24 October 2011

They don't like the Benedictine Arrangement one bit

Over at Pray Tell someone called Fritz has been discussing the question of orientation at Mass and has suggested that the Benedictine arrangement may be idolatry:

"If I were to put this polemically, which of course I would never do, I would say that identifying the crucifix rather than the Eucharist as the point of orientation skirts the edge of idolatry. This point seems so obvious to me that I wonder what is going on with those who continue to put forward the idea of common orientation toward the crucifix. Could this be a case of a poor idea gaining momentum simply because it has been suggested by an authoritative source (i.e. Pope Benedict)."

There is more here. They don't like it. They don't understand it. Now they are calling it names.

22 October 2011

Does anyone know what this deacon is doing?

The Pimpernel is at a loss to know what this deacon is doing. More photos from the liturgy concerned are here. Suggestions in a comment please.

21 October 2011

7 October 2011

Save the Altar Girls

An endangered species (left)
The times they are a changin'. It seems that liberal liturgists and theologians are so worried about the plight of altar girls in some places that they have started a "Save the Altar Girls" campaign to rescue this endangered species.

"Moves to limit laywomen’s access to the altar threaten to drag the church back into the pre-Vatican II world. One wonders if next the altar rail will return, another barrier between the priests and the people" they whine.
If you want to read more of the drivel being written about all of this go over to America magazine and enjoy. It is a lesson in the bad liturgy and bad theology that has plagued the Church for the past few decades.

But for sure, it's a good sign that these people are worried.

Meantime, why not send a note of appreciation to pastors who keep the tradition of male servers at the altar?

6 October 2011

Pray for the leaders of the SSPX

Tomorrow, October 7th, the leaders of the Society of Saint Pius X will meet in Albano, Italy, to discuss their response to the Preamble and Canonical Structure presented by the Holy See on September 14th. The Pimpernel calls all to use the spiritual weapons at their disposal 'Pro Ecclesiae Unitate' be that the rosary, assisting at Mass, offering Mass, praying the Divine Office, other types of prayer, fasting, etc. Grace can win what man does not dare to hope for. To arms!

4 October 2011

Remember Thiberville?

It seems that the displaced Abbé Michel of Thiberville, France, continues to have the support of his people and in the best of French traditions is continuing his priestly ministry in spite of his absurd bishop. More information here.