Archive for November 24th, 2007

Cardinal to ‘honour’ sacked Archbishop

This is simply over the top by Cardinal O’Connor. It’s one thing to provide a place to hawk a dissatisfied archbishop new book A Challenging Reform Realizing the Vision of the Liturgical Renewalwith the direction of where the liturgy is head. It’s another to use the throne room of Archbishop’s House in Westminster.

I can understand Marini, anyone who feels their lives work is being undermined or deleted wants to defend themselves. However, Cardinal Cormac is fostering/promoting a media revolt by placing this in his throne room. Desent not on theological matters, but on jurisdictional ones in which he is trumped is nothing short of outright disobedience.

I would think Cardinal Cormac would agree with Pope John XXIII

The Importance of Obedience
30. We are offering clerics this total obedience as a model, with full confidence that its force and beauty will lead them to strive for it more ardently. And if there should be someone who dares to cast doubt on the supreme importance of this virtue-as sometimes happens at the present time-let him take to heart these words of Our predecessor of happy memory, Pius XII, which everyone should keep firmly in mind: “The holiness of any life and the effectiveness of any apostolate has constant and faithful obedience to the hierarchy as its solid foundation, basis and support. ” (44)

31. For, as you well know, Venerable Brethren, Our most recent predecessors have often issued serious warnings to priests about the extent of the dangers that are arising among the clergy from a growing carelessness about obedience with regard to the teaching authority of the Church, to the various ways and means of undertaking the apostolate, and to ecclesiastical discipline.



10. Nevertheless the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made sons of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord’s supper.

14. …Yet it would be futile to entertain any hopes of realizing this unless the pastors themselves, in the first place, become thoroughly imbued with the spirit and power of the liturgy, and undertake to give instruction about it. A prime need, therefore, is that attention be directed, first of all, to the liturgical instruction of the clergy.

I find myself as a cradle Catholic in a no-man’s land on this one, hopefully with Pope Benedict XVI.

There appears (at least on the surface) only two camps [those of the “spirit of vatican II crowd”] which have made all the changes/developments in the liturgy which Archbishop Piero Marini as papal Master of Ceremonies was always pushing the envelope. And the trad-catholics who think Rome has finally starting the process of repenting of her evil ways and moving towards a pre-Vat II era, which only increases the former group of their suspicions that they are right.

I believe the Pope will merge the two rites of the latin & N.O. at some point. This will likely raise the ire of both of those groups, I pray that Pope B16 can raise up the third group in short order.


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