Archive for February, 2009

A call for more serious Church-wide liturgical reform

Friday, February 27th, 2009

 Archbishop Malcolm RanjithA key official of the Roman dicastery in charge of worship and the Sacraments has issued a call for more serious Church-wide liturgical reform…

 Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, Secretary of the Congregation for Worship, in a Foreword to a book scheduled for publication this Fall, says that neither Vatican II’s nor Pope Benedict’s vision, which he shows is in line with the Second Vatican Council’s desired reforms for the Mass, have yet been implemented fully or properly.

Says the Archbishop in his ten-page Foreword:

“Some practices which Sacrosanctum Concilium had never even contemplated were allowed into the Liturgy, like Mass ‘versus populum;’ Holy Communion in the hand; altogether giving up on the Latin and Gregorian Chant in favor of the vernacular; songs and hymns without much space for God; and extension beyond any reasonable limits of the faculty to concelebrate at Holy Mass.  There was also the gross misinterpretation of the principle of ‘active participation.’”

He also calls for the re-examination of how the liturgical reform unfolded, including “which figures or attitudes caused the present situation.  It is a need which, in the name of truth, we cannot abandon,” Ranjith adds.

The book in which the Foreword appears is entitled True Development of the Liturgy: Cardinal Ferdinado Antonelli and the Liturgical Reform from 1948 to 1970, by an official of the Vatican’s Congregation for Worship, Msgr. Nicola Giampietro. 

It will be available in September from Roman Catholic Books, www.BooksforCatholics.com, in quality softcover at $34.95.

Liturgical Ministry Schedule for March, 2009

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

The schedule for March 2009 (in PDF) has been added to the Liturgical Ministry Schedule page (to the right of the screen).

Photos from the Mass in Thanksgiving for Church Restoration

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Thanks to parish photograph, Sherry Stoffel, I can post these photos from the Mass in Thanksgiving for the restoration of our church, celebrated by His Excellency, Bishop Paul Joseph Swain, on Saturday evening, February 14.  In a day or two, I will post more photos from the wonderful parish dinner which followed the Mass of Thanksgiving, hosted by our Altar Society and served by our 8th and 9th grade students.  A grand time was had by all, as we offered thanks to God and Our Lady for the restoration of our historic church, and celebraed St. Valentine’s Day with Bishop Swain.

 

“Has America Lost its Way?” Excerpts from a homily by the Most Reverend Samuel Aquila, Bishop of Fargo, ND

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Bishop Samuel AquilaToday, Catholic politicians and individual voters on both sides of the aisle have lost the sense of this fundamental principle that underlies every just and enduring society. Most especially, they have lost the sense of the inalienable right to life for the unborn child. Even without considering God in the equation, human life, for every human being, begins at the moment of conception. That is when human life begins. That is when your life began. And that is when Rep. Pelosi’s life began. That is when Sen. Biden’s life began. That is when Sen. Obama’s life began and Sen. McCain’s life began.  Sadly, the dignity of human life from the moment of conception is lost today. The truth nonetheless exists. Our forefathers recognized it but present day politicians and voters do not.

…When you take God out of the equation and life is lived as if he did not exist, the only thing left to pursue is materialism, because there is no life after death, there is no judgment. And so greed guides the hearts of men and women when we lose that basic essential understanding of the presence of God.  We see that abandonment of God’s presence, too, in the area of human sexuality. Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce.  Women are treated as sexual toys and objects.  People proclaim a “good” in same sex unions, living promiscuously, and moving from one intimate relationship to the next.  Once we lose God in the pursuit of happiness, and once we lose the sense of the dignity of the human person and the God in whose image and likeness we are truly created, then we lose all sense of any moral compass or any moral standard. Without God, can there be any morality at all? Or is it set by the thinking of the day that can change from generation to generation, rooted in no truths that are valid for every person in every generation?

We as a nation stand at a crossroads. There is a fork in the road between the culture of life and the culture of death. The culture of death made great inroads with activist judges in the 1973 court that created a so-called right to abortion…  Judges, politicians and voters who went so far as to state that human life may be destroyed at the beginning are now attacking human life at its end by support for assisted suicide. The next step will be to deny healthcare for the elderly and handicapped because they are no more of any use to society. Once the right to life is no longer understood as a gift from God, but attributed to people by the state, the road to further atrocities against human life is a spiral downward quite rapidly.

A hundred years from now, this election will just be a moment in history. A hundred years from now all of us, or certainly most of us, will be dead. But I assure you, a hundred years from now, if we continue as a society on the course that we are on, embracing a culture of death, our society will no longer exist, because tyranny will have its way, as will atheism.  When there is no recognition of the primacy of God and human beings decide what is good and what is evil, anything can be justified. All we have to do is look at history and the atheism of China, the atheism of Russia, the atheism of Cambodia, and the atheism of Nazi Germany. Countries that embrace atheism reveal the truth — that is, if we do not embrace, as our forefathers did, the laws of nature and nature’s God, we will eventually collapse as a society.

Today, Catholic politicians and individual voters on both sides of the aisle have lost the sense of this fundamental principle that underlies every just and enduring society. Most especially, they have lost the sense of the inalienable right to life for the unborn child. Even without considering God in the equation, human life, for every human being, begins at the moment of conception. That is when human life begins. That is when your life began. And that is when Rep. Pelosi’s life began. That is when Sen. Biden’s life began. That is when Sen. Obama’s life began and Sen. McCain’s life began.  Sadly, the dignity of human life from the moment of conception is lost today. The truth nonetheless exists. Our forefathers recognized it but present day politicians and voters do not.

…When you take God out of the equation and life is lived as if he did not exist, the only thing left to pursue is materialism, because there is no life after death, there is no judgment. And so greed guides the hearts of men and women when we lose that basic essential understanding of the presence of God.  We see that abandonment of God’s presence, too, in the area of human sexuality. Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce.  Women are treated as sexual toys and objects.  People proclaim a “good” in same sex unions, living promiscuously, and moving from one intimate relationship to the next.  Once we lose God in the pursuit of happiness, and once we lose the sense of the dignity of the human person and the God in whose image and likeness we are truly created, then we lose all sense of any moral compass or any moral standard. Without God, can there be any morality at all? Or is it set by the thinking of the day that can change from generation to generation, rooted in no truths that are valid for every person in every generation?

We as a nation stand at a crossroads. There is a fork in the road between the culture of life and the culture of death. The culture of death made great inroads with activist judges in the 1973 court that created a so-called right to abortion…  Judges, politicians and voters who went so far as to state that human life may be destroyed at the beginning are now attacking human life at its end by support for assisted suicide. The next step will be to deny healthcare for the elderly and handicapped because they are no more of any use to society. Once the right to life is no longer understood as a gift from God, but attributed to people by the state, the road to further atrocities against human life is a spiral downward quite rapidly.

A hundred years from now, this election will just be a moment in history. A hundred years from now all of us, or certainly most of us, will be dead. But I assure you, a hundred years from now, if we continue as a society on the course that we are on, embracing a culture of death, our society will no longer exist, because tyranny will have its way, as will atheism.  When there is no recognition of the primacy of God and human beings decide what is good and what is evil, anything can be justified. All we have to do is look at history and the atheism of China, the atheism of Russia, the atheism of Cambodia, and the atheism of Nazi Germany. Countries that embrace atheism reveal the truth — that is, if we do not embrace, as our forefathers did, the laws of nature and nature’s God, we will eventually collapse as a society.

Today, Catholic politicians and individual voters on both sides of the aisle have lost the sense of this fundamental principle that underlies every just and enduring society. Most especially, they have lost the sense of the inalienable right to life for the unborn child. Even without considering God in the equation, human life, for every human being, begins at the moment of conception. That is when human life begins. That is when your life began. And that is when Rep. Pelosi’s life began. That is when Sen. Biden’s life began. That is when Sen. Obama’s life began and Sen. McCain’s life began.  Sadly, the dignity of human life from the moment of conception is lost today. The truth nonetheless exists. Our forefathers recognized it but present day politicians and voters do not.

…When you take God out of the equation and life is lived as if he did not exist, the only thing left to pursue is materialism, because there is no life after death, there is no judgment. And so greed guides the hearts of men and women when we lose that basic essential understanding of the presence of God.  We see that abandonment of God’s presence, too, in the area of human sexuality. Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce.  Women are treated as sexual toys and objects.  People proclaim a “good” in same sex unions, living promiscuously, and moving from one intimate relationship to the next.  Once we lose God in the pursuit of happiness, and once we lose the sense of the dignity of the human person and the God in whose image and likeness we are truly created, then we lose all sense of any moral compass or any moral standard. Without God, can there be any morality at all? Or is it set by the thinking of the day that can change from generation to generation, rooted in no truths that are valid for every person in every generation?

We as a nation stand at a crossroads. There is a fork in the road between the culture of life and the culture of death. The culture of death made great inroads with activist judges in the 1973 court that created a so-called right to abortion…  Judges, politicians and voters who went so far as to state that human life may be destroyed at the beginning are now attacking human life at its end by support for assisted suicide. The next step will be to deny healthcare for the elderly and handicapped because they are no more of any use to society. Once the right to life is no longer understood as a gift from God, but attributed to people by the state, the road to further atrocities against human life is a spiral downward quite rapidly.

A hundred years from now, this election will just be a moment in history. A hundred years from now all of us, or certainly most of us, will be dead. But I assure you, a hundred years from now, if we continue as a society on the course that we are on, embracing a culture of death, our society will no longer exist, because tyranny will have its way, as will atheism.  When there is no recognition of the primacy of God and human beings decide what is good and what is evil, anything can be justified. All we have to do is look at history and the atheism of China, the atheism of Russia, the atheism of Cambodia, and the atheism of Nazi Germany. Countries that embrace atheism reveal the truth — that is, if we do not embrace, as our forefathers did, the laws of nature and nature’s God, we will eventually collapse as a society.