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The Bill of Rights and Catch-22

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Oct 04, 2004

Diogenes,

It's commonplace to use the phrase "catch-22" to refer to a bureaucratic snafu. But at one point in Joseph Heller's book, the meaning of the title phrase is explained in clear language: "They can do anything you can't stop them from doing."

In this case, what "they" can do is liturgical abuse.

The Vatican gives us a "Bill of Rights," with a guarantee of proper worship. The faithful have clear rights. Those rights are clearly violated-- not just in LA but all across America.

Now what?

Catch 22.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 05, 2004 9:03 PM ET USA

    The Vatican tolerates abuse in the Mass and laxity in our Bishops. The Bishops do what they plwease and it goes all the way down into the ranks. No one wants to be the "heavy" and exert leadership and direction.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 05, 2004 7:01 PM ET USA

    There seems to be an ongoing "disconnect" between meticulous and almost (at least from my point of view) obsessive congruence with the exact rule with regard to the liturgy and the reasonable fruits of a well balanced Christian life. The two DO NOT necessarily correspond and this ongoing argument that all or most of our modern ills are due to "innovations" in the Mass is highly debatable. The case of Krenn is a splendid example. I think we need to love more and nit-pick less.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 05, 2004 11:16 AM ET USA

    I don’t get it. You folks squawk about liturgical abuse, but say nothing about the illicit suppression of the Latin Mass that followed VC II. When Pope St. Pius V invoked his Apostolic authority (in Quo Primum Tempore) to order, “for ever,” that the Missal of Trent be the only one used, he also granted a permanent and irrevocable indult for that Mass. Why do we have to endure an irreverent and mocking liturgy when it is our right to have the sacred and hallowed Latin Mass celebrated for us?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 04, 2004 8:09 PM ET USA

    Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?

  • Posted by: Catholicity - Oct. 04, 2004 6:14 PM ET USA

    Now what? First of all, pray. Second, petition Rome to give every priest everywhere the right to use the 1962 missal. The only thing that has the power to reform the new is the old. Third, band together, perhaps via the internet with other like minded "watchdogs" to take the Holy See up on the offer. (Keep a notepad in your car, and right after Mass, list all liturgical abuses. Send them to the Papal Nuncio monthly, with a CC to the bishop.) What could it hurt?

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