The Liturgical Reform That Should Have Been

Thursday, June 05, 2014 10:10 PM Comments (45)

It is easy to look at Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Vatican II document on the liturgy, and look at the mass we have now and know that something got lost in translation.   We frequently see people criticizing liturgical abuse and pointing out the obvious defects of the modern liturgy.  This is, I suppose, necessary and proper.  It is also common to hear the sentiment expressed that the mass promulgated in 1969 and certainly what it has morphed into now is not what the fathers of the Council envisioned and not the type of reform for which the documents of Vatican II called.

I have a great fondness for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.  As I have said before, that one only need attend a few...READ MORE

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Breaking Promises Nashville Priest Gives Heretical Interview (Again!)

Sunday, June 01, 2014 10:55 PM Comments (126)

In an interview, Fr. Joseph Breen of Nashville directly contradicts Church teaching and breaks his promises to multiple Bishops.

In 2010, Fr. Joseph Breen posted a video to the internet in which he contradicted Church teaching on a number of topics. The video, after being highlighted on my Creative Minority Report blog, garnered national attention and the attention of his Bishop.

In 1993, Fr. Breen had made a promise to former Bishop of Nashville not to contradict Church teaching after publicly contradicting Church teaching.

In 2010, after the video became known, Bishop Choby offered Fr. Breen a chance to retract his statement and apologize or face removal as pastor. Fr. Breen agreed.
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What Is Truth? Part I

What is the whole truth?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:33 AM Comments (19)

There is truth and there is the truth.

First a little story. A man is a first time passenger on a great ocean liner of infamy. After some loud noises, the massive ship begins to drastically list. Fear begins to enter into the heart of the man, who is concerned for his family and all the other souls on board. He spies a presumably knowledgeable ranking officer on the deck and puts the question to him. "Sir, the ship is listing badly. Are we all going to drown?" With indifference, the officer says truthfully "I assure you, we will ALL not drown." So the man thanks the officer and runs off to tend to his family. Within a few hours, the man and his family are dead in the freezing ocean. Being...READ MORE

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In The Heart of Every Traditionalist Lies A Schismatic

Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:44 AM Comments (187)

Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they are not out to get you.

When it comes to traditionalists in the Church, the hits just keep on coming. We have now the regretful news that the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate will join their brethren in the deepest fog and fire of purgatory.

The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have suffered under the draconian rule of of their imposed commissioner under the direction of His Eminence João Braz de Aviz Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life for the crime of crypto-lefebvrianism and justified by supposed internal dissent.

I regret to hear the news that that Cardinal Braz de Aviz...READ MORE

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How Great Thou Art

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:00 AM Comments (8)

I sometimes wonder if God chose to reveal a great event through signs in the heavens, would anybody notice?

Up until a little over a century ago, the heavens were heavenly. Nights were dark, but in the darkness we saw the Heavens more clearly. It served to put us in our place and inspire us with a sense of awe for all God's great creation.

But when the nights became illuminated with our own light, we failed to look up anymore. We are no longer inspired because we can no longer see. We are a society of navel gazers who in their hubris imagine they understand a universe better than their ancestors even though many of of us have never seen it. Who needs the heavens? We have our own light.
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Science, Saints, and the Shroud of Turin

Friday, May 09, 2014 7:37 AM Comments (49)

Science has newly confirmed something about the Shroud of Turin that saints already knew.

Centuries ago, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in ecstasy asked Jesus which was His greatest unrecorded suffering and the wound that inflicted the most pain on Him in Calvary and Jesus answered:

"I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound which was more painful than the others and which is not recorded by men. Honor this Wound with thy devotion and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit and in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins and will no longer remember their mortal...READ MORE

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We Are Not Going Anywhere

Thursday, May 01, 2014 11:21 PM Comments (128)

I'm a Catholic, and I am not going anywhere.

With some of my friends, family, and fellow travellers I have been discussing how a Catholic should respond and behave in these times.

These times?  Well, yes.  Whether you share their concerns, there are a number of good and faithful Catholics out there (myself among them) who are concerned with some of the things going on in the Church these days.  Chief among these worries is the potential for, well, let's just say the potential for genuine problems in the Church following this October's Synod on the Family.  Why are we concerned?  Well, let's just say if the Church follows any of the suggestions of Cardinal Kasper, who gave the keynote at...READ MORE

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Can We Close Down The Sainthood Fast Track?

Monday, April 28, 2014 3:18 PM Comments (48)

So the Church and the world have two more saints.

I wrote two weeks ago about the infallibility of canonizations and we can rest assured of the infallibility that Popes John Paul II and John XXII are in heaven.

Of course, there are lots and lots of people in Heaven who will never be nor considered for canonization by the Church.  The reason why is that only few saints live lives of public significance and of such heroic virtue that they will be put forth by the Church as clear models to be emulated.

Whom the Church chooses to put through this process, the reasons why, and the process itself are all fallible prudential decisions made by people of the Church.

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.