Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Bar of Catholicism
A Thousand Small Chops Cuts Down The Greatest Tree
The further de-divinitization of Christ

Few argue that upwards of 70% of practicing Catholics in America look upon The Eucharist as merely a "symbolic reminder" of Jesus. Is it any wonder? The purposeful dumbing-down of Catholics has been happening for decades now.

It wasn't with a flash of lighting that all of a sudden most Catholics in America abandoned almost 2,000 years of Church teaching. No, nothing that grandiose.

It was the small things... the subtle things. The proverbial "bar" has been lowered so far, that it's now indistinguishable from a sewer pipe.

Let's do a rough chronology, shall we?

1. First came Holy Communion received standing. Why kneel? The Eucharist is just Christ physically present. Do big deal.
2. Eucharistic Ministers. One of the greatest moves to destroy the Sacramental Priesthood if there ever was one.
3. Then came the Tabernacle no longer centered in our churches. Uh-oh... I thought Catholicism was a "Christ Centered Church". Too bad Jesus isn't actually centered in most of our churches, huh? Are we seeing a pattern yet?
4. Soon followed by Holy Communion received standing and now with the added degradation of in the hand. Hey, why present yourself to Jesus on your knees in reverence. A handshake will suffice. If that really is Jesus.
5. Bowing instead of genuflecting to the Tabernacle. Hey, why genuflect to a symbol?
6. Kneeling during the Consecration is a mortal sin. Why interrupt the play with people kneeling?

And now comes the latest nail in the coffin of Catholicism... whenever referring to Jesus in the third person (grammatically), the fad is to no longer capitalize the first letter. You know, Jesus is no longer spelled out as He.... it's he instead.

I remember always being taught that whenever we refer to The Blessed Trinity (or any Divine Personage of such) in the 3d person, to always capitalize the first letter. Don't you?

I know that by itself, it sure seems a small thing to many. But to me, this is just another case of instead of us rising up to Jesus, the powers to be are dragging Him down to us.


Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Yeah, and how many diocesan newspaper and church bulletins mimic the secular press by not capitalizing Mass and Pope?

On a related note, they no longer capitalize Marine when talking about a member of the U.S. Marine Corps (another attempt by the libs to tear down ANOTHER hallowed institution).

12:31 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

Oh, so true Caveman. I have witnessed all of your comments plus so many more.

We will all stand before the Judgment Seat of our God. We will be divided into those who recognized His Most Emminent eartly presence--the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar--and those who sacraligiously defiled His presence in word and in deed.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

"dragging Him down to us"

I am reminded of the story about St. Peter fleeing Rome in the midsts of Nero's great perecution. On the road out of town he runs into Christ who is walking towards the city to be crucified again.

Peter finds courage and returns to the city.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

I missed the Latin Mass this morning and had to go to a "New" Mass this evening. Keeping Matt. 7:1 in mind and not judging anyone, I couldn't help but notice that better than half (truly) the congregation arrived after Mass started; shorts and tank tops were common although the uniform of the day appeared to be blue jeans; the music was the "contemporary" style so popular in the large pentacostal and evangelical churches (although the singers seemed well rehearsed, it was hard to understand them over the loud instrumentation) and would have fit nicely into any dance hall or Las Vegas night club.

The tabernacle was, however, visible from anywhere inthe church although off to the side and outside the sanctuary. A candle burnt inside a red lamp but do they still call it a "sanctuary" light? Nearly everyone went up for Communion, some with hands hanging at their sides or folded in front of their crotch. As for reverence, I was no one genuflect to either Christ in the tabernacle or the altar, although there did seem to be some profound bows by some before receiving Communion.

If nothing else (besides fulfilling my Sunday obligation), it did remind me why I fled the "New" Mass years ago.

1:18 AM  

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