Another attempt has been made to restore the sacred to liturgical music. Though there have been numerous attempts over the years since Vatican II (and the subsequent decimation of liturgical music) to restore sacred music to its proper elevated status in the liturgical worship of the Church, those efforts have only, for the most part, been realized in traditional parishes that embrace pre-Vatican II liturgical guidelines which include Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony as standard for liturgical music. The vast majority of parishes adhere to the self-indulgent, performance minded repertoire rife with guitars, the occasional drum set and all the pervasive OCP musical fodder.
Though well-intentioned, this is just another feeble effort at correcting the liturgical malaise rampant in many Catholic Churches today; obvious to traditional Catholics but woefully oblivious to most mainstream Catholics.
And quoting the current pontiff in an article on sacred music is akin to quoting him in an article extolling the virtues of and promoting traditional religious order (ie., the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate).
The Council of Trent (Italy) in 1546 declared it (The Latin Vulgate) be the only authentic and official version for the Latin Rite: ” The same Sacred and Holy Synod … hereby declares and enacts that the same well-known Old Latin Vulgate edition … is to be held authentic in public readings, disputations,sermons, and expositions, and that no one shall dare or presume to reject it under any pretense whatsoever.” (DZ. 785). It is still the official Catholic Bible today.
(The English translation of the Latin Vulgate) is known as the Douay-Rheims Version.
Except for the modest modernizing of a few “archaic” words there seems to be no need for “new translations” of the bible. Therefore, when words such as “blessed” are changed to “happy” and gender neutral language is insert, you have to wonder about the motive for new translations.
Interesting quote from Fr. Z:
I think all you readers out there should consider concealed carry license courses and, afterwards, lots of training and practice. Even if you choose, for one reason or another, not to carry – and for some people that is the reasonable, prudent, better choice – you will at least know something about firearms, laws, the training, and will also have received a heavy dose of how to de-escalate confrontations, avoid conflicts, increase your situational awareness, etc. It is useful on many levels. Don’t depend on the idiocies of the liberal media for your information about these things. Get first hand and hands on experience. Then you can have an opinion with weight.
From the Westminster Cathedral reconsecration of England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, February 18, 2017
Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfil the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the request of the Vicar of Your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to Your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world.
Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.
O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.
We come with confidence to You, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed Your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes Your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with Your rule, triumph in every heart and home.
Words of Christ to Sr. Mary of the Divinity:
“My little daughter, I live in souls as I lived on earth. If you wish to know what fosters My life in you, see how I lived, as shown in the Gospel narratives. “Silence and simplicity. Penitential poverty and detachment. “Union with God; Joy; complete fulfillment. “I move in souls always doing good; I use the same means, the same manner of acting, and I have never contradicted Myself: “‘ Let the cockle grow with the good grain’. . . “‘ Overcome evil by good’. . . “‘ Love your enemies and those who wish you ill’. . . “‘ Do not quench the smoking flax’. . . “‘ Let your light shine before men’. . . “And My Beatitudes as I lived them, so do I live them anew in every soul— “likewise My commandment. . . “I spoke in parables and I prayed to My Father. “I still speak in souls”—
Duboin, Alain-Marie. The Life and Message of Sister Mary of The Holy Trinity: Poor Clare of Jerusalem (1901-1942) (Kindle Locations 2284-2292). TAN Books. Kindle Edition.
This is just an outlet for sharing a few thoughts, quotes, excerpts from books or webpages and a venue to let off some steam concerning all things Catholic and the general despicable condition of the Church. Nothing profound or earth-shattering. The author is pretty much at a loss.
“Today Our attention is directed to one of the most common of them (abuses), one of the most difficult to eradicate, and the existence of which is sometimes to be deplored in places where everything else is deserving of the highest praise; the beauty and sumptuousness of the temple, the splendor and the accurate performance of the ceremonies, the attendance of the clergy, the gravity and piety of the officiating ministers. Such is the abuse affecting sacred chant and music.”- St. Pius X, Pope
And today, it is with a high degree of certainty that it can be said that the abuse of sacred chant and music is more prevalent than ever and that “the beauty and sumptuousness of the temple, the splendor and the accurate performance of the ceremonies, the attendance of the clergy, the gravity and piety of the officiating ministers” have also gone the way of sacred music.
Performance mentality, “presentation” type music, and profane repertoire have totally inundated the local Catholic church music scene. And this is with the blessings of the bishop, the clergy and liturgical ministers who consider it their duty to “entertain” the congregation and advance the misunderstood concept of “full, conscious and active participation” with a near total abandonment of the concept of liturgy as worship, expiation, petition and thanksgiving directed to God and instead have made it a social event, the success of which is judged by the number of smiling faces and homiletic wisecracks.
Hilary White pretty much says it all in this post on one of her blogs called “What’s up with Francis Church”. I have not visited the convents or talked to priests as she has but I’ve done my share of reading and study and have come to the same inexorable conclusion.
Quotes from her blog include:
I had started from a position of believing in the simplistic conservative narrative. It goes something like this: there had been a group of “liberal” prelates at the Council and afterwards who had tried to “hijack” the conciliar documents and the subsequent acts for their own purposes. This had met with quite a lot of success and things had been pretty bad until the 80s and 90s, particularly with the bad bishops under Paul VI. But then the “conservative” pope John Paul II thwarted them, “cleaning up” seminaries and appointing (mostly) “conservative” new bishops. The attempt to hijack the Barque had, in the main, failed and things were returning slowly to the natural course of the Church. There were lots of signs that this younger “conservative” movement – particularly among seminarians – was the future. New(ish) Catholic colleges were consciously self-identifying as “Ex corde ecclesiae” colleges; parishes and some whole dioceses were getting rid of the bongos and retiring the guitars and puppets and balloons in the Mass… it was all slowly returning to normal.
… it was inescapable: there was and is a vast cleavage in the Catholic Church that amounted to a de facto schism. A new and false religion was being produced, like the toxins from a bacterial infection that sickens the body, inside all the institutions of the Church, and hardly anyone had noticed. It was a hidden schism that had been nesting within the Catholic institution entirely uncorrected, since the close of Vatican II. Neo-modernism had succeeded in replacing authentic Catholic teaching to the point where to hold the doctrines of the Faith in certain areas and profess them out loud was enough to have you ostracized from this “conservative Catholic revival”. The New Modernism had, in fact, become the new conservatism.
It took a long time, a lot of reading, a lot of talking and thinking and visiting and learning to understand all this, but when I did, it was like being pulled out of the Matrix. The entire universe of Catholicism was, in reality, nothing at all like what I had thought. I realized that not only had I, somehow, come to a perspective in which all the puzzling pieces fit together to form a coherent, though horrifying, big picture, but that without this perspective it was going to be nearly impossible to convince anyone else. How do you tell people that things are, indeed, much worse than even their darkest imaginings and, more importantly, aren’t getting better?
One of the most distressing aspects of this is that most everyone sdeems oblivious to the situation or, if they have some comprehension, they don’t seem to care. Oh what a terrible chastisement God has visited on His Church.
And the church of nice goes merrily on it’s way.
Read more here.
This is directed at every “Tom, Dick and Harry” that rushes the altar at communion time, or as readers or musicians or in whatever “faux liturgical minister” capacity. It is also directed at priests, bishops and pope who encourage this kind of behavior.
His Excellency Bishop Schneider: The first person to use the expression “participatio actuosa” was Pope Pius X in his famous motu proprio Tra le Sollecitudini  concerning sacred music. The pope speaks about ”participatio actuosa” and explains that it means that the faithful must be conscious of the sacred words and rites during the Holy Mass, participating consciously rather than distractedly. Their heart and their mouth have to be in accord with each another. Practically, the same meaning can be found in the document “Sacrosantum Concilium” of the Second Vatican Council, we cannot find there any major reinterpretation of the term. And Sacrosanctum Concilium teaches that in practice participatio actuosa means listening, answering, singing, kneeling and also being silent. It was the first time that the Magisterium had spoken about silence as a form of participatio actuosa. So we have to destroy some myths about ”articipatio actuosa”.
Go sit down and participate in the real sense of the word by adoring God in His Word and in His Real Presence.
The Loving Spouse in the Heart of Jesus
I dwell a captive in this heart,
On fire with love divine;
‘Tis here I live alone in peace,
And constant joy is mine.
It is the Heart of God’s own Son,
In His humanity,
Who, all enamored of my soul,
Here burns with love of me.
Here, like the dove within the ark,
Securely I repose;
Since now the Lord is my defense,
I fear no earthly foes.
Now I have found this happy home,
God’s love alone I prize;
All else is torment to my heart,
The world I now despise.
What though I suffer, still in love
I ever true will be;
My love of God shall deeper grow
When crosses fall on me.
Then he who longs with me to seek,
Repose within this nest,
All love that is not love for God,
Must banish from his breast.
Ye haughty lovers of the world,
Full of self-love, depart!
Away, away! No place is found
For you within this Heart.
Each vile and earthly chain impedes
The soul’s true heavenward flight;
All, all the heart belongs to God
Love claims his sovereign right.
From every bond of earth, dear Lord,
Thy Grace has set me free;
My soul, delivered from the snare
Enjoy’s true liberty.
I cannot love Thee as I ought.
This pains me, this alone;
For all my love must have an end;
Thy goodness, Lord, has none.
One thought brings comfort to my heart –
I love a good so great.
That though I love him all I can,
More love he merits yet.
Naught more can I desire than this,
To see His face in Heaven,
And this I hope, since He on earth
His heart in pledge has given.
St. Alphonsus Liguori