Wednesday, August 05, 2009

"I've Got My Eye On That Batshit Crazy Old Broad" ~
Big Papa

I read a quite an interesting article/op-ed today. I hope you find it interesting as well. Here's some of it;
Pope Benedict to Catholics: Kneel For Communion
Pope Benedict to Catholics: Kneel and Receive on the Tongue Only

Pope Benedict XVI does not want the faithful receiving Communion in their hand nor does he want them standing to receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. According to Vatican liturgist, Monsignor Guido Marini, the pope is trying to set the stage for the whole church as to the proper norm for receiving Communion for which reason communicants at his papal Masses are now asked to kneel and receive on the tongue.

The Holy Father's reasoning is simple: "We Christians kneel before the Blessed Sacrament because, therein, we know and believe to be the presence of the One True God." (May 22, 2008)

According to the pope the entire Church should kneel in adoration before God in the Eucharist. "Kneeling in adoration before the Eucharist is the most valid and radical remedy against the idolatries of yesterday and today" (May 22, 2008)

It is for reason that Pope Paul VI in his May 1969 pastoral letter to the world's bishops reaffirmed the Church's teaching on the reception of Communion, stating that: "This method on the tongue must be retained." (Memoriale Domini) This came in response to the bishops of Holland who started Communion in the hand in defiance of the centuries old decree from the Council of Rouen (650 A.D.) where this practice was condemned as sacrilegious. "Do not put the Eucharist in the hands of any layperson, but only in their mouths." To date this prohibition has never been overturned legally.

Today Communion in the hand is carried on illegally and has become a major tool of the enemy to destroy the Faith throughout the world. For this practice serves no other purpose than to warp our conception of Jesus Christ and nourish a contempt for the sacred mysteries. It's no wonder St. Basil referred to Communion in the hand as "a grave fault."

Thanks to Communion in the hand, members of satanic cults are now given easy access to come into the Church and take the Host so that they bring it back to their covens where it is abused and brutalized in the ritualistic Black Mass to Satan. They crush the Host under their shoes as a mockery to the living God, and we assist it with our casual practice? Amongst themselves the satanists declare that Communion in the hand is the greatest thing that ever happened to them, and we do nothing to stop it?

Hence, the Holy Father is doing his part to try to purge the Church of abuse and we as members of Christ are called upon to assist him. For your encouragement we include the following quotation from Cardinal [Cañizares] Llovera, the new prefect for the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments speaking to Life Site News on July 22, 2009: "It is the mission of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments to work to promote Pope Benedict's emphasis on the traditional practices of liturgy, such as reception of Communion on the tongue while kneeling."

Technically all bishops and clergy are bound to follow the Holy Father's directive on this issue, but in the meantime the faithful are not obliged to wait for the approval of their bishop in order to kneel for God. The directives of the Holy Father are not subject to the veto or scrutiny of the bishops and therefore all pastors and laity have a right and duty to put these directives into practice for the edification of their communities.

And I checked with and sure enough;
Formerly Archbishop of Toledo, Spain, Cardinal Cañizares [Llovera] is the current Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, that has competence over the way in which Mass is celebrated throughout the world. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI.

The cardinal spoke with on July 24th at the offices of the Congregation on the Via della Conciliazione in Rome, down the road from St. Peter's Basilica and the papal residence. He spoke about the influence of Pope Benedict XVI, who, he said, has made it a priority to "rekindle in the conscience of all the true sense of the liturgy."

He said it is the mission of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments to work to promote Pope Benedict's emphasis on the traditional practices of liturgy, such as reception of Communion on the tongue while kneeling. In this pope, he said there is hope of a "great new unstoppable liturgical movement."
And that sure isn't going to happen as long as you have 'priests' who say patently laughable statements such as; (Emphasis mine)
"... beginning the last Sunday of August, the diocese will host a “forma extraordinaria” Mass at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s upon my invitation..."But in the same breath state;
"The forma extraordinaria Mass is a diocesan event, not a ministry of St. Mary parish..." Which one is it? An event you "invited", but is one not of your making, but one of the Diocese?

Let's quit jerkin' each other around. As long as we have priests who covertly (and sometimes, not so covertly) tell both their bishops and His Holiness to go to hell, we can forget about any kind of "great new unstoppable liturgical movement".

And the warnings of Our Lady of Akita get louder and louder. Are you listening?


Blogger Anita Moore said...

Geez, Joan Chittister on the big screen...that looks like a scene out of Citizen Kane.

7:39 PM  
Blogger QuantaCura01 said...

John T. Steinbock, Bishop of Fresno California, are you listening??????

7:53 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Sorry for the pessimism, but this will likely go over as well as Ex Corde Ecclesium.

8:07 PM  
Blogger chestertonian said...

Deo Gratias for our beloved German Shepherd.

This Communion in the hand thing reminds me of something Chesterton wrote, about how, if you want to tear down a gate, you need to first understand why the gate was put there in the first place. Then, and only then, try to persuade me that the gate should be torn down.

The modernists always tell you that Communion in the hand is good because it was done in the early Church. To the extent that that is true (and I have my doubts), it totally ignores why Communion in the hand was abandoned.

Once they find THAT out, then maybe we can talk about why we should return to Communion in the hand. But lacking that, shut the fuck up about Communion in the hand.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

You noticed that too? Either that, or Big Brother.

10:10 PM  
Blogger TCN said...

So, how can anyone stop you from kneeling and receiving on the tongue? Barring an embarrassing incident like a Bishop physically lifting you off the floor, I should think you would be offering a powerful witness by doing so, just as I try to by wearing my veil. Luckily, in our diocese, the Bishop attends closely to the requirements AND the wishes of His Holiness, but elsewhere, nobody can really stop you from kneeling.

Just my useless opinion.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Barring an embarrassing incident like a Bishop physically lifting you off the floor,

A good case could be made that this is assault and battery.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

As my entry into the Church drew nearer (happened Easter 08) the choice of whether to take Communion in the hand or on the tongue was a fairly tough choice. Follow the habits of almost everyone else, or do it the way I knew it should be done. In the end, I went for the proper method, and have done ever since. It was uncomfortable at first, but I knew it was the right thing to do, and that helped me past the discomfort.

I've always taken on the tongue, until now. Now, we have this swine flu health scare, and taking communion on the tongue has been banned. Temporarily, they say, but I'm dubious.

All I know is, now every time I take communion, I have this deep feeling of disrespect that can't be shook of. I am receiving the Lord, I know that, but it still doesn't feel right.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

May the revoking of Communion in the hand be soon...

12:49 AM  
Blogger LarryD said...

I posted on this too, and I've had a laicized priest (now married) spewing a bunch of "facts" about the communion in the hand bit. He's become very tiresome.

7:52 PM  

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