Tuesday, January 2, 2018
MORE ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE OF HOW ACADEMIC THEOLOGIANS HIJACKED THE REFORMS OF VATICAN II AND THE BISHOPS AND POPES EVENTUALLY THREW IN THE TOWEL AND WENT ALONG
This is a follow-up to my post below this one as memories of the 1970's and beyond are flooding into my mystical mind and it's all coming back to me.
Let me start in the late 1960's or very early 1970's. In my home parish of St. Joseph in Augusta, our pastor thought it would be good for our parish to experience the new trend in liturgical music proposed by Vatican II ( a lie of course) that we have folk music at Mass. Thus, two nuns with guitar sat on bar stools not at the back of the church in the choir area, but next to the altar and badgered us to sing the folk music they had select, more than likely from Godspell, little ditties like "Day by Day" which we then sang Sunday after Sunday after Sunday to include other folk ditties from secular sources like "One Tin Soldier." Did any of you here that one during the Vietnam war era?????
Fast forward to my liberal seminary days, 1976-80. Academic theologians told us that they were a part of the Magisterium no much how much Pope Paul VI and the bishops protested this developement. They suggested that as a part of the Magisterium often they had to play the role of loyal opposition to what the popes and bishops taught or promulgated, like the Church's teaching on birth control and female priests and the like.
In fact, when in 1976 beleaguered Pope Paul VI reiterated that the Church had no authority to ordain women, our academic theologians and our student body went into meltdown and vowed to challenge this non-infallible teaching! And then by the time Pope John Paul visited the USA in 1979, the Sisters of Mercy protested the pope's Magisterium on women priests by standing throughout the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as a sign of protest and the head of the sisters told the pope to his face to change!
I won't bore you about the time when I was a diocesan vocation director and religious vocation directors, both male and female orders, had their annual convention in Savannah around 1988 or so and decided they would like to take over one of our Sunday Cathedral Masses (the 11:30 AM one) with me as celebrant and all the things that I allowed them to do at this Mass, which eventually got back to Bishop Lessard! No, don't let me go into that!!!!!!!!! Use your imagination!!!!! Yes folks, in the 1980's I was a flaming liturgical liberal and not just liturgical!
But what about liturgical changes that Pope Paul VI and later Pope John Paul II tried to halt and without any real success?
By the 1970's Liturgical theologians promulgated the following in opposition to Pope Paul and Pope John Paul and the liturgical norms of the 1970 Roman Missal and eventually through their bullying and disobedience, their rebellion, got their way like Bugnini did:
Communion in the hand
Eucharistic Ministers as the norm rather than the exception so much so that when parishes had multiple priests who popped in to distribute Holy Communion at Communion time, liturgical theologians told them they shouldn't because Eucharistic ministers could do it and they didn't pop in but were a part of the liturgy from the beginning. Then, of course, we began to see even the priest "presider" sit during Communion and let others distribute Holy Communion.
Complete disobedience to liturgical law eventually led weakened popes and bishops to go along and let law catch up with the practice these theologians wanted and got.
Also the priest ad libbing the words of the Mass, making up their own Eucharistic prayers and allowing for outrageous experimentation following their attendance at a Catholic convention which modeled all kinds of wierd things. Think of the Los Angeles Catechtical conference each year to this day and the local bishop approving of illicit things!
What did the popes and bishops finally stamp out? Eucharistic Ministers receiving Holy Communion with the priest at the same time the priest did or, worse yet, out of a sense of false hospitality about meals, the priest and the Eucharistic ministers receiving after the laity had done so.
Self-service Holy Communion at the altar for the laity.
The use of real bread with honey or crusty French bread that opposed what was mocked as "crumb theology" of the traditionalists.
The abandonment of liturgical vestments or wearing all that was required
DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER OUTRAGEOUS ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE?