Reform, anyone?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 16, 2004

Having already elected the bishop of a bankrupt diocese to head their episocpal conference, the US bishops have now chosen, as chairman of their committee on liturgy, a bishop who has charged that the latest Vatican document on the liturgy "points away from the liturgical and biblical renewal of Vatican II."

And that: "Word-for-word translation produces not only poor vernacular linguistics, but in many ways distorts the true meaning.

In short, the head of the US bishops' committee on liturgy is prepared to do battle with the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship, on behalf of professional liturgists and inclusive-language translators who have been running the show for the past decade.

If the US bishops have an audit committee, I fullly expect that they'll elect Archbishop Weakland to chair it. But you won't hear about it from me. I can't bear to watch anymore.

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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Nov. 18, 2004 5:54 PM ET USA

    Now we know what will happen to the liturgy when the new forms come out. Remember that this all goes back to Humanae vitae. The Americhurch bishops decided it was DOA and got away with it. And they've been doing it ever since.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Nov. 17, 2004 12:33 AM ET USA

    Well said, Diogenes. EWTN's broadcast of USCCB meeting shows Bp Trautman's election as Liturgy chair resulted from his being nominated from the floor (the original ballot was Cdl Rigali & Bp Vigneron only). The bishops knowingly wrote in & elected a traitor. This, with Bishop Skylstad as prez, has confirmed that the USCCB, as a body of bishops, has absolutely no moral authority whatsoever. As a priest, I cannot watch/listen to the USCCB. I still believe that there are a few holy bishops.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2004 11:22 PM ET USA

    I like Abraham's analogy. I would give another: Our capable pilot invited the terrorists on board, knowing full well who they were, but he was convinced he could bring them to another way of thinking! I've tried to tell the pilot that he is crazy to take off with these guys, but he insists. As much as I would like to get home in time for Thanksgiving, I'll pass on this flight and wait for the next.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Nov. 16, 2004 11:10 PM ET USA

    Trautman chairing Liturgy is the perfect parallel to Specter chairing the Senate Judiciary.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2004 6:28 PM ET USA

    Bishop Trautman has been spending too much time with the gender feminists. They nag (they call it that). It's like the Chinese water torture. They keep at it until the other person is as brain-impaired as the feminists and go around like an automation repeating the feminist psycho-babble.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2004 5:22 PM ET USA

    Bill Murray in Groundhog Day quotes from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem Work Without Hope. Cue the soundtrack. Bishop Trautman is playing the role of Ned Ryerson.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2004 3:54 PM ET USA

    Were I not already a Catholic I'd be hard pressed to become one now. I'd be embarassed to even try to explain why I was converting iin light of all this chicanery & malfeasance. Who in their right mind would buy a ticket on a plane knowing full well that the business and 1st class seating was all occupied by terrorists. The plane works fine and the pilot is capable of flying it but he's powerless against all of them short of making a smokin' hole in the ground. I continue to pray.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2004 3:54 PM ET USA

    I'm surprised at you, Diogenes. Don't you know the 11th Commandment is: Thou shalt reward bad behavior? That plus treating our loyal friends badly proves our non-judgmentalism.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2004 2:15 PM ET USA

    There's a point where leaders, Church or civil, work dilgently to make themselves irrelevant. We saw that begin to happen with the Democratic Party in the recent election. And we are watching it unfold wonderfully with so many of our US bishops. They remind me of the story of the failed leader watching the parade go by and wondering aloud, "Who are they? Where are they going? And why am I not leading them?"