It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Monday, August 31, 2009

Vatican Does Not Deny Coming Liturgical Reform

(Rorate Caeli) - ...Moreover, the fact that “at the moment” there are not “institutional proposals” for reform, does not deny that already today there are proposals for study that have not yet become “institutional.”

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: In recent weeks we have witnessed a classic example of the back and forth Vatican game that usually precedes major liturgical changes. A report surfaced on Rorate Caeli blog (a highly reliable source of liturgical news), that a new document had been presented to the pope outlining future liturgical changes. Shortly after this, the Vatican announced that no "institutional" changes were planned "at the moment." In fact, the original article on Rorate Caeli never claimed that, but it was misinterpreted by other bloggers (including myself) to be a bit more than it actually was. In actuality what was presented to the pope were proposals for further study. In other words, they outline a general direction the Holy Father would like to go, but they do not force institutional changes by edict or decree at this time.

This actually makes sense in the overall scheme of things. When we look at the present state of the Novus Ordo clergy throughout the world, and the history of liturgical reform under Pope John Paul II, we've learned that the Holy Father's wishes are often downplayed (even ignored) by the general clergy throughout the world, especially in English-speaking nations, where some of the most egregious liturgical abuses are commonplace.

It is the opinion of this blogger that the Holy Father seeks to implement the changes to the ordinary form (novus ordo) liturgy using a more subtle technique, simply by appointing hand-picked liturgical reformers to various dioceses throughout the word, and gradually implementing the reforms he wishes through private instruction of his bishops, while using the same liturgical publications already in place. Official edicts and decrees will be sparing at best, as historically these have proved to be fruitless with the current crop of clergy that now exists in the Church.

As for the current generation of Church leaders, it is also the opinion of this blogger that the pope will only discipline the most scandalous abusers in the years ahead, while he will allow the majority of the novus ordo generation to simply fade away. By that I mean retire. With the restoration of the extraordinary form (tridentine) liturgy, we are beginning to discover that the crisis of clerical shortage was transient. Traditional and orthodox seminaries are now busting at the seams with new seminarians, while the liberal and progressive seminaries can no longer afford to keep their doors open due to shortages of candidates. The post-Vatican II, novus ordo progressive priesthood is slowly dying off, and bishops are quietly admitting they will reach a total crisis within just five years, to where they will simply not have enough priests per parishes, and the only priests coming to replace them are traditionalists. To supplement for the coming shortage, bishops will also be forced to import foreign priests from the third-world (Africa and Asia), who are usually far more traditional and orthodox in their approach to ministry. When one takes these things into consideration, the pope's apparent plan for liturgical renewal makes sense. Rather than fight with the novus ordo generation, butting heads with them as they resist change, it may be best to just let them fade away in retirement, while the next generation of more traditional priests takes up the cause.

So what does this mean for the average traditionally minded and orthodox Catholic in a novus ordo parish? It means simply this. Participate in the liturgical renewal crusade on a personal level, then pray for a YOUNG priest to eventually replace your current priest approaching retirement. Your best bet at getting traditional and orthodox reform in your parish is with a young priest, fresh out of the seminary, and well trained in both the ordinary and extraordinary form of the liturgy. The rest of the liturgical renewal will occur in time. Of course, if you're inclined to frequent an extraordinary form (tridentine) mass, and if one is made available to you within reasonable distance, this may be a good place to seek refuge until the desired reforms have been fully implemented in your diocese.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

LITURGICAL RENEWAL CRUSADE


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: For the last four years, The Catholic Knight blog has been preparing it's readers for the coming liturgical reform of Pope Benedict XVI. At times it seemed like the coming reform was so far away. At times it seemed like it would never come. NOW IT IS UPON US!

Starting in Advent of 2011, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will promulgate the new English translation of the Roman Missal, which has been in the works since the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, and mandated for immediate implementation by Pope Benedict XVI. You can learn more about the new Missal translation HERE at this official website put out by the USCCB. The website is designed to prepare the laity for the coming changes, as they will be quite profound. In reality, the official mass is not changing at all. The mass stays the same. What is changing is our English translation of it. The problem with our previous translation is that it wasn't a true translation of the original Latin text at all. It was more or less a paraphrase or what they call "dynamic equivalent." Many Latin scholars would disagree with the latter, saying there was nothing "equivalent" about it. They would contend the previous English translation was in actuality a watered-down butchering of the original Latin liturgy. Most Latin-English scholars agree this new translation is far superior, and a much more accurate rendering of the original Latin text.

The effect of our previous English translation on liturgical celebrations in the United States has been quite profound. In many parishes, what was once a solemn and dignified act of worship has degenerated into banal entertainment that often produces abusive innovations that are far from what the Holy See intended with the promulgation of the New Missal back in 1969. In most parishes throughout the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia, time-honored customs (with Biblical origins) were completely thrown by the wayside. This included everything from the veiling of women to kneeling for communion. Alter rails were torn out of churches, high alters were deconstructed, the use of bells and incense was all but forgotten. Some parishes even removed the kneelers! None of this was intended by Vatican II. A simple reading of the Vatican II documents will reveal that. Pope Paul VI, who oversaw the promulgation of the New Missal in 1969-70, would have never imagined such radical changes could occur in forty years time. Furthermore, it is doubtful that he was even aware of the deficiency of the English translation that accompanied it. Pope John Paul I never had the opportunity to do anything about it, having only reigned for a month before his untimely death. We know that Pope John Paul II deplored it and ordered it's reform. We also know that a letter to the USCCB from Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate referred to it as "defective" and revoked permission for the US Catholic Church to continue using it. That was back in 2006. It is now 2009, and the USCCB has announced the anticipated changes will be coming in Advent of 2011.

With the coming liturgical changes a golden opportunity now presents itself for Catholics to take back what was lost of our glorious Catholic tradition over the last forty years. The Catholic Knight is calling all his readers to a LITURGICAL RENEWAL CRUSADE!

This is how we'll do it...
  1. Familiarize yourself with the coming new English translation of the mass.
  2. Prepare your heart to kneel for communion, and receive in the mouth, once the new translation is implement in your parish. It is best to familiarize yourself with the spiritual principles behind this, and understand that you have the support of the Holy Father, and know that every bishop and priest in the world has already been instructed by the Holy Father to make accommodations you.


  3. Be mindful of proper liturgical rubrics for the laity. For example; the laity are not supposed to hold hands during the "Our Father." The time for personal contact with fellow parishioners is during the sign of peace. Personal contact with fellow parishioners during the "Our Father" is not technically permitted in the rubrics of the mass, and distracts from the true contact of unity we have in the Eucharist. Nor are we supposed to mimic the gestures of the priest during the liturgy. The only exception to this is when the laity mimics the priest as he crosses his forehead, lips and heart during the reading of the gospel. This is permissible. Otherwise, the laity should only cross themselves when appropriate, and keep their hands in prayer position at all other times. Mimicking the priest at the wrong time only distracts other parishioners, and takes the focus off important things in the mass.
  4. Men, women and children should prepare to dress modestly for mass. Tank-tops, flip-flops, short-shorts, etc. are completely unacceptable for the solemn celebration of the mass. The laity should prepare themselves by reviewing the standards of Mary modesty.
  5. Women should prepare for the special graces that accompany those who veil their heads for mass and all forms of public prayer. This is a Biblical custom of the Church which has NEVER been revoked. There is an entire spirituality that goes along with this, which men are not allowed to participate in. Indeed they physically CANNOT participate in. It is a spirituality that belongs exclusively to the female Christian. You should familiarize yourself with this, lest you miss out and deprive yourself of these magnificent graces.

Those who implement these five steps at the institution of the new liturgy will not only increase their spiritual participation in the mass, but will do much to effect the liturgical reform in the U.S. Catholic Church the Holy Father so eagerly desires. In review these five steps are...
  1. Learn the new English translation of the mass.
  2. Kneel for communion (if physically able) and receive in the mouth.
  3. Cease mimicking the priest except when the rubrics allow, and stop holding hands at the "Our Father."
  4. Dress modestly.
  5. Women should veil in accordance with female spirituality and receive the special graces associated with it.
The time for mental, emotional and spiritual preparation is NOW! The time for implementation is as soon as the new translation of the liturgy is promulgated in the U.S. Catholic Church.

No Catholic Funeral For Ted Kennedy!


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Senator Ted Kennedy died Tuesday night after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. His illness was diagnosed shortly after unlawfully receiving communion at a papal mass in Washington DC...
(LifeSiteNews.Com) - "Several minutes prior to the general distribution of communion a priest walked down to Ted Kennedy and gave him communion. There was some discussion amongst we in our section about the inappropriateness of his reception of the Host. Be certain, he remained seated not out of some self-enforced respect for the sacrament, but rather out of respect for his girth and mobility." - source
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"For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying."
- 1st Corinthians 11:26-30 NAB
Was there a connection between this Biblical passage and Senator Ted Kennedy's brain cancer? I don't know. I'll leave that up to you to decide. What I do know is this. Senator Kennedy was in open and public rebellion against the Catholic Church's teaching on the sanctity of human life. His reception of communion in any situation was a scandal, but a few years prior to this incident, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), issued new norms for the reception of communion expressly forbidding the sacrament to Catholic politicians in favor of "abortion rights." Senator Ted Kennedy not only fit this bill, but he was the poster boy for it, a career-long supporter and advocate of Roe v. Wade. His reception of communion at the papal mass in Washington DC on April 17th, 2008 was not only a scandal, but it was a violation of canon law, and a direct slap in the face to the pope who directly issued the new norms a few years prior as Cardinal Ratzinger. No matter how you slice it, Senator Ted Kennedy was in heresy, rebellion and mortal sin.

What is even more disturbing is the way in which a public Catholic funeral was offered for him. On the surface, it would appear to be a violation of the Church's canon law, though admittedly the final decision on this rests in the hands of Cardinal Sean O'Malley...
Canon 1184 §1. Unless they gave some signs of repentance before death, the following must be deprived of ecclesiastical funerals:
1/ notorious apostates, heretics, and schismatics;
2/ those who chose the cremation of their bodies for reasons contrary to Christian faith;
3/ other manifest sinners who cannot be granted ecclesiastical funerals without public scandal of the faithful.

"§2. If any doubt occurs, the local ordinary is to be consulted, and his judgment must be followed.

Canon 1185. Any funeral Mass must also be denied a person who is excluded from ecclesiastical funerals.
Granted, to some this blog entry may seem cruel. After all, the man is dead, and Americans do have an unwritten custom of "speak no ill of the dead," but I'm afraid this is a time when cultural norms will have to be set aside. The life and death of Senator Ted Kennedy was a Catholic scandal and tragedy. It encapsulates literally everything that is wrong in the U.S. Catholic Church today, from rogue Catholic politicians who espouse heresy, to negligent clergy who allow them to get away with it. The man wasn't even permitted to receive the Eucharist! What makes us think he should get a Catholic funeral? Granted, it is possible that he could have repented before his death. Perhaps he had one of those "deathbed conversions." Okay, I'll go along with that, and indeed if he did, he would be entitled to a Catholic funeral. If that is the case, I'll support it. I'll even champion it. However, if that is the case, it needs to be made public! His sin was public. His scandal was public. Therefore, if his sin was public, his repentance must be made public as well. If it's not, then a Catholic funeral for this man is a sacrilegious abomination!

For those who think the written exchange between Senator Ted Kennedy and Pope Benedict XVI amounts to some kind of absolution, it does not. Having read the text of Kennedy's letter, and the excerpt of the pope's response read during the funeral, it is obvious that no absolution was given. The Holy Father was obligated by Christian charity to offer his blessings on a dying man, but he was not obligated to absolve the pro-abortion sins of a man who was clearly non-repentant of them. It is also interesting to note that the pope was silent on the matter of Kennedy's death after the fact.

That's why The Catholic Knight is calling upon all Catholics of good will to stand up and and make your concerns known to the Archdiocese of Boston, in spite of whatever cultural taboos this may violate. Without evidence of Kennedy's pro-abortion repentance made public knowledge, his funeral brings scandal to the Archdiocese of Boston and the U.S. Catholic Church in general.

At this point our best bet is to respectfully share our concerns with Cardinal Sean O'Malley at the Archdiocese of Boston. The contact page is HERE. (Just a little reminder: a cardinal archbishop is properly addressed as "Your Eminence".)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Traditional Catholic Promotional Posters

(Una Voce) - These ads are designed to expose as many as possible to the beauty of the TLM, to inform them about its status in the Church, and to invite them to attend the TLM nearest them. We plan on releasing versions of these ads in local papers, on internet sites, in 16x20 posters, etc. and also making versions (with modified information) available for a nominal fee to other groups promoting the TLM.

More details here (http://www.unavoceqc.com/news.php).




Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pope's Plan For Liturgical Reform Comes Into Focus


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The pope's plan for liturgical renewal, and the "reform of the reform," has now come into focus. Two years ago we witnessed the Holy Fathers liberalization and promotion of the extraordinary form (Tridentine) mass via his motu proprio entitled Summorum Pontificum. This effectively created, and continues to create, a parallel liturgy to the ordinary form, which is available to the faithful without restriction. It is the Holy Father's plan to allow this situation to exist for while, both the ordinary (Novus Ordo) and extraordinary (Tridentine) forms of the Gregorian Rite to develop organically side by side.

Now he turns his attention to the ordinary form (Novus Ordo) mass. The document was placed on his desk in April of this year (2009), after having been voted on almost unanimously by a convocation of cardinals and bishops hand selected by the pope. The document has allegedly been signed already, but has yet to be formally released to the public. The contents of the document contain the outline for Pope Benedict XVI's reorganization and reform of the ordinary form liturgy. At this point we do not know exactly how these reforms will be implemented, but we do know the pope does not wish to do so by official proclamations, such as was done with Summorum Pontificum two years ago. It would seem that when it comes to reform of the new liturgy, a much more practical method is in order. Rather than pontifical edict, the pope would appear to be opting for a pastoral and administrative method. While the document outlining the reform will at some unspecified future date be revealed to the faithful, trusted bishops, strategically placed all over the world, will be given an advanced preview of the contents outlining liturgical goals the pope would like to see met in the coming years. Just what are they? According to one reliable source we have the following...
  1. The recovery of Latin in the ordinary form liturgy. This includes more frequent celebrations of the ordinary form in Latin, as well as the use of some Latin prayers and responses during vernacular celebrations of the mass.
  2. Remaking the introductory parts of the missal to a more traditional form.
  3. Reception of communion in the mouth, as opposed to the hand, preferably while kneeling.
  4. The use of the ad orientem posture (face to the east, back to the congregation) during the prayers of consecration at the very least.
Other sources indicate the document may also contain changes to the "sign of peace," wherein it is placed closer to the creed, before the Liturgy of the Eucharist truly begins. The first concrete evidence of Pope Benedict XVI's liturgical reform of the new mass has finally come into focus. Ladies and gentlemen, the Holy Father has a plan, but he has assured us it will take years before it is fully implemented. Nevertheless, every day is one step closer.

Friday, August 21, 2009

IT HAS BEGUN! - US Catholic Bishops Launch Website Announcing the Liturgical Renewal of the US Catholic Church!!!

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It's been a VERY long time in the making, and it's coming not a moment too soon. The revised English translation of the mass will be implemented in the United States after it's final approval by the Holy See in early 2010.

The Vatican has described our current English translation as "defective," and has revoked permission to celebrate it in the US Catholic Church. This was reported in May of 2006 (read more here). The current English translation we are using as of the date of this blog entry is illicit. This in no way means the sacrament is invalid. We're still receiving a perfectly valid Eucharist, but the liturgy that frames our celebration of this event is "defective" meaning it does not accurately translate the ordinary form of the mass promulgated in Latin by the Vatican back in 1969. Yes, that's right folks, this means that no English-speaking Catholic in the United States has celebrated a proper English language mass since 1969! What we've been celebrating is a watered-down paraphrased English version of the liturgy, some of which is patently inaccurate and actually violates the original Latin text. Probably the most blatant example of this is in the creed, where we have recited for forty years "we believe" when the actual Latin text specifically says "I believe." This may seem insignificant to the casual observer, but to one who understands the historical sensitivity associated with altering the creed, and the profound difference between saying "we" as a collective and "I" as an individual, this English mistranslation really does violence to the original Latin text. Examples like this go on and on, throughout the mass, which the US Catholic bishops have now made public on their newly launched website.

So the US Catholic Church celebrates our current liturgy illicitly, and the Vatican only tolerates this for the time being because a replacement translation has not yet been fully approved. That is about to change, and we should have final approval in early 2010. Once that final approval comes, the new English liturgy will be promulgated, and we will soon all be saying the REAL and AUTHENTIC English translation of the ordinary mass! For English-speaking Catholic Americans under the age of forty, it will be the first time in their lives.

Lex orandi, lex credendi - translated "the law of prayer is the law of belief," or more simply, how we pray is how we believe. Of course, how we believe also effects how we behave. Is it any wonder then that forty years of watered-down liturgy has produced little more than an entire generation of watered-down Catholics? Where has our Catholic youth gone? Sure some of them still go to mass, but only a fraction of those who were born to the Catholic faith. It isn't just mass attendance that's the problem. Even among those who do attend, there exists watered-down worship, just going through the motions, having little to no effect on their lives in the outside world. Indeed, our watered-down English translation of the mass has done much to facilitate and promote watered-down worship, followed by watered-down faith, followed by watered-down morals, resulting in watered-down Catholicism across the United States of America, from sea to shining see. Granted, the new revised and corrected English translation won't cure all the US Catholic Church's woes, but it will go a long way to start setting things back in order. Much more will need to be done, and it cannot be stressed enough that US Catholics need to be reintroduced to the historical Catholic traditions that once made us great. Ultimately we look forward to a day when a whole new Roman Missal will be released, merging together the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the liturgy, and this will go a long way to repair the damage to the Church done over the last generation. Until then, what we have is a new English translation of the ordinary form, and that at least is a very positive step in the right direction.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Vatican Reveals Explosive News! - USA and WWII Allies Suppressed Holocaust Information


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Investigations into the secret archives of the Vatican have recently exonerated the World War II Pope Pius XII from any cooperation with the Nazi regime, and failure to act in defense of Jews during the Holocaust. Quite the opposite has turned out to be the case. The secret archives were opened in recent years due to increasing rumors, mainly circulated by media within the United States, that Pope Pius XII was complicit during the Holocaust by failing to do enough to help the Jews. The archives revealed the names of nearly one-million Jews saved from the Holocaust by the wartime pontiff who effectively orchestrated an "underground railroad" of sorts, to shelter Jews in convents, churches and monasteries, while moving them out of Nazi occupied territories. The Vatican city-state itself was instrumental in issuing false identification cards and passports for this very purpose. As more evidence is uncovered, it increasingly appears the wartime pope spared no expense, and stopped at no extreme, to rescue persecuted Jews from the racist eugenics program of the Third Reich.

The rumor against Pope Pius XII was started by the Soviet Union shortly after his death. Former high ranking KGB officials have revealed that the smear campaign was called "Seat 12," and designed explicitly for the purpose of undermining the Catholic Church's moral authority in the western world in preparation for an eventual communist takeover. That takeover never came, as the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s, along with communism in Eastern Europe. While the need for the propaganda ceased, it continued to flourish however in the American media, both entertainment and news media, due to the deep anti-Catholic sentiments ingrained in American culture. The lie was perpetuated by everyone from authors to playwrights, newspapers to television news anchors, college professors to fundamentalist ministers. "Seat 12" was a huge success in the United States, and continues to be to this day, long after it's KGB architects have retired!

Now with the truth having been laid bear for all the world to see, Pope Pius XII turns out to be a hero, while new information surfaces about the role of the United States and allied powers in regards to the Holocaust. Please keep in mind while reading the following story that Hitler's Germany wasn't the only nation engaged in eugenics. During the early 1900s, the United States also had eugenics programs. Granted, none of them were as extreme as the German model, but nevertheless America was into forcibly sterilizing people with physical and mental abnormalities. Perhaps the reason why the allies sat quietly on early news of the Holocaust is because it struck a little too close to home. Perhaps it showed them what the final result of eugenics was. Perhaps Roosevelt and Churchill knew that the only thing standing between America's version of eugenics, and the Holocaust, was the democratic election of a madman who actually believed everything he ever said and wrote on the topic. Perhaps the leaders of the free world knew that Hitler was just ahead of his time, and if eugenics were allowed to continue in the allied world, we would all eventually follow his example. Of course, this is just speculation. Who knows what was really going through the heads of our allied leaders when they learned of the Holocaust. We don't know. We can never know. What we do know however is this. The allies knew what the Nazis were doing to European Jewry as early as 1942, and yet they did nothing to stop it, nor even speak out against it...
(JTA) -- The United States and British governments suppressed information about the extent of the Holocaust, the Vatican's official newspaper charged.

The newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, also slammed Allied governments in World War II for deliberately failing to act to stop the systematic killing of Europe's Jews despite having detailed information about the Nazi plans to exterminate European Jewry, according to a lengthy article published Aug. 13.

The article quoted a 1948 essay published in the Italian Jewish journal Rassegna Mensile d'Israel that was based on the diary of Henry Morgenthau Jr., the U.S. treasury secretary during the war.

Morgenthau wrote, according to the article, that "the incapacity, indolence and bureaucratic delays of America impeded saving thousands of Hitler's victims." He also wrote that the British foreign minister "was more concerned about politics than of human charity."

Morgenthau was quoted as writing that "we in Washington" knew that the Nazis "had planned to exterminate all the Jews of Europe" since August 1942, but added, "for about 18 months from receiving the first reports of this horrible Nazi plan, the State Department did practically nothing." Instead, Morgenthau wrote, its officials "dodged their grim responsibility, procrastinated when concrete rescue schemes were placed before them, and even suppressed information about atrocities."

read full story here

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

BREAKING: U.S. Catholic Bishops and Knights of Columbus Issue Ultimatum - Will Oppose Healthcare Reform Bill If It Includes Abortion or Euthanasia

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The U.S. Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus have effectively issued an ultimatum to the United States Congress and President Barack Obama. IF the healthcare reform bill is structured in such a way that moves America toward taxpayer funded abortions and/or euthanasia, the bishops and knights will use every resource at their disposal to defeat the bill in Congress and make sure it is never signed into law.

The current legislation before Congress does just that. It leads toward providing taxpayer funded abortions, and moves elderly care toward a system of taxpayer funded euthanasia. In addition it implies rationing of healthcare benefits as well as a bureaucratic panel that will determine the "value" of human lives, and what level of healthcare they will be entitled to.

If the legislation is not radically changed in the upcoming congressional session, it will most certainly be opposed by the Knights of Columbus and the U.S. Catholic Bishops. The full weight of the U.S. Catholic Church will come down against it. I think it's fair to assume the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as many other Christian bodies, will join the Catholic Church in this crusade.

This is a clear shot across the bow of the United States Congress. "Reform the Healthcare Reform Bill -- OR ELSE! "
(TheCatholicSpirit.com) - The Knights of Columbus passed a number of resolutions touching on right-to-life issues, marriage, violence and pornography, among others, during the final business session of the fraternal organization's 127th supreme convention.

The session -- closed to nondelegates -- rounded out the Aug. 4-6 convention, which drew thousands of Knights from across the globe to Phoenix.

The life resolution cited a personal appeal from Pope Benedict XVI calling on the Knights to "defend the moral truths necessary for a free and humane society, including the fundamental right to life of every human being."

It expressed grave concerns that proposed health care legislation in Congress would "accomplish by stealth many of the aims of the so-called Freedom of Choice Act, including federal funding of abortions for the first time since adoption of the Hyde amendment in 1976....

read full story here

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(CNA) - Promoting human dignity has also been the impetus behind the U.S. bishops’ push for national health care reform "for the past several decades," Chaput said. "It’s also why the Church, in principle, supports current efforts to craft legislation that would ensure basic health care coverage for all Americans."

That being said, the Archbishop of Denver cautioned that "God, or the devil, is always in the details. As Scripture says, ‘You will know them by their fruits.’"

"The test of White House and congressional honesty about seeking ‘common ground’ will be the details of the health care plan being worked on this summer and fall," he wrote, saying that any plan that involves mandated abortion access or abortion funding would contradict the meaning of health care.

"The reason is obvious. Killing or funding the killing of unborn children has nothing to do with promoting human health, and including these things in any ‘health care’ proposal, no matter how shrewdly hidden, would simply be a form of lying," Chaput charged.

Noting that both Bishop William Murphy and Cardinal Justin Rigali have already voiced strong concerns about "a possible stealth mandate for abortion" being placed in the reform bills, Archbishop Chaput dismissed a "compromise" solution put forward by Rep. Lois Capps as a "shell game....

read full story here

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The End Of An Era - Liberal Catholicism Dies - Future Church To Be Traditional

(New York Times) - A new study of Roman Catholic nuns and priests in the United States shows that an aging, predominantly white generation is being succeeded by a smaller group of more racially and ethnically diverse recruits who are attracted to the religious orders that practice traditional prayer rituals and wear habits.

The study found that the graying of American nuns and priests was even more pronounced than many Catholics had realized. Ninety-one percent of nuns and 75 percent of priests are 60 or older, and most of the rest are at least 50.

They are the generation defined by the Second Vatican Council, of the 1960s, which modernized the church and many of its religious orders. Many nuns gave up their habits, moved out of convents, earned higher educational degrees and went to work in the professions and in community service. The study confirms what has long been suspected: that these more modern religious orders are attracting the fewest new members...

read full story here
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So there you have it. With that the liberal news giant, known as the "New York Times," announces the death of liberal Catholicism. The end of an era has come for the post Vatican II generation. With the reintroduction of pre Vatican II tradition marks the resurgence of the priesthood and religious vocations. The future of the Catholic Church lies in her youth, and more increasingly her youth are becoming traditional.

All across the world Liberal Catholicism is fading away. The youth want nothing to do with the rebellious attitudes of the 1960s and 70s. They could care less about the revolutions of their parents' generation. Now they look to their grandparents' generation with longing eyes, seeking to restore that which was lost, and that which was carelessly thrown away.

Now it's starting to happen. With the help of the Holy Spirit, and Pope Benedict XVI, tradition is making a comeback, while modernist innovation goes the way of the dinosaurs.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Should Catholics Support Israel?


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I realize this entry may be highly controversial. That being the case, I've decided to do it anyway. Why? Because it needs to be said.

First and foremost, let it be known that members of my family are Jewish. Let it be known that 'The Catholic Knight' holds no animosity toward Jewish people nor Judaism. I also believe the Jewish people have contributed much to European and American culture that is beautiful and indispensable. I acknowledge the inexcusable suffering of the Jewish people, throughout the centuries, and most recently in the Holocaust, perpetrated at the hands of the Neopagan Nazis. I acknowledge the teachings of Pope Pius XII who said that as Christians we are all "spiritual Semites" and went to great measures to save nearly one-million European Jews from the gas chambers during World War II. After that war, I must confess that I wish all those persecuted European Jews had come to my home country of America, which has already benefited so much from American Jewry. Sadly, however, that did not happen.

After World War II many European Jews joined Zionist Jews in Palestine to complete what the Zionists had been working toward for decades -- the creation of a modern and secular State of Israel.

Let me clarify that Zionism is a political mindset, an ideology, that is apart from the religion of Judaism. This blog entry is not about Jews nor Judaism. It's about Zionism, which is different. One need not be a Jew to be a Zionists. In fact, I dare say there are more Christian Zionists in the world than Jewish Zionists. So that being said, Jews are not the problem, nor is Judaism the problem. The problem is Zionism, and it's 100% political in nature.

Zionism is the political ideology that a physical "homeland" for the Jewish people must be restored, using political and military force if necessary, on the real estate once known as Palestine. This is Zionism in it's basic form, but it doesn't stop there. Some Zionists (both Jews and Christians), believe that the Biblical Temple should be rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, alongside the Dome of the Rock, and the ritual animal sacrifices should be restored. It goes further than that. Some Zionists also believe the seven Noahide Laws (Noahidism) should be promoted throughout the world as a global religion under the Jewish Talmud.

It is the opinion of this blogger that Zionism is the problem, not Judaism, and certainly not the Jewish people. Zionism is a political ideology, embraced by Christians and Jews, as a para-religion that attaches itself to traditional Jewish and Christian beliefs. It's unbiblical, and defies essential tenets of both faiths. Certainly not all Jews are Zionists, just as not all Christians are Zionists. Below is an excerpt from just such a Jewish website that opposes Zionism. I invite you all to read it and explore their website...

JUDAISM VERSUS ZIONISM

Judaism believes in One G-d who revealed the Torah. It affirms Divine Providence and, accordingly, views Jewish exile as a punishment for sin. Redemption may be achieved solely through prayer and penance. Judaism calls upon all Jews to obey the Torah in its entirety including the commandment to be patriotic citizens.

Zionism rejects the Creator, His Revelation and reward and punishment. Among its fruits are the persecution of the Palestinian people and the spiritual and physical endangering of the Jewish people. It encourages treasonous, dual loyalty among unsuspecting Jews throughout the world. At its root Zionism sees reality as barren and desacralized. It is the antithesis of Torah Judaism.

There is a vile lie, which stalks the Jewish people across the globe. It is a lie so heinous, so far from the truth, that it can only gain popularity due to the complicity of powerful forces in the "mainstream" media and educational establishment.

It is a lie which has brought many innocent people untold suffering and if unchecked has the potential to create extraordinary tragedy in the future.
It is the lie that declares that Judaism and Zionism are identical.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Judaism is the belief in revelation at Sinai. It is the belief that exile is a punishment for Jewish sins.

Zionism has for over a century denied Sinaitic revelation. It believes that Jewish exile can be ended by military aggression.

Zionism has spent the past century strategically dispossessing the Palestinian people. It has ignored their just claims and subjected them to persecution, torture and death.

Torah Jews the world over are shocked and pained at this short-lived dogma of irreligiosity and cruelty. Thousands of Torah scholars and saints have condemned this movement from its inception. They knew that the pre-existing good relationship between Jews and Muslims in the Holy Land was bound to suffer as Zionism advanced.

The so-called "State of Israel" stands rejected on religious grounds by the Torah. Its monstrous insensitivity to the laws of basic decency and fairness appall all men be they Jewish or not.

We of Neturei Karta have been in the forefront of the battle against Zionism for over a century.

Our presence here is to refute the base lie that the evil, which is Zionism, in some way represents the Jewish people.

The reverse is true.

We are saddened day in and day at the terrible toll of death emanating from the Holy Land. Not one of them would have occurred if Zionism had not unleashed its evil energies upon the world.

As Jews we are called upon to live in peace and harmony with all men. We are exhorted to be law abiding and patriotic citizens in all lands.

We condemn the current Zionist atrocities in the Holy Land. We yearn for peace based upon mutual respect. We are convinced that this proposed mutual respect is doomed to fail as long as the Israeli state exists. We welcome its abolition in a peaceful manner.

May we be worthy of true redemption when all men will join in brotherhood in His worship.





Now personally I don't agree with the assertion that Israel should be disassembled as a nation. I don't see how that is even practical. However, I think the rabbis at Neturei Karta (along with similar Jewish organizations) raise a legitimate point that we as Christians need to consider. While we shouldn't be wishing ill upon any nation, it is reasonable and practical to question how much we're supporting a nation. What Zionists do in Palestine is their own business. Ultimately they will reap what they've sown -- good, bad or ugly. For Christians however, to blindly support a political (and unbiblical) ideology such as Zionism is niave at best, and heresy at worst. We really must be careful who we throw our support behind. While we must strive to love all people, Jews and Muslims included, the only people Chistians should be "supporting" in the Holy Land are other Christians -- Israeli, Palestinian and Lebanese! That's it. In the end, that is what Christ will hold us accountable too.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

New English Mass Translation In 2011


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: For the last four years, The Catholic Knight blog has been preparing it's readers for the coming liturgical reform of Pope Benedict XVI. At times it seemed like the coming reform was so far away. At times it seemed like it would never come. NOW IT IS UPON US!

Starting in Advent of 2011, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will promulgate the new English translation of the Roman Missal, which has been in the works since the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, and mandated for immediate implementation by Pope Benedict XVI. You can learn more about the new Missal translation HERE at this official website put out by the USCCB. The website is designed to prepare the laity for the coming changes, as they will be quite profound. In reality, the official mass is not changing at all. The mass stays the same. What is changing is our English translation of it. The problem with our previous translation is that it wasn't a true translation of the original Latin text at all. It was more or less a paraphrase or what they call "dynamic equivalent." Many Latin scholars would disagree with the latter, saying there was nothing "equivalent" about it. They would contend the previous English translation was in actuality a watered-down butchering of the original Latin liturgy. Most Latin-English scholars agree this new translation is far superior, and a much more accurate rendering of the original Latin text.

The effect of our previous English translation on liturgical celebrations in the United States has been quite profound. In many parishes, what was once a solemn and dignified act of worship has degenerated into banal entertainment that often produces abusive innovations that are far from what the Holy See intended with the promulgation of the New Missal back in 1969. In most parishes throughout the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia, time-honored customs (with Biblical origins) were completely thrown by the wayside. This included everything from the veiling of women to kneeling for communion. Altar rails were torn out of churches, high altars were deconstructed, the use of bells and incense was all but forgotten. Some parishes even removed the kneelers! None of this was intended by Vatican II. A simple reading of the Vatican II documents will reveal that. Pope Paul VI, who oversaw the promulgation of the New Missal in 1969-70, would have never imagined such radical changes could occur in forty years time. Furthermore, it is doubtful that he was even aware of the deficiency of the English translation that accompanied it. Pope John Paul I never had the opportunity to do anything about it, having only reigned for a month before his untimely death. We know that Pope John Paul II deplored it and ordered it's reform. We also know that a letter to the USCCB from Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate referred to it as "defective" and revoked permission for the US Catholic Church to continue using it. That was back in 2006. It is now 2009, and the USCCB has announced the anticipated changes will be coming in Advent of 2011.

With the coming liturgical changes a golden opportunity now presents itself for Catholics to take back what was lost of our glorious Catholic tradition over the last forty years. The Catholic Knight is calling all his readers to a LITURGICAL RENEWAL CRUSADE!

This is how we'll do it...
  1. Familiarize yourself with the coming new English translation of the mass.
  2. Prepare your heart to kneel for communion, and receive in the mouth, once the new translation is implement in your parish. It is best to familiarize yourself with the spiritual principles behind this, and understand that you have the support of the Holy Father, and know that every bishop and priest in the world has already been instructed by the Holy Father to make accommodations.


  3. Be mindful of proper liturgical rubrics for the laity. For example; the laity are not supposed to hold hands during the "Our Father." The time for personal contact with fellow parishioners is during the sign of peace. Personal contact with fellow parishioners during the "Our Father" is not technically permitted in the rubrics of the mass, and distracts from the true contact of unity we have in the Eucharist. Nor are we supposed to mimic the gestures of the priest during the liturgy. The only exception to this is when the laity mimics the priest as he crosses his forehead, lips and heart during the reading of the gospel. This is permissible. Otherwise, the laity should only cross themselves when appropriate, and keep their hands in prayer position at all other times. Mimicking the priest at the wrong time only distracts other parishioners, and takes the focus off important things in the mass.
  4. Men, women and children should prepare to dress modestly for mass. Tank-tops, flip-flops, short-shorts, etc. are completely unacceptable for the solemn celebration of the mass. The laity should prepare themselves by reviewing the standards of Mary modesty.
  5. Women should prepare for the special graces that accompany those who veil their heads for mass and all forms of public prayer. This is a Biblical custom of the Church which has NEVER been revoked. There is an entire spirituality that goes along with this, which men are not allowed to participate in. Indeed they physically CANNOT participate in. It is a spirituality that belongs exclusively to the female Christian. You should familiarize yourself with this, lest you miss out and deprive yourself of these magnificent graces.

Those who implement these five steps at the institution of the new liturgy will not only increase their spiritual participation in the mass, but will do much to effect the liturgical reform in the U.S. Catholic Church the Holy Father so eagerly desires. In review these five steps are...
  1. Learn the new English translation of the mass.
  2. Kneel for communion (if physically able) and receive in the mouth.
  3. Cease mimicking the priest except when the rubrics allow, and stop holding hands at the "Our Father."
  4. Dress modestly.
  5. Women should veil in accordance with female spirituality and receive the special graces associated with it.
The time for mental, emotional and spiritual preparation is NOW! The time for implementation is as soon as the new translation of the liturgy is promulgated in the U.S. Catholic Church.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Whitehouse Enlists Brownshirts


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The following is a public service announcement from 'The Catholic Knight."

If you have a problem with this blog, it's contents, or the blogger associated with it, please email your concerns to flag@whitehouse.gov.

As you know, the Obama administration is very concerned about news stories, editorials, and any form of "free speech" that has not been expressly approved by the Whitehouse. This especially applies to editorials that are critical of the Whitehouse and the Obama administration.

Please be assured that the Obama administration will do everything within it's power to crush dissenters to the fullest extent of it's capabilities, and that your role as an informant will be properly recognized by the government. Your complete and total compliance is appreciated.

Posted on WhiteHouse.Gov yesterday (8/4/2009):
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Did Obama Buy Off Catholic Charities To Help Him Push Socialized Medicine And Taxpayer Funded Abortions?

(CNS) -- The expertise honed by years of resolute follow-up work with natural disaster victims has landed Catholic Charities USA a five-year federal contract potentially worth more than $100 million.

The contract with the Department of Health and Human Services is the first the Alexandria, Va.-based agency has received from the federal government....

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(LifeSiteNews.com) - Three major Catholic organizations have issued a video and an action alert urging constituents to tell their legislators to immediately enact health care legislation, despite the vast abortion expansion embedded in the bills currently under consideration.

"Please call and e-mail your Representative in the next 24 hours expressing your support for Congress to enact health care reform now," the groups urge in an alert released last week. The page hosted by St. Vincent De Paul offers contact information and email forms for congressional offices.

"Saint Vincent de Paul is partnering with Catholic Charities USA and the Catholic Health Association to amplify our collective voice to let Congress know that health care reform can not wait," it continues.

The call to action echoes those of President Obama, who has been aggressively pushing through a health care plan in Congress that pro-lifers have strongly condemned as containing "the biggest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade."

Pro-life lawyers say that the government health care insurance is bound to include abortion as an essential health care benefit and would be funded by taxpayer dollars, unless an amendment is introduced to specifically exclude abortion. However, all such amendments, including amendments to protect doctors' conscience rights, have failed in both the House and Senate....

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Obama Admits Public Option Healthcare Is Designed To Eleminate Private Medical Insurance

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Don't take my word for it, see for yourself...

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Pope Calls Upon ALL Catholics - "Kneel For Communion"


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The directives have already been issued, the example has been set, the call has been made. The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, is calling upon all Catholic laity to boldly and obediently kneel for communion, and receive on the tongue, regardless of what the normal practices are in your local parish. Future decrees on this may be made public at a future date, but the Holy Father is calling upon the lay faithful to begin acting now. No priest or bishop has the authority to stop you, lecture you, or deny you communion for this. From now on, anyone who kneels before the Blessed Sacrament, and receives on the tongue, is not only showing proper adoration to our Eucharistic Lord, but is also demonstrating obedience to the Holy Father. Of course, people with physical infirmities that prevent them from kneeling are exempt, but they can still receive on the tongue as a sign of adoration and obedience.
(News Blaze) - Pope Benedict XVI does not want the faithful receiving Communion in their hand nor does he want them standing to receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. According to Vatican liturgist, Monsignor Guido Marini, the pope is trying to set the stage for the whole church as to the proper norm for receiving Communion for which reason communicants at his papal Masses are now asked to kneel and receive on the tongue.

The Holy Father's reasoning is simple: "We Christians kneel before the Blessed Sacrament because, therein, we know and believe to be the presence of the One True God." (May 22, 2008)

According to the pope the entire Church should kneel in adoration before God in the Eucharist. "Kneeling in adoration before the Eucharist is the most valid and radical remedy against the idolatries of yesterday and today" (May 22, 2008)...

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