The Future, seen through bifocals

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 07, 2008

Look at this picture-- no fair peeking at the web address-- and tell me what you see.

It's recreation time at the Old Folks' home, right?

Wrong! It's a scene from the closing liturgy at the West Coast conference of Call to Action. This, my friends, is the cutting edge of progressive Catholicism. These are Easter People, and when they make plans to celebrate the liturgy, they mean celebrate.

To do this properly, you'll need a Buddhist meditation to set the mood, and you'll need "larger-than-life puppets" that "call us to be larger than life in our work."

Ready for more? There's a video.

Here's my challenge to you: Watch the first couple of minutes (if you can last longer, your stomach is stronger than mine). Call a Catholic friend or neighbor, and describe in your own words what you have just seen. Now-- here's the tough part-- convince your friend that you haven't been drinking.

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  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2008 10:57 PM ET USA

    Thank you AMDGKy, but I STILL can't seem to locate it. Is it possible to post a URL for the edification of us slower-to-get-it types. I REALLY want to see this!

  • Posted by: - May. 09, 2008 1:03 PM ET USA

    Hey, I found it on You Tube last night. Google the link on the closed page(, then select video sites instead of web pages and the You Tube link will show up. It is truncated but you will enough to laugh all night.

  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2008 11:53 PM ET USA

    Today is my son's birthday so I put off following the links until we finished watching the original Star Wars. Now, all of the links are dead. I cannot help but think that Diogenes piloted the CWN-wing fighter and lobbed the bombshells down CTA's ventilator! ONE BIG FLASH and they're gone!...or we were so exuberant that we overloaded their server. Either way, we can all hope that the silliness will collapse under its own decrepit, tottering weight. May the Holy Spirit be with you, Diogenes!

  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2008 11:41 PM ET USA

    Cringe....well, as sickening as this is, there have been worse events by this group: 1999 they staged a "liturgy" where performers, dressed as the figures on Tarot cards, danced ON THE ALTAR. It is a reminder that when the rubrics are not carefully followed, soon enough the "liturgy" morphs, and morphs again until it is simply unrecognizable.

  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2008 3:33 PM ET USA

    The closing prayer ended with "In the name of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. This would make a baptism illegal. What affect does it have on the mass?

  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2008 1:42 PM ET USA

    CTA continues to cater to the young. In the CTA lexicon, "young people" = "not in a wheel chair."

  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2008 1:02 PM ET USA

    As a "1950" model, I believe my dear Mother, if she was still alive would have participated in this with joy. She was like many of her generation who bought into the faux sense of unity and openness that was abundant in the 60's and continues into the present - totally sincerely and goodheartedly. I left the Church as a teen to be part of the free thinking and behaving generation and like many of my generation, am back - deeply delving into the riches of true Catholicism, Praise God!

  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2008 12:57 PM ET USA

    I think i know what I just saw, friends: The dancers represent the spirit of the age, and the puppets represent how CTA members are merely puppets to the flimsy but tempting ballet.

  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2008 10:22 AM ET USA

    I made it to the Eucharistic prayer. I saw 4 very strong candidates for next year's Macy's Parade........fill them with some Helium and they would give Bullwinkle a run for his money.

  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2008 9:32 AM ET USA

    Question: Are the life-size puppets with paddle hands there to spank those folks who think this is a proper liturgy?

  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2008 8:01 AM ET USA

    I can't bring myself to even click on the link for the video. I guess maybe I'm not an Easter person. Veni Sancti Spiritus!

  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2008 3:24 AM ET USA

    After watching the Entrance "Procession" to the Gloria-yippikiyay, I had a hard time convincing *myself* that I wasn't drinking.

  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2008 1:06 AM ET USA

    The ceremony reminded me of one I had seen before, but I couldn't place it at first. I watched for longer than I thought I could stomach and then realised why: I was waiting for Conan to burst in! I finally recalled where I had seen it before.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 11:28 PM ET USA

    Further proof (as if we needed any) that there are no fools like old fools -- but I suppose that there is some comfort to be found in the fact that most of the participants in this fatuous charade are well into their dotage. Perhaps we won't have to put up with such stuff much longer. On the other hand, I am still moved to wonder why it is that there is never a holy inquisition around when you really need one.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 10:57 PM ET USA

    Remi J. De Roo, STD, received his doctorate from the Angelicum, Rome and is Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Victoria, Canada. He is a Vatican II Council Father and a certified Enneagram teacher. He holds five honourary degrees and is an internationally known lecturer and retreat leader. He has co-authored or authored six books including “Even Greater Things: Hope and Challenge after Vatican II.”

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 10:55 PM ET USA

    Remi de Roo? There's a blast from the past. I was exposed to one of his nutbar screeds masquerading as a book during RCIA. Thankfully, you can read about his innovative combination of Richard Rohr's Enneagrams and Dei Verbum at his website Who says someone from Swan Lake, Manitoba can't make it big? Only in Canada, eh?

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 10:41 PM ET USA

    I watched the whole video and ended up with a smile on my face. If this is CTA, then in ten years CTA will be gone. Most folks at this conference seemed to be in their eighth decade, some in their ninth. The sap has run dry. But there is another, stronger proof of the group's imminent demise: the three liturgical dancers. They displayed the fluid movements not of Fred and Ginger but of Buddy Hackett in "The Music Man." If a group can't find dancers who can dance, it's as good as dead.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 10:19 PM ET USA

    Let us imagine that the barbarian is at the gate; that there is a good chance he will break through; that you and your fellow Christians are determined to protect the Faith, your families, and Holy Mother Church. You enter the holiest place you know: the Church within the walls of your world; ready to poor out your heart in merciful prayer; anticipating our Lord in the Eucharist; but wait, the Church is filled with bufoons, giddy dancers, clowns singing music fit for the sandbox: oh, despair!

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 10:13 PM ET USA

    Our teenage daughter just walked over to see the video. After a few seconds she said, "Mom, if it makes you feel any better, all those people are old."

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 9:44 PM ET USA

    Watched the whole thing. Actually, the priest DID NOT bless them, he actually said, "And may we bless ourselves in the name..." I feel sorry for the poor server, who appeared to be doing his best to be where directed and didn't seem to give in to any of the antics. I wish some of the servers in our parish paid so much attention. Maybe we could use the same advice and "Sing our church into being." Chant, anyone?

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 9:41 PM ET USA

    When I first went to the bizarre liturgy at St. Timothy's in AZ (birthplace of the Life Teen Mass) I was stunned by the age, as in 55 plus, of the congregants. There is a huge group of older Catholics who go in for this sad stuff. What should we learn from this? We need to woo them back as much as JPII wooed our young folk. Think about it and pray about. There is as much deep need here as there is in youth. And they are as important to the Church and to our Lord, if not as attractive!

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 9:25 PM ET USA

    I wish I could describe to you the last TLM Mass I attended. The median age of the congregants en toto was oh, maybe 10. Really! Little girls in their mantillas enthralled to receive Him at the altar rail, little boys in suits and ties, hands folded and grownup serious as they crossed themselves and returned from receiving communion. The pews full of young families with mom and dad coping with the kids while still fixed on the missal and the Mass. A fantasy? No. The real future.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 9:20 PM ET USA

    These "Easter People" don't look to have much of that joy which comes from the reality we celebrate. Not many smiles...the "audience" looks kinda lifeless w/o animus. Maybe I'm being judgmental not taking into account that maybe they're just tired from earlier "para" liturgies in which they had "full, conscious and active participation." Come, Holy Spirit!

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 8:09 PM ET USA

    Bad news, RPP: The priest in that video is actually Bishop Remi De Roo, who retired in 1999 at the age of 75 after a remarkable tenure of 37 (!) years heading the Diocese of Victoria, British Columbia.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 7:52 PM ET USA

    That was hardly a Mass but very much a performance. As actors the cast I'm sure received rave reviews. Wonder what Our Lord's review of the substance of the performance will be. Nice to see that the 60's era hippies have found a new focus for their energy. I'm of that age group but could not stomach attending such a circus. In a way I hope PB XVI gets to view this video. He may do something about it....I pray

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 7:48 PM ET USA

    I am sorry, I failed. The first question my friend asked was whether I was driving. Then he reminded me of the DUI penalties in my state. After that, he started talking about the Betty Ford clinic. Seriously now. I want to know who that priest is. This video should be sent to to his bishop and superior. Not to mention the Congregation of the Clergy.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 6:59 PM ET USA

    I haven't been drinking but after seeing all that, I need a stiff one!

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 6:44 PM ET USA

    I did not last more than 25 seconds..

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 6:39 PM ET USA

    What? You never saw a glass chalice before? Father blessed all at the end with the "Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier" formula...glad he wasn't trying to baptise them...

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 6:26 PM ET USA

    I watched the whole thing. It was sort of like being "struck" or mesmerized by a cobra. Comment? There are no adequate words.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 6:24 PM ET USA

    I suppose that when you have a 'Call to Action' conference, it does make sense to have non-stop action from three plump people twirling around. Don't they all look pleased with themselves?!

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 6:14 PM ET USA

    Oddly, Uncle Di, I clicked on the 'video' button you provided, and Explorer quickly closed with nary an explanation. My computer has become smarter than I am.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 6:11 PM ET USA

    Where's the Pepcid when you really need it? Amazingly, it looks like one of those famous "youth masses" you see in some parishes, where the music is vintage 60's folk music. You know the kind, only the adults (the ones so old that they really should know better) are clapping and swaying to the music, and the teens start to squirm, looking from their parents to the friends and back again. Yuck! Mess up your own church, leave The Church alone!

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2008 6:08 PM ET USA

    I think the liturgy is terrific and alive . If only one percent of the liturgies in the U.S.A. were as alive, I believe the one third of Cathoics who have left the church would return.