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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cardinal Robert Sarah: Desacralizing and Trivializing the Liturgy Causes a Serious Crisis of Faith

Church Pop recently summarized a talk given by African Cardinal Robert Sarah about the liturgy. This is particularly timely since my book club since we are discussing this month the Vatican II document on the liturgy. The Church is certainly in crisis and degrading the liturgy, which hit a zenith in the '80s, played a significant part. The uglification of churches, clown Masses, jazz Masses, polka Masses, butterfly vestments, silly songs, liturgical dancers, puppet processions, removing crucifixes and tabernacles from the sanctuary, and other idiotic variations have turned full churches into empty spaces in many places. And sadly things continue in many places particularly where bishops are married to the world.
During the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Cardinal Kasper insulted Africa with a statement reminiscent of the gospel question, "Can anything good come from Galilee (Africa)?" His statement that the African bishops "should not tell us too much what we have to do." was the arrogant kind of talk so typical of liberal dissenters who know better than God how to create a worldly Utopia. Those bishops have brought about a disaster for Holy Mother Church and, perhaps, it's time to turn to the "dark" continent where the light seems to shine more brightly than in the decadent West.

Here are some of the common sense statements from Cardinal Sarah:
“It is necessary to recognize that the serious, profound crisis that has affected the liturgy and the Church itself since the Council is due to the fact that its center is no longer God and the adoration of Him, but rather men and their alleged ability to ‘do’ something to keep themselves busy during the Eucharistic celebrations.”
“Even today, a significant number of Church leaders underestimate the serious crisis that the Church is going through: relativism in doctrinal, moral and disciplinary teaching, grave abuses, the desacralization and trivialization of the Sacred Liturgy, a merely social and horizontal view of the Church’s mission.”
“The serious crisis of faith, not only at the level of the Christian faithful but also and especially among many priests and bishops, has made us incapable of understanding the Eucharistic liturgy as a sacrifice, as identical to the act performed once and for all by Jesus Christ, making present the Sacrifice of the Cross in a non-bloody manner, throughout the Church, through different ages, places, peoples and nations.”
So how should Catholics respond to times of "profound crisis?" There is only one answer and it is An Easy Way to Become a Saint published by TAN books. (Also available at Amazon.) It's short and easy to read.  It talks about the BIG saints who did GREAT BIG THINGS, but also the little saints, those "who lead humble, simple lives performing their daily duties well and using the ordinary but abundant means of sanctity given by God to all Christians." The book is filled with stories about little saints, some canonized like St. Therese of Lisieux, but others known only to God.
always the same. Become saints. And how do we become saints? There are two simple ways. First love God. Second, do everything for love of God. Since we were made to love God how hard can that be? Our eyes were made to see. Do we have to think about seeing? Or hearing? Or breathing. God loves us so much that, if we know Him, we can't help but love Him. There's a great little book that can help us. It's called

So let us be busy about the work of transforming the Church and resolving the crisis of faith by our own holy lives. With the help of God, we can do it. Let us pray,

"Adorable Sacred Heart of Jesus which so greatly loved men and has not spared anything for them, unite with the Immaculate Heart of Your loving Mother, so full of merciful love, and together be my help, my comfort, and my salvation."


3 comments:

Chriss Rainey said...

Read "The Ottaviani Intervention, Short Critical Study of The New Order of Mass."

Tan publication. A short 55 pages long. STUNNING information about the changes to the liturgy. MUST READ.

Chriss Rainey said...

I fear the canonization process has been the victim of a popularity contest in some instances. Joan of Arc may be and I say MAY BE a prime example. The people of France WANTED Joan to be a saint and more than 400 years after her death she was finally given the distinction by the Church.

It isn't what we WANT that's important, but what is the truth to the best of our ability to discern it.

In the case of some modern saints, we have RUSHED them through the process with lightening speed over the objections of many and to what end? To hush any and all criticism of that person once and for all? To appease some error on the part of the Church from the past? To guarantee one's cronies are in the record books while the ability to advance their cause is in your hands? Such as this tarnishes the whole process and should be carefully guarded against. Otherwise, what will it mean anymore to be called a saint by the Church, other than it offers your fan base the opportunity to sell stuff with that person's name on it, or promote a lifestyle or point of view that may or may not lead others to God.

Carlos Perera said...

Papabile!