Res et Explicatio for AD 9-13-2010
[Update: RealCatholicTV is back online!]
Salvete TAC readers!
Here are my observations and opinions on the Catholic Church in the Internet:
1. A RealCatholicTV (RCTV) representative is reporting that they have been experiencing technical difficulties and should be up and running by Tuesday evening at the latest.
The RCTV Facebook page reports that they could be up as early as this evening!
2. Last nights Sunday Night Live on EWTN had Father Benedict Groeschel interviewing Archbishop Timothy Dolan and I have to say that the good archbishop is very impressive.
He has a strong presence and speaks well with authority. Outside of dodging a question on female altar servers, he looks to be the leading archbishop and the unofficial primate of the United States of America for the foreseeable future.
His Excellency posited that the severe drop in receiving the Sacrament of Penance may have contributed to the vocational crisis since 1968. Most of the interview though was on the recent increase in vocations though.
Another theory that His Excellency suggested was the loss of grandmothers within the home. He truly believes that grandmothers have a significant impact in passing on the faith which leads to vocations to the priesthood. But with more and more families sending their dear grandmothers to retirement “homes”, the family is losing a great advocate for vocations to the priesthood.
Cardinal’s hat within five years or less.
3. I unequivocally oppose building this so called mosque anywhere near Ground Zero. I support their right to build it and if they should I would still support their right.
But as Saint Thomas More says, I am the King’s good servant, and God’s first.
Hence why I oppose this Rabat to be built there.
4. Finally we come to good Father Dwight Longenecker who is having difficulty explaining his point on why there is a lack of reverence in the Mass today.
Let’s start from the beginning.
His initial post was titled Christianity and Frog Boiling in which he argued that the problem with Protestant church-shopping is that the Gospel is watered down in order to make the faith more palatable for worldly people so seats can be filled.
He then explained this by making various analogies, but in this attempt he made the poor comparison of wishy-washy Catholics seeking a parish to fit their world views to serious Catholics who seek a parish that is more Catholic.
I think Father Longenecker tried to relate it to the Catholic Church but this attempt basically says that serious Catholics are no better than wishy-washy Catholics.
My initial reaction was to “pooh-pooh” Father Longenecker, but I thought twice about it and apologized for this.
Then all Gehenna broke loose in the combox.
Many of us, including myself, tried to explain to Father about this mischaracterization and his only response was silence or to mock us:
Traddy Church shopper: “But with us its different! We’re going to a trad parish because that is the way worship really ought to be!”
Trendy Church Shopper: “But with us its different! We’re going to a trendy parish because that is the way worship really ought to be!”
I love Father Dwight Longenecker, but I feel that in making his point he used a sledgehammer when a fly-swatter would have sufficed.
Nonetheless, it only brings to mind that we are all imperfect and should ask for forgiveness when we make mistakes.
In Father Longenecker’s defense, too many serious Catholics can get a bit much in their complaints of a poorly celebrated liturgy.
The evidence proves this because if we can rub a good priest and friend of serious Catholics like Father Longenecker to the point that he puts us in a poor light, then who are we going to have in our defense (outside of the Holy Spirit of course)?
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