Eucharistic Sabotage and You

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 08, 2005

I have determined that there is no need to make any significant changes in our liturgical practice at this time. ... Most of the abuses mentioned in Redemptionis Sacramentum do not pertain to the celebration of the Eucharist in our Archdiocese.

That's Cardinal Mahony writing last September. Here's an illustration (thanks to Catholic L.A.) of the in-yo'-face defiance of the Norms that has been institutionalized in the Archdiocese.

Fragging the rubrics is a win-win game for saboteurs -- not only the deviant liturgists, but anyone with a doctrinal grudge who wants a fractured, enfeebled Church at the end of the day. No matter how trivial a stunt you pull, you put the orthodox Catholics in a bind. If, out of a desire not to offend, they go along with the innovation -- great, you've nudged them a little farther away from the Roman Rite and from Catholic discipline. If they object -- great, you spin it so that they appear the aggressors -- rubricists -- whose obsession with formalist conformity to detail eclipses the central spiritual significance and majesty of the liturgy, etc., etc.

The Roman Rite is universally, eminently, easily doable. That means -- apart from inadvertence -- deviations occur for the sake of deviance. When the faithful pretend to believe your motives are innocent, they know at some level they're party to a lie. It adds hugely to the fun of this cruelest of all liberal blood sports. If old Aunt Florence doesn't protest your pouring the Precious Blood from a Bloomingdale's carafe into goblets, she's ever-so-slightly complicit in the act. If she does protest, she either wants to spread dissension and division, or she must be operating under the delusion, poor thing, that it's the most important part of the Eucharistic Action.

Game. Set. Mass.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 10:31 PM ET USA

    ... to correct the situation, but he has refused to do so. Cardinal Mahoney is his man and he has done nothing to discipline him. Any kind of liturgical nonsense is A-OK with most Catholics, but adherents to tradition are almost universally viewed with suspicion. Modern seminaries are closing or nearly empty and traditional seminaries are bursting at the seams. Our Lord told us we could judge a tree by its fruit. Time to obey God first and the hierarchy second (for the sake of the first.)

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 10:27 PM ET USA

    So let me see if I have this straight .... The 2nd Vatican Council ambiguously decreed that the liturgy should allow for some use of the vernacular language, but that Latin should be retained. Pope Paul VI deliberately promulgated a protestantized liturgy that some of his advisors declared was at odds with Catholic theology re: the Mass. Pope JPII has placed almost all the bishops (good and bad) in their respective sees. Pope John Paul II retains all the power of St. Peter ...

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 7:49 PM ET USA

    I think this is the same event in which some sultry-looking singer performed, as scantily-clad women pranced before His Eminence. There is a picture of that in today's Wanderer on page 2 at the bottom.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 2:55 PM ET USA

    The Cardinal Archbishop of Tinseltown is in full rebellion. How long will the "big tent" continue to hold him? Only time will tell.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 1:15 PM ET USA

    You missed the picture showing the big shopping basket with the hosts and the note that the vessel holding the same should be made of noble materials and not common articles. But, hey, in the modern, relativized, feminized church it is only wrong or out of conformance when the performer actually believes it is. In which case he will the Church to repent all Its past wrongs!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 12:51 PM ET USA

    These abuses are never inadvertent, but deliberate acts intended to destroy any semblance of unity and order that remained in the Roman liturgy following the issuance of Paul VI’s missal and the disastrous work of the ICEL. In fact, as it is performed now—and it is a sacrilegious performance—the Roman liturgy isn’t even Roman; it’s protestant nonsense. The only hope the Church has now is for the Pope to canonize a Latin Rite. Then we can gradually migrate from the monstrosity of the Novus Ordo.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 11:25 AM ET USA

    Say, didn't Cardinal Arinze just say something about RS being written in such a way so there wouldn't be any excuse for this "Most of the abuses not pertain" mealy-mouth stuff? Could-a sworn he said something like that to Raymond Arroyo (EWTN). Some folks need a 2x4 between the eyes, but I'm not sure if even that would work with M. Disobedience is the root of evil per the messenger in one of St. John Bosco's dreams.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 10:50 AM ET USA

    "Eucharistic Sabotage and You" is a beautiful little text. Thanks! I hope I can use it to fight the "Rubrics fragging" going on here in Quebec, Canada.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 10:33 AM ET USA

    It's so simple, really. All you have to do is open the book, say the black words and do the red words and it comes out beautiful!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2005 10:20 AM ET USA

    I am totally convinced in my mind that any liturgical abuse -any at all, especially by priest and bishops - is a deliberate action against the Eucharist. Against Christ Jesus! As you say, the Roman rite reformed is eminently doable. So, any deviation consistently practiced, is based on a deliberate action to deconstruct, subvert, or even lampoon the sacred rites that the Council called the source and summit of our worship. Call me an absolutist. Well, the Eucharist is the Absolute Truth!