Infidelity to the Liturgy leads to infidelity to Holy Mother Church and Her Magisterium. It leads to a manipulation of the Mass and the people who attend. It leads to ugliness and no art. It leads to a crisis of faith, infidelity to the liturgy and to the Church. Singing a new church into being is manipulation, manipulation of the Church, manipulation of those who are singing and manipulation of God. In short it is a mortal sin, it is ugly, it isn't art and it isn't Catholic. These infidels in this faux liturgy, devoid of art and beauty, would decry the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and an Ordinary Form Mass celebrated in an Extraordinary Way. It is a mortal sin:
All that we do as Catholics and who we are as Church is built on top of the liturgy, in other words the liturgy is the foundation of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. But not the liturgy in and of itself, but Who it is that gives us the Liturgy, God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Fidelity to the liturgy that God gives us through His Holy Church leads to a faithful people, or a people acknowledging the fidelity of God and our call to fidelity to God and the source of grace that enables this holiness and fidelity, God's contact with us in the Holy Liturgy He has given us.
In the brief video below on art, Fr. Michael John Zielinski, O.S.B.Oliv., a great friend of the Roman liturgical tradition, speaks to the USCCB Catholic News Service on his job as bureau chief at the Congregation for Divine Worship following its recent reorganization.
He makes the astute observation that the crisis in the church and spiritual life has to do with the liturgical crisis, the faithful celebration of the liturgy makes for a faithful Church and holy people of God.
Infidelity to Holy Mother Church and her Magisterium comes from the manipulation of the Liturgy, or art and the manipulation of authority.
We see this happening first to the people of God in the leaders of the Church who are to protect the people of God from infidelity and promote faithfulness amongst all. However, as Pope Francis is making abundantly clear, some of those pharisees of Catholic leadership are into themselves, narcissistic and "re-imaging" the Church according to their own manipulations. These are the careerists and ideologues of the Church, especially in the clergy and religious life.
The rot that has invaded the leadership of certain Women Religious organizations, such as the LCWR, is made abundantly evident by their manipulative statements coming from their Pharisaical leadership, what Jesus would call a brood of vipers, what Pope Francis would call "old maids."
The latest evidence of the widespread rebellion against Holy Mother Church was found in the effort of Sister Mary Lou Wirtz, President of the International Union of Superiors General, to derail the reform of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious last Tuesday. Sister Mary Lou claimed that the nature of authority and obedience had changed since Vatican II, that the LCWR wanted to focus on what “Gospel leadership” means today, and that the Vatican was clearly not interested in that topic.
Let's call Sister Mary Lou's statement for what it is. It is manipulation. It is manipulation of the "Gospel leadership" seperated from the Magisterium of the Church, which God has given us, it is manipulation of the sisters under her charge, it is the manipulation of the press for her own gain. In other words Sister Mary Lou is manipulative, a careerist and an ideologue. She needs to step down.
In saying my harsh words, I am not debating the good works she does with the poor or anyone else. I'm just calling her manipulative and a post-Catholic. She could do her good works as an atheist, as a non-governmental organization (NGO). Good works devoid of the foundation of the faithful liturgy and Holy Mother Church and her Magisterium are simply that, good works and God knows good works come from almost any corner of the globe.
Faithful sisters faithfully celebrating the Liturgy and in an artistic way:
Unfaithful Religious unfaithful to liturgical art and liturgy (the two walk hand in hand, mano a mano)
Finally, in terms of right faith (orthodox faith) and right practice (orthopraxis) the Holy Father this morning at the chapel of his place of residence at the Vatican Motel 6 said the following about prayer, which includes the liturgy:
We must read this statement within the context of the beauty of liturgy and prayer, as well as art, and the fidelity that is needed to the proper exercise of prayer within the context of fidelity to Holy Mother Church, Her Magisterium and Her liturgy and spirituality:
“Prayer to the Father in the name of Jesus brings us out of ourselves. The prayer that bores us is always within ourselves, as a thought that comes and goes. But true prayer is the turning out of ourselves [and] to the Father in the name of Jesus: [true prayer] is an exodus from ourselves.”
Pope Francis goes on to ask how we can “recognize the wounds of Jesus in heaven,” and, “where the school is,” at which one learns to recognize the wounds of Jesus, these wounds of priestly intercession? Pope Francs said that there there is another exodus out of ourselves, and toward the wounds of our brothers, our brothers and our sisters in need:
“If we are not able to move out of ourselves and toward our brother in need, to the sick, the ignorant, the poor, the exploited – if we are not able to accomplish this exodus from ourselves, and towards those wounds, we shall never learn that freedom, which carries us through that other exodus from ourselves, and toward the wounds of Jesus. There are two exits from ourselves: one to the wounds of Jesus, the other to the wounds of our brothers and sisters. And this is the way that Jesus wants [there to be] in our prayer.”
“This,” concluded Pope Francis, “is the new way to pray: with the confidence, the courage that allows us to know that Jesus is before the Father, showing the Father His wounds, but also with the humility of those who go to learn to recognize, to find the wounds of Jesus in his needy brothers and sisters,” who, “carry the cross and still have not won, as Jesus has.”