Obama and Obamacare imitates Vatican II – and not in a good way.

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Vatican II was totally, radically different.

For one, the scope of the changes made to the Novus Ordo were orders of magnitude larger than those made in any previous revision of the Mass. This was the total destruction of the former Rite, and the fabrication of a totally new Rite on the spot. The changes were totally inorganic: they were imposed in rather brutal fashion from above by the highest Church authority, made virtually overnight and by a small cabal of self-anointed experten, with dozens of Propers literally thrown together overnight, some of which may even have been written by protestants (it is known with certainty that many of the banal prayers of the post-VII Liturgy of the Hours were written by protestant “advisers”).

What is more, while Trent left venerable old Rites in place, the Traditional Latin Mass was declared “abrogated,” even though in reality it wasn’t, and such is essentially impossible, anyway.

For 20 odd years, the TLM was virtually extinct in the canonically regular Church.  But the biggest factor was the enormous, massive nature of the changes, many of which were not even specified by the Council (but, there is an argument they could be inferred from various parts of the Conciliar text, and that argument has varying degrees of merit).

Essentially, the faithful were told that the Mass they had always known and, for the most part, dearly loved, was deficient, bad, even, stultifying, and ineffective of Grace.  They were told how much they hated Latin and how they had never understood anything.

Given that the Mass was the core of the experience of the Faith most Catholics had, both the changes, and the campaign to “sell” them by discrediting the old Mass, caused many Catholic heads to spin so far, they unscrewed themselves and fell off.  In essence.

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Father Dwight Longenecker: Why I Am a Catholic.

I am a Catholic because the Catholic faith stands the world on it’s head. It turns over the tables. It makes you expect the unexpected. Just when you thought you had it figured it out, the Catholic Church, like a mischievous and shrewd old woman, pulls a trick on you, calls you to step out of the comfort zone and be radical once again. In every age and in every place Catholicism has been subversive, and the message of Jesus Christ is only good news when it is subversive.

I’m also Catholic because Catholicism provides a time tested and true method for ascertaining religious truth. It avoids supernatural explanations while not being so dogmatic as to rule them out altogether. It demands that we use our human reason, but then says human reason is not enough. It requires obedience to an authority, but says that this obedience is to true religion as a map is for the journey. Catholicism is inclusive where it should be and exclusive where it should be. I’m Catholic because I wish to affirm all, for a man is most often right in what he affirms and wrong in what he denies.

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Another testimony

Vatican II: A moment of grace … followed by fifty years of chaos.

Two famous 1960’s era radicals

The Pope remembered the great sight of over 3,000 bishops from around the world “gathered under the guidance of the Successor of the Apostle Peter” at “the school of the Holy Spirit, the true driving force of the Council.” At few other times, he suggested, have people been able to “almost concretely ‘touch’ the universality of the Church.”

He also recalled the “the surprise of the small group of cardinals” who were present at the Roman basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls when Pope John XXIII announced the convening of the Second Vatican Council in January 1959. Unlike the previous general councils of the Church, there “were no particular errors of faith to correct or condemn,” nor were there “specific issues of doctrine or discipline to be clarified,” Pope Benedict explained.

The reason for the Council, Benedict XVI said, was spelled out by Pope John in his opening speech when he stated that “faith had to speak in a ‘renewed,’ more incisive way” in a rapidly changing world, while “keeping its perennial contents” and “without giving in or compromising.”

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Editor’s note: How’s that totally unnecessary change working out for everyone, some 50 years after the fact? Evidently, the good Pope John XXIII never heard the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” All this, while Pope Benedict, the old revolutionary, continues to survey the massive destruction left in the Council’s wake.

Let’s quit blaming the Holy Spirit for this unparalleled debacle and failure, since that would be blasphemy. It is the church hierarchy, caught up in the obtuse spirit of the age, which is primarily responsible for the damage. And that includes ALL of the recent Popes.

Wacky keynote addresses at annual assemblies of the LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) speak volumes.

As anyone who’s a member of a large organization knows: leadership is often way, way out in front of those they lead. . .sometimes too far out.

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Gov. Pat Quinn provides a lesson in Illinois’ pay-to-play politics

He owes Personal PAC large. The group gave more than $400,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to Quinn’s campaign. It ran its own TV ad campaign at a critical time. Terry Cosgrove, head of Personal PAC, was appointed to a $46,960-a-year seat on the state’s Human Rights Commission.

The bishops’ criticism targets Quinn’s betrayal of his faith. My criticism is that Personal PAC is not just your average political action committee. It represents the most extreme political views about questions of life, and it’s every bit as extreme as it accuses the Catholic Church of being.

Personal PAC opposes common sense regulations that would allow parents to be notified if their child is set for an abortion. Not only do Americans strongly support such parental notification, but according to a Gallup poll that was updated Nov. 11, 71 percent favor laws requiring parental consent for juveniles, education about possible risks of an abortion (87 percent), a 24-hour waiting period (69 percent), a ban on partial-birth abortions in the last six months of pregnancy (64 percent) and that patients be shown a pre-abortion ultrasound. Answers are similar for both men and women. Pro-choicers of Personal PAC’s stripe oppose every one of them, arguing they cramp the “right to choose.”

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Radical left-wing religious group lobbied for Obamacare, more government spending, looser immigration.

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Benedict XVI’s latest book is more modernist, Protestant fantasy than authentic, Catholic truth.

I’ve finally figured out why the Pope, in the introduction to his latest book, grants that everyone is free to disagree with any of the opinions contained therein.

This pope long ago succumbed to the vacuous, modernist theology of his fellow, radical Germans, and he obviously no longer accepts the dogmatic Catholic truths that, along with Jesus Christ, serve as the very foundation of the Catholic faith.

The scary thing is … most Catholics view Benedict XVI as a traditionalist … just like his illustrious predecessor.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Simply go back and read his extensive collection of published works. Then, there will be no doubt!