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Charisma or "Charismania"

The Catholic Church is currently in a period of liturgical reform, which began in earnest on July 7th. 2007, with Pope Benedict XVI's decree of Summorum Pontificum.  It has since, very slowly, ramped up to a pitch now where it's starting to get some notice.  All over the Western world, youth are flocking to more traditional celebrations of the Church's liturgy in increasing numbers.  More Vatican prelates are speaking out on the necessity of liturgical reform, even citing liturgical abuse as a major contributor to increased immorality in the world, and bringing the Church back to a more traditional way of doing things. Some bishops are now beginning to question the common interpretations of Vatican II, and are calling upon the Holy Father to make some doctrinal clarifications. Even Pope Francis, in speaking of the modern Western Rite, in comparison to the more traditional Eastern rites of the Church, has said: "We have lost a bit the sense of adoration... We are in …

The New Mass -- According To Vatican II

Novus Ordo Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph
(St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Macon, GA)
In the above video you will see an entire mass, in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, celebrated exactly the way the conciliar fathers at Vatican II envisioned it. Yes, this is what a regular mass is supposed to look like. Seriously! Now, when was the last time you saw a mass like this celebrated at your local parish?

I've written at length on this blog about the liturgy, and that's because I believe it's very important.  There is an old Latin saying that goes like this: Lex orandi, lex credendi.  Roughly translated it means: "The law of prayer is the law of belief."  Basically, what that means is you can tell a lot about the beliefs of Christians by the way they worship.  Case in point; let's look at the Pentecostal Protestants.  Their worship services are marked by loud and fast music, dancing in the pews, hands waving in the air, people falling over in the a…

Catholic Dating in the Bible Belt

Recently, I overheard some local teenage Catholic girls lamenting about their selection of Catholic boys in the area.  Understandably, this is a problem here in the Ozarks.  The statistic of "7%" was thrown around a bit.  I assume they were citing the percentage of eligible Catholic boys in the area.  The truth is, the same problem exists for Catholic boys looking for good Catholic girls.  In fact, it's such a big problem that many Catholic youths end up looking outside the area for a Catholic boyfriend or girlfriend.  Some try dating services, Internet meeting forums, and yes some even rely on their parents to "set them up" with a good Catholic boyfriend or girlfriend.  (Not a bad gig for parents really, when you stop and think about it.)  However, it just goes to show how desperate some of these kids are.

This is coupled with the aggressive proselytism of Evangelicals in the area when it comes to Catholics.  Let's face it, most Baptists and Pentecostals (…

The SSPX and the Traditional Latin Mass

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2013 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of Saint Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church... read more I know I'm probably going to step in it with this blog entry, but that's never stopped me before.  Basically it looks like the talks between Rome and the "Society of Saint Pius X" (SSPX) are permanently stalled, with the SSPX bishops saying that Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, was wrong about his "hermeneutic of continuity" verses a "hermeneutic of rupture" and his analysis that modern forms of communication (television and radio) have given the Modernists the valued tools they needed to transform Western civilisation, bring chaos down upon all of Protestantism, and crisis into the Catholic Church.  Instead, the SSPX is insisting that the cause of the current crisis within the Catholic Church is …