Wednesday, April 4, 2012
CORRECTING THE WRONG HEADENESS ABOUT WHAT VATICAN II SUPPOSEDLY TAUGHT AND THIS FROM TWO HIGH PROFILE CARDINALS, BOTH OF WHOM SOME BELIEVE HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME POPE!
WSJ: What about the argument that vast numbers of Catholics ignore the church's teachings about sexuality? Doesn't the church have a problem conveying its moral principles to its own flock?
Cardinal Dolan: "Do we ever!" the archbishop replies with a hearty laugh. "I'm not afraid to admit that we have an internal catechetical challenge—a towering one—in convincing our own people of the moral beauty and coherence of what we teach. That's a biggie."
For this he faults the church leadership. "We have gotten gun-shy . . . in speaking with any amount of cogency on chastity and sexual morality." He dates this diffidence to "the mid- and late '60s, when the whole world seemed to be caving in, and where Catholics in general got the impression that what the Second Vatican Council taught, first and foremost, is that we should be chums with the world, and that the best thing the church can do is become more and more like everybody else."
And then this from Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith of Columbo, Sri Lanka
Last month, on the Feast of St. Joseph (March 19), Cardinal Ranjith reiterated in an address to his clergy that this manner of receiving communion is mandatory for all of the faithful in his territory, even during outdoor Masses:
May I also remind you once again that in all Churches and Chapels in the Archdiocese Holy Communion is to be administered only on the tongue and kneeling. This should be implemented as normal use even at Holy Mass celebrated with the participation of a big crowd outdoors. On such occasions at least the youth and the children as well as the “youthful” should be called upon to kneel and receive the Lord. This is the most appropriate way of expressing our profoundest belief in the continuous and personal presence of the Lord in the most Sacred Host as we acclaim “down in adoration falling, lo! the Sacred Host we hail”. And in all our Churches, as an expression of that faith our people should be called upon to receive the Holy Communion, kneeling. And so kindly take steps to fix the altar rails and a cushion line fixed to the ground before the railing so that all could kneel and receive easily. It is also good for us to explain to our people about the teaching of the Church on the Most Holy Eucharist as found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church Nos. 1373-1381 WHICH YOU CAN READ BY PRESSING HERE.
Brick by brick, I believe that many bishops in the hierarchy as well as a growing number of priests are beginning to realize that the renewal of the Church that Vatican II actually envisioned has to be built on what was the strongest aspects of the Pre-Vatican II experience of the Church for most Catholics, clergy, religious and lay. These were:
1. Strong catechesis of children where the basics taught would last a lifetime (isn't this what Cardinal Dolan is lamenting that Catholics today don't know the faith because Catholics of yesteryear (1960's and onward) were told to dance with the world not with God? In the 1960's we also told strong, traditional Catholics that everything they learned in pre-Vatican II times was wrong and that the new and improved religious ed materials were much better than memorizing any silly old catechism that presented material in a black and white way, after all the world isn't black and white. They got that last part right didn't they!
2. When it comes to the liturgies of the Church, especially the Mass, the clergy and laity have a very important ministry of making sure the rites are celebrated with dignity and reverence and that reverence and dignity be defined in the traditional way, not the worldly way. I am convinced that the post Vatican II Mass will not be changed greatly in the future but what can and should be changed is what Cardinal Ranjith mandates for his diocese, kneeling for Holy Communion which means the restoration of altar railings. That along with "ad orientem" celebration of the Liturgy of the Eucharist will jump start the true renewal of the Church that Vatican II envisioned.
3. There are many forms of Catholic spirituality, in fact we really need to speak of spiritualities. However there are some forms of spirituality that are opposed to Catholic spiritualities and the Catholic faith and these need to be named and purified. Our bishops need to teach people how to pray as Catholics, how to meditate as Catholics and how to bring Catholic spirituality and devotions to their homes. We need to recover what it means for the home and Christian family to be the Church in miniature and that husbands are sacramental images of Jesus Christ the bridegroom and head of the family (church) and that wives are a sacramental image of the Church, the Bride of Christ and that together, head and members of which the husband is also a part of the Body of Christ, they are to offer submission to Christ the Bridegroom and head of the Church. Submission to Christ and all that Christ is and teaches does not debase husbands or wives or their offspring! In the Church today, have you heard a bishop or priest speak about submission to Christ as a good thing? In a wedding homily, have you heard a bishop, priest or deacon speak of the necessity of submission to Christ in their marriage where the Bridegroom and Bride are sacramental images of the Mystical Body of Christ? Have you heard the choice of the Epistle reading proclaimed at weddings, "Wives be submissive to your husband..." with its complete meaning properly preached?