Thursday, November 13, 2014
DID LITURGISTS DESTROY THE FAITH OF 88% OF CATHOLICS IN THIS COUNTRY? MORE THAN LIKELY!
The Pew Survey lists the three primary reasons why Catholics in Latin America leave the Catholic Church to join conservative Protestant evangelical sects:
1. seeking personal connection with God (81%)
2. enjoy style of worship at new church (69%)
3. wanted greater emphasis on morality (60%)
Let's look at the number one reason. Prior to Vatican II when Catholics took their faith seriously, knew the Church was the true Church and weren't yanked around by liturgists or priests imbued with clericalism, almost 90% of Catholics went to Mass every Sunday and few left the Church and many non-Catholics were becoming Catholics.
But Vatican II emboldened liturgists to ruin everything and lead the Church in the ways of losing Catholics and converts.
How? Through sterilizing the liturgy and our churches, stripping the liturgy and our churches of the very things that helped Catholics feel connected to Jesus Christ in a personal way and to the saints and angels. The otherworldly was completely dismantled in the liturgy and our church buildings.
Prior to Vatican II the real presence of Christ, not the bread and wine, was emphasized. Prior to Vatican II the one Sacrifice of Christ, His passion and death was made present in an unbloody way for our salvation, the forgiveness of our sins and opening the gates of heaven for us, that until Christ the gates were closed and without Christ, the gates are closed.
Christ present at Mass and in the Most Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle was emphasized and one could enter into a profoundly personal relationship with Christ made possible by Christ's Church which shows us the personal relationship Christ has to us. The tabernacle was not hidden but dead center and church buildings were opened for all to make a visit during the day to be in communion with Jesus in the tabernacle in the most profound personal way.
What happened when liturgists destroyed the faith of some many Catholics?
These progressive, liberal liturgists thought all Catholics who believed were the stupid (sounds familiar doesn't it, think of the recent revelations concerning Obama's attitude to Americans concerning Obamacare) decided to remove the emphasis from Christ and adoring Him and to place the emphasis on things that require no faith or personal relationship.
They did not like the "static" real presence of Christ. They wanted to emphasize the "active" real presence. So what did they emphasize? The look, taste, feel, smell of the bread and wine. Did it chew well? Did it taste good? Was it broken and shared?And of course the so-called "static" presence of Christ in the tabernacle had to go, either to a side altar, a broom closet or a separate chapel, out of sight and out of mind for 99% of Catholics.
What became new was how Catholics received and what the bread and wine were like. They were to be in a procession, standing to receive in the hand like adults not on the tongue like a child being fed by his mother and returning to their pew singing with their mouth full. The Communion song was more important than private, devotional prayers at Communion time.
The actions of the Sacrament were more important than Christ, receiving Him worthily and reverently.
These liturgists destroyed the faith of countless Catholics sending them to evangelical Protestants where their non-sacramental worship is more "emotionally" fulfilling because the emphasis is on a personal relationship with Christ, not the actions of the sacraments or worse yet the bread and wine.
Sad no? And what does the Magisterium do as Rome continues to burn? It recycles those bad and stupid ideas of Vatican II improperly interpreted and continues to borrow from Protestant evangelicalism emotionalism rather than what worked for centuries in the Catholic Church with a strong Catholic identity built on a devout belief in the real presence of Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament.