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At the name of Jesus

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 25, 2003

Why should the Boston Globe -- an aggressively secularist publication and no friend of the Catholic Church -- carry an article on the implementation of changes in the liturgy?

Because it's war.

The point isn't that the new norms are likely to convulse the Church, but that anti-Catholics have a huge interest in dismantling what remains of a culture of adoration -- i.e., worship of a supremely transcendent God whom we did not invent and who demands obedience and awe. The Globe is right to cover the story, because its readers will intuitively grasp its relevance to current struggles: fluffy, I-love-me liturgy means a fuzzy, feel-good God; and a fuzzy, feel-good God means a weak Church; and a weak Church means ... whatever the Supreme Court says it means.

For exactly the same reasons, it's no accident that the rabidly pro-abortion Catholics for a Free Choice posts a news item titled "Vatican Contemplates Climb Down Over Rules for Mass" on its website. In the logic of moral theology, there's no connection between the Vatican's norms for Mass and the right to abortion on demand. But CFFC's Frances Kissling knows who her friends are and she knows her enemies. When bishops from Western Europe and North America manage to outflank the curia and embarrass the Holy See, Kissling understands the consequences and is right to gloat about them.

Because it's war.

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  • Posted by: frjimc - Nov. 26, 2003 10:18 AM ET USA

    Amen, John. So, let's say we begin formal, organized opposition. I'm a priest of the Archdiocese and am willing to 'put up or shut up.' Are there other normal Catholic priests out there who'd be willing to join me? And are there enough willing 'normal' Catholic laypeople who will support such an effort? To quote a contemporary Christian song, "If we are the Body, what are His feet doing?" Somebody who's a techie should put up a website via which we can organize, and then promote it here.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 25, 2003 7:15 AM ET USA

    It is a daily struggle. With no organized opposition, liberal-gay clegy terrorize the befuddled faithful.

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