Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dr Alcuin Reid: Summorum Pontificum - A New Foundation for Liturgical Law

The Holy Father’s 2007 Motu Proprio Summorum pontificum deals principally with three of the older liturgical books, the Missale Romanum, the Breviarium Romanum and the Rituale Romanum. It provides for the celebration of Holy Mass, the Sacraments of Baptism, Marriage, Penance and Anointing of the Sick, and for the celebration of funerals according to the judgement of the pastor “for the good of souls.” It states that the older Divine Office may be celebrated.

Summorum pontificum doesn’t mention the many other rites in the Rituale Romanum, and only briefly mentions one from the Pontificale Romanum: Ordinaries may celebrate the older rite of Confirmation “if the good of souls would seem to require it.”

Does this mean that the older rite of say, the blessing of houses or of holy water, may not be used by priests or deacons without some further permission or indult? May bishops not use the rites of consecration of altars or of ordination without the explicit authorisation of the Holy See?

In the case of the rites of the Rituale Romanum, the question is---effectively---answered in practice. Where the persons concerned want the older rites, it would be pastorally absurd for a priest to insist on blessing a rosary, crucifix or a statue according to the modern De Benedictionibus on the basis that Summorum pontificum does not explicitly provide for such blessings according to the older Rituale Romanum. The “good of souls” dictates the answer...Read it all
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--->Opinion: John Zmirak: How Clinton-Hating Dumbed Down the Right...

---> California Catholic Daily, many of us have daily benefited from it, facing shut down...

--->The "Subverters":Taunters against the Faith and morality are of course nothing new, only the media changes. In Augustine's day the Roman Bread and Circus was a brutal form of media and spectacle, 'frenzied ecstasy of an agitating crowd, witnessing and reacting to a common event'--(Click). But also the schools. In fact Augustine was counted among the taunters before his conversion. While a student he joined the hipster 'herd of independent minds' of the day---attaching himself to what he called "a vagrant liberty":

"... Those studies, also, which were accounted honourable, were directed towards the courts of law; to excel in which, the more crafty I was, the more I should be praised. Such is the blindness of men, that they even glory in their blindness. And now I was head in the School of Rhetoric, whereat I rejoiced proudly, and became inflated with arrogance, though more sedate, O Lord, as You know, and altogether removed from the subvertings of those subverters (for this stupid and diabolical name was held to be the very brand of gallantry) among whom I lived, with an impudent shamefacedness...

"And with them I was, and at times I was delighted with their friendship ... that is, their subverting, wherewith they insolently attacked the modesty of strangers, which they disturbed by uncalled for jeers, gratifying thereby their mischievous mirth. Nothing can more nearly resemble the actions of devils than these. By what name, therefore, could they be more truly called than subverters?— being themselves subverted first, and altogether perverted---Confessions, Book III, 5-7
Augustine, as he suggested, all the while was also observing the injustice of his own actions and the actions of his comrades. And though he would hardly show it for a long time, it was inwardly gnawing away at him as God's grace made him feel ashamed in the solitude of his heart. So we never give up on any of our present day taunters and 'subverters'. We bear it precisely for them. Who knows what saints tomorrow God will raise from among them to convert very many and restore sanity?
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--->Libya: Government Reportedly Bombed Civilians, Top Sunni Cleric Puts Out a Death Warrant on Gadhafi, Son Warns of Foreign Occupation, Native Tribes Revolt...

--->Dangerous Blame Games: Many Muslims blame a "Zionist hand behind Internet" (as witness the following website) for allegedly fomenting or exploiting revolution in the Islamic World...(click). This is why I fear that what begins as uprisings may very well end in bloody civil wars ('True Muslims' v. 'collaborators') and outside interventions, since almost everything in the region (North Africa, Middle east) and beyond is seen through the Israeli-Palestinian lens----as if Muslims within the affected countries do not have legitimate grievances against their own governments.

Doubtless the Internet facilitates the wildfire, but many Muslims in the region will be tempted to overreach in interpretation. But not everything is a conspiracy. The Internet, for better or worse, is simply here, the extension of all previous "wire" technologies, from the telegraph to the telephone, all of which doubtless in some ways facilitated many spontaneous movements, good or bad. I receive a good many emails which reverse things and blame Islamic forces / 'conspiracy' for virtually every evil in our time... McCain Pastor: Islam Is a 'Conspiracy of Spiritual Evil'... Let no foreign or regional powers be accused of exploiting, because Middle eastern peoples have long memories.

--->Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sees `fires for decades' in Arab world if protesters whom he called fanatics come to power...

--->Russia blames Google for stirring Egypt unrest-WSJ...

--->Gadhafi Vows To Fight On, Die A Martyr In Rambling Speech, Blasts America...

--->Oil prices rise as unrest continues... 8.5% in a day... Projections of possible five dollars a gallon for gas by 2012...

vicious Malthusian solutions--->Draconian Punishment Easier than Compassion, Treatment, and Drug Traffic Control: Irish Independent article on sterilizing 'junkies'..."After all, anyone who spends any time in Dublin's city centre will see these feral, worthless scumbags...I hate junkies more than anything else..." [None are worthless according to Christianity, but many are hurting. All have sinned, including the cruel managers...]

--->Website: 6 Charts Which Prove That Central Banks All Over The Globe Are Recklessly Printing Money...(click) "An increasing number of investors and financial institutions are putting their wealth into hard assets that are real and tangible in an effort to preserve their wealth."

--->Census estimates show 1 in 4 US counties are dying...

--->Irish bishops say this week’s election crucial for country’s future...

Bernard Nathanson, Dead at 84, R.I.P: ‘I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.’ After putting thousands of unborn children to death, he became one of the great leaders of the pro-life movement...

--->Phyllis Schlafly: Feminist's love divorce; reforms needed...

--->Iran warships sail via Suez Canal amid Israeli concern...

--->Voice of America internet site allegedly hacked by Iranians...

--->Rare Color Film Footage Of JFK's Last Night Surfaces ... (VIDEO)

--->In USA if a person tortures a dog he is sent to jail, but a government functionary indulging in torture against fellow beings is ignored...

--->Obama's War Against the Poor Continues
. Obama Budget Proposal To Cut Energy Assistance For The Poor...

--->Mad Nation. People pay through the nose for madness....

--->Tom Burghardt: The Obama Administration's War on Civil Liberties and Free Speech. "Rich with rhetorical flourishes that should have evoked gales of laughter but didn't (this is America, after all), Clinton averred that "together, the freedoms of expression, assembly, and association online comprise what I've called the freedom to connect. The United States supports this freedom for people everywhere, and we have called on other nations to do the same." Really? Has the honorable Secretary attended a demonstration of late, or found herself on the receiving end of a police baton, a rubber bullet, a jolt from a taser or ear-piercing blast from a "nonlethal" sonic weapon?...More

--->NYC Nanny Mayor signs largely unenforceable law... [Shouldn't he be chasing criminals bankers and organ traffickers instead?]

--->Danny Schechter on US economics: 'One big Ponzi scheme...'

--->CHICAGO. Now official: the Dumbest city in America in wake of financial crisis. Stiff challenges await new Presidential Contender / Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel... Will he be a Nanny too, many wonder?

--->Running against Rahm Emanuel like facing 'hurricane...Obama, Bill Clinton, Media Blitz, Wall Street...(click) "Carol Ronen, a Democratic committee member in Chicago's 48th ward and Emanuel supporter, told the Chicago Tribune that it was like Emanuel 'had a nuclear bomb and everybody else had a fly swatter.'"

--->Let them eat bugs....!

--->Catholics defend Cathedral of Lima against 'gay' provocation with prayer...

--->The GOP attempts to condition the images of the ideal American, 'working 60-90 hours a week,' etc....No wonder they want to smash Unions which entirely agree with the image. Unions---bashed daily by the Corporate powers---are the last protection for workers against the corporatocracy which brought the world to its economic knees. If the last protection---collective bargaining---is taken away, God help workers, morphed into slaves...

--->"CIA spy" Davis was giving nuclear bomb material to Al-Qaeda, says report...

--->Walmart (which relies much on China slave labor) reported its seventh consecutive quarterly decline in sales...

--->Reversing Itself, Navy Grants Ensign Conscientious Objector Status...

"I knew a man once," said Bishop Sheen, "who as soon as he read that smoking cigarettes can increase the risk of cancer, determined right then and there to give up reading".

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