Thursday, September 27, 2007

Church gutted by fire

Cathcon previously discussed this liturgical dance venue.

Which is no longer available after a catastrophic fire.

Theater in old church


offers 'new life':

"The performance of 'Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll' at the Ivory Theatre might seem an odd fit for what, up until two years ago, was St. Boniface Catholic Church — the spiritual heart of Carondelet since it was built in 1860. "

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New Line Theatre was created in 1991 to involve the people of the St. Louis region in the creation and exploration of provocative, alternative, politically and socially relevant works of musical theatre – daring, muscular, adult theatre about religion, race, politics, sexuality, art, obscenity, violence, drugs, the media, and other contemporary issues.

Jesuits think they don't need Churches

as one Jesuit once told me

In a hotel room.

At the top of a mountain in South America. Note Jesuit graphiti! Hope they did not leave litter.Jesuits, a once great army, use the Mass to protest against a new military base.
How Jesuits in Asia think about the Last Supper. Christ and the Twelve Gurus.

A Jesuit Mass in South America.

The chapel in their former formation centre in Montreal, now a library.

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Altar at centre of Labyrinth

And to make matters worse, it is a stational altar for a Corpus Christi procession of a parish in Augsberg Diocese.

The meaning of labyrinths is sub-Christian at best. See the Maze Craze.

Another parish day out by the water.

And they have such a fine Church.

Click on the label below to see more examples of these terrible labrinths. But this is the worst example to date.

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The Mass Reduced to a Show

by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Preface to the French edition of the Reform of the Roman Liturgy by Msgr Klaus Gamber.

A Young priest recently told me: "Today we need a new liturgical movement". He was expressing a desire, these days, only deliberately superficial souls would ignore.

What matters to that priest is not the conquest of new, bolder liberties. For, where is the liberty that we have yet to arrogate ourselves? That priest understood that we need a new beginning born from deep within the liturgy, as liturgical movement intended . . .

In its practical materialization, liturgical reform has moved further away from this origin. The result was not re-animation but devastation.

On the one hand, we have a liturgy which has degenerated so that it has become a show which, with momentary success for the group of liturgical fabricators, strives to render religion interesting in the wake of the frivolities of fashion and seductive moral maxims.

Consequently, the trend is the increasingly marked retreat of those who do not look to the liturgy for a spiritual show-master but for the encounter with the living God in whose presence all the "doing" becomes insignificant since only this encounter is able to guarantee us access to the true richness of being.

On the other hand, there is the conservation of ritual forms whose greatness is always moving but which, when pushed to extremes, manifests an obstinate isolationism and leaves, ultimately, a mark of sadness.

There is no doubt that between these two poles there are priests and parishioners who celebrate the new liturgy with respect and solemnity. But they, too, are made to feel doubtful by the contradiction of the two extremes and, in the final analysis, the lack of unity within the Church makes their faith seem - and wrongly so in most cases - just their own personal version of neo-conservatism.

Therefore, a new spiritual impulse is necessary so that the liturgy becomes a community activity of the Church for us once again and to remove it from the will of parish priests and their liturgical teams.

There can be no "fabricating" a liturgical movement of this kind, just as there can be no "fabricating" something which is alive. But a contribution can be made to its development by seeking to re- assimilate the sprit of the liturgy and by defending publicity that which was received.

The new beginning needs "fathers" who would serve as models, who would not content themselves with just showing the way . . . It is difficult to express in just a few words what is important in this diatribe of liturgists and what is not. But perhaps what I have to say will be of use. J.A. Jungman, one of the truly great liturgists of our century, offered his definition of the liturgy of his time, as it was intended in the West, and he represented it in terms of historical research. He described it as "liturgy which is the fruit of development".

This is probably in contrast with the Eastern notion which does not see liturgy as developing or growing in history but as the reflection of eternal liturgy whose light, through the sacred celebration, illumines our changing times with its unchanging beauty and greatness. Both conceptions are legitimate and by definition they are not irreconcilable.

What happened after the Council was totally different: in the place of liturgy as the fruit of development came fabricated liturgy.

We left the living process of growth and development to enter the realm of fabrication. There was no longer a desire to continue developing and maturing, as the centuries passed and so this was replaced - as if it were a technical production - with a construction, a banal on-the-spot product.

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Book of the Gospels


Placed open on the altar during the Second Council of the Vatican. At the Council of Trent, the Summa Theologiae of St Thomas Aquinas was also placed on the altar. History would have been very different if the practice at Trent had been followed.

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So open to the world

that images of the world camoflage the Cross at the World Youth Day Mass organised by the Jesuits. God is offered a rucksack.

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Sources confirm Pope's brother to attend Latin Mass

this coming Saturday in Regensburg.

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Latin Confessions

Times are changing at the Shrine of Our Lady of Banneux in Belgium.

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Cardinal Lehmann clarifies Papal Statement on the nature of the Church


in a speech to the German Catholic Bishops' Conference.

The Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) welcoming the thoughts of Cardinal Karl Lehmann on the relationship of Catholics and Protestanten described them as “an ecumenical good deed”. The Chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference yesterday remained faithful to the Roman Catholic theory of the church in his paper in Fulda over the “self understanding of Catholicism”, according to the Deputy EKD Assembly Chairman, national Bishop Christoph Kähler, in Hanover.

At the same time, Lehmann left room for “a completely fundamental acknowledgment of the authentic ecclesial reality” of the non-catholic churches. The suggestions of the Bishops’ Conference Chairman were examined rapidly, Kähler said. The EKD wants to seek further discussions with the Catholic side. Lehmann made “a trustworthy offer of discussion”. It associates questions to the Protestant Church as well as common tasks with requirements on the Roman Catholic part. Lehmanns suggestion to check on an “ecumenical interim balance”came to open ears. This also applies to the suggestion, to ask questions on the understanding of the Reformation.

Commissioned at the request of the then Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986.

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Goodnight, Canterbury

Threat of Anglican schism still looms

Please celebrate Christmas Midnight Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral this year in the Traditional Latin form

27 September 2007



TO: Catholic news agencies, media outlets, and bloggers
FROM: Patrick McGrath, Stony Point, NY


STONY POINT, NY, USA (26 September 2006) – With three months to go before celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior this Christmas, hundreds of Catholics have signed an on-line petition to Edward, Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York. Their simple, respectful request: Please celebrate Christmas Midnight Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral this year in the Traditional Latin form – what's now called the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite.

The petition, which is on-line only

Said petition organizer Patrick McGrath: "What pleases and surprises me is that not only native New Yorkers support the petition, but so do transplanted New Yorkers, visitors to New York, and overseas friends—even if they've never been to New York. They understand the importance of our great Cathedral, particularly in this bicentennial year of our Diocese."

"My hope is that many many others will join us in this prayerful request to our Cardinal-Archbishop," McGrath continued. "Again, here's why such an event will have world-class impact: First, it will be on television in the media capital of the world. That means it will not only shape souls, it will change minds. Second, St. Patrick's is architecturally suited for the Traditional Latin Mass: a Gothic-style edifice with a high altar, a baldachino, and a communion rail--'good to go for the motu proprio,' as I like to say. Third, our eminent Cardinal-Archbishop speaks Latin fluently, and has told his flock that there is "room for all" in our Church's liturgical life, both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Holy Mass.."

"Cardinal Egan knows that the Extraordinary Rite holds 'a very special place in the heart' of many New Yorkers -- and others beyond our city who 'feel a strong attachment to the Mass before the Council.' McGrath said. "All of us who signed the petition heartily agree with the Cardinal's thoughts, and prayerfully request that he bring back the Traditional Latin version of one of New York's Great Events—Christmas Midnight Mass at St. Patrick's."

Here is a sample of some of the comments left by our petition signers (home town of the signers for identification only):

Nashua NH: "Your Excellency, I would drive 4 hours from [here} to attend the traditional Mass in the most beautiful Church in NYC. Please grant this petition."

Virginia Beach, VA: "This is a wonderful opportunity to re-introduce the Latin Mass to modern America. I love the reverence and solemnity of the Latin Mass. This is the Mass that I assisted at with my grandfather as a child. It was his Mass and his father's Mass and his father's all the way back to who knows when.."

New Haven, CT: "It's hard to think of a better gesture of support for the Holy Father's latest initiative to rehabilitate an essential part of our liturgical heritage. Thank you, Cardinal Egan, for your openness to this sincere petition!"

Oregonia, OH: "Having visited you city for the first time last year, I can't think of a better place to have our Latin Mass offered than at St. Patrick's. It would be a fine example to the whole of the United States."

Lewis Center, OH: "My grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-granparents all attended Holy Mass at St. Patrick's according to the Tridentine Rite. I pray for its return to America's Cathedral."

Littleton, CO: "As I Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem I enthusiastically and respectfully add my name to this petition."

Las Vegas, NV: "The very first Mass I ever attended was at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1983. It is such a beautiful church, and to see the Mass of all time celebrated there once again on Christmas Eve would be glorious indeed. Since the beginning of this year I have assisted at the Traditional Latin Mass exclusively and the graces that flow from it so freely and naturally are truly transforming."

New York, NY: "Your Excellency, may infinite graces pour into Your Heart and to the entire church when you publically celebrate this awsome and extra-ordinary ritual: The Sacrifice of the Mass according to the Tridentine Rite on the Night that the Logos becomes Flesh."

Lititz, PA: "For years I lectored at the Thursday noon Mass at St. Patrick's. My wife is from NY. We now attend the Extraordinary Form exclusively. Were it celebrated at Christmas, either for Midnight Mass or Christmas Eve, I and my family would be there."

In his explanatory letter accompanying his decree Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI wrote, "... it has clearly been demonstrated that young persons too have discovered this liturgical form, felt its attraction and found in it a form of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist, particularly suited to them. Let us generously open our hearts and make room for everything that the faith itself allows. ... There is no contradiction between the two editions of the Roman Missal. In the history of the liturgy there is growth and progress, but no rupture. What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church's faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place."

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