Thomas A. Droleskey
get to a point after a time where they start to caricature themselves.
The person, for example, who does the broadest caricature of Fidel Castro
is none other than Fidel Castro, shouting revolutionary inanities even
as he breaks his leg while falling off of a stage. Old revolutionaries
never die. They just keep mimicking themselves.
Such is the
case with the liturgical revolutionaries in the Church. My recently
published GIRM Warfare book discusses how the General Instruction
to the Roman Missal (GIRM) makes of the synthetic concoction
known as the Novus Ordo Missae little more than a plaything
upon which a "presider" or "liturgy committee" may
stamp a particular idiosyncratic style, using the endless variety of
options available to turn the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass into a gigantic
exercise in community self-congratulations. Although the GIRM states
positivistically that the Novus Ordo continues an "unbroken
tradition" and actually fulfills the mission of the Council
of Trent (!), there is little in its 399 paragraphs that speak of immutable
parts that cannot be "mixed and matched" by those who have
the duty to engage in the absolute novelty, without any precedent in
the nearly 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church, of "planning
To wit, the
following dispatch from Zenit on December 6, 2004, reads as follows:
D.C., DEC. 6, 2004 ( Zenit.org ).-
The U.S. celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life will be held
Sunday, Feb. 6, across the nation.
The Vatican-sponsored event is marked on Feb. 2 in Rome. John Paul II
instituted this annual event in 1997.
Kits to assist parishes and dioceses in commemorating this event are
available for purchase from the National Coalition for Church Vocations
The kit includes a liturgy planning guide, music suggestions, general
intercessions, prayer-card master, bulletin announcements and clip art.
Kits are available in English and Spanish for $14 each, plus shipping
and handling. Quantities of kits are available for purchase at discounted
Kits may not be duplicated for quantity distribution by a diocese, religious
congregation, or other organization without the purchase of a bulk distribution
permit from the National Coalition for Church Vocations.
Information is available at www.nccv-vocations.org
or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a suggestion
to those of you who might be tempted to purchase these kits so that
you can get play while planning your own liturgy replete with your "music
suggestions": purchase GIRM Warfare instead. You will
be equipped to do battle with revolutionaries who caricature themselves
ad infitinum and ad nauseam. Get copies for your relatives,
friends, parish priests, bishops, and liturgy planners.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
P.S. My wife
Sharon has a cogent question: "Does the kit come complete with
a decoder ring to see if there was really a valid Mass being offered?
On second thought, thought, you might not get your decoder ring unless
you send in enough of your Bugnini box tops."