Sunday, December 13, 2015

"Are you Catholic?" humorous chart

Click to enlarge in order to read.

Actually for about 30 years Catholic charismatics have been singing things such as Marian praise songs; they eventually moved from their Protestant-based origin to recatholicize. They now seem to be declining. (In some places such as Philadelphia the movement used to be pushed to conservative Catholics as the church's future.) I call them the other American Catholics who still go to Mass besides us traditionalists; they're actually theologically conservative now (fits since their inspiration was conservative Protestantism, or why the Catholic liberals don't love them anymore). The few times a year I'm at the Novus Ordo (vacation, flea-market, and classic-car show Sundays, and some holy days of obligation) I see them with both hands raised in front of them at the Our Father.

Whoever drew this forgot the ordinariates of ex-Anglicans (they are small): as I like to point out as an ex-Anglican, while I use and love Latin (template and international language, plus it's pretty), Western traditionalism can be in the vernacular (knocks the wind out of one of the liberals' objections to traditional services), and why not classic liturgical English?

The baby-boomers didn't start the ecclesiastical changes of the Sixties; their grandparents' and parents' generations did, taking the optimism and experimentation of the space age in a wrong direction. It was supposed to make the church even bigger and better because the Protestants were supposed to love us and come back. My guess is most baby-boomer Catholics are now ex-Catholics as a result.

Anyway, today's Mass: Gaudete in Deo semper; rose, commonly called pink, vestments.

Also: the martyr St. Lucy, pre-empted for the Sunday except I guess for local commemoration (such as a parish's feast of title: Philadelphia's Manayunk section used to have a St. Lucy's, an Italian national parish; she's the Santa Lucia of the song). Named in the Roman Canon. The Swedish celebration of her feast seems medieval but is really 19th-century Romanticism; still a good thing.


  1. I'm guessing the creator of the chart falls somewhere near the Opus Dei category, but thinks himself as a "small 'o" orthodox" Catholic, too sensible be part of a cultish lay organization run by albino monks. He's the type who is equally embarrassed by Pope Francis and Trump. The chart is also missing a Bad Catholic category, which I surmise is a silent plurality of worldwide Catholics today, likely the majority throughout Church history.

  2. what even is an albino monk?

    1. That refers to a character in the Dan Brown novel The Da Vinci Code, in which a wildly fanciful version of Opus Dei, including an "albino monk" bad guy, is trying to cover up proof that Christianity is a hoax (basically the same story as The Passover Plot), if I recall rightly.


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