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THE DEVIL'S BIG THREE

THE DEVIL’S BIG THREE

INTERESTING INSIGHT – I find it interesting that there are three topics that seem so off limits – “taboo” – that one receives such a visceral response from their defenders that one risks having one’s reputation destroyed by those who will resort to utter cruelty to, seemingly, punish those who attempt to throw light on […]

50 years ago today: BUGNINICARE!

50 years ago today: BUGNINICARE!

From Father Zuhlsdorf: Today is the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium. 50 years. FIFTY. YEARS. I went back into the archives of the blog to find my post about… Bugninicare! UNIVERSAL SPIRITUAL-CARE REFORM FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (Socialized Worship) Taking his cue from post-war European national health care programs, Annibale Bugnini, assisted by […]

The Day the Mass Changed - Part Two

The Day the Mass Changed – Part Two

  Introduction to Part II The first reforms of the liturgy were introduced on November 29, 1964, and more were introduced a few months later. This was just a year after the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC) and before the Council itself had ended. During the […]

The Day the Mass Changed - Part One

The Day the Mass Changed – Part One

On November 29, 1964 — a year after the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was enacted — the “New Mass”, as it was then called, was introduced into US parishes. A fairly typical description of what Catholics experienced at Mass on that day, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, is this: Parishioners sitting in […]

The Lie of Integralism

The Lie of Integralism

From Unam Sanctam Catholicam: Those orthodox Catholics who continue to insist that Vatican II ushered in a new springtime of rich fruits for the Church have a difficult time when it comes to dealing with the pre-Vatican II Church of the early twentieth century. On the one hand, these orthodox Catholics who insist on uniformity […]

The Dictatorship of Old Hippies

The Dictatorship of Old Hippies

Audio version here. I recently celebrated my 25th anniversary as a priest. That means that my “impressionable” years were lived during the turbulent decades of the 1960s and 1970s. Add to this that my hometown was Madison, WI – the epicenter of rebellion and revolt during that time. Additionally, the seminary I attended in the […]

What Happened to Confession?

What Happened to Confession?

From the Liturgy Guy: Have you ever noticed how the lines for Communion are long and yet the lines for Confession are short? It is interesting to note that, out of necessity, many parishes today offer four, five or even six scheduled masses on Sunday and yet often only dedicate one hour a week for confession. […]

The Myth of Pedophile Priests

The Myth of Pedophile Priests

From Fr. Longenecker: As more pedophile priest scandals blow up across Europe we should be ashamed of the offenders and those who sheltered them and oppressed the victims. The guilty should be weeded out, removed from office and handed over to the civil authorities where they are guilty of crimes. Systems to avoid abuse must […]

You Might Be In a Liberal Parish If…

You Might Be In a Liberal Parish If…

From National Catholic Register: You might be in a liberal parish if… …your family has to split up to find the tabernacle. …the pastor wears an Izod shirt and introduces himself as “Steve.” …there’s maraca’s in the band. …your pastor’s last name starts with “Pf”. …there’s a bin in the narthex with old copies of […]

Four Common Tactics of the Devil

Four Common Tactics of the Devil

From Archdiocese of Washington: One of the key elements in any contest is to understand the tactics of your opponent and to recognize the subtleties of the strategy or moves they may employ. In the spiritual battle of life we need to develop some sophistication in recognizing, naming, and understanding the subtleties of common tactics […]