Tuesday, June 13, 2006

RC liturgical revision as a revival of nativism
As in the Americanist heresy. As a conscious statement of their own class pride, inverted snobbery, they hate well-spoken orthodox liturgy: as Thomas Day described, Irish contempt for things perceived as English. But unconsciously this is also condescension, a kind of contempt for culturally working-class people (‘they’re too stoopid to understand real liturgy’). Yo, Vinnie, that’s what your reverend fathers in God really think of you. Rather like Billy Joel in ‘Just the Way You Are’: often taken as sympathetic but actually patronising. Some good insight from the Revd James Konicki.
O GOD, send forth thy Holy Spirit into my heart that I may perceive, into my mind that I may remember, and into my soul that I may meditate. Inspire me to speak with piety, holiness, tenderness and mercy. Teach, guide and direct my thoughts and senses from beginning to end. May thy grace ever help and correct me, and may I be strengthened now with wisdom from on high, for the sake of thine infinite mercy. Amen.
- St Antony of Padua (more)
...sent to preach the Gospel, his wisdom and fluency were very marked, and drew on him such admiration of men, that the Pope, once hearing him preach, called him The Ark of the Covenant. One of his chief points was to expend all his strength in attacking heresies, whence he gained the name of the Heretics' everlasting Hammer.

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