GIRM Warfare

By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Mar 22, 2004

Check out "GIRM Warfare" on Barbara Nicolosi's excellent "Church of the Masses" blogsite.

She has a perfectly plausible, chilling account of the maddening experience of attending Mass in Los Angeles now that the new General Instruction on the Roman Missal has been implemented. Apparently, it has seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to Cardinal Mahoney that upon returning to their pews after receiving Communion, the Faithful shall STAND until everyone has received. With predictably distracting results.

And a new custom has been added to the administration of the Sacrament in the Roman Rite: the Peremptory Rebuke, barked at you if you dare genuflect before receiving. Apparently, this newfangled imitation of a dashboard bobbing doll I see everywhere now (I never thought I'd see the day when I'd struggle not to break out into a grin while administering the Eucharist) is the sole gesture of reverence acceptable in the Golden Age of Eagles' Wings.

I'm more and more thinking of Fr Rutler's comment to me that, of COURSE one can put in a communion rail nowadays. One simply calls it a handicapped access device.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 24, 2004 2:27 PM ET USA

    But of course, "if the saints were alive," they might also attend a "traditional" Latin Mass!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2004 10:41 PM ET USA

    If the Saints were alive? They'd go to a Byzantine rite mass.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2004 7:03 PM ET USA

    I don't get it. Rome beatifies people who were devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, and discourages us from showing signs of reverence to the Real Presence. Talk about the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing! I frequently ask myself, "If the saints were in this church at this service, what would THEY do." I don't think they'd accept the directives we're being given. Doesn't the example of the saints matter to the Church anymore????

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Mar. 23, 2004 5:05 PM ET USA

    Is there a way to e-mail Rome on what this Bishop is doing?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2004 10:18 AM ET USA

    Does anyone have an update on how the LA prosecutor's office is doing against the Archdiocese?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2004 1:32 AM ET USA

    I hate to say it, but the people get the clergy they deserve and the clergy in this instance have little apparent belief in the Real Presence or devotion to Him. No one would treat the Son of God this way if they believed He was in their presence. It is not possible. This is a fruit of that crazy idea of unquestioning obedience to authority, no matter what inanity said authority comes up with. Better to obey God first and , like the Magi at Bethlehem, fall to your knees in His presence.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 22, 2004 10:20 PM ET USA

    I used to think that everyone should follow the rules laid out for participation in the Mass. That's before I figured out that one side was making it's own rules and the Pope and bishops not only didn't have any intention of being enforcers, sometimes they'd join in-- like when the Pope chose to codify dissent with his OK of altar girls. Now, I don't believe anyone should follow their rules. If disobedience is how things get done, let's genuflect, receive on the tongue and ignore their rebukes.

  • Posted by: Fr T (UK) - Mar. 22, 2004 7:57 PM ET USA

    Jesus wept. I am sick to the high teeth of being called the 'presider' over an 'assembly' and all the other vile politically correct litspeak that has been promulgated by (no doubt highly paid) wreckers and iconoclasts who masquerade as "pastoral" liturgists and musicians. Here we have a Sanctuary, not a worship space. I encourage kneeling in devotion after Holy Communion. When I can bring myself to concelebrate, I kneel after receiving Holy Communion. Lord preserve us!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 22, 2004 6:30 PM ET USA

    I am an organist for a local Lutheran Church. They kneel for Communion. Our local Methodist Church has the option to kneel after their communion. The Lutheran choir director called our way (Catholic) drive by Communion. So we now have drive by with a bob!