Monday, December 31, 2007

Where’s that Old Time “Spirit of Vatican II”?
So much for saying Mass in the vernacular

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, England’s top Roman Protestant, is whining because the influx of Polish immigrants is hurting his attempt to dismantle the Catholic Church there.

At right, Poles fill British churches to overlowing for Sunday Mass, even if it means kneeling on concrete to worship their Lord.

Mass attendance in England fell 40 per cent between 1963 and 1991 (ahh, the fruits of Vatican II), but the arrival of immigrants from Catholic countries in eastern Europe halted the decline and led to an increase in weekly Mass attendance last year. Leading the growth were the immigrants from Poland, a country that is 98% Catholic.

One would think that is a good thing, especially in country where the most popular names in London’s maternity wards for the last five years has been Mohammed.

But here’s the problem as the super-lib Cardinal sees it.

The Polish immigrants brought along Polish priests to minister to their needs and therein lies the problem with the Archbishop of Westminster. Murphy-O'Connor wants the Polish community to do more to learn English and integrate into local parishes, claiming the Catholic Church in the UK is in danger of dividing along ethnic lines as the number of Polish-speaking churches increases. In fact he’s even accused the immigrants of creating a separate church in Britain.

Now, keep in mind that Murphy-O'Connor doesn’t like the classic Latin Mass and is already trying to prevent implementation of the Pope’s motu propio granting any priest in the world the ability to say the traditional Mass whenever he wants.

Okay, he doesn’t like the Latin Mass, then shouldn’t he be in favor of the Mass being said in the vernacular? Obviously not when it is said in the language of people who actually show up for Mass on Sunday. What he really wants is those loyal Polish Catholics exposed to the modernist sermons of his Vat2-indoctrinated clergy.


Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

I was going to do a posting on this very same story, but you beat me to the punch.

But then again, I don't think I could have said it any better than what you already have!

1:37 PM  
Blogger 318@NICE said...

Why don't these Cardinals just come out of the closet and just admit, "I'm a Flaming Lutheran!"


1:42 PM  
Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

FAB, I was thinking the same thing.

Clearly, the solution to this problem is the Latin Mass, but that would be unthinkable.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Anna B. said...

I stumbled on your blog through Knit and Prayer blog. You are hil freaking larious..

Hmmmmmmmm.. England sounds like the state of CA.

Anna B.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Athanasius contra mundum said...

Of all the things that the Church should address and he's complaining about that those darn pious Poles?!

1:56 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Sheesh, why doesn't he just break into a "Polock" joke. The irony that a liberal is complaining about aliens.

8:46 PM  

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