Monday, December 19, 2005
I really don't know if I can continue to attend the Novus Ordo Mass anymore; at least not in this diocese. After suffering through "innovations" and people yakking it up in the Sanctuary after Mass; one guy even had his cell phone out-- his cell phone! In the sanctuary! My son and I stayed after to offer reparation to Jesus for the way He is treated before Mass, during Mass and especially after Mass. Then I watched Sunday Mass on EWTN. Why can't our Mass be like that? It doesn't look that hard. Actually, it's really simple: follow the rubrics! So, then I watch a Traditional Latin Mass online, streaming video. No room for "innovations" there. I may just have to start attending the Indult Tridentine Mass 60 miles away. My observations on the 2: The "Old" Mass is undoubtedly Catholic. The "New" Mass is very Protestant, which was the point I think. I became Catholic to be Catholic, not "Roman Protestant". My car is old and decrepit, and I used to use it as an excuse not to go to the TLM; but now I'll just have to trust in God. He will take care of me. (And my car too)
Thursday, December 15, 2005
|You scored as Traditional Catholic. You look at the great piety and holiness of the Church before the Second Vatican Council and the decay of belief and practice since then, and see that much of the decline is due to failed reforms based on the "Spirit of the Council". You regret the loss of vast numbers of Religious and Ordained clergy and the widely diverging celebrations of the Mass of Pope Paul VI, which often don't even seem to be Catholic anymore. You are helping to rebuild this past culture in one of the many new Traditional Latin Mass communities or attend Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgy. You seek refuge from the world of pornography, recreational drugs, violence, and materialism. You are an articulate, confident, committed, and intelligent Catholic.|
But do you support legitimate reform of the Church, and are you willing to submit to the directives of the Second Vatican Council? Will you cooperate responsibly with others who are not part of the Traditional community?
What is your style of American Catholicism?
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Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Originally, I was only going to post things Catholic here, but since I almost never post, this is obviously a bad idea. So whoever reads this will have to suffer through my thoughts on such things as:
- potty training & poopy diapers
- migraine headaches and their causes
- the exciting and fascinating world of Holy Card collecting
- being single with kids
- weight loss attempts
- my views on things I know little or nothing about
So fair warning.
Saturday, September 10, 2005
I'm not funny like Jeff Miller nor smart like Jimmy Akin. I don't have even one tenth of the logic that Dave Armstrong has. So why yet another neo-con catholic blog? For one thing, I'm not sure I'm a "neo-conservative catholic". I'm much more sympathetic to the Traditionalist movement than most neo-cons, but I don't fit in with the Trads either because I think the Novus Ordo is a perfectly valid Mass (when done correctly) and actually happy with Pope Benedict XVI. There must be other Catholics like me, aren't there? Hello?
Friday, September 09, 2005
I changed the name of this blog to reflect my current feelings of the Church today. The "spirit" of Vatican II is leading souls on the path to perdition. 2,000 years of Church tradition and history are being tossed out the window in favor of the last 40. This makes no sense. Today over on The Curt Jester is a link to a parish called St. Maximilian Kolbe. St. Max is possibly my favorite saint, and yet I somehow doubt he would even recognize this as a Catholic Church. I barely recognize it as Catholic. Although it's not nearly as bad as St Joan of Arc in Minneapolis Then on the other side you have Novus Ordo Watch which goes the other extreme in tossing out the last 40 years, and claims that the New Order of the Mass isn't even Catholic, that they are the true Catholics, and that there hasn't been a Pope since 1958 (sedevacantism). Here I am caught in the middle, although I'd cut off my right arm rather than go to a "Mass" at SJA. The Bishops and the Vatican are real quick to squash any Traditionalist movements, yet Richard McBrien and Joan Chittister are still blathering away, pretending to represent the Catholic faith. It's depressing.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
Today was the first day of school for my 3rd grader. Where the heck did the summer go? I feel a bit guilty, it seems we accomplished nothing during summer vacation. I usually look forward to the end of summer, myself, but feel the need to make it special for my son. Guilt guilt guilt guilt. Yuck.