It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Friday, November 30, 2007

Huckabee's Catholic Support - Part 3

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Prayer works!!! Over one-hundred Catholic Christians are now praying the Rosary for Mike Huckabee every day until the GOP convention. Simultaneously, his numbers continue to rise in the polls, especially in Iowa.

As mentioned in the Huckabee section of this blog, Mike Huckabee is the most viable presidential candidate running for office on either side, that is most in line with Catholic Social Justice. If nominated the Catholic vote WILL go to him. Especially since the introduction of the pope's aggressive '3-point Agenda for Voting Catholics.'

The Rosary for Huckabee campaign has given me peace, and I'm sure it has for all who have participated so far. When the campaign was started, just one month ago, Huckabee was still in the single digits, and nowhere on the radar screen with the front-runner candidates such as; Rudy Giuliani, Mit Romney, Fred Thompson and John McCain. Now Huckabee ranks number one with Romney in the only poll that matters - Iowa.

Regardless of the outcome now, I know we are doing the right thing, and we're praying for the right candidate. God will determine the fate of this nation. We Catholic Christians, praying for Huckabee, are doing all we can and we will continue to do so. More will join us, and our cries are being heard in Heaven. I believe God is taking his own 'poll' right now, to determine who is on the side of LIFE, and who is praying for this country. Regardless of who gets the nomination now, I believe God has taken note of what we're doing, and after all is said and done, that's what really matters.

Go Mike GO! We're praying for you!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Public School Exodus In California Underway

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It's finally happening. Christian and Jewish parents are starting to pull their kids out of California public schools en mass. California is a trend-setter in the nation for government policy. Already the National Education Association (NEA) has pledged to follow California's example by positively portraying transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality to children as young as kindergarten. Christian and Jewish parents must organize well in California, to prepare us for the national exodus from public schools that will surly follow in the years ahead.

You can help too:
http://www.savecalifornia.com/getactive/protectyourkids110907.php

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New Mass (Novus Ordo) Was Intended To Be Like This

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: When Pope Paul VI released the new ordinary of the mass (Novus Ordo) in 1970, he did not intend for it to be a radical departure from the original Tridentine mass. The Missal of Pope Paul VI was released in Latin, with the intention that a good portion of it would continue to be said in Latin, allowing for various parts to be translated into the vernacular languages. What was intended was something along the line of what is shown in the two videos below...





I've seen a few parishes where the Novus Ordo is celebrated this way, but unfortunately this is the exception to the norm. The overwhelming vast majority of Novus Ordo celebrations don't even come close, which is why the Church is in a liturgical and vocational crisis today. Yes, studies show the crisis in liturgy and vocations are related.

In the confusion following the Second Vatican Council, some "progressives" took it upon themselves to introduce their own ideas into the implementation of the scheduled reforms. The introduction of the Novus Ordo mass in 1970 served as an ideal platform for many of these "innovations" to take place. The first major innovation was the reorientation of the priest to face the congregation, rather than toward the Lord (ad orientem), during the consecration of the Eucharist. This resulted in new alters being put into some churches, and old high alters being torn out. Eventually, newer chapel layouts dropped the high alter entirely, along with many elements of traditional Catholic design. Some even placed the tabernacle in obscure locations, moving the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist away from the center of the parish community. Simultaneously with that came vernacular translations of the mass that the Vatican later determined to be "defective." (The English translation used in the United States from 1970 through 2008 is one such example.) Then traditional Catholic music (such as Gregorian chant) was jettisoned in favor of newer Protestant style hymnals, gradually progressing to the pop/folk music commonly used in parishes today. Beyond that, the laity also contributed to the abuse of the Novus Ordo liturgy by making gestures imitating the priest during the liturgy, finally holding hands during the "Our Father" and making quite the commotion during the exchanging of the peace. In recent times the Novus Ordo has degenerated in some places to new lows of liturgical abuse, starting with liturgical dance and ending with the infamous "clown mass."

In spite of repeated warnings from Pope John Paul II and later Pope Benedict XVI, little to no effort was made to correct these types of liturgical abuses. Because of this, Pope Benedict XVI finally decided in July of 2007 to release the old Tridentine mass from the grip of bishops who refused to let it be celebrated in their diocese. He placed the old Tridentine mass along side the Novus Ordo mass in Church law, effectively creating a level playing field, allowing local priests to directly chose which mass they wanted to celebrate with (or without) the local bishop's permission. Knowing full well that this action would quickly create an exodus of Catholic faithful from the new (Novus Ordo) mass back to the old (Tridentine) mass, especially among a growing number of young people who prefer the Tridentine mass, Pope Benedict XVI has now set into motion the first phase of his liturgical reforms planned for the Catholic Church.

As the exodus gets underway, priests and bishops favoring the new (Novus Ordo) mass now find themselves in direct competition with priests and bishops favoring the old (Tridentine) mass. To keep their parishioners from leaving their celebrations, Novus Ordo priests and bishops are now going to have to compete with the solemnity of the ancient liturgy. This is all by the Holy Father's design. What drives faithful Catholics away from the Novus Ordo is the lack of solemnity typically found in the celebration of the Tridentine mass. Though the Latin language is an important part of Catholic heritage, it is not the language itself that is the deciding factor for why more Catholics favor the Tridentine. It's really more about solemnity and less about language. A common mistake is to assume the Catholic faithful simply crave Latin. Granted, Latin is important, but it's not nearly as important as the solemnity often found in the old Tridentine mass. Make no mistake about it; solemnity (not necessarily Latin) is what draws people to the Tridentine. If Novus Ordo priests want to keep their parishioners in the long run, they're going to have to bring solemnity (inspiring awe and reverence) back into their celebrations of the Novus Ordo mass. This is a reform they will have to make, or else face the reality of diminishing congregations in the years ahead.

In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio (Summorum Pontificum) liberalizing the use of the Tridentine mass, a growing number of bishops have announced that seminaries under their control will now teach future priests to say both forms of the mass (Novus Ordo & Tridentine). That being the case, the years ahead will see the rise of a priesthood fully familiar with both forms of the mass, and completely capable of providing parishioners with the solemnity they crave in either form of the mass. The Novus Ordo priests of today are already obsolete in this capacity, and that will continue to become more obvious in the years ahead.

Thanks to the actions of the Holy Father, Novus Ordo priests have only two options available for them if they want to remain relevant in the coming years. The first would be to learn to say the Tridentine mass, which requires a great deal of training and discipline most priests today are not prepared to undergo. The second option, which is more reasonable to many priests, would be to simply learn how to celebrate the Novus Ordo with the kind of solemnity displayed in the videos above. If the later were done, a priest familiar with this one form exclusively could easily provide the kind of liturgical atmosphere young Catholics are beginning to crave, and will soon become the expectation of all priests in the years ahead.

Please feel fee to share this story with your parish priest:
http://catholicknight.blogspot.com/2007/11/new-mass-novus-ordo-was-intended-to-be.html

Setting the Record Straight - German Catholics Opposed Hitler

(Catholic Church Conservation) - An article in German detailing the story of two towns. One was the pride of Adolf Hitler. The other was Catholic.

All this supports in a specific case, the evidence that Catholics were the fiercest anti-Nazis in Germany.

Towns which were immediate neighbors in the Palatinate, but still in separate worlds: the Protestant Darstein all voted in 1930 for Hitler. But the Catholic Hauenstein had itself in March 1933, the lowest number NSDAP voters.

Darstein was by 1933 itself an Honorary member of the Nazi party, because the town was the first to vote 100 percent for the party. It was even reported in the "Hamburger Illustrated News."...

read full story here

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

VATICAN APPROVES TRIDENTINE STYLE MASS IN ENGLISH !!!

Anglican Use Tridentine
Anglican Use Tridentine


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Actually, the Vatican approved this Tridentine style mass in English a few years back, but under a form not commonly known to mainstream Catholics. It's called the "Anglican Use Pastoral Provision," and it is a form similar to the Tridentine mass specifically designed in the vernacular for the English-speaking people around the world. The liturgy was approved as a concession for disaffected Episcopalians who left the ECUSA decades ago. These were extremely conservative and traditionalist Anglicans who could no longer tolerate the Liberal direction of the ECUSA and the Anglican Communion.

Just last month, some 400,000 traditionalist Anglicans petitioned the Vatican to be readmitted to the Catholic Church as a group. Since Rome already has all of the necessary components to this form already in place under the "Anglican Use Pastoral Provision," it is widely speculated the return of this ancient Rite will come in the very near future, as soon as a large body is readmitted to the Catholic Church and bishops are consecrated.

The English form of this Tridentine style mass, already approved by Rome under this pastoral provision may actually find a convergence among conservative Catholics already frustrated with the abuses of the Novus Ordo, but intimidated by the prospect of worship in Latin under the Tridentine, a language they do not understand nor do they care to learn. The Anglican Use Tridentine style mass therefore provides a reasonable solution, immediately available, to Catholics who find themselves in this situation. Because the entire liturgy is designed to be celebrated in English, the amount of training needed for priests would be minimal.

The full text of the Anglican Use Tridentine style mass can be found here. The rubrics are virtually identical to the Latin Tridentine. The language is Tudor English, a very high and formal version of the vernacular, similar to English translations found in the 1962 Tridentine Missal. The website for a highly organized parish already using this liturgy can be found here.

Getting something like this started locally should not be too difficult. I would recommend contacting Mr. Joseph Blake (email), who currently serves as the president of the 'Anglican Use Society,' in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Other contacts can be found here. Of particular interest is how the pope's recent motu proprio (Summorum Pontificum) liberalizing use of the 1962 Tridentine Missal might play into the process for how Catholics can request an Anglican Use Tridentine style mass as an alternative in their own area. Indeed, all of this will be interesting to see how it plays out in the coming years.

Vatican Throws Its Hat Into Middle East Peace Talks

(CNA) .- The path to peace in the Middle East could take a fortuitous turn today as leaders from 40 different organizations and nations meet in Annapolis, Maryland to forge a way forward. Pope Benedict XVI has added his support to bring “a just and definitive solution” to the conflict and is sending a delegation to the summit.

Holy See Press Office director, Fr. Federico Lombardi announced today that the delegation from the Holy See is made up of Msgr. Pietro Parolin, under-secretary for Relations with States, and Msgr. Francesco Coppola, nunciature counselor...

read full story here

Monday, November 26, 2007

Giving Ron Paul A Fair Shake

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I've been very critical of Ron Paul on this blog, and to be clear, I do not retract anything I've written about him so far. However, having said that I cannot deny that there are many aspects about Ron Paul's candidacy that I do admire. Thomas E. Woods Jr. is one of my favorite authors, and he has written an open letter endorsing his candidacy. It may raise a few eyebrows to see an ardent Huckabee supporter like myself give a plug for Ron Paul. But I believe it is my duty as a Catholic blogger to make sure the social justice merits of good candidates like Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul are made known. It is because of my tremendous respect for Dr. Woods that I share his letter with you...

An Open Letter to the Catholic Community
in Behalf of Ron Paul

In the tradition of Walter Block’s Open Letter to the Jewish Community in Behalf of Ron Paul and Laurence Vance’s Open Letter to the Protestant Community in Behalf of Ron Paul, I’d like to say a few words to my fellow Catholics.

Never in my life have I felt as strongly about a presidential candidate – or about any politician, for that matter – as I do about Dr. Ron Paul, Republican congressman from Texas. I’ve gone from being someone so disgusted with politics that I can’t bear to read about it to being a political junkie, avidly following the activities and successes of this great man.

As an American historian, I am not aware of any congressman in American history whose voting record is so stellar, and so consistently in accord with the Constitution.

Beyond that, Ron Paul is not a panderer. He’ll speak to an interest group and tell them to their faces that he has opposed and will continue to oppose funding their pet projects. Lobbyists know they’re wasting their money if they try to wine and dine him. He recently spoke before the national convention of an organization aimed at protecting the interests of a particular ethnic group, and began by saying: "Somebody asked me whether I had a special speech for your group, and I said, no, it’s the same speech I give everywhere."

Already by 1981, Ron Paul had earned the highest rating ever given by the National Taxpayers Union, received the highest rating from the Council for a Competitive Economy, and won the Liberty Award from the American Economic Council for being "America’s outstanding defender of economic and personal freedom."

Dr. Paul, who entered Congress in 1976 and returned to his medical practice in 1984, picked up where he left off when he returned to Congress in the 1996 election. I do not expect to see his like again.

He is also a good and decent man, who really is what he appears to be when you hear him speak. As a physician at an inner-city hospital, Ron Paul provided medical care to anyone who needed it, regardless of ability to pay. He never accepted money from Medicare or Medicaid, preferring to provide free care instead. That’s what people in a free society are supposed to do: be responsible for themselves, and then lend their assistance to those who are vulnerable and alone.

Ron Paul is a candidate who doesn’t insult his listeners’ intelligence, who answers the questions he is asked, and who doesn’t simply say whatever his audience wants to hear. And unlike other major names in the race, Ron Paul doesn’t have to run away from his record, which reveals an unswerving commitment to peace, freedom, and prosperity that is second to none in all of American history.

Although I would have supported Ron Paul back before I converted to Catholicism, I think Catholics will like what they see when they examine his record. Over at Defend Life, Ron Paul comes out decisively on top in a study of the candidates’ positions on the issues according to the guidelines recently established by the United States bishops. (If anything, I think this study understates Paul’s compatibility with Catholic teaching.)

On education and home schooling, Ron Paul is the clear winner. Fred Thompson, John McCain, and Duncan Hunter all voted for the execrable No Child Left Behind Act, and Governors Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney have both come out in favor of it. Ron Paul – as did the Republican Party itself not so long ago – opposes any federal role in education, which is the responsibility of parents and local communities.

In other words, Ron Paul believes in a little something called subsidiarity, which happens to be a central principle of Catholic social thought. Subsidiarity holds that all social functions should be carried out by the most local unit possible, as opposed to the dehumanizing alternative whereby distant bureaucratic structures are routinely and unthinkingly entrusted with more and more responsibilities for human well-being.

On home schooling, Ron Paul has proposed legislation giving tax credits worth thousands of dollars to reimburse the educational expenses of home-schooling parents, as well as those of parents who send their children to other kinds of schools. What presidential candidate speaks like this?

Parental control of child rearing, especially education, is one of the bulwarks of liberty. No nation can remain free when the state has greater influence over the knowledge and values transmitted to children than the family. By moving to restore the primacy of parents to education, the Family Education Freedom Act will not only improve America’s education, it will restore a parent’s right to choose how best to educate one’s own child, a fundamental freedom that has been eroded by the increase in federal education expenditures and the corresponding decrease in the ability of parents to provide for their children’s education out of their own pockets.

When it comes to abortion, Ron Paul – an obstetrician/gynecologist who has delivered over 4,000 babies – has been a consistent opponent of Roe v. Wade, which he rightly considers unconstitutional. But he has no interest in the failed strategy of the past 35 years whereby we sit and wait for a remedy in the form of good Supreme Court justices. His HR 300 would strip the federal courts of jurisdiction over abortion, as per Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution. That would overturn Roe by a simple congressional majority.

Then we could see who is sincere on the issue, and who is just exploiting it for votes. Few in either party really want to see the abortion status quo overturned, since it means they can’t scare their supporters into sending them as much money anymore.

Upon the Pope’s death in 2005, Ron Paul paid tribute to John Paul’s consistent defense of life. On another occasion, he offered an additional tribute, of the sort few politicians would utter:

To the secularists, this was John Paul II’s unforgivable sin – he placed service to God above service to the state. Most politicians view the state, not God, as the supreme ruler on earth. They simply cannot abide a theology that does not comport with their vision of unlimited state power. This is precisely why both conservatives and liberals savaged John Paul II when his theological pronouncements did not fit their goals. But perhaps their goals simply were not godly.

Speaking of John Paul II, it is important to remember that that pope was a strong opponent of the U.S. government’s attack on Iraq, sending his personal representative, Cardinal Pio Laghi, to Washington shortly before the commencement of hostilities in order to insist to the president that such a war would be unjust. The Pope’s first comments after the war broke out were these: "When war, as in these days in Iraq, threatens the fate of humanity, it is ever more urgent to proclaim, with a strong and decisive voice, that only peace is the road to follow to construct a more just and united society."

Before his election as Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was asked if a U.S. government attack on Iraq would be just. "Certainly not," came the reply. He predicted that "the damage would be greater than the values one wishes to save."

After the war ended, Ratzinger said: "It was right to resist the war and its threats of destruction…. It should never be the responsibility of just one nation to make decisions for the world." "There were not sufficient reasons to unleash a war against Iraq," he elsewhere observed. "To say nothing of the fact that, given the new weapons that make possible destructions that go beyond the combatant groups, today we should be asking ourselves if it is still licit to admit the very existence of a ‘just war.’"

Hundreds of thousands lost their lives in this obviously avoidable war, a war that was based on falsehoods that we would have laughed at if they’d been uttered by Leonid Brezhnev. But since they came from the White House we cheer as for a football team, and duck the appalling material and moral consequences. A country that (by regional standards) once had an excellent health care system, opportunities for women, liberal gun and alcohol laws, and – yes – lots of immigrants, was turned into a disease-ridden basket case, filled with dead, wounded, and malnourished children, for no good reason.

That’s just wrong, and it isn’t "liberal" to say so.

Likewise, Ratzinger/Benedict is not a "liberal" for opposing the war. He is a moral conservative, but a man whose conservatism is more mature than the sloganeering jingoism of so much of what passes for conservatism in today’s America. Ron Paul is an equally sober and serious statesman, and for that reason was one of very few Republicans with the courage and the foresight to oppose this economic and moral fiasco from the very start.

It is especially satisfying to learn that in the second quarter of 2007, Ron Paul received more donations from active duty and retired military personnel than any other Republican candidate. By the third quarter, he was receiving more than any other presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican. Want to support the troops? Then support Ron Paul.

My main argument to you, though, is not a specifically Catholic one. It’s one that should resonate with anybody who values honesty, integrity, and decency. Ron Paul is a good man who believes in justice and the Constitution, and who cannot be bought. His ten terms in Congress have proven that again and again.

And that is why the media fears him. Unlike the rest of them, Ron Paul is unowned.

Now every establishment hack out there wants you to vote for one of the business-as-usual candidates. Are you really so happy with the establishment that its endorsement or cajoling means anything to you? If anything, it should make us all the more interested in Ron Paul – the one candidate the establishment fears, since they know their game is up if he should win.

Far from being in the unhappy position of a candidate whose children won’t even speak to him, Ron Paul is fortunate to have family members all over the campaign trail on his behalf. He has been married to the same woman for 50 years, and has been blessed with five children and eighteen grandchildren. There are some family values.

Just think: for once, you don’t have to choose the lesser among evils. You can finally vote for someone. You can not only be happy, but actually honored, to cast your vote for Ron Paul.

But don’t just vote for him. Find out about him, and get out there and spread the word.

November 21, 2007

Vatican Says Liberals Brought Return of Tridentine Mass Upon Themselves

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So let's make sure we have the record straight. Liberals, who abuse the Novus Ordo liturgy with their clever innovations, played a bigger role in the pope's decision to restore the Tridentine mass than the traditionalists who requested it. So I guess all those Liberals in the Church, who despise the pope's decision to bring back the Tridentine liturgy, only have themselves to blame for making it happen. Sweet! This just keeps getting better and better.
(CNS) - "Regarding the Tridentine Mass, over the years there was a growing request, which little by little became more organized," he said.

"On the other side, fidelity to the norms for the celebration of the sacraments continued to fall," he said. "The more this fidelity (and) a sense of the beauty and awe in the liturgy diminished, the more requests for the Tridentine Mass increased."

"So, in fact, who really requested the Tridentine Mass? It was not just these groups, but also those who had little respect for the norms of a worthy celebration according to the 'Novus Ordo,'" or new order, he said, referring to the post-Vatican II liturgy.

"For years the liturgy suffered too many abuses and many bishops ignored them" despite the efforts of Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Ranjith said.

"So the problem was not requests for the Tridentine Mass as much as an unlimited abuse of the nobility and dignity of the eucharistic celebration," he said....

read full story here

LIBERAL CATHOLICISM IMPLODES! FUTURE CHURCH WILL BE TRADITIONAL

(Washington Post) - It's the traditional Latin Mass, a formal worship service that is making a comeback after more than 40 years of moldering in the Vatican basement.

In September, Pope Benedict XVI relaxed restrictions on celebrating Latin Mass, frequently called the Tridentine Mass, citing "a new and renewed" interest in the ancient Latin liturgy, especially among younger Catholics.

Spoken or sung entirely in sometimes inaudible Latin by priests who face the altar instead of the congregation, it is a radical departure for most Catholics, who grew up attending a more informal Mass celebrated in their native tongue.

"It's the opposite of the cacophony that comes with the [modern] Mass," said Ken Wolfe, 34, a federal government worker who goes to up to four Latin Masses a week in the Washington area. "There's no guitars and handshaking and breaks in the Mass where people talk to each other. It's a very serious liturgy."

And it is a hit with younger priests and their parishioners.

Attendance at the Sunday noon Mass at St. John the Beloved in McLean has doubled to 400 people since it began celebrating in Latin. Most of the worshipers are under 40, said the Rev. Franklyn McAfee.

Younger parishioners "are more reflective," McAfee said. "They want something uplifting when they go to church. They don't want something they can get outside."....

read full story here

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(The Catholic Herald) - With the quiet support of the Pope, France is seeing an explosion of traditional religious communities, says Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis.

We are often told that the Church has to modernise, because the young, especially, can no longer relate to its teachings. It is sometimes even suggested that we should be grateful for a decline in vocations to priesthood: could this not be a sign from the Holy Spirit that the age of the laity is finally dawning?

This eagerness to make a virtue out of a necessity finds its most radical conclusion in a booklet entitled Church and Ministry published in the Netherlands by a group of Dominican academics. One of them, Fr André Lascaris, recently explained his thesis in the Tablet.

Numbers of vocations to the priesthood in Holland are plummeting, and according to Fr Lascaris there is “no hope of a remedy for this situation”. Apart from his own remedy, of course. His proposal is clear and simple: “In the absence of ordained priests, lay persons should be allowed to celebrate the Eucharist.” He adds: “Whether they be men or women, homo or heterosexual, married or unmarried, is irrelevant.”

read full story here
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The numbers tell the whole story. The trends do not lie. It has been just two months since the pope's motu proprio went into effect -- putting the old (Tridentine) form of the mass, and the new (Novus Ordo) form, on an equal playing field. In just that short period of time the effect has been so profound that even the secular news media has taken notice.

Defying expectations, the old traditional (Tridentine) mass has found increasing popularity with young people. Why is that? I would like to propose the same explanation for the Church as we have witnessed in the world. Liberalism is a self-eradicating philosophy. Just as liberal societies fail to reproduce at a rate capable of sustaining themselves, liberal churches have a similar problem. In the Catholic Church, which has been heavily influenced by liberal forces over the last 30+ years, the problem has manifested itself in two very obvious ways. The first is the crisis in vocations. The priesthood is dying out in the western world, along with vocations to religious life. Nuns and monks have virtually disappeared from the western world. The second is a general lack of education and holiness among the laity. In spite of the use of vernacular language in the liturgy, and the expanded lectionary of Scripture readings, the ignorance of lay Catholics on religion is at an all time high. In addition to that, the pejorative phrase "Cafeteria Catholic" has not only become a household term, but in many circles is actually seen as a virtue by those whom it describes.

Some of this can be blamed on our decadent western culture, which has abandoned religion in general, is clearly on the decline, and following in the footsteps of the ancient Roman Empire. However, the Church cannot escape a good deal of the blame. The introduction of the new ordinary (Novus Ordo) liturgy in 1970 was perhaps a major mistake on the part of the Roman Catholic Church. To make matters worse, rushed translations into the vernacular languages further degenerated the liturgy to the current watered down version we English-speaking Catholics are all too familiar with. As if that wasn't bad enough, new (abusive) innovations crept into this vernacular liturgy, to suite the fancy of whomever celebrated it, and thus continued to distort the meaning and significance of what Catholic worship is all about.

In the words of one priest I recently spoke with; "when the mass becomes as 'ordinary' as anything we can find in the world, it should be no surprise when the youth begin to crave the 'extraordinary.'" What is clearly lacking in the new vernacular mass is the extraordinary sense of solemnity, and yes, young Catholics are starting to crave this. They are beginning to crave it more than pop music, more then drums, more than clapping and excitement. They are craving a return to solemnity, and that's why the old Latin mass is becoming so popular. The evidence is now starting to pour in. The Tridentine mass belongs to the youth, and in time, the youth will soon belong to the Tridentine mass. The youth, the future of the Church, is going Tridentine and there's nothing anyone can do to stop it.

What will accelerate this process is the decline of the new vernacular liturgy (Novus Ordo). The diminishing priesthood crisis exists only in vocations for the new liturgy. (read more here) The priesthood is growing rapidly in Catholic communities where the old Tridentine liturgy is celebrated exclusively. The same is true for all Tridentine related vocations -- religious orders consisting of monks and nuns. As the priesthood diminishes in Novus Ordo communities, the availability of the Novus Ordo mass will also diminish. Like the effect of Liberalism on western culture, the Liberal influence on Catholic liturgy cannot reproduce enough priests to sustain itself. Like Liberal societies, the liberal influence on Catholic liturgy is clearly on the decline. Without significant and profound reform, altering it in every way, the new vernacular liturgy (Novus Ordo) will find itself extinct in the not-too-distant future. The availability of priests who exclusively celebrate the Novus Ordo mass will soon be close to nil. When that happens, the Novus Ordo liturgy will be a rare event -- perhaps even unusual. I suspect that day will come sooner than most expect. Maybe 20 years or less. If you doubt this, take a close look at how many gray heads currently makeup the Novus Ordo priesthood.

The only way to rescue the Novus Ordo liturgy will be to radically transform it -- in effect -- making it more like the Tridentine liturgy. This is going to take a whole lot of work, and I seriously doubt its success, when the alternative of making the Tridentine available in the vernacular is an easier solution, and would swiftly put an end to the problem. Not to say that rescuing the Novus Ordo is impossible. It can happen, but it's going to take some strong leadership, along with some draconian tactics, to get the job done. Currently "defective" translations are being corrected, and that is a good first step, but it's going to take a whole lot more than that. The liturgy itself will have to be altered, to bring in more elements of solemnity typically found in the rubrics of the Tridentine liturgy. Furthermore, priests will have to be virtually retrained in the proper celebration of the Novus Ordo, and liturgical servers, choirs and alter boys/girls will have to be re-educated as well. Beyond that, even the laity will have to be re-educated in their proper role during the liturgy -- what is expected of them, and what is to be avoided. That's just the celebration itself. There is so much more that needs to be addressed, including the aesthetics of architecture, chapel layout, and iconic appeal. The list goes on and on. Yes, it can be done, but it's going to be one hell of an uphill battle. Is the current pope strong enough to make it happen? Only history can, and will, give us the answer to that question. If ever a pontifical act is made, giving official permission for the Tridentine to be celebrated in the vernacular, then we shall have our answer. The end of the Novus Ordo liturgy will quickly follow.

Any thoughts?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Contemporary Mass Will Soon Fade Away

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: A time of serious reflection has come upon us all as English-speaking Catholics. None of us are exempt from this. Every single one of us must contemplate these questions.
  1. Who are we?
  2. What are we about?
  3. What makes us different from the Evangelical/Protestant world we find surrounding us?
Below are two videos which we must watch to answer these questions. The first one is a Life-Teen mass, designed by Monsignor Dale Fushek (now excommunicated) for the purpose of exciting young people and getting them more involved in the Church.

Having attended these Life-Teen masses regularly in a nearby parish, I can testify that they are profoundly contemporary, bordering on a pop concert, in which the worship experience takes on a type of fervor reminiscent of the Pentecostal churches in the Protestant world. Indeed, if an emotional high is your goal, than this type of mass is definitely one way to accomplish it. Though I must admit, that no matter how much effort Catholic parishes put into it, the Pentecostals do it better, and they probably always will. Why? Because that is the focus of the entire Pentecostal religion -- to bring one into an emotional high while worshiping Christ, with the idea that such excited states will draw one into a closer personal relationship with him. The theology and structure of Pentecostal churches are built around this idea, and as a result, they are more suited for this kind of experience than any other type of Christian organization. As a practical Roman Catholic, who is very knowledgeable of our separated Protestant brethren, I am forced to admit that when it comes to emotional highs, Pentecostals do it better, and if that's what you're looking for, than I would have no choice but to recommend you go to a Pentecostal church. You'll be much more satisfied there. Try and try as we may, (and many have tried very hard), we Catholics just don't do it as well as they do, and we probably never will. The theology of the Catholic Church, and the structure of the mass, is just not suited for this.

LIFE-TEEN MASS


The kids sure do appear to be having a lot of fun, and don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to this. I think Catholic kids should have fun, and they should have plenty of occasions to get excited about their Catholic Christian faith. I believe it's our responsibility as parents to help provide innovative ways of doing this. The only question I have is this. Is mass the proper venue for this to happen?

Certainly the pope doesn't think so. He recently banned all contemporary masses at the Vatican, and restored the traditional Latin liturgy, along with Gregorian chant and classical music. Word has it that he plans a similar kind of reform for the rest of the Church worldwide. Now the knee jerk reaction for many will be to complain, and this is unfortunate because those who do complain, do so out of ignorance.

The pope is not a killjoy. The pope is not trying to take contemporary music away from young Catholics. Far from it. I would dare say he favors contemporary music, and the good it can produce, when it is performed in an appropriate venue. An appropriate venue is one in which youth can freely express their Christian joy in exited emotional states without the interruption of liturgy. A "prayer and praise" meeting might be one example of this, or even a Christian pop/rock concert. The problem with bringing this kind of music into the mass is that the two mutually interrupt each other. The solemnity of Liturgy interrupts the emotional excitement of contemporary music and vice versa. Together they are not conducive of the inner contemplation Catholic worship is designed to obtain in the liturgy of the mass. The liturgy of the Catholic mass is designed to draw one into deep personal meditation. The worship is "spiritual," which is higher than emotional. It involves the intellect, the body, the emotions and the spirit working together to give proper adoration to God, in which nothing is left out. The intellect is not put on hold, as is often the case in ecstatic emotional highs. Rather the mind and heart work together. The spirit works on a higher level than the emotions, and the liturgy of the mass is designed to be spiritual, not a merely intellectual or emotional experience. In other words, the pope is calling us to a higher level of worship, and in doing so, he is calling us back to our Catholic roots. The pope is not taking anything away. Rather, he's trying to give all Catholics, young and old alike, something more. By that I mean something greater than any contemporary pop-mass could ever offer. He wants to take Catholics to the next step -- a higher level of worship. He wants us to become authentically "Catholic."

ORDINARY HIGH MASS - ENGLISH


CLICK HERE TO SEE SAMPLES OF THE COMPLETE DVD

Click Here for an audio sampling of proper liturgical music


I would strongly suggest viewing the entire series online, and perhaps purchasing the DVD to show to others.

The contemporary mass will soon fade away -- very very soon. With the liturgical reforms coming to the English liturgy in about a year (2010 or 2011), all former missals will become obsolete overnight, and that includes the Life-Teen worship books used in Life-Teen masses. Accompanying these liturgical reforms will be a strong push from the Vatican, pressuring local parishes to dispense of contemporary pop music, and return to Gregorian chant and Baroque liturgical music. The idea being to draw us to a higher level of worship, which is more closely connected to our Catholic roots and our historic identity.

The pope doesn't want to take anything away from anyone. Young Catholics can still have prayer and praise meetings where all of the Life-Teen music can be used. They can still go to Christian pop/rock concerts, and listen to contemporary Christian music on their MP3 players. But mass is a calling to a higher level of worship, where the heart, mind and body are engaged together in the full adoration of God. The REFORM is coming. We English-speaking Catholics need to be ready for it.

Any thoughts?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Catholic Vote Will Go To Mike Huckabee in the 2008 Presidential Election

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Huckabee on Catholic Social Justice...
  1. LIFE
  2. MARRIAGE
  3. EDUCATION
The above three are Pope Benedict XVI's three primary issues for voting Catholics. Huckabee also believes in a strong option for the poor, by supporting a federal tax system that boosts their opportunity to get ahead, eliminates the IRS, and is fair to the middle class....

Mike Huckabee on the FAIR-TAX

A Call To Conservative Anglicans - Come Home To Rome!

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Why do you kick against the goads? Why do you insist on remaining part of a national church that is dead, and a communion that is dying? Why do you resist the pastoral protection you need, when Pope John Paul II already made provision for you over 20 years ago? Come home to Rome. Investigate the 'Anglican Use' within the Roman Catholic Church...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Another Episcopalian Bishop Converts To Catholicism

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The ongoing saga of the ECUSA's implosion continues with this latest event, in which another Episcopalian bishop has converted to Catholicism. The following is an open letter from him...
November 20, 2007,
Dear Friends in Christ,

I have communicated to the Presiding Bishop my request to be released from my ordination vows and the obligations and responsibilities of a member of the House of Bishops. I have taken this step in order to be received into the Catholic Church. Through a long season of prayer and reflection Marcie and I have come to believe this is the leading of the Holy Spirit and God’s call to us for the next chapter of our lives. We are grateful to our brother in Christ, the Most Rev. Robert N. Lynch, the Bishop of St. Petersburg, for his openness to our request and for his prayerful support.

I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home where I was given the gift of a deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ and a reverence for God’s revelation of his love and redemptive purpose in the Word written, as well as the Word made Flesh. I was blessed to be brought into the family of the Episcopal Church 40 years ago. I have a deep love for the sacramental life, most especially the Eucharistic sacrifice through which God continues to pour his grace into our lives in the Word that needs no words.

I will be forever grateful for the opportunities I had to serve this faith community as a deacon and priest. I am most grateful for the opportunity you, the people of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, gave me to serve as your bishop and to participate in the life of the Anglican Communion. You made it possible for me to share in the mission of God that can never be bound by geographical or political barriers.

I believe God is now calling us to continue our ministry to serve in the healing of the visible Body of Christ in the world. I am convinced our Lord’s deepest desire is for the unity of the Church.

Marcie and I will never have the words to express to you the depth of our gratitude for the support you gave us during my medical leave and for the joyous celebration of the ministry you allowed us to share with you that brings to a close my ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. We will pray for the continued health and vitality of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

The following prayer by Thomas Merton speaks more eloquently than we can find possible at this moment. Marcie and I have experienced an abundance of God’s grace throughout our lives, and we continue to trust God in the future, which continues to unfold for us:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

source

Two Man Race In Iowa

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Forget the national polls the media has been shoving down out throats. They don't mean a thing. Basically, national polls are all about name recognition. They don't really tell you anything of substance when it comes to who's winning in presidential races.

What matters are the state by state polls, because that's how presidential elections are decided, both in the primary season and the general election season. The state everyone is focused on right now is Iowa, because it is scheduled to have the first primary caucus in January. An analysis of the polls in Iowa tells a much different story than the national popularity polls the mainstream media keeps shoving down our throats.

Here's what we can tell from Iowa. First and foremost, don't worry about Rudy Giuliani, he's trailing in the polls, struggling with Fred Thompson for THIRD place. John McCain finds himself in fourth place (no surprise there). While Ron Paul, for all the money he's raised, can't seem to gain an inch of traction with it. He's steadily in fifth place, unable to clear double digits. His average is less than five percent. The real contenders in Iowa are Mit Romney and Mike Huckabee. One of these two men will win this state, and that will set into motion a chain of events putting one of these two men in the general election against Hillary Clinton.

On the Republican side, this is a two man race -- Romney v. Huckabee. Forget what the political pundits say. One of these two men will get the GOP nomination. For all of Giuliani's popularity and Thompson's hype, neither one of them will make it to the Republican national convention. Make no mistake about it, this is a two man race.

see polling data here

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Rights Come From God - Not Government

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It's nice to have this reminder once in a while, and it's nice to know one presidential candidate finally gets it!

Is Catholicism Unbiblical?



THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Frequently, some Evangelicals (or "Born-Again Christians") are quick to condemn Catholic Christianity as an "unbiblical" religion, based on the "traditions of men." The accusation is a false one to say the least. Biblical defense of Catholic Christianity is so well documented on the internet, that it's almost unbelievable anyone would still call it "unbiblical." We could even go so far as to say that Catholicism has a better Biblical defense than Evangelicalism.

Evangelicalism (like almost all Protestantism in general) is based on two unBiblical (even anti-Biblical) beliefs. They are Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide...

Sola Scriptura is the teaching that the Bible is the only inspired and authoritative Word of God, is the only source for Christian doctrine, and is accessible to all — that is, it is perspicuous and self-interpreting. -- (Wikipedia: Five Solas)

Sola Fide is the teaching that justification (interpreted in Protestant theology as, "being declared right by God", rather than "being made righteous by God") is received by faith only, not good works... -- (Wikipedia: Five Solas)

Let's address the problems with Sola Scriptura first, since it is the very foundation upon which all of Evangelicalism is built. Sola Scriptura, otherwise known as the "Bible Only" doctrine, is both illogical and completely anti-Biblical. Nowhere in the Bible does the Bible say we can only use the Bible Alone. To make matters worse for Evangelicals, the Bible specifically says quite the opposite, referring to Apostolic Tradition and the teaching authority of the Church for it's authentic interpretation and source of Christian doctrine. The issue has been so thoroughly addressed by other sources that I won't bother to go into it here. Simply CLICK HERE to read the Biblical case made against Sola Scriptura.

In addition to Sola Scriptura being unbiblical (even anti-Biblical), it is also illogical. This is because if one follows Sola Scriptura to the letter, it creates what is called a "logic loop," effectively disproving itself. Allow me to illustrate. The Evangelical/Protestant doctrine of Sola Scriptura mandates that one only use the Bible to authenticate Christian beliefs, and that if a particular belief cannot be found in the Bible, it is not worthy of belief. So now, that being said, as illustrated in the link above to the Biblical case against Sola Scriptura, we can conclude that the belief of Sola Scriptura can nowhere be found in the Bible. In fact, the Bible contradicts it. So therefore, if we follow the mandate of Sola Scriptura, we have no choice but to abandon the belief in Sola Scriptura, because it's not Biblical. Sola Scriptura disproves itself.

Now on to the issue of Sola Fide. Sola Fide is defined as the belief that we are saved by "Faith Alone." However, the phrase "faith alone" only appears once in the entire Bible (James 2:24) where is specifically says we are NOT saved by "faith alone." CLICK HERE to read the details.

It's ironic that a people who would so frequently condemn Catholic Christianity for being "unbiblical" would find their own religious faith built on such an unbiblical (even anti-Biblical) foundation. Maybe people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Rebel Bishops Threaten Catholic Unity

(Telegraph) - The liberation of the Latin liturgy, the rapprochement with Eastern Orthodoxy, the absorption of former Anglicans - all these ambitions reflect Benedict's conviction that the Catholic Church must rediscover the liturgical treasure of Christian history to perform its most important task: worshipping God.

This conviction is shared by growing numbers of young Catholics, but not by the church politicians who have dominated the hierarchies of Europe for too long.

By failing to welcome the latest papal initiatives - or even to display any interest in them, beyond the narrow question of how their power is affected - the bishops of England and Wales have confirmed Benedict's low opinion of them.

Now he should replace them...

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: YES! Absolutely! If the current leadership of the Church (whether it be in England, Canada or the USA) will not support the pope's reforms, than they should be replaced -- immediately! In effect they are already in schism, and that makes them dangerous to the unity of the Church. One good thing these reforms have done is bring the rats out into the daylight where they can be easily seen and identified. All we can do now is hope and pray the pope is taking notes, and as soon as they've all exposed themselves, he takes decisive action to reign in these rebels - by relieving them of their duties.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

US Cardinal Rebukes Democratic Party - Catholic Support of Democrats "Scandalous"

(CNA).- The U.S. Bishops have issued their strongest condemnation yet of pro-abortion views with their “Faithful Citizenship” document issued yesterday. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston also has added his disapproval of pro-abortion candidates in comments to the Boston Globe saying that the support of Catholics for these politicians “borders on scandal”.

Cardinal O'Malley voiced a sentiment that the bishops’ latest citizenship document includes, namely that, despite his differences with the Republican Party over immigration policy, capital punishment, economic issues, and the war in Iraq, he views abortion as the most important moral issue facing policymakers.

Noting that many Catholics traditionally support Democrats, O’Malley reamed the Democratic Party for being “extremely insensitive to the church's position, on the gospel of life in particular, and on other moral issues.”

When the cardinal was asked about the many voters who support Democrats who are in favor of abortion, O'Malley said, "I think that, at times, it borders on scandal as far as I'm concerned."

read full story here

OFFICIAL: Pro-Choice Vote = Mortal Sin

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I've said this on this blog before, and taken a lot of heat for it. "Pro-Choice" voting, whereby a candidate is favored because (s)he wants to keep abortion legal, is a MORTAL SIN. If you knowingly and willingly vote for a Pro-Abortion (so called "Pro-Choice") candidate, because you yourself are "Pro-Choice," you put your immortal soul in danger of hell fire. Now after years of Vatican prodding, it looks like the US Catholic bishops have overwhelmingly agreed to say the same thing...
(AP) — Roman Catholic voters and lawmakers must heed church teaching on abortion or risk losing their eternal salvation, U.S. bishops said yesterday.

"The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life is always wrong and is not just one issue among many," the bishops stated. "It must always be opposed."

The bishops didn't recommend specific policies or candidates in the 2008 election and emphasized "principled debate" is needed to decide what best promotes the common good. But they warned Catholics that their votes for politicians and laws affect more than just civic life.

"Political choices faced by citizens have an impact on general peace and prosperity and also may affect individual salvation," the bishops stated. "Similarly, the kinds of laws and policies supported by public officials affect their spiritual well-being."

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly adopted the statement, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," as they ended the public session of their fall meeting...

read full story here

Good Catholics Can't Vote Democrat Anymore

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Do you want to be a good Catholic? Most of us do. The following are some excerpts for why a good Catholic can't vote Democrat anymore. Perhaps there might be some exceptions to this norm. I suppose it might be possible to find one Democratic candidate, in some small election, who doesn't go along with the party line on abortion and gay marriage. For the most part, however, the new Democratic Party is 100% opposed to Roman Catholicism and the principles of Catholic voting. Allow me to illustrate...

The Roman Catholic Church says...
In this context, it must be noted also that a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals. -- (CDF DOCTRINAL NOTE
on some questions regarding The Participation of Catholics in Political Life, 4)

The Church teaches that, regarding a law permitting abortions, it is "never licit to obey it, or to take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or to vote for it" -- (John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 73).

"When legislation in favor of the recognition of homosexual unions is proposed for the first time in a legislative assembly, the Catholic lawmaker has a moral duty to express his opposition clearly and publicly and to vote against it. To vote in favor of a law so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral" -- (CDF Considerations regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons, 10).


The Democratic Party says...
We will defend the dignity of all Americans against those who would undermine it. Because we believe in the privacy and equality of women, we stand proudly for a woman's right to choose, consistent with Roe v. Wade, and regardless of her ability to pay. We stand firmly against Republican efforts to undermine that right. At the same time, we strongly support family planning and adoption incentives. Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. -- (Democratic Party Platform 2004)

We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families. In our country, marriage has been defined at the state level for 200 years, and we believe it should continue to be defined there. We repudiate President Bush's divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a "Federal Marriage Amendment." Our goal is to bring Americans together, not drive them apart. -- (Democratic Party Platform 2004)

So there you have it. The Catholic Church specifically teaches Catholics not to vote for laws or candidates that permit abortion and gay-marriage. The Democratic Party on the other hand, specifically says that it stands up for a woman's "right" to have an abortion, and for the states to authorize gay-marriage against the will of the people.

Can a good Catholic vote for this Democratic agenda? NO! Not without violating Catholic teaching on social responsibility. Like I said, it is possible for a single Democratic candidate, in a small local election, to oppose the Democratic Party's platform on these positions and get away with it. But on the higher level of national politics, that kind of candidate is virtually impossible to find. The Catholic Church and the Democratic Party are on total opposite ends of the spectrum on these key social issues facing our nation today. The US Catholic Bishops have called upon Catholic voters to change their parties, and not let their parties change them. As it stands right now, the Democratic Party is totally at odds with the conscience of good Catholic voters. It must change. Or else it must not get our votes. To continue to support a party that opposes the Catholic Church on so many levels is a sin to say the least, and certainly NOT the action one would expect from a good Catholic.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Orthodox Churches Agree On Primacy Of Pope!!!


(CWNews.com) - The 46-paragraph document approved at the Ravenna meeting-- which is due for release on November 15-- refers to the Bishop of Rome as the "first among the patriarchs," La Repubblica reported. The document recognizes the historical patriarchates of the united Church, in Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem. Among these, the Ravenna participants agreed, Rome has primacy.

However, the Ravenna document does not settle questions about the power the Pope enjoys as a consequence of that primacy. In fact, the members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue noted in their concluding statement that Catholic and Orthodox theologians disagree "on the interpretation of the historical evidence from this era regarding the prerogatives of the bishop of Rome as protos," or first among the patriarchs....

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Vatican officials are trying to downplay the historical significance of this document so as to avoid wild speculation. The Orthodox churches have agreed with Rome on the "primacy" of the pope, but not the "authority" that primacy carries with it. Which means there is still much ground yet to be covered in the reconciliation talks. Nevertheless this is a historic day. The recognition of "primacy" is vitally important in these reconciliation talks. They have effectively agreed that Peter was the primary and preeminent apostle, and that his successors (the popes) share in that preeminence. This makes the pope the "first among the patriarchs." The patriarchs are the heads of the various Orthodox churches throughout the world. So effectively what they're saying is that they recognize the pope as first among the patriarchs -- even their own patriarchs. They only thing they have yet to resolve is how this translates into authority over their patriarchs - if any. That may be a subject for another time. For now, let us rejoice in this incredible development. It's something that hasn't been seen in nearly a thousand years.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Huckabee's Catholic Support - Part 2

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: This blog has now garnered 60 people praying the Rosary every day for Mike Huckabee, his campaign, our country, and all who support the culture of life. Praise the Lord! Let's see if we can get another 60 on board.

US Bishops Want Catholic Voters To "Transform" Political Parties

(Catholic News Service) - "As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to a political party or interest group," the draft document says. "When necessary, our participation should help transform the party to which we belong; we should not let the party transform us in such a way that we neglect or deny fundamental moral truths."

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So what does this mean? It means that if a Catholic is a Democrat, (s)he should be working to transform the Democratic Party's position on abortion and scientific research to Pro-Life. It means that if a Catholic is a Republican, (s)he should be working to transform the Republican Party's position on war and the death penalty to Pro-Life. Likewise, the same things apply to party positions on Gay-Marriage and School-Choice. We Catholics should be working toward changing the parties we belong to, so that they are more in line with Catholic Social Justice. The US Catholic bishops are not alone in telling us this. They enjoy the full support of the Pope and Vatican on this issue. We are to transform our political parties. Our political parties are not to transform us.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Do Gays Really "Deserve To Die"?

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So said Mohsen Yahyavi, the highest-ranked politician in Iran. That's what radical Muslims believe, and like it or not, many of these radical Muslims control entire nations in the middle east. The above quote in the headline is not from me. It doesn't represent my views at all, nor does it represent the views of anyone I know. It certainly doesn't represent the teachings of my religion, and that is the whole point of this post. Roman Catholicism does teach that homosexuality is a sin, but it DOES NOT teach that homosexuals should be punished by any civil penalty -- especially the death penalty. For that matter, the same could be said of mainstream Protestant and Evangelical communities. The fact is that a Christian society does not demand the torture and murder of human beings just because their sexual ethic doesn't jive with a Christian theological world view. In the Islamic world, however, things are a little bit different.

Put aside America's War on Islamic Fascism for a moment. Let's just talk about demographics. In Europe, were the reproduction rate is low, the governments are forced to import Muslim immigrants just to keep their Social Security system afloat. The only problem with that is that Muslim couples reproduce at least twice as fast as Christian couples, and nearly four times as fast as Secular couples. Do the math. At the current reproduction trend, it's just a matter of time before European nations succumb to a Muslim majority. Once that happens, its only a matter of time before radicals gain control and begin to implement their murderous agenda. Who will suffer the most? Obviously European gays will not fair well.

The same problem exists for the United States, though the progression is set to happen at a much slower pace. Nevertheless, the results will be the same if nothing is done to change it.

What homosexual advocacy groups often fail to realize is that the ONLY thing standing between them and open persecution by a Muslim majority is a healthy and robust Christian society. Secularists just don't reproduce fast enough to keep the Social Security system going. Christians barely reproduce fast enough to keep it limping along, and that's only because most western Christians don't practice the Christian ethic on reproduction. If western Christians did practice the sexual ethics of their religion, and were not shunned for doing so, then perhaps they could produce a robust Christian society strong enough to ward off the threat of an Islamic takeover.

What I'm saying is this. If I were a homosexual, an openly gay man, I would be doing everything I could to protect and shelter the religious freedom of Christians in this country. Because in the end, I would understand, that the only thing keeping me (and future homosexuals) from being severely persecuted by a Muslim majority is a healthy and robust Christian society...
(FoxNews.com) - Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured and possibly both, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference, The Times has learned.

Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit that Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality after a spate of reports that gay youths were being hanged.

President Ahmadinejad, questioned by students in New York two months ago about the executions, dodged the issue by suggesting that there were no gays in his country...

read full story here

California City To Revoke Free Speech For Christians

(WorldNetDaily.com) - A proposal moving swiftly toward approval by the Oakland City Council would tell Christians and others who offer an alternative to abortion to "shut up," a public interest law firm says.

"If we assume there is a right to choice as it is alleged … if there is the right to choose an abortion, there must also be a right to choose birth," Cyrus Johnson, an attorney affiliated with Pacific Justice Institute, told WND after the council gave initial approval to a new speech restriction on pro-life protesters.

But Johnson said a new "bubble" law en route to passage by the council simply ignores free speech issues and clamps down on one side of the abortion argument.

"If reproductive rights include the right to choice, and one of those choices is abortion, then another one of those choices is to give birth," Johnson said. "If they claim, on the one hand, that the law guarantees the right to reproductive rights counseling on the matter of the choice of abortion, it must necessarily also include the right to receive counseling about another choice. This ordinance effectively wipes out that second alternative.

"It is saying some people can counsel but other people cannot counsel," he told WND. "It depends which side of the debate you're on."

read full story here

Huckabee Gets Major Pro-Life Endorsements

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: In spite of rumors (and they are still rumors) circulating about an endorsement of the National Right to Life going to another Republican candidate, and the insane endorsement of Rudy Giuliani by televangelist Pat Robertson, it's good to know that Governor Mike Huckabee has received the endorsement of several Pro-Life leaders. This just sort of puts everything into perspective.

The following Pro-Life and Pro-Family leaders endorse Governor Mike Huckabee for President of the United States....
Don Wildmon, Founder of the American Family Association

Stephen Strang, Founder of Charisma Magazine

Rick Scarborough, President and founder of Vision America

Jerry Cox, President of Arkansas Family Council

Janet Folger, President of Faith2Action

Jim Pfaff, President and CEO of Colorado Family Action

Mathew Staver, Founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel

Kelly Shackelford, President of Free Market Foundation

Phil Burress, President of Citizens for Community Values
From the Mike Huckabee website....
  1. I support and have always supported passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the right to life. My convictions regarding the sanctity of life have always been clear and consistent, without equivocation or wavering. I believe that Roe v. Wade should be over-turned.
  2. I applaud the Supreme Court's recent decision in Gonzales v. Carhart forbidding the gruesome practice of partial birth abortion. While I am optimistic that we are turning the tide in favor of life, we still have many battles ahead of us to protect those who cannot protect themselves, and so it is vital that we elect a pro-life President.
  3. I first became politically active because of abortion, when I helped pass Arkansas' Unborn Child Amendment, which requires the state to do whatever it legally can to protect life.
  4. As Governor, I did all I could to protect life. The many pro-life laws I got through my Democrat legislature are the accomplishments that give me the most pride and personal satisfaction. To me, life doesn't begin at conception and end at birth. Every child deserves a quality education, first-rate health care, decent housing in a safe neighborhood, and clean air and drinking water. Every child deserves the opportunity to discover and use his God-given gifts and talents.
  5. I am opposed to research on embryonic stem cells.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Protestants and the Blessed Virgin Mary

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I spoke with an Orthodox priest today. Both of us living in the Bible Belt as given us an insight on the Baptist-Pentecostal matrix for how Scripture is typically interpreted. He said something to me that will stick, and I hope to soon find an opportunity to use it on some of my Protestant brethren.

He said that when he talks with Baptists and Pentecostals, and they complain about the Orthodox (and Catholic) position on Mary, he simply asks them a question. "Who is the most blessed woman in your life?" The answer is often a mother or a wife. To which he responds: "The Scriptures tell us that the Mother of our Lord, Mary, is even most blessed among all women (Luke 1:42), and the same Scriptures specifically command us to regard her as so in our own personal lives (Luke 1:48)." So in conclusion, if you want to be a "Biblical Christian" you must regard Mary as more blessed than the most blessed women in your own life, and that means you must think and speak blessedly of her just as much, if not more so, than the most blessed woman in your own life. Otherwise, you're just not keeping with the Bible.

For some reason, I just found this insight profound.

Friday, November 9, 2007

OFFICIAL: Current English Mass To Be Discontinued

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The NEW Roman Missal is about to undergo a dramatic change. The liturgical changes are expected to come down in about a year. They will be so dramatic it will effect the whole way we celebrate mass in the English speaking world. So you might as well save your money, and don't buy any missals for the upcoming year, as they will soon be obsolete.

The current version of the English missal, used for over 30 years now, is rife with inaccuracies, omissions and innovations when compared to the official Latin text issued by Rome back in 1970. In effect, the English mass we Americans have been celebrating for the last 30 years IS NOT the same mass issued by Rome in the original Latin. What US Catholics have been celebrating, for 30 years, is an innovation -- a "defective text" according to Rome. The Vatican has withdrawn permission to celebrate it and the US Catholic bishops have no choice but to comply with the authentic liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. So get ready for some significant changes to the liturgy, the lectionary and the official Bible of the US Catholic Church.

These dramatic changes, both in the prayers of the mass, and the responses of the people, are sure to cause some confusion for the laity. They may wonder why the mass needs to be changed -- again. Therefore, it may be helpful to compare the current, and upcoming missals to the original Latin text issued by Rome over 30 years ago. In doing so, US Catholics will discover the significance of the illusion they've been under for so long. The liturgy we currently celebrate, and have celebrated for three decades, is "defective" and inaccurate. The new changes coming down are meant to put us back on track with authentic Catholic liturgy.

The following is an abridged list of the changes we can expect...

The current lectionary, along with the NAB (New American Bible) is kaput -- no more. The Bible used by US Catholics for over 30 years will no longer be used in the liturgy of the Church. Instead, the Lectionary text will be taken from the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version) corrected according to the Latin of the New Vulgate.

When the priest says "The Lord be with you" the congregation will now respond: "And with your spirit" - not "And also with you". The original Latin reads: Et cum spiritu tuo, which is now correctly translated. During the Confiteor, the Latin mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa is translated accurately as "through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault" and not just "through my own fault". Worshippers are also reminded to strike their breast as they say these words - a practice that has fallen into general disuse, though it is called for in the present Missal. In the Gloria, "peace to his people on earth" becomes "peace on earth to people of good will", which is literally what the Latin says. "Sin" of the world now becomes "sins" of the world - the Latin peccata being plural. "Sin" suggests a collective guilt or "sinful structures" rather than our personal sinfulness. Another significant change occurs in the Nicene Creed, where Credo is translated accurately as "I believe" rather than the present "We believe". Eucharistic Prayer I will now be virtually identical to that used in the Tridentine Mass. Following the consecration, the present first acclamation, "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again", becomes in the new translation, "We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your resurrection until you come" - which is what the Latin actually says. The current English version, which is a gross mistranslation, empties the response "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed". The new text refers us to Luke 7:6-7, from which the words "come under my roof" sub tectum meum derive. This is the Gospel account of Our Lord's curing of the centurion's dying slave. The centurion says: "I am not worthy to have you come under my roof" (Catholic RSV edition). So the new translation will read: "Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed."

Further liturgical reforms are underway as well. The Holy Father has made his desire widely known that the ancient music of Gregorian chant be returned to standard practice in Catholic parishes around the world. Along with the newly reformed liturgy, we might expect to see this change as well. In addition to that, there is significant talk in Rome about ad orientem -- the direction the priest faces while celebrating mass. The standard practice today is toward the people, but nothing in Vatican II or the Missal of Pope Paul VI (modern mass) mandates this. It is generally agreed that the proper liturgical norm is for the priest to "face the Lord" when offering sacrifices on behalf of the people. How this will translate into future mandate is unclear. Some in the Vatican have suggested that the priest be given the option, of turning to face "the Lord" with the rest of the congregation during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, or alternatively placing a crucifix on the alter, so that he may be "facing the Lord" even while he is looking out over the congregation.

It would appear the "reform of the reform" is well underway in Pope Benedict XVI's reign. The changes in the new English mass will bring it into conformity with the liturgical tradition of the old Tridentine mass, and what Pope Paul VI intended when he released the new missal in 1970.

Poll: 53% of Catholics Want Latin Mass

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The nay-sayers said the pope's motu proprio wouldn't work. They told us the majority of Catholics would never want to go back to the Latin mass. They told us the pope was merely appeasing "radical traditionalist." In spite of all the data to the contrary, they told us there really was no general interest in the Tridentine form of the mass. Now this....
Attending Latin Mass

Arkansas Catholic's weekly poll question beginning Oct. 25, 2007, asked, “In Arkansas Catholic this week, we read about priests attending a Tridentine Rite (Latin) Mass during their recent meeting. If a Latin Mass was offered in your area, would you attend regularly?"

53 percent said yes.

27 percent said no.

20 percent said, “I already attend Latin Mass regularly.”

source

And this was in a rural southern state no less. Will the liberal nay-sayers of the Church admit their error? No. Of course not. I don't know how they're going to try to explain away this poll, but I suspect a few will try. The majority of nay-sayers will probably just ignore it, as they do with everything that doesn't fit their bias.

The results of this poll are startling, even to supporters of the Latin mass, but deep down inside we all knew it to be true. This brings two questions to the forefront...

1. Why do so many Catholics want the Latin mass?
2. Why are some liberal nay-sayers so dead set against it?

To answer the first question, we must understand that the reason why so many Catholics want the Latin mass may have something to do with them wanting to be more Catholic. A good deal of Catholics today report the Church is getting too "Protestant" in appearance and practice. A lot of nay-sayers assume that it's all about the Latin language, as if supporters believe Latin to be "more holy" than some other language. This is not the case at all. While Latin is the historical language of the Church, and deserves to be preserved just on that merit alone, it is not the language that interests Latin mass supporters. What the majority of Latin mass supporters crave is fidelity to the ancient liturgy, and a sense of reverence and awe during the celebration. 30 years of contemporary worship has left them feeling a little empty. After all, there is nothing more "dated" than a contemporary mass. Catholics, young and old alike, are starting to realize that they're missing something from their heritage, and they want to get back to it. Does this mean they have something against the new mass? Not necessarily. Rather, they would probably have a greater affinity for the new mass if it were simply celebrated according to the rubrics of the old.

To answer the second question is a little harder. I believe nay-sayers fall into two groups. The first group probably just doesn't understand what's going on, and they mistakenly believe the Latin mass supporters want to eliminate the new mass entirely. I find that once things are explained to them properly, they are more agreeable to the Latin mass as an "alternative" for those who want it. The second group of nay-sayers are those who fall into the extreme liberal camp. These people are militantly opposed to the Latin mass at all cost. Why? Because liberals believe Vatican II was a watershed. They believe the Church dramatically changed course during this council, adopting a more "Protestant" and "New Age" type of Christianity. They're wrong of course, but they want everyone to believe it. A lot of clergy and lay councils have adopted this mindset. But the problem they have with the Latin mass is philosophical in nature. The Latin mass represents the "old Church," and everything they don't like about Catholicism. Celebration of the "old mass" in this post-conciliar period sends a clear signal to the world. It's a signal they don't like. It says the Church has not changed so dramatically. It says it really is the same Church today as it was back before the council. That message upsets the entire liberal propaganda machine. So they have to fight it.

It would be interesting to see what would happen is the same kind of poll were taken nationwide. I imagine the results would be similar. I think Latin mass supporters need to capitalize on this information as much as they can.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

US Congress Orders Churches To Hire Gays!


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Wake up America, the gay mafia now controls the US Congress. Under this bill (if it becomes law) the federal government could order YOUR CHURCH to hire openly homosexual people to it's administrative staff. In effect, the government would be putting gays in charge of our churches and para-church ministries....
(The Christian Post) - The House approved on Wednesday a bill that requires all employers, including Christian organizations, to not make hiring or firing decisions based on “sexual orientation.”

Representatives voted 235-184 to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) or H.R. 3685, which adds “sexual orientation” to a list of federally protected classes under a 1964 act that prohibits job discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Backed mostly by Democrats, the legislation was approved without the inclusion of an amendment that extends the same privileges to transgender people. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) decided to withdraw the amendment at the 11th hour in hopes of garnering more support for the bill...

read full story here

Yes, President Bush has promised to veto the bill, but how many of these "near misses" do we have left before this kind of legislation becomes the law of the land? Americans need to wake up and smell the coffee. The Democratic Party, and some liberal Republicans, are beholden to the special interest of gay lobbyists. There is only ONE solution to this problem, and our opportunity is coming in the November 2008 election. THROW THE BUMS OUT!