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Swift Named Principal at Our Lady of Lourdes

There are 2705 comments on the Massapequan Observer story from Aug 27, 2009, titled Swift Named Principal at Our Lady of Lourdes. In it, Massapequan Observer reports that:

Our Lady of Lourdes School, located in Massapequa Park, has named Rita Anne Swift, a longtime Catholic school educator and administrator, as its new principal.

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Itzik Janowitz1

Bronx, NY

#644 Mar 2, 2010
There are just a handful of bishops in the technologically-sophisticated western world, however, who exhibit the resolute moral courage that is required to remove the title of "Catholic" from an institution that is in rebellion against the authentic Faith; even fewer who have the guts to discipline a public figure who betrays the Faith in favor of his own leftist values.(Vice President Joe Biden, by the way, appeared in public on Wednesday with ashes on his forehead....) Yet, there is a growing trend in the United States toward greater episcopal strength and orthodoxy, and we have to applaud it when we see it because these bishops will be severely attacked and will need our support.
In a related case, Bishop Tobin of Providence, RI recently told Congressman Patrick Kennedy he couldn't receive Communion and was assailed ferociously by the pseudo-Catholic Chris Matthews on MSNBC; yet, lo and behold, the dissenting congressman decided not to run for Congress in the next term.
Are the two things related? One can't know for sure, but I would still call it a net gain for Catholic orthodoxy. When bishops do the right thing - there is no telling what can happen, even in godless politics.
The name "bishop" in the original Greek mean "overseer." In other words, he "watches over" his flock. We, as members of Christ's faithful, truly long for the courageous oversight of bishops - our faith, our families and our souls need such pastoral care.
If you haven't already decided on a special intention this Lenten Season, please pray in a special way for our bishops; prayers, fasting, and sacrifices can be offered for their continued strength and defense of the Church
What Nonsense

Bronx, NY

#645 Mar 3, 2010
Itzik Janowitz1 wrote:
There are just a handful of bishops in the technologically-sophisticated western world, however, who exhibit the resolute moral courage that is required to remove the title of "Catholic" from an institution that is in rebellion against the authentic Faith; even fewer who have the guts to discipline a public figure who betrays the Faith in favor of his own leftist values.(Vice President Joe Biden, by the way, appeared in public on Wednesday with ashes on his forehead....) Yet, there is a growing trend in the United States toward greater episcopal strength and orthodoxy, and we have to applaud it when we see it because these bishops will be severely attacked and will need our support.
In a related case, Bishop Tobin of Providence, RI recently told Congressman Patrick Kennedy he couldn't receive Communion and was assailed ferociously by the pseudo-Catholic Chris Matthews on MSNBC; yet, lo and behold, the dissenting congressman decided not to run for Congress in the next term.
Are the two things related? One can't know for sure, but I would still call it a net gain for Catholic orthodoxy. When bishops do the right thing - there is no telling what can happen, even in godless politics.
The name "bishop" in the original Greek mean "overseer." In other words, he "watches over" his flock. We, as members of Christ's faithful, truly long for the courageous oversight of bishops - our faith, our families and our souls need such pastoral care.
If you haven't already decided on a special intention this Lenten Season, please pray in a special way for our bishops; prayers, fasting, and sacrifices can be offered for their continued strength and defense of the Church
Wow, Itchy, two posts with two different names right after each other. It looks like you're having trouble remembering who you are minute to minute. It's so sad to watch a mind deteriorate right in front your eyes.
Itzik Janowitz

Bronx, NY

#646 Mar 3, 2010
It looks like Obama is going to get the Senate to use the reconciliation process for his healthcare plan. We need the Democrat's version of healthcare and we need it now. Let's hope they are successful and give our great president a major victory over the republicans.

And I know this post has nothing to do with a new principal at OLL school, but nobody will read my political views on my blog. Sorry.
What Nonsense1

Bronx, NY

#647 Mar 3, 2010
Interesting news coming out of California. Here's some of the article from The California Catholic Daily; (Emphasis mine)

More Jesuit turmoil in California
President of Loyola Marymount University resigns

Jesuit Fr. Robert B. Lawton announced on Monday he will be stepping down as president of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles when the current academic year ends. Fr. Lawton has led the school since May 1999. During his tenure, he allowed pro-abortion commencement speakers, dissident theologians, and approved policies giving insurance coverage to the “registered domestic partners” of school employees, as well as offering school workers “enhanced contraceptive coverage.”

According to a biography of Fr. Lawton on the LMU website, he became the 14th president of the Jesuit university in May 1999.“Since that time, he has led the educational institution through a time of rapid and progressive change,”(Did you read that, progressive change?) said the biography. During Fr. Lawton’s tenure as LMU president, the university developed a reputation far from orthodox. An April 2005 symposium at the school featured “ecofeminist” Rosemary Radford Ruether, who proposes calling God “Gaia,” the Roman Mother Earth goddess. In 2004 the university offered a symposium at which speaker Fr. Michael Crosby called celibacy “a system of power, of patriarchy.”

In June 2006, Florida state circuit court Judge George Greer, who ordered feeding tubes removed from Terry Schiavo, spoke at a conference on media law at the Loyola Law School.“Based on the intense scrutiny and media coverage generated by the Schiavo case,” said a Loyola press release,“Judge Greer will bring a unique perspective to the journalists in attendance.”

The Lawton-led university has also repeatedly hosted pro-abortion speakers at commencement ceremonies. The 2006 commencement featured Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; in 2005, it was California Attorney General Bill Lockyer. In 2000, pro-abortion Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd addressed graduates of Loyola Law School.
Any chance he can take Rodger the Dodger with him?
posted by Vir Speluncae Catholicus (Sempre Fi Champ)

(As you can see, progressives no matter what they have their hands in, do not come with clean hands, and even want to change the Catholic Religion)
The Real Janowitz

Bronx, NY

#649 Mar 3, 2010
"I've Already Had 4 Abortions!"

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Commentary by David Bereit, National Coordinator, 40 Days for Life

March 3, 2010 ( LifeSiteNews.com )- A young woman walked up to the 40 Days for Life vigil outside an abortion center in Austin, Texas recently. She signed up to join the others in prayer ... and then immediately sat down on the sidewalk and started to cry.

One of the volunteers stopped praying for a moment to approach the young woman, whom she had never met before, and asked her if she needed a hug. This volunteer assumed that the thought of what was going on inside the abortion facility had simply overcome this woman and brought her to tears.

But that wasn't the case. To her surprise, she found out this young woman was crying for another reason.

"I'm pregnant right now and don't want to be," she said. "I've already had four abortions.

She said she didn't have an abortion scheduled. "But I keep feeling this huge temptation to just go to an abortion clinic, pay my $400 and get it over with. I came to the sidewalk to pray, and to be around people who are like-minded as I am."

The young woman told one of the sidewalk counselors that she was twelve weeks into her pregnancy. She had already been to a pregnancy resource center, but was still a mess emotionally.

She had become a Christian, she said. "But with this pregnancy, I just feel so depressed. I'm living in a women's shelter, and the last thing I want right now is to be pregnant."

The sidewalk counselor took her to dinner, and they sat and talked for hours. "As they developed a long-term plan to get this young woman the help she needs," said Elizabeth McClung, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator in Austin, "she said something that should serve as an encouragement to every single pro-lifer who has ever thought about going to pray at an abortion facility."

"If you guys weren't out there praying," this woman said, "I would have pulled up to the facility, sat in my car for hours on end -- and ended up going inside for a fifth abortion. Since you were on the sidewalk praying, I knew I could find comfort and support there, so I went there to cry instead. Thank you for being there."

"Her story is the perfect example as to why we not only pray from home and from church, but we also go pray at the very places where lives are being hurt and taken," Elizabeth said.

She is now on a path to healing from her previous abortions, finding a job and taking her pregnancy one day at a time. And, Elizabeth said, "She is not going to have another abortion!"

Please pray for her, and for all who are desperate to break out of that cycle of abortion.

“TOPIX EDITOR”

Since: Oct 09

NYC

#650 Mar 4, 2010
This story is only one person. 90% of abortions are performed out of actual necessity.
Stop posting ONE-SIDED research.
What Nonsense

Bronx, NY

#651 Mar 4, 2010
Unfortunately, Itchy's computer can only go to the right. So don't expect any real research. Besides, if it's not on one of his extremist Catholic websites, it can't be the truth.
The real Itzik

Bronx, NY

#652 Mar 6, 2010
Baptist pastor supports distribution of anti-Catholic booklets at school
Pigeon Forge baptist church is drawing attention after one of its members passed out anti-Catholic literature at school.
One of the teens who received the tract at Pigeon Forge High School attends Holy Cross Catholic Church just down the street. "This girl came up to her and said,'This will make you very mad,'" said Holy Cross Catholic Church Pastor Father Jay Flaherty.
One of the booklets is titled "The Death Cookie". "It says that our eucharist is of the devil," Father Flaherty said. In it, cartoon caricatures of the devil and the pope make an agreement to take over the world with a [E]ucharistic wafer.
On the back of the tracts, a stamp reads "Compliments of Conner Heights Baptist Church." The church's pastor stands by the literature, saying it helps spread the Gospel, which he says he's called to do.
"It's what saved my life. Why would I not want to share it if I believe it's the right way to go?" said Conner Heights Pastor Jonathan Hatcher. Pastor Hatcher says he's not trying to target Catholics specifically, just the belief that the [E]ucharist will save one's soul.
In fact, he says he doesn't even really know much about the Catholic faith. "I'm obviously not schooled in the Catholic religion, I've not read the Catholic canons. I study the King James Bible and that's what I preach from, what I study from," Pastor Hatcher said.
When asked if he's concerned about passing out literature targetting a religion about which he admits he doesn't know much, Pastor Hatcher says he trusts the publishers of the material. "The people who distribute these tracts, or put them on the market, say they are schooled in it," Pastor Hatcher said. "Our goal is not to spread not to start violence, not to spread hatred, but to share the Gospel."
For the love of God, don't tell these people about John: 6.
But like I said, this is a great chance for this particular priest to teach these Catholic school kids exactly about The Eucharist. But I doubt that'll happen. If you teach about The Eucharist, you have to speak of the Sacrament of Penance. If you speak of the Sacrament of Penance, you have to bring up sin. If you bring up sin, you must mention Hell.
Can't do that. Hell will scare the kids. God forbid that happen in today's New & Improved Spirit of Vatican II Catholic Church.
posted by Vir Speluncae Catholicus
(If the enemy from afar shoots at you, you can expect that, but for someone in the boat with you taking "Pot shots" at you, what is that about?)
The real Itzik

Bronx, NY

#653 Mar 6, 2010
The Schism No One Wants To Call A Schism
The Sacrament of Penance all but abandoned in Holland

Just like Holy Water for sand... the Sacrament of Penance has gone the way of how you feeeeeeeeel. But hey, maybe the Dutch have given up Confession for Lent.

No. I have that sinking feeling that the Confessional is now going to be the second loneliest place in Dutch churches --- second only to how lonely Christ must be with the Tabernacles hidden away in various Sacred Broom Closets... oops, I mean "Adoration Chapels".

Anyhow, I posted a couple of weeks ago concerning a brave priest who had the audacity (insert snarkiness HERE) to refuse Holy Communion to a self-proclaim homosexual "Prince" (shouldn't it have been 'Princess' in light he is really a Queen?).

But I asked the musical question if this particular priest, one Father Luc Buyens, would "fold like do many other of his confrères?"

Well, he didn't. But you can bet your ass that his confrères did.

Hundreds of pink wigged deviants crowded into Sint Jan's Cathedral to disrupt Mass. Here's a bit of the article (LifeSiteNews) from March 1st in regards; (Emphasis mine)

Anticipating the protest, the diocese announced that Communion would not be distributed. In his homily, Fr. van Rossem explained that he was "compelled by conscience" to not offer Communion because it would be a "grave sacrilege" that the Holy Eucharist would become an object of protest and demonstration. Instead, he urged the congregation to make a spiritual communion.
Ahhh, but that was March 1st. Here's what happened, as reported on March 3d ( CatholicCulture.org ); (Emphasis mine)

Dutch homosexuals call off disruptions as parish backs down on Communion

Militant homosexuals in the Netherlands have called off plans to disrupt worship at a Catholic parish in Den Bosch, after receiving assurances that the parish would not deny Communion to open homosexuals.

The dispute in the Sint-Jan parish began when a priest denied the Eucharist to a noted homosexual activist. Last Sunday a large group of homosexual activists, some wearing pink fright wigs, attended Mass at the parish, planning to present themselves for Communion. When the pastor decided not to distribute Communion, to avoid a disruption, the group marched out of the church in protest.

The parish has now announced that members of the congregation will be asked to decide for themselves whether they are properly disposed to receive Communion.
How sad to know that centuries upon centuries of Catholic martyrs died for nothing.
posted by Vir Speluncae Catholicus
The real Itzik

Bronx, NY

#654 Mar 6, 2010
Conference of Catholic Bishops Exec Chaired Pro-Abortion, LGBT Rights Group
by Katie Walker
Released February 1, 2010

Washington, D.C.(01 February 2010)– A national group that promotes abortion and homosexual rights has deep ties with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’(USCCB) Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, according to a report released Monday.

Top USCCB executive John Carr held simultaneous leadership roles, creating a conflict of interest, with the USCCB and the radical Center for Community Change.

“The closer we look at the Bishops’ Conference [staff and programs], the more we find a systemic pattern of cooperation with evil,” said Michael Hichborn, American Life League’s lead researcher into the USCCB scandal.“The CCC has lodged itself into the highest places of power in the USCCB while working to promote abortion and homosexuality.”

John Carr is the USCCB executive director of the Department of Justice Peace and Human Development which oversees the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). He has been employed by the USCCB since 1987.

John Carr’s relationship with the Center for Community Change goes back at least to 1983, serving in leadership roles from 1999 to 2006 – including as chairman of the board. The Reform CCHD Now report details the organization’s promotion of abortion,“reproductive rights” and homosexuality as among the CCC’s core advocacy focuses.

In 2001, while Carr served as both a USCCB exec and CCC leader, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference funneled $150,000 to the pro-abortion group. The USCCB web site currently promotes the group and officials have spoken at CCC events.

“Strangely, Carr’s leadership on the CCC’s board shows up on several bios he’s submitted for speaking engagements, but the word for word bio on the USCCB web site mysteriously omits that one detail,” Hichborn said.“Why?”

Revelations of John Carr’s involvement in the Center for Community Change come only months after members of the Reform CCHD Now coalition, including American Life League, uncovered 31 CCHD grantees partnered with the CCC.

“The CCHD claims it will immediately investigate accusations against organizations it funds yet it is silent on the CCC,” said Hichborn.“How can Carr and the USCCB possibly justify this intimate relationship with such an obvious enemy of the Church?”

The Reform CCHD Now coalition is a lay Catholic watchdog group comprised of some of the top Catholic pro-life organizations in the country including American Life League, Human Life International and Bellarmine Veritas Ministry
What Nonsense

Bronx, NY

#655 Mar 6, 2010
Gee, Itchy, in addition to everything else, you're also a homophobe. I guess your idea of "all God's children" doesn't include gays. Too bad, some of your best friends are probably gay -- but you don't know it. Your loss.

“TOPIX EDITOR”

Since: Oct 09

NYC

#656 Mar 8, 2010
What Nonsense wrote:
Gee, Itchy, in addition to everything else, you're also a homophobe. I guess your idea of "all God's children" doesn't include gays. Too bad, some of your best friends are probably gay -- but you don't know it. Your loss.
Knew he was intolerant of Gays. He's also a Racist and a Bigot. He is everything a TURE Christian is NOT. I said this before - if there is a Heaven AND a Hell, he is not going North!
I want to know what charities has he given to. What charitable and community service has he performed?? He never answers these questions. Yet he considers himself a Christin.
The Real Janowitz

Bronx, NY

#657 Mar 8, 2010
"None Dare Call It TREASON"
Adam Gadahn, Al Qaeda agent from Southern California, is arrested in Pakistan
Gadahn is wanted by the U.S. on charges of treason. In his apparent primary role as propagandist for the terrorist network, Gadahn appeared in videos. The latest praised the accused Fort Hood shooter.

Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan - Security forces in the southern port city of Karachi have arrested Adam Gadahn, a Southern California native who became a top propagandist for Al Qaeda and is wanted by the U.S. on treason charges, Pakistani intelligence sources in Karachi said Sunday.

Gadahn, whose most recent video, posted Sunday, praised the U.S. Army major charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, was arrested in a pickup truck with a driver Saturday night, the sources said. The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on such issues.

Gadahn, 31, is the first American since the World War II era to be charged with treason. In 2006, a federal grand jury in Orange County indicted him for allegedly providing material support to Al Qaeda by appearing in videos on five different occasions between Oct. 27, 2004, and Sept. 11, 2006, with the intent "to betray the United States," the indictment stated.

In the first video he made, he appeared with a head scarf masking his face and said he had "joined a movement waging war on America and killing large numbers of Americans."

He added that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington "notified America that it's going to have to pay for its crimes, and pay dearly."

Gadahn was raised on a goat farm in the hills of southwestern Riverside County by parents with eclectic religious tastes. At age 14, he fell under the influence of two radical Muslims at an Orange County mosque and later journeyed to Pakistan.
posted by Vir Speluncae Catholicus
The Real Janowitz

Bronx, NY

#658 Mar 8, 2010

Jesuits hold Abortion Womansfest
Monday, March 08, 2010

Collect 'em, Trade 'em, Murder 'em!

Quite possibly with a festive feeling in the air of a Baseball Card/Memorabilia Convention, the Jesuits of the University of Sham Francisco are hosting the “Global Women's Rights Forum”.

Here's some of the article from The California Catholic Daily; (Emphasis mine)

Abortionfest at USF
Abortion providers, facilitators, defenders to speak at Jesuit university’s ‘Women’s Rights Forum’

The University of San Francisco, a Jesuit institution, will host the “Global Women's Rights Forum” from today through Thursday, March 11. The forum is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, the Sociology Colloquium, the School of Nursing, the Politics Department, the Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, and curiously, the Theology and Religious Studies Department.

The three speakers at the forum’s Wednesday event,“Bringing Home the right to Health: Critical Interventions in Women's Health Care,” are Lori Freedman, visiting scholar at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UCSF; Destiny Lopez, executive director, ACCESS, Oakland; and Eve Zaritsky, a physician at Oakland Kaiser, and the medical director of the Women's Community Clinic, San Francisco.

At UCSF, Professor Freedman works as a research associate at the ANSIRH (Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Heath) think tank. ANSIRH’s “Later Abortion” Web page says:“This website is dedicated to the memory and spirit of Dr. Tiller and is a resource for women, clinicians, researchers and journalists who want to learn more about later abortion care.” The reference is to notorious partial-birth abortionist Dr. George Tiller who was murdered in 2009. ANSIRH spearheaded the “Second Trimester Abortion Initiative” which “…promotes a strategic vision for securing access to and provision of second trimester abortion care in the United States,” and provides a list of clinics that provide what they call “Later Abortion.”

The forum will be held at USF’s Fromm Center. All events are free and open to the public.
I'm sure there are a few Jesuits that are still Catholic. The Law of Averages demands it.
posted by Vir Speluncae Catholicus
The Real Janowitz

Bronx, NY

#660 Mar 8, 2010
Father Flaherty ‘hit the nail on the head’

Father Jay Flaherty, the pastor of Holy Cross Church in Pigeon Forge, gave a heartfelt message on Jan. 2 so profound that it’s worth repeating. He said “I am no longer Father Jay, but Father Flaherty.”

He began by explaining the Catholic Church’s rules for Mass and the Eucharist, and addressed parish volunteers. He reminded us of God’s presence in the tabernacle. There’s a family-life room for visiting, eating, and unruly kids, with Mass on TV.

He spoke of growing disrespect for the host, such as the time one was found with a cough drop stuck on it. One must fast for one hour from food, drink, or chewing gum before taking Communion, Father said.“And if I or the [E]ucharistic ministers see any of this, that person will not receive Communion. Don’t leave early; stay until Mass ends!”

Father addressed respectful attire, especially for ushers and those on the altar: ties, long pants, dresses, and no shorts. Latecomers must wait outside until after the homily, because “I do not use notes, and I get distracted.”

He ended by saying,“If you don’t like these changes, you can go worship elsewhere. You can complain to the bishop or go all the way to the pope.” As a priest, Father Flaherty is accountable for how he leads his flock to God. You could have heard a pin drop during his homily, but the congregation applauded at the end in agreement.

He had hit the nail on the head. I hope his message resounds throughout the diocese.

—Nancy Stutts Knoxville

I have to wonder out loud if there are really that many Catholics in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, that would require the need for so-called Eucharistic Ministers. And anyone who frequents this blog knows exactly how I feel about applauding during Mass*... but at least Fr. Flaherty is defending Christ in The Eucharist instead of weak-kneed calls for "ecumenism" and "exploring our common beliefs" with those who espouse heresy.

And it's pretty sad when it takes an episode like this for the lights to come on for a Catholic priest. But at least they came on.

And hey... you never know. Fr. Flaherty might even "discover" the Traditional Latin Mass! I hope he does.

*“It is not fitting to applaud the servant in the house of his Master.”- Pope St. Pius X

“Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment.– Pope Benedict XVI
posted by Vir Speluncae Catholicus
The Real Janowitz

Bronx, NY

#661 Mar 8, 2010
I wonder if anyone at Our Lady of Lourdes has ever read what Pope Pius X and Pope Benedict XVI has said about applauding during mass?
It is the exception when the parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes do not applaud the MSGR, even if he burps. I guess they would rather follow the MSGR than the POPE! The next thing you know, they may want the Host given on the tongue, and not the hand, or worse yet, to kneel when receiving the Host?
The Real Janowitz

Bronx, NY

#662 Mar 9, 2010
We’re in for a big battle
in our Church ...
and it’s coming to your Parish

Let me explain ...

If you’ve ever had to deal with them, you already know that the “progressive” liturgists hate tradition.

They want everything to be “new”...“relevant”...“hip”...“ modern”... etc.

They got their way. And we’ve been stuck with their flawed translation ever since.

But ... due to the hard work of many good Catholics who wanted the Mass to be accurate and who wanted a return to a sense of the sacred (as Pope Benedict XVI so aptly put it), the translation that we’ve all endured for decades is about to be corrected.

Officially.

The change is coming all the way from Rome.

“Rome has spoken. The matter is finished.”

Well, you would think ...

But the progressive liturgists are not going down without a fight. They never do.

Already they have started a campaign against the new translation in the pages of publications such as America magazine and The National Catholic Reporter newspaper. They have launched an Internet petition drive called “What If We Just Said Wait?” that wants “a grassroots review of the new Roman Missal.”

Already they have gathered almost twelve thousand signatures from priests, deacons, religious, and lay people.

They have begun organizing their campaign to sour Catholics on the new translation. They will continue to stall and delay, and they will talk about how Rome is “turning back the clock” and going “against Vatican II” and how the new translation is “too difficult” for people because it uses sacred language.

Thus, you and I have our work cut out for us.

But I’m going to need your help ...

Our new task at Catholic Answers is to help facilitate the implementation of the new translation of the Mass so that Catholics will understand why the changes are being made.

Most of all, we don’t want the faithful to be taken in by the specious arguments of the old-guard liturgists who have had their day.

To put it simply, they messed up our liturgy. And it’s time to fix it.

As you know, the Mass is the most important part of our Catholic spiritual and sacramental life.

It’s the highest form of prayer.

It’s the re-presentation of the redemptive sacrifice of our Lord on the cross at Calvary—and it is not to be taken lightly.

It’s not merely a “gathering”... or a “community meal”... or a “breaking of bread”... or any of the other banal platitudes that are passed off for liturgy these days.

No.

It’s also the Holy Sacrifice.

It is sacred.

.
The Real Janowitz

Bronx, NY

#663 Mar 9, 2010
So at last, after so many years of suffering with the tin-eared translation of the Mass that ICEL came up with ...

We’re Going to Have
a Better Liturgy

Thank God. And thank Pope Benedict XVI.

But ... I’m sorry to say, the fight has only begun ...

The U.S. bishops know this, too. At their most recent meeting, Bishop Arthur Serratelli (chairman of the bishops’ committee on liturgy) spoke of the urgency of educating the faithful about the new translation. He said:

“The point is rather simple, and in one sentence, it is this: Now is the time to act. We should not wait.”

“In parishes, material could easily be placed in parish bulletins beginning now.”

“Merely providing the resources is not enough. We need to encourage the people to use them.”

The progressive liturgists who have been in charge of many dioceses for the last 40 years are not going to give up without a fight.

They will fight tooth and nail.

That’s just the way they are.

So again, this is where you and I come in.

Catholic Answers—in our unique role as lay defenders of the faith and America’s leading apologetics experts—have prepared a brand-new explanation of the revised changes in the Mass so that every Catholic in every pew can understand what’s being changed ... and why.

Our task is to publish a bulletin insert that will clearly and convincingly explain what’s going on with the new translation of the Mass.
This will help every Catholic “get it”—and not resist it.

The old-guard liturgists have said that they’re going to fight the new translation every step of the way. They’ve even launched a nationwide petition drive to convince bishops and priests to resist the changes.

So we know this: They’re going to protest. They’re going to pout. They’re going to stomp their feet.

But if we reach the good, faithful Catholics in the pews before they do, we can keep them from misleading the faithful and causing even more painful parish splits.

That’s because we’re going to explain—with key statements that have already come from Rome and the bishops—why the new translation is better and more accurate.

Now Rome itself is making the liturgy an issue.

So here’s our plan: We’re going to publish abulletin insert, The Mass Is Changing—How And Why, that clearly and convincingly explains the reasons why the new translation is occurring—and what every Catholic needs to know in order to accept and participate in the new translation
The Real Janowitz

Bronx, NY

#664 Mar 9, 2010
SOMETHING WRONG WITH TOPIX SECOND HALF WAS POSTED THRICE AND FIRST PORTION NOT POSTED AT ALL.
WORTH MY POSTING AGAIN.
The Real Janowitz

Bronx, NY

#665 Mar 9, 2010
Progressives go and hide, your time in the Catholic Church is OVER!

We’re in for a big battle
in our Church ...
and it’s coming to your Parish

Let me explain ...

If you’ve ever had to deal with them, you already know that the “progressive” liturgists hate tradition.

They want everything to be “new”...“relevant”...“hip”...“ modern”... etc.

They got their way. And we’ve been stuck with their flawed translation ever since.

But ... due to the hard work of many good Catholics who wanted the Mass to be accurate and who wanted a return to a sense of the sacred (as Pope Benedict XVI so aptly put it), the translation that we’ve all endured for decades is about to be corrected.

Officially.

The change is coming all the way from Rome.

“Rome has spoken. The matter is finished.”

Well, you would think ...

But the progressive liturgists are not going down without a fight. They never do.

Already they have started a campaign against the new translation in the pages of publications such as America magazine and The National Catholic Reporter newspaper. They have launched an Internet petition drive called “What If We Just Said Wait?” that wants “a grassroots review of the new Roman Missal.”

Already they have gathered almost twelve thousand signatures from priests, deacons, religious, and lay people.

They have begun organizing their campaign to sour Catholics on the new translation. They will continue to stall and delay, and they will talk about how Rome is “turning back the clock” and going “against Vatican II” and how the new translation is “too difficult” for people because it uses sacred language.

Thus, you and I have our work cut out for us.

But I’m going to need your help ...

Our new task at Catholic Answers is to help facilitate the implementation of the new translation of the Mass so that Catholics will understand why the changes are being made.

Most of all, we don’t want the faithful to be taken in by the specious arguments of the old-guard liturgists who have had their day.

To put it simply, they messed up our liturgy. And it’s time to fix it.

As you know, the Mass is the most important part of our Catholic spiritual and sacramental life.

It’s the highest form of prayer.

It’s the re-presentation of the redemptive sacrifice of our Lord on the cross at Calvary—and it is not to be taken lightly.

It’s not merely a “gathering”... or a “community meal”... or a “breaking of bread”... or any of the other banal platitudes that are passed off for liturgy these days.

No.

It’s also the Holy Sacrifice.

It is sacred.

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