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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Church Feminine: Where Have All the Good Men Gone?

Rorate Coeli has a terrific article related to this on the feminization of the liturgy after Vatican II. Very insightful. Here's the beginning: 
The correspondence between Cardinal Heenan of Westminster and Evelyn Waugh before the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Mass is well known, in which Waugh issues a crie de coeur about the post-Conciliar liturgy and finds a sympathetic, if ineffectual, ear in the Cardinal.[1] What is not as well known is Cardinal Heenan’s comment to the Synod of Bishops in Rome after the experimental Mass, Missa Normativa, was presented for the first time in 1967 to a select number of bishops. This essay was inspired by the following words of Cardinal Heenan to the assembled bishops: 
          At home, it is not only women and children but also fathers of families and young men               who come regularly to Mass. If we were to offer them the kind of ceremony we saw                 yesterday we would soon be left with a congregation of women and children.[2] 
What the Cardinal was referring to lies at the very heart of the Novus Ordo form of the Roman Mass and the attendant and deep problems that have afflicted the Church since the imposition of the Novus Ordo form on the Church in 1970.[3] One might be tempted to crystallize what Cardinal Heenan experienced as the feminization of the Liturgy. But this term would be inadequate and ultimately misleading. Read the rest here.
And if you want to explore this topic even more check out Leon Podles book, The Church Impotent.  A big thank you to Leon Podles for making this book available on his website at no cost.

Read the Passion narratives in the Gospel. Jesus was a MAN, a man, in fact, who suffered extreme torture and death to save us from our sins. He was a manual laborer as well and he walked from one end of Israel to the other seeking the lost sheep. The ascetic Jesus on the girly holy cards is a figment of the imagination. May God bless us with holy shepherds in the real image of Jesus Christ, the God-Man!

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