Liturgical Abuse

Clown Masses and Bloggers

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Hmmm, apparently some Catholic bloggers are attempting to treat clown masses as if they were urban myths.  They are not.  My bride and I wrote a letter protesting such a Mass given at a diocesan get together in Springfield, Illinois back in 1984.  That was put together under the aegis of Bishop Daniel Ryan.  Go here to read about his colorful history.  Go here to read about a current example of a clown mass with an archbishop. Continue reading

How God Saved My Soul Through Music

I was inspired to transfer my brain goo to the computer screen over the last couple of hours. Here are the results.  Here’s to a more fruitful discussion.

I haven’t talked extensively about why I rejected atheistic communism and made my way back to Catholicism. There were a number of reasons; being shown the logical and moral bankruptcy of materialism, the corruption I personally witnessed in the movement, the fact that I could never bring myself to really embrace any of the tenants of the cultural agenda, and so on. The idea of fighting for anything in a universe that did not, and could not care about the outcome of human events could no longer captivate me. I suppose some people are able to convince themselves of the possibility, even the certainty, of “goodness” in a reality that owes nothing to consciousness and will; to me, such a belief, no matter how comforting, would be a lie. And I cannot live a lie.

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