Monday, April 25, 2005

Changes to come

As a new Catholic, it is hard to look at the Church and realize that there are changes coming our way.

Everyone I am sure has heard the news stories of how Pope Benedict XVI wants to bring back orthodoxy to the Church. What amazes me is that so many people in the U.S., and around the world, are opposed to this. Have we really strayed that far away from orthodoxy that it now seems like a foreign concept to us? Or is the liberalism that has crept into the Church like a Pandora's box that BXVI must now find a way to close? I guess we must trust in the fact that the Church can not err in the matter of doctrines and morals. And that the changes brought about by Vatican II are mostly disciplinary in nature. So, there is hope that these disciplines can be changed, once again, to the orthodox and traditional ways of our Church forefathers.

As a new Catholic, I look forward to the end of Novus Ordo and the revitalization of the traditional Latin Mass. Although I have never been to one, the descriptions that others have shared with me are drawing me to it. I hope and pray that this once again becomes the standard of the Roman Rite.

As for the timing of the changes, let them come as they may. I am not the Pope (thank God!) and am not in a position to make disciplinary decisions. So, I leave that to the Vatican.

God Bless


At 5:21 PM, Blogger BekahS. said...

Welcome, Chris!

I'm looking forward to changes to come with optimistic antcipation, as well. As a former protestant, I'm sick and tired of "new" and "innovative". ;)

At 5:30 PM, Blogger Chris said...

I could not agree more, bekah. New and innovative only leads to meism. That is my new term.

me' ism [n] - the theory of how the world around relates to an individual person

Shouldn't we be more concerned with how we relate to the Church? The Church was put here to guide and lead us. Not for our entertainment and certainly not to be changed because our culture has become "bored" with it.

Back to basics. Back to orthodoxy.

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Chad said...

[pedant mode] Ahem... meism sounds similar to solipsism...

sol·ip·sism n. The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified. The theory or view that the self is the only reality.

[/pedant mode]

carry on...

At 12:05 PM, Blogger st_ignatius110 said...

Hey Chris!
Glad to see ya hear. :-)

At 4:00 PM, Blogger Chris said...


Meism is quite different from solipsism.

In meism everything must relate to you. Altough it can exist independently, it must in some way relate to you and conform to you.

In solipsism, nothing exists except for you and only exists because of you.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger dcs said...

Oddly, going back to the old disciplines will be "new" and "innovative" to those who have grown up in the wake of Vatican II and who never learned anything about the Church before the Council.

My wife and I met a very nice lady outside our trad chapel a couple of weeks ago. She asked me how I had found my way to the traditional movement. (For those who are interested in the answer: My mother-in-law gave me her old handmissal when I was received into the Church.) That got me to thinking. Most younger Catholics will live their whole lives without ever attending the TLM, without ever knowing what the traditional Lenten fast was like, without wondering whether it's all right to go to a non-Catholic service. So when the traditional Mass is restored and the old rules on fasting and abstinence are brought back, they will be mighty confused.


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