Fr. Murray hits another triple

Fr Gerald MurrayMy good friend Fr. Gerarld Murray has a sobering, withering, and yet salubrious piece today at The Catholic Thing, called “Cardinal Sarah and the Innovators”.

Fr. Murray cites idiot statements from Thomas Reese, S.J., and provides his responses while citing His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah.

However, Murray, as Card. Sarah, correctly connects the liberal project of the dissolution of the Church’s doctrine with their project of the degradation of the Church’s liturgical worship.

Please go over and read it HERE.

There is a truly funny line, by the way.

But before you go, … take a couple minutes to order up your very own copies of Card. Sarah’s books.

I am ever more convinced that His Eminence is exactly right both in his assessments of the state of the Church and in the cures for our spiritual and ecclesial maladies.

God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith


If you have not read, at least, this one… well… what have you been thinking?

May I suggest that you give Card. Sarah’s books to your priests?

The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise.


This is the translation of  Le Force du Silence, hitherto only in French, is as I write available to PRE-ORDER in ENGLISH. It will be released on 15 April (Holy Saturday).  A great Eastertide reading gift to yourselves or friends.

The original French, if you prefer…


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  1. Christopher Meier says:

    Google Maps. Heh heh.

  2. EMF says:

    Regarding Cardinal Sarah’s new book, it’s introduction offers quite a different portrayal of the individual Christian, or to speak more generally, of the nature of the individual within Christianity than the introduction to Pope Benedict’s book “Introduction to Christianity”.
    The former offers a brief description of life and death in a Carthusian monastery, including: “The graves bore no names, dates, or mementos.”
    Pope Benedict wrote (speaking of Hinduism in the context of Christianity’s knowledge of God as personal)): “Salvation consists from liberation from individuality, from being a person, from differentiation from all other beings that is rooted in being a person: the deception of self concerning itself must be overcome….Where there is no uniqueness of persons, the inviolable dignity of each individual person has no foundation, either. ”
    Quite a difference.

  3. SundaySilence says:

    Reminds me of a (Catholic) church I visited once. After a fruitless search through the main chapel, I finally had to ask a parishioner “Where is the Tabernacle?”. She pointed to the left of the altar and said to go through the door that I will see; “it’s behind that wall.”

    Out of sight, out of mind.

  4. Henry Edwards says:

    “Even today, a significant number of Church leaders underestimate the serious crisis that the Church is going through . . . Many believe and declare, loud and long, that Vatican Council II brought about a true springtime in the Church.”

    Sure, one still hears occasionally the “true springtime in the Church” line from the mouths of various bishops. But do any of them actually believe it? How could they possibly? What observables would lead a bishop in his rational mind to think such a thing? Seriously. Not merely rhetorical questions. Anyone?

  5. Henry Edwards: odium fidei. Seriously.

  6. Benedict Joseph says:

    I’ve been looking, waiting, for someone to comment on Thomas Reese’ astounding comments on divorce for almost a week. Of the plethora of absurdities recently contributed by Jesuits his has left even me in utter shock.
    Where are they coming from?
    Where is the corrective?
    We need be deeply grateful to Father Murray for his flawless responses to the depreciations of the truths of the Faith.
    And grateful to Father Z as well for his grinding vigilance.

  7. FranzJosf says:

    Fr. Murray has, it seems, read C. S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man, wherein Lewis predicts, in the ’40’s, the actions of the Innovators, their mission and their method. But even if he hasn’t, it is not rocket science. Both Cardinal Sarah and Fr. Murray recognize the fruits of Rousseau and the destructive Romantics where they find them.

    Fr. Murray also speaks of how the Innovators were unable to destroy the interiors of Roman churches because they were protected by the preservation practices of the Italian government. The Innovators were stopped not by the Church, but by the secular powers. Predictably and ironically, of all the churches in Rome that I visited while studying there, I found only one where the old reredos and high altar had been removed. Guess which one? Santa Susanna, the American parish. (It had belonged to Cistercian nuns, but somehow the Rome Vicariate let the American ‘community’ take it from them.)

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  9. Suburbanbanshee says:

    EMF – You are confusing the trust of a Christian soul — that God knows him personally and calls him by name, and that he therefore needs no other gravemarker or gravekeeper among his brothers — with the destructive idea that reincarnation and nirvana make individuality nonexistent, and therefore foolish and painful to pretend to have, while the body is regarded as a prison or reformatory that has no real dignity.

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