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It seems Pope Francis needs to brush up on his Tertullian!

It has been reported (in The ChristLast Media, I must note) that the current Pope does not like the phrase "lead us not into temptation...

"Let no freedom be allowed to novelty, because it is not fitting that any addition should be made to antiquity. Let not the clear faith and belief of our forefathers be fouled by any muddy admixture." -- Pope Sixtus III

Monday, September 11, 2017

There are two types of leftist Catholics. I'm not sure which kind Pope Francis is.

Hey Catholic kiddies, here comes "Our parent who's in heaven, great is your name." AGAIN!

One type is the dedicated Leninist-Leninist who infiltrates the Church to use Her and Her good name to spread their hate-filled inhuman ideology.

The other type is the Catholic who has succumbed to despair because mankind is just as sinful today as it was yesterday. These poor souls readily turn to Leviathan because they believe it can use its earthly power to force men to be good, or at least to relieve the earthly suffering caused by sin.

Not only is this way of thinking a grave sin, it is patently absurd. What is government but sinful people who passed the Civil Service exam? The blame for government failing to end sin or alleviate suffering can be spread over the millions of federal, state, and local officials (effectively meaning nobody is responsible) and this is considered a suitable substitute for the Sacraments by people who seem to have lost faith in the promises of God.

With this latest move to drag the Catholic Church back into the Dark Ages of the 1960s and 1970s, Francis appears to be more like the first type instead of the second, which I assumed he was since his election. But this decision is an insidious infection as anyone who  is over 40 (and was paying attention) can attest. Just wait until some "ladies" in your parish put on a "Dance Mass".

Two points to keep in mind:

In the article below, you will see a few references to Vatican II and its "decree" that Mass must be said in the "vernacular". That word mean the local language of the place where Mass is being said, not the local street slang or even emojis. Just like every word of the Second Vatican Council, the fascist left bullies people into accepting that "vernacular" means whatever suits the left's purposes that day.

The Mass is based on the Word of God, as any reading of Catholic liturgy will prove. I once took a Jewish friend to Mass with me and throughout it, he kept pointing at the missal and saying things like "That's ours. You took that from us." and he didn't even bother mentioning the first reading from Jeremiah or the Psalms we sung. (Afterwards, he did ask if we sing Psalms at every Mass.)

Letting anyone, even a bishop, to alter the liturgy risks altering His Word, which is something we Catholics should leave to our benighted protestant friends.

From The Old Gray Whore:

Pope Francis Shifts Power From Rome ...

Pope Francis, who has used his absolute authority in the Vatican to decentralize power from Rome, made a widespread change Saturday to the ways, and words, in which Roman Catholics worship by amending Vatican law to give national bishop conferences greater authority in translating liturgical language.

“It’s hugely important,” said Rita Ferrone, a specialist in Catholic liturgy who writes for Commonweal, a liberal Catholic magazine. She said that by loosening Rome’s grip on the language of prayers, Francis had restored the intention of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and erased some of the rollbacks of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. “It was especially astute that he put it into canon law because it makes it official.”

Francis has not been shy in efforts to reform the church and has tread on some of its most delicate subjects, from challenging the Roman bureaucracy that runs the church to emphasizing acceptance of gays and the divorced.

On Saturday he stepped squarely onto the battlefield of the so-called Liturgy Wars, which, especially in the English-speaking church, have divided liberals and conservatives for decades.

Catholic progressives have advocated a greater use of contemporary idioms consistent with the Second Vatican Council reforms of the 1960s and many bristled under what they considered a heavy and out-of-touch hand from Rome.

Conservative opponents favored the Latin Mass, or at least more faithful translations to it in the local language, and they wanted the church hierarchy in Rome to ensure global universality and unity by making all of those translations uniform.

By amending the Code of Canon Law, Francis appears to have sided with the liberals in the debate and shifted the ownership of translations to the local bishops.

The amendment is a significant development in a liturgical schism that has split Catholics across the world and was evident at the highest echelons of the church.

In 2007, Benedict himself issued a Motu Proprio increasing access to the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass, a move seen as a microcosm of the church’s shift toward traditionalism during his papacy.

In changing the law, which will go into effect on Oct. 1, the pope recalled that the Vatican Council entrusted bishops with the “weighty task of introducing the vernacular language into the liturgy.” He added that “in order that the renewal of the whole liturgical life might continue, it seemed opportune that some principles handed on since the time of the council should be more clearly reaffirmed and put into practice.”

He also acknowledged the bitter feelings that the fights over liturgical language have produced, writing, “It is no surprise that difficulties have arisen” between local churches and the Vatican. He then called for “reciprocal trust” between the local churches and the Vatican department with liturgical oversight, known as the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

But Vatican observers say trust is in short supply between the pope and the cardinal he selected in 2014 to run the department, Robert Sarah.

A hero to Vatican conservatives — and for many, a desired candidate in the next conclave to choose a new pope — Cardinal Sarah has been undermined by partisans of Francis who have worked on a committee to loosen the Guinean cardinal’s cherished Latin literalism.

In 2016, Cardinal Sarah called for priests to celebrate Mass ad orientem, or with their backs to the congregation. Francis promptly issued an unusual public rebuke. And in April of this year, Cardinal Sarah sent a letter honoring Benedict’s support of the Latin Mass, asserting that “modern liturgy” had caused devastation and schism. Benedict wrote that “the liturgy is in good hands,” in an afterward to a book the cardinal wrote this year.

But the liturgy seems to have been in the hands of Francis all along.

Saturday’s Vatican announcement was made as the pope visited Medellin, Colombia, the site of a landmark 1968 meeting that emphasized local Latin American influence in church decision-making. It also came just weeks after the pope — not one to invoke his magisterial authority — did just that when he announced that the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council was “irreversible.”

Progressive interpretations of those reforms in the 1960s provoked a backlash, and a “reform of the reform” movement, which ultimately had advocates at the top of the church during the reigns of John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

In 2001, the Vatican issued the Liturgiam Authenticam, or Authentic Liturgy, instructing that translations from Latin needed to be “in the most exact manner, without omissions or additions in terms of their content.”

That same year, the Vatican established Vox Clara, or Clear Voice, a committee to scrutinize English-language translations of the texts and prayers included in the Roman Missal. The committee advocated a close fidelity to the Latin.

In 2006, the Vatican successfully pressured American bishops to accept a more literal translation of well-known English prayers. In 2011, many English-speaking priests panned their effort, finding the language clunky and archaic.

Too bad for them. They aren't stage actors having to deal with Shakespeare. (Come to think of it, have you noticed how pathetic and lame those "modern" interpretations of The Bard are?) They are acting in the stead of the Christ Himself, and if His words seem clunky and archaic, they should find a new line of work.

While noting the unity instilled by the Roman Rite, Francis argued for the beauty and accessibility of local languages. He wrote on Saturday that “vernacular languages themselves, often only in a progressive manner, would be able to become liturgical languages, standing out in a not dissimilar way to liturgical Latin for their elegance of style and the profundity of their concepts with the aim of nourishing the faith.”

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