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Don't try this at home, boys and girls!

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 11, 2004

Remember those "What's Wrong With This Picture?" puzzles you used to find in chldren's magazines? Well here's a clever and innovative bit of pedagogy from the Religion Education Congress held in Los Angeles last February. In order to instruct youth on the proper celebration of the Eucharist, they photographed someone garbed as a priest pretending to say Mass wrongly, so that kids might amuse themselves trying to identify as many liturgical violations as possible. How many can YOU find?

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By some curious glitch the photo is not posted under "Instructional Materials" but under Closing Liturgy. How very odd.

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  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2004 11:11 PM ET USA

    Actually this is all nonsense ... the cardinal is pictured here at a well known Napa winery sampling their latest products. He is holding the glass up to assess the wine's clarity. The basket is full of crackers to help cleanse the palate as he moves to the next carafe. A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf.

  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2004 5:58 PM ET USA

    Mea culpa! I didn't look closely enough. I am still stammering from the Chrism Mass here where all but about 3 priests were improperly vested. Do they get their sartorial inspiration from vestment catalogues?

  • Posted by: Byzantine Latino - May. 12, 2004 9:09 AM ET USA

    regina caeli, although one can criticize the Cardinal for much in the photo, wearing the "stole' outside the chasuble is not one of them. That "stole" is actually the pallium, and is a proper vestment of a metropolitan archbishop. It is properly worn over the chasuble and signifies the metropolitan's communion with the Bishop of Rome. The metropolitan wears the pallium only within his own metropolitan province during the Mass.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2004 10:57 PM ET USA

    Too bad the photos of the liturgical dancers aren't video shots. They look like the street dancers in front of Ray's Music Exchange in "The Blues Brothers."

  • Posted by: Sterling - May. 11, 2004 9:31 PM ET USA

    I remember a faithful priest who had mistakenly placed the extra wine - and I mean wine - off the cloth (don't know its name), during the consecrating prayer, and he would not let it be used, since it wasn't consecrated. Aren't these jugs - and I mean jugs - off "the cloth?" And is this a papal mass at a stadium, or is all the precious blood pictured going to be consumed??? I mean, in what state will the people leave the Church?

  • Posted by: Coco - May. 11, 2004 9:09 PM ET USA

    I live in Nevada. Our RE teachers rave about that conference in CA. First Communion Mass had little to do with the Real Presence of God. The children shouldn't receive in the mouth-too hard for them to do it right! Fr. continues to use his new glass dinnerware for consecration, sits within feet of the tabernacle w/back to it, rarely approaches it and when he does it is with all of the respect you give when getting a jar of pickles out of the fridge... No wonder our kids don't know their faith!

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2004 8:32 PM ET USA

    Stole *outside* the chasuble. Tsk tsk tsk. Mercifully, the sort of hosts being used are hidden by that cheesy and illicit basket. Betcha they've got more than wheat and water in 'em.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - May. 11, 2004 12:32 PM ET USA

    If I'm sitting in the first row or two with a box of Manischewitz Matzoh and a two liter Gallo wine-in-the-box, have I just participated in the consecration? Do I now have the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the pew next to me? Doesn't he have the intent to consecrate all the bread and wine in the vicinity?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - May. 11, 2004 12:31 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, You forgot the Latin and Aramaic subtitles. I hope that someone verified the electrolyte balance in the pitchers as I wouldn't want anyone to get dehydrated contemplating the hypostatic union.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - May. 11, 2004 10:50 AM ET USA

    Cardinal Mahony and all others in his camp: Read/obey Redemptionis Sacramentum, all paragraphs, especially #117-120: no glass, no more disrespect for the Blessed Sacrament; bring out the precious vessels you've hidden in your storerooms; & #186: "All things to the contrary notwithstanding... and this is to be observed immediately by all concerned." ie, your Eminence, nothing & no one can stand in the way of or replace or supercede this document. Not even you or any of your traitorous friends.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2004 9:36 AM ET USA

    Diogenes: What in Hell is going on in these pictures?

  • Posted by: Fr. Zuhlsdorf o{]:¬) - May. 11, 2004 6:15 AM ET USA

    Ah.. the infamous "Three Days of Darkness". There is amazingly provocative Photoshop fodder in those frames.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2004 4:34 AM ET USA

    The success of the Cardinal Mahony's of the world is in direct proportion to the success of the "obedience at all costs" wing of the Church. There is no end to the degradation these people will put up with. And, of course, we all know who promoted him to his see ... and who refuses to depose him. This being the case, I can only hope that Caesar takes care of him soon.

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