See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Hand sanitizing stations.

And the loss of faith.
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After Adoration yesterday I asked one of the women, "What's with the holy water fonts being empty?"
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"Oh, they were removed because of the flu pandemic - there are hand sanitizing stations instead." The woman, a retired nurse, explained it as if it was a necessary precaution.
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"Whose idea was that?" I asked.
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Another lady snapped, "The Archbishop's!"
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"Really?" I asked. "I didn't hear that."
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"Well he's gonna have to say something..."
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I let it go. Canada is doing it already. But get this, they are going to permit Communion under both species, with this stipulation: "Chalices must be wiped down after each use, and then turned a quarter of the way before being passed to the next person." - Source "Wiped down" - nice terminology.
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On closer investigation however, I found the official instructions from the diocese which explained: Withdrawing Communion from the cup is stage 1 precautions, while removing holy water is stage 2. Link (In the event there is a widespread outbreak mind you.) Therefore I suspect it is over-zealous parish council members, staff and liturgists who may jumping the gun on this one. (I always wonder who runs the churches - the hired help or the ordained minister.)
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I see very little faith these days.
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Locally, Archbishop Nienstedt is warning that parishes and parochial schools may be closing. As it is - so it seems to me - many existing parishes have good sized staff of parish workers and lay volunteers. Nice facilities - albeit ugly, desacralized churches - or worship spaces - with gathering spaces suitable for receptions, and ever-renovated worship spaces suitable for concerts and liturgical dance recitals.
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Since reading Weakland's memoirs, I've marveled at the changes Vatican II ushered in - and one cannot simply blame the spirit of the Council either. Many of the changes undermined Catholic faith better and faster than the Reformation. Churches were stripped of liturgical art and architecture - costly works paid for with money from the hard working faithful who sacrificed much, only to see the ornament and objects of devotion they provided ripped out and demolished by iconoclast bishops and pastors. Altars and communion rails were torn out to create auditoriums; statues and confessionals were junked to be picked up by scrap and scavenger businesses.
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Critics will say, "But it is all going back now - things are getting better - the reform of the reform is happening." Really, Pollyanna? Is that why modern teachers, clergy and other 'reformers' hate the word Tridentine or anything to do with the Council of Trent? What about high profile Catholic priests like McBrien who say that Eucharistic Adoration is a step backward? When the leading Catholic university in America rewards the pro-abortion President while prosecuting peaceful protesters against such departures from Catholic teaching? And what about the corruption in the USCCB?
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Since the Council nuns and monks left their convents, abandoned their apostolate to do social work, explore new age spirituality, or whatever it is they do do, while not a few priests abandoned vows and morality and ended up leaving ministry. Nobody is there. Few are coming. Relativism has infected Catholic doctrine... people do not go to church. So we are closing them.
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Yes - I see a lot of stuff that is wrong. You have a healthy parish, a thriving local church? Good for you.
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I still insist, what the Protestant Reformation couldn't do, the post conciliar Church accomplished. What the French Revolution began is coming to fruition today.
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Photo: Weakland's wreckovation of the Cathedral

10 comments:

  1. Terry, This has been my experience my entire life and it is heartbreaking.

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  2. Isn't the "Swine Flu" supposed to be "airborne", in other words, you breathe it in?
    These "precautions" are crazy...if people are sick, they should stay home.
    Forget about shaking hands, but get rid of the holy water?
    If the ordinary or "extraordinary" minister of Holy Communion knows what they are doing, Communion on the tongue should not be a problem.
    Oy!

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  3. Sounds harsh but truth is sometimes very harsh. Keep digging and you'll find out (if you haven't already), that most of those changes were NEVER called for by Vatican II. It wasn't till I started to really study liturgy, and the documents that I got really pis*ed.

    Here's what I finally figured out. If secular society is infected with the leftover hippies from the sixties, why are we surprised with what the same batch of folks accomplished in the Church?

    I will now say something very bold and not very nice, but in all probability true - I figure at least half, if not way more, of the current bishops are Communists or Marxists, and homosexuals to boot.

    So now I avoid all blah, blah, yada, yada, about the subject, attend either high sung Mass at FSSP, or the quiet small NO parish, and leave it up to the Holy Spirit to sort it out.

    Many of us have become the "walking wounded", marginalized, insulted, and wished gone, so the progressives can keep wreaking their havoc on the Church.

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  4. ...and further more - that's how the chalice is supposed to be dealt with all the time. Wipe/quarter turn.

    But I have nothing to fear. The thought of drinking out of a communal cup nauseates me - I don't care who's in there. I don't even like Harold drinking out of my glass. Ugh!

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  5. ...ok, now! I have a headache!

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  6. OK, the holy water thing...people are NOT washing their hands in it! You dip two fingertips in and bless yourself - on the forehead and chest - not your mouth or up your nose! Sheesh! The chalice - yes - let's do away with that. Then we can dump at least 5 extra EMHCs at my parish for each Mass.

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  7. As a parish employee...yeah, the Archbishop is NOT recommending removing holy water! he's recommending hand washing, of withholding the Precious Blood at school Masses (and others where prudent), and the Sign of Peace.

    Idiots. Our Church is full of lay-idiots.

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  8. Adoro - good to hear from you on this since I know you work in a parish. Thanks.

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  9. My Irish Grandmother, God rest her soul, used Holy Water to cure any number of ills, and her faith in the sacramental was always rewarded. In fact, she would use Holy Water before she would ever see a doctor.

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  10. The lay-idiots are also know as environmentalists.

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