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Liturgical Revolution & Death of Conversation



Series by Dr. Carol Byrne

To the Editors,

As a long-time reader and contributor to Tradition in Action, I am writing to thank you for publishing the series on “The Liturgical Revolution” by Dr. Carol Byrne. This is a monumental work of scholarship that deserves our deepest appreciation. I want to offer my heartiest congratulations on such a significant accomplishment for the goal of restoration of the true Catholic Faith.

The series has many outstanding qualities that could be praised such as its depth, its rigor, its comprehensive thoroughness, but I would like to point out for particular commendation the necessity of this work. It has hit the target precisely where it is needed.

Too many of us have been living in a fantasy world where we wish for the return of the Church of the Fifties. But even if our wish could be granted by some magical genie, it would only mean a repeat of all the failures and betrayals and corruption of that time that ultimately would lead us right back to where we are today.

Our only hope to avoid a repetition of that catastrophe is for us to learn the lessons that history is teaching us through the medium of those singular people who are devout Catholics and dedicated scholars like Dr. Carol Byrne and Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira. Any who doubt the reality of what Dr. Carol Byrne has presented might consider The Undermining of the Catholic Church by Mary Ball Martinez as another work which confirms all that Dr. Byrne is saying.

I look forward to future installments of the series, and I hope that after its conclusion the series can be brought to the attention of a wider audience by means such as publication in book form.

     Yours in Christ,

     John Galvin

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November, All Souls Month

Dear TIA,

I found these considerations on a website I visited (here) and I believe that some of TIA readers may benefit from them.

God bless you,

     M.E.

“Act as if every day is the last of your life, and each action the last you will perform.”- St. Francis de Sales

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November, Month Dedicated to the Poor Souls

The importance of All Souls Day was made clear by Pope Benedict XV (1914-1922), when he granted all priests the privilege of celebrating three Masses on All Souls Day:
  • One for the faithful departed;
  • One for the priest's intentions;
  • One for the intentions of the Holy Father.
Only on a handful of other very important feast days are priests allowed to celebrate more than two Masses.

While All Souls Day is now paired with All Saints Day, which celebrates all of the faithful who are in Heaven, it originally was celebrated in the Easter season, around Pentecost Sunday (and still is in the Eastern Catholic Churches). By the 10th century, the celebration had been moved to October; and sometime between 998 and 1030, St. Odilon of Cluny decreed that it should be celebrated on November 2 in all of the monasteries of his Benedictine Order.

Over the following two centuries, other Benedictines and the Carthusians began to celebrate it in their monasteries as well, and soon it spread to the entire Church.

On All Souls Day, we not only remember the dead, but we apply our efforts, through prayer, almsgiving and the Mass, to their release from Purgatory.

There are two plenary indulgences attached to All Souls Day, one for visiting a church and another for visiting a cemetery. The plenary indulgence for visiting a cemetery can also be obtained every day from November 1-8, and, as a partial indulgence, on any day of the year. While the actions are performed by the living, the merits of the indulgences are applicable only to the souls in Purgatory.

Praying for the dead is a Catholic obligation. In the modern world, when many have come to doubt the Church's teaching on Purgatory, the need for such prayers has only increased. The Church devotes the month of November to prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and participation in the Mass of All Souls Day is a good way to begin the month.


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The Fruit of Progressivist Catholic Schools

Dear TIA,

How is it that today, with Holy Mother Church facing the greatest threat to her very existence in her 2000 year history, the overwhelming majority of Catholics act as if they don’t have a clue that a crisis of faith is upon them?

“Ho hum, I’ve got my job to tend too. And I’m paying thru the nose to send my children to Catholic schools. That ought to be enough to fulfill my obligation as a Catholic parent.”

Not so, because a great part of the problem begins there. Have you noticed the dress code they accept for our Catholic youth, especially girls? Notice the pabulum they offer for catechism… It is certainly not an antidote for the deluge of apostasy and impurity that Our Lady of Fatima warned us about. For all practical purposes our children, and many of their parents, are totally unprepared for the crisis we are facing now! Read what one concerned mother had to say:

“What truly makes me heartsick is that I was clueless about all of this for decades. I trusted the Church and assumed that my children - even with the visible changes that had occurred - were being taught the same faith in the '80s and '90s that I had been taught in the '50s and '60s. I thought the changes were cosmetic - who knew that the fundamentals had been watered down/distorted/removed to such an extent that the children of those decades for the most part would leave the Church when they became adults. When the veil of V-2 was lifted from my eyes I could return to the Catholic faith I was raised in.

“My children aren't able to do that because they never knew that Tradition and, as adults in their 30's, there is no way to give them now what they should have had in their childhood. That ship has sailed. If I try to explain all of this to them now, they rightly feel that they're adults who can make up their own minds about such things and - in their minds - the time for mom to instruct them has long since past. I would have felt the same in my 30's if my parents had started commenting on my lack of interest in religion - I would have thought it was none of their business. So, I can reset my own faith life, but for my children I can't do anything about it except pray for them.

“It makes me quite angry to think of them and the other children from the 1970's onward who were indoctrinated by the Catholic Church into thinking that one religion is as good as another, that sin is irrelevant, and now, that Pope Francis is fantastic because he sees that the Church needs to change with the times.”


     R.H.


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The Death of Conversation

TIA,

I received these photos, which I believe tell the truth about how the smart phones and similar devices are changing the social behavior of the youth.

It is a good criticism, but nobody has the courage to say that the way to prevent our youth from becoming barbarians is to abandon these gadgets.

I hope you will post this suggestion so some people can wake up.

Thank you.

     In Jesus and Mary,

     M.C.

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Posted November 5, 2015
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