Ad Orientem As A First Step Toward Spiritual Renewal – Crisis Magazine

Clericalism the problem? Well . . .

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

Pick and choose the best arguments for the mass facing in same direction as people.

This one popped out:

Mass offered with the priest facing the people, versus populum, presents another problem, one that Francis has spent his entire pontificate denouncing—clericalism. In the words of Cardinal Ratzinger, by turning the priest toward the people, “an unprecedented clericalization came on the scene. Now the priest—the “presider,” as they now prefer to call him—becomes the real point of reference for the whole liturgy. Everything depends on him… Less and less is God in the picture.”

Precisely. He’s the focus of attention, the performer, the man of the hour. Not good.

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The mass as drama . . .

Very good on describing the ideal . . .

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

The mass is a show. Of what? Of God’s great mystery reenacted, his dealing with men, women, and children) as we know it through Scripture and Tradition. It’s been a long, hard slog through the ages, starting with Abraham. Neither peep show nor lecture but something symbolic and much more .

Consider it as drama. Gordon Graham, Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary, did in 2007 in an essay that explored liturgy, especially the Catholic Mass and its high-church Protestant counterparts “as a kind of drama.”

The Mass, he said, is “a dramatic enactment of the gospel in which all present participate in a variety of roles.”

A sort of choreography is in play, that is. He elaborates.

There is first the “Gathering of the People,” including “latecomers who join in the opening hymn” unknowingly in the role of “physically representing the church as it…

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Report: Northam’s Abortion Comments Prompted Classmate to Tip-Off Racist Photo

Picky, picky . . .

Chicago Newspapers

In this story, Breitbart offers a surprising item, referring to its contents.

. . . the embattled Virginia Democrat’s extreme remarks about proposed legislation . . . would allow fourth-trimester abortions, according to a report.

Thing is, how many mesters make a trimester?

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This is CNN: Chyron shows disgraced Democrat Ralph Northam as Republican

Can you believe what CNN did?

How many mistakes has CNN made that favor Republicans? Why do the mistakes almost always seem to be anti-Republican?

Remember the early days of blogging, the gatekeeper theory, that said there was no trusting those un-professional people in their pajamas?

What the heck happened? Or had it already happened, hence the zest (market) even then for pajama-clad reportage and commentary?

They all cheered when Cardinal Cupich finished his recorded address at end of mass yesterday

Yesterday at end of mass.

Sunday sermons, weekday observations

The faithful were stunned at the sheer acuity of what the cardinal had to say:

—  He was the organizer of the coming synod of bishops about clerical abuse.

— It would be about protecting children.

— You could learn more at a website.

— He was sorry about abuse.

— We are in his prayers.

It was short! Two minutes. It said nothing about abuse of seminarians by bishops. It left out various other accusations and recriminations. People were cheered up by what he said.

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In Orwellian “Newspeak”: Abortion = Reproductive Health Act — Catholicism Pure & Simple

From Fr George W. Rutler’s ‘Weekly Column’ The mayor of a French town commissioned a statue of the rationalist Emile Zola and, intent on provocation, he ordered that the bronze for it be from the bells of a church. Similarly, Governor Andrew Cuomo chose to sign into law our nation’s most offensive abortion bill on the anniversary of the Roe […]

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Jobs Report: Trump Delivers For Workers … After Years Of Empty Obama Promises | Investor’s Business Daily

And yet the lefties want more govt. control (socialism). It’s the nag they are riding on.

Labor Market: The latest expectation-shattering jobs report isn’t a fluke. It’s another sign that President Trump’s economic policies are improving the lives of middle class families.

The 304,000 gain in jobs reported by the Labor Department was nearly twice the consensus estimate. And it comes after December’s expectation-busting gains.

There’s more. The jobs picture is so strong right now that it’s pulling people in who’ve been sitting on the sidelines.

How they complain about every little thing. They are the blind who would lead the blind.