15 December 2013

This Piece is from The Tablet, Not the Onion

Saw this over at Louie Verrecchio's site, and sprayed coffee on my screen.  I mean, with respect, this is either delusional or the worst kind of propaganda-- you know, the kind that is laughably unpersuasive but stubbornly pervasive. I added just a couple of my own emphases:

CDF prefect praises liturgy reform and Vatican II

Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has made an unequivocal defence of the Novus Ordo of the Mass. 

 Without the Second Vatican Council’s liturgy reform, dechristianisation might have forged ahead far faster than it has, Archbishop Müller said at a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium at Würzburg. 

 “It is precisely because the liturgy was renewed in spirit and rite that it has proved an effective remedy against a godless culture.” The renewed liturgy was “a good means of evangelising”, he said. 

Archbishop Müller contradicted those who blamed the increasing disappearance of the faith and dwindling Mass attendance in the formerly Christian countries of the Western world on the reform of the liturgy following the Council, and expressly underlined the merits of the 1970 Missal. “All Catholics who think and feel with the Church realise that the reform was a success,” he said. 

 He specifically cautioned against both a clerically centred liturgy and a liturgy centred chiefly on the laity where the priest was only “marginally present”. 

 “In the liturgy, the inner union of the common priesthood of all the People of God and the particular service of the Apostolic office are all present,”, he explained.


Jane Chantal said...

"Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity..."


ATW said...

Delusional and desperate.

Won't have to force him to "take the oath."

X said...

There's no fool like an old fool.

JBee said...


What a bummer.

traddadof4 said...

Although it is true that you cannot reason Post hoc ergo propter hoc, I think we can assume that children, down through history, generally adopt the belief systems and values of their parents. How much more so when that belief system is not something wicked or evil, but rather the sublime Jesus Christ, his way of life and his church? The fact that so many people who were raised Catholic have deChristianized themselves (to use Muller's phrase), has to be because of Vatican II and not in spite of it.

Anonymous said...

There should be a Catholic vertion of "The Onion." Perhaps, "The Garlic Clove," or better, "The Shallot."

But who needs satire when reality, with stories like this, challenged the incredulity of even the drunk and the hopeful.

Hello from KC.

X said...

"There should be a Catholic vertion of "The Onion."

There is a Catholic version of the Onion and it's called eye of the tiber. It's very funny and I highly recommend it.