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Eat your peas

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 12, 2007

Once again Anthony Esolen is hitting nails on heads over on the "Mere Comments" blog associated with Touchstone magazine.

And nails aren't the only things he's hitting, as Esolen provides an interlinear commentary on a story about Bishop Trautperson's report to the liturgical panjandrums of North America. (Your Uncle Di had his own comments, you'll recall.) A small sample:

Trautman raised concerns

Everybody these days "raises concerns." If they raised welts, they'd be more honest.

Esolen raises welts. If you want to be able to speak intelligently about what he calls "post-Vatican II Eat Your Peas ecclesiology," you'll need to read this one.


Father Z, too, has some comments on the Trautperson speech, concentrating his fire on the bishop's presumption that lay people are D-U-M. Father Z writes:

What would the reaction be, I wonder, from priests and bishops and liturgists if people far and wide went public in speeches and articles about how their priests were too stupid to explain the prayers, they were incompetent teachers, that they were using little goo-goo words in homilies and sticking to the lowest common liturgical denominator because they themselves aren’t capable of rising to the challenge they were ordained for.

The operative words here "went public." That is what laymen talk about, you know, when the priests aren't listening.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2007 3:28 PM ET USA

    Hey, the Bishops are listening people! They listen to CTA, the U.N., Oprah, wymon, "catholics" for free Choice, the Democratic party, Homer Simpson, NAMBLA, the Greenpeace and every other leftist they can find. They just refuse to pay any attention to the simpletons in the pews. When confronted with the fact that some said simpletons have PhDs they reply: "Let them eat wafers." (those simpletons actually believe that the wafers are Christ.) God, bless and keep the Bishop -- far away.

  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - Jan. 15, 2007 4:44 PM ET USA

    You mean priests, bishops and liturgists aren't too stupid to give more meaningful homilies? Here I was thinking that they were suffering from some sort of disability. Now I'm mad!

  • Posted by: coach1 - Jan. 15, 2007 4:28 PM ET USA

    We have an accurate translation. It is known as the 1962 St. Joseph Missal. Latin on the left - English on the right. Simple. Trautman and his ilk capitalized on the docility of the average Catholic. That is a betrayal.

  • Posted by: coach1 - Jan. 15, 2007 3:56 PM ET USA

    Please tell me when the priests are listening..

  • Posted by: depeccatoradvitam - Jan. 13, 2007 6:17 PM ET USA

    Yet, we are to be perfect as He, our God, is perfect. Not dumb so he looks better. We are to crawl our way back to Him, but we need the stairs to ascend, not the depths of morass in neglecting His awe to coagulate and die. There is no glory for Him today, nor future glory for us in our stupidity. Get up Christian soldiers and on the trail. Seek the sacral, the mystery, the graces, glory to come, and know that your striving is what pleases the Lord. This action of the spirit is our calling. Rise!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jan. 13, 2007 3:23 PM ET USA

    Right on. And may one underscore the final line of Diogenes'? That indeed IS what laymen talk about when the priests aren't listening. My wife and I find ourselves talking about it very often as we leave Mass.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jan. 13, 2007 1:53 PM ET USA

    Anonymous confession rung out of a victim of the Inquisition in Pope Benedict XVI's secret torture dungeon: "Pleeze halp us ketchup Trowtman wee R stuk on da rak."

  • Posted by: Thomist - Jan. 13, 2007 9:32 AM ET USA

    I once heard Bp. Trautman explain that scriptural translations should speak of the "Kingdom of God," because the person-in-the-pew might easily think that the "Reign of God" referred to some sort of precipitation. He actually said that to a seminary audience! (This, of course, explains why we can't use the word "man." The woman in the pew isn't bright enough to discern from the context what is meant by "man.")

  • Posted by: Gino - Jan. 12, 2007 10:48 PM ET USA

    The laity are soooo dumb; thank God we are not as smart as the bishops who let the priest scandal drag on, neglected teaching the faith, let Mass attendance tumble while the USCCB was polishing their "image", fooled with the Mass to suit their own whims and generally loused things up. Yes Bishop Trautman; the laity are not as smart as bishops. Thank God!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 12, 2007 6:56 PM ET USA

    Pleeze halp us bishup Trautman we ar con fused

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