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Tag Archives: Spirit of Vatican II
No, no… everything is better now since the “reforms” of the liturgy and the way doctrine and law have been de-emphasized in the name of the spirit of Vatican II. No. Everything is so much better now… really… better.. it … Read More
One of the worst of the hyper-liberal catholic publications, Commonweal, publishes a regular column by long-time Rome correspondent Robert Mickens. Many readers here will recall that Mickens loathes Benedict XVI. He lost his job with The Tablet, the UK’s worst catholic … Read More
Around the time of the Second Vatican Council some of our sound practices were simply dropped, as if they were no longer needed. For example, the Leonine Prayers after Low Mass which included the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. … Read More
I saw this on Facebook: Today a priest friend told me that Summorum Pontificum was the obituary of the Spirit of Vatican II. More and more we will see how important Summorum Pontificum is. It will have an ever greater impact.
Over at Crisis there is a great piece recounting memories of Vatican II times… those spirit-filled, halcyon days! I particularly enjoyed this paragraph about the writer’s days in a Catholic girls school: We attended Mass in Latin, sang hymns in … Read More
An oldie from the often amusing Eye of the Tiber:  CINCINNATI, OH- A Solemn High Requiem Mass was held Thursday at St. Martura Church in downtown Cincinnati for the Spirit of Vatican II, aged 52. After suffering a progressively … Read More
The often amusing Eye of the Tiber had this. CINCINNATI, OH- A Solemn High Requiem Mass was held Thursday at St. Martura Church in downtown Cincinnati for the Spirit of Vatican II, aged 52. After suffering a progressively debilitating illness … Read More
From a reader: When I was in Chicago, I picked up a bottle of wine called “Novus Ordo.” When I brought it back home for a priest friend he insisted that we create an appropriate wine stopper capturing the “spirit” … Read More
Does anything about the following strike you as supremely ironic? From CNS: Vatican II continues to mark ecclesial life today, says archbishop BY MARY SOLBERG Catholic News Service ERIE, Pa. (CNS) — Archbishop Piero Marini, a Vatican official, recalls watching … Read More
Dreher: “Pope Francis only confirms my decision to leave” the Catholic Church. A HARD look at where we are.
There is an intense piece by Rod Dreher over at TIME. The whole thing is worth a close look, but here are some longish samples. NB: While I disagree with Dreher’s decision to leave the Catholic Church, I sure understand … Read More
There is a smart and well-written article at The American Spectator on liturgical music by Patrick O’Hannigan, whom I have mentioned before. The piece is longish, so here are a few bits to whet your appetite. Can Liturgical Music Be … Read More
I have mentioned Bishop Nickless of Sioux City before. This is from LifeSite: Sioux City Bishop Calls for “Exorcism” of “Spirit of Vatican II” By Kathleen Gilbert SIOUX CITY, Iowa, October 16, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholics must learn to “exorcise” … Read More
Yesterday I posted Gerald Warner’s fulmination against bishops and Vatican II. My friend Fr. Ray Blake, pastor of St. Mary Magdalen in Brighton, has a response to Mr. Warner. Yesterday, Gerald Warner created a bit of a stir by … Read More