A trip down memory lane: liturgical translations again under attack by liberals

Is our collective memory getting shorter?

Over at Jesuit run America Magazine there is an opinion piece…

… wait… Jesuit-run America… isn’t that where, under the guidance of Thomas Reese, SJ… America published blasphemous images of Our Lady covered in latex?  Yes, I believe it was… but I digress…

… an over-anxious, and at times sycophantic, opinion piece filled with ridicule by a guy who fought tooth and nail against the translation norms in Liturgiam authenticam.   He is the rector of the Cathedral in Seattle.

Lest we forget, let’s have a trip down memory lane.

What do the libs want back?

Remember this?  From the archives….

BUGNINICARE!  [Originally Published on: Dec 4, 2013]


(Socialized Worship)

Taking his cue from post-war European national health care programs, Annibale Bugnini, assisted by a small circle of spiritual-care specialists and church policy makers, spearheaded a massive overhaul of the Catholic Church’s spiritual care system in the 1960s. The centerpiece of “Bugninicare” was a program known as Novus Ordo, so-called because it introduced a New Order into the regulation of the Church’s worship. The NO regulations were aimed at extending spiritual-care benefits to those for whom active participation was previously thought to be inaccessible. Bugninicare guaranteed that barriers to full participation were removed, thus permitting access to spiritual care on the part of ordinary believers. Bugnini and his consultants were convinced that the costs their programs would exact would not be excessive.

Special guarantees were built in to Bugnini’s socialized spiritual care system to protect the rights of women. The program also reached out to previously disenfranchised sectors of the general population, ensuring that mainline Protestants, Pentecostals and charismatics would no longer be excluded from participation. In fact, Bugninicare so lowered the bar of spiritual care throughout the Church that other obstacles to full participation, stemming from language, education, religion, gender and sexual orientation, were also effectively removed. The goal of equal distribution of spiritual care in the Church was now guaranteed. Novus Ordo was designed by Bugnini as a monopoly, a “single-provider” liturgy that would allow no room for competition from previous forms of spiritual care delivery. In order to ensure that élite types would not be able to opt out of the Novus Ordo, spiritual care decisions in the Church were left to a small circle of bureaucrats, headed by Bugnini.

If you like your Latin, you can keep your Latin!

Images for your contemplation.


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  1. dbonneville says:

    Queue Jar Jar Binks holding a can of New Coke in just about any of these photos.

  2. NBW says:

    Oh yes, in this special snowflake world those are just the Masses we need to engage in spiritual battle and become better Catholics…NOT! Ugh! I will… pray…. for Bugnini. Those photos break my heart.

  3. Joseph-Mary says:

    The push to ‘look at’ the translations for the novus ordo comes from the very top. Somehow, lately, it seems that no matter the dialogue or synod or whatever, the result is predetermined. Kind of like community organizing.

  4. QuietContemplative says:

    Father, between that article and those pictures… You owe me a bottle of migraine pain reliever.

    How can a man call himself a priest and dare utter the words that using terms like “consubstantial” and “incarnate” is “theologically questionable”?! It beggars the imagination! And on that note: I’ve only every met one Jesuit in person, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, and I have to say… he doesn’t seem like ANY of the Jesuits I hear and read about in pieces like this. It makes me wonder how most of them even call themselves priests.

  5. Midwest St. Michael says:


    Once again Fr. Z, you really did make me LOL!

    (Now, who will be the Catholic version of President Trump to modify/repeal Bugninicare?)


  6. Mike says:

    Enough is enough. The thought of ever again being constrained to attend a form of worship so patently subject to distortion and politicization sickens me. Praying for all upon whom the Novus Ordo has been imposed, and for the conversion of the imposers.

  7. bibi1003 says:

    These pictures are horrifying. I think this stuff comes straight from the Enemy. I had an experience that makes me wonder if these abuses can lead to greater evil.

    I attended mass at a church outside of my home parish several years ago. It turned out to be a bongo mass. It sickened me. I felt like I was witnessing a direct and intentional insult to the Lord. I haven’t been back since.

    Two years ago, the long-time priest at this church was arrested for having child pornography on his computer, as well as inappropriate pictures that he had taken of the church school’s students.

    I’m not suggesting that liturgical abuse leads directly to child abuse. But something stinks here.

  8. frmh says:

    It seems pretty clear that His holiness is pushing this one.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes a little moto proprio just like he did for St. Joseph to change a few words here and there – starting with “for many”

  9. stillkickin says:

    QuietContemplative – I would hazard a guess that when they utter words like “consubstantial” they really don’t have even one “iota” of an idea of what they are saying. So sad.

  10. stuartal79 says:

    QuietContemplative, I met Father Pacwa in the NOLA airport a few years ago. He was extremely nice and glad I spoke to him. As far as him being a Jesuit, I have also wondered how much of an anomaly he is. Although, on the same trip I heard another Jesuit give a homily on Father’s Day in St. Louis Cathedral about the family that was so frank and countercultural it would have made Bishop Sheen proud. Hopefully there are other exceptions to their reputation out there.

  11. FrAnt says:

    Come, Lord Jesus!!!! Come!!!

  12. thomas tucker says:

    Having been to Mass there and heard the rector preach, I can definitely sympathize with his question, “Does anyone know what this means?” His homilies are pablum-filled, gooey confections of liberal dogma, rather than the unadulterated Catholic Truth, and I doubt that he even believes in Truth.

  13. ChesterFrank says:

    Thankfully the only one of these I have seen in person was the children gathered around the altar. Out of curiosity, why are those nuns kneeling in front of the smoking cauldron for and what is it that they are holding?

  14. comedyeye says:

    I love Fr Michael Ryan! He was such a huge part of my spiritual journey. [That’s good!]
    I have struggled with parts of the New Translation. Never could understand why, if we were to
    stick precisely to the Latin, the Eucharistic prayer says “to be in your presence and serve you”
    when the Latin is “adstare”, not “esse”. The 1998 translation, from what I saw, was beautiful.

  15. Uxixu says:

    stuartal79, there are SOME good Jesuits. Fr. Fessio is another good one, though he’s paid a price for his orthodoxy here, his reward in heaven should be greater. I’ll always read Fr. John Hardon with fondness, even if I cringe at the Fr. Martins and Fr. Reeses… The worst part is that the lack of reproach by the superiors impugns many of the quiet good ones, who are reluctant to publicly critize another Jesuit.

  16. jaykay says:

    ChesterFrank: that was the REC in Los Angeles, a.k.a the “Three Days of Darkness”, from probably about 2009 or so? Do a search on the blog here using “three days of darkness” and much will be revealed. Very much.

  17. Adaquano says:

    For those wondering about Fr. Pacwa he used to very much what one would associate with today’s Jesuits. He wrote a book about his time with New Age in the late 60s early 70s called The Age of Unreason. Here’s a link from Touchstone reviewing it. http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=05-03-032-b

  18. Elbereth says:

    Speaking as someone from the archdiocese of Seattle, most priests there aren’t letting details like papal documents, or tradition, or respect for the faithful stand in their way. Or for that matter, details like the words of Christ. My personal favorite was when one priest (a Jesuit, of course) “improved” the Our Father. Talk about clericalism! That was before the current decent bishop, though.

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  20. Ben Kenobi says:

    The horror… The horror.

  21. AnnTherese says:

    It’s amazing– the changes and pendulum-swinging we’ve witnessed and experienced in our Church and world over a lifetime!

    And more to come. We’ve moved into the pattern of liking or respecting one pope, then disregarding or disrespecting the next… it’s parallels our experience with our presidents. One guy undoes what the last guy did, the next one puts it back. We cheer for the ones who think like we do. And on and on it will go. The conservatives win one time, liberals the next.

    I wish we had kept the home church model set up in Acts. Simple, meaningful, effective, cheap, and Jesus was at the heart of it.

  22. Oh God, Please clean up this mess!!??

  23. MrsMacD says:

    The fact that liberals and those who are enslaved by the devil (a distiction that often doesn’t have a difference) are soooo obssessed with chamging the language makes me think it matters more than we know. “The children of darkness are wiser in their generation than the children of light.”

  24. TitanTom says:

    Unfortunately, if we ever have a purge in the Catholic Church, I’m afraid we’ll find we had enough priests all along. Blessed Lord, increase the Faithful of the Holy Church!

  25. YoungLatinMassGuy says:

    If priests don’t take their religion seriously, why should the laity?

    One of the reasons I became a Catholic was because individuals like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas would have recognized a Catholic Mass and not have recognized a Protestant Service. Looking at those pictures, I’m starting to doubt and wonder if that would really be the case…

  26. Henry Edwards says:

    Don’t miss that final video–an oldie circa 2012, but maybe worth another 5 minutes of your life–the Gospel procession a la Missa Bergoglio coram episcopo.

  27. Semper Gumby says:

    Those photos of what might be “burning bowls” brings to mind something I read recently. This is an excerpt from a blog article by Lorna Tedder- an eclectic pagan and author of self-help books and witch novels.

    “One big name author, whom I’ve known since the early 90’s when she was writing lyrical historical romances, is a closet witch. At some point in her life, she’s professed herself to be Wiccan. She believes all of the things a Wiccan believes and practices a form of her own witchcraft, but her Christian heritage has never quite let her reconcile herself to using the word witch to describe herself. So she’s channeled her magick [SG here: the added “k” tends to indicate serious practitioner rather than a mere magician or illusionist] into Native American mythology and channeled her need for ritual into Catholicism. She, like many New Age Christians, reveres Mother Mary as her Goddess. She told me recently of a ritual she attended on New Year’s Eve. A burning bowl ritual.”

    Hmmm…”channeled her need for ritual into Catholicism.” It seems that this poor soul missed the point entirely.

  28. Mojoron says:

    Next time please find the Dancing Deacon. I really miss that one.

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