routinely “flubbing it”.

Perhaps things will improve over time, but the elegant and traditional solution (and one that will really irritate the libs) is to go back to the Latin! (What’s the problem? The liturgy already retains certain phrases, in Greek.)

Dominus vobiscum. Et cum spiritu tuo.

(“The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.”)

Most of today’s Catholics have never heard it, so there should be absolutely no problem with prior conditioning or habit.

Note to surviving, pre-Vatican II Catholics: Please try to remember that “Et cum spiritu tuo”  is NOT the emergency phone number for the Vatican!

Springfield, Illinois diocese holding ‘evening of repentance’ for clergy abuse victims

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will preside at the Monday, Dec. 12, service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue. Services will be held simultaneously at six other churches in Edwardsville, Mount Zion, Teutopolis, Jacksonville, Hillsboro and Quincy.

It’s the first time a public event like this has been conducted by the diocese, according to Patricia Kornfeld, the diocese’s victims assistance coordinator.

The impetus was the desire of the diocese “to express repentance and forgiveness for the sins of the past,” Kornfeld said.

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