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Friday, 7 November 2014

Tom Rosica CSB and his "Earthen Vessels"

Oh dear.

There are so many issues in the Church and world right now and I really hate to put on my liturgical cop costume, Halloween has passed us by after all. However, it is in the little things that all begins to go awry with the faith and it begins in the liturgy. If one cannot follow the laws and norms here, then it is not far to stretch when it comes to giving in to Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried or unrepentant people in homosexual unions. 

The reason must be simple; they've lost the faith in the Real Presence.

Let us look now at this paragraph from Redemptionis Sacramentum published under the authority of a Saint of Heaven, Saint John Paul II.

3. Sacred Vessels
[117.] Sacred vessels for containing the Body and Blood of the Lord must be made in strict conformity with the norms of tradition and of the liturgical books. The Bishops’ Conferences have the faculty to decide whether it is appropriate, once their decisions have been given the recognitio by the Apostolic See, for sacred vessels to be made of other solid materials as well. It is strictly required, however, that such materials be truly noble in the common estimation within a given region, so that honour will be given to the Lord by their use, and all risk of diminishing the doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharistic species in the eyes of the faithful will be avoided. Reprobated,*therefore, is any practice of using for the celebration of Mass common vessels, or others lacking in quality, or devoid of all artistic merit or which are mere containers, as also other vessels made from glass, earthenware, clay, or other materials that break easily. This norm is to be applied even as regards metals and other materials that easily rust or deteriorate.

We can pardon the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada being a diplomat and all that. 

But not his host!

So, unless that earthenware cup is lined with precious gold or silver, we have a little problem.

Why do these men expect obedience from us when as the good Clericalists and hypocrites that they are, they cannot be obedient themselves.

Matthew Chapter 23: [1] Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples, [2] Saying: The scribes and the Pharisees have sitten on the chair of Moses. [3] All things therefore whatsoever they shall say to you, observe and do: but according to their works do ye not; for they say, and do not. [4] For they bind heavy and insupportable burdens, and lay them on men' s shoulders; but with a finger of their own they will not move them. [5] And all their works they do for to be seen of men. For they make their phylacteries broad, and enlarge their fringes.
We're just so neo-pelagian and Pharisaical all worried about law and all that nasty stuff.

*reprobate (ˈrɛprəʊˌbeɪt)
1. morally unprincipled; depraved
2. (Theology) Christianity destined or condemned to eternal punishment in hell
3. an unprincipled, depraved, or damned person
4. a disreputable or roguish person: the old reprobate.
vb (tr)
5. to disapprove of; condemn
6. (Theology) (of God) to destine, consign, or condemn to eternal punishment in hell
[C16: from Late Latin reprobātus held in disfavour, from Latin re- + probāre to approve1]
reprobacy n ˈreproˌbater n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003


Barona said...

Absolutely brilliant! Well done, Vox.

Damask Rose said...

See the Crucifix behind the Nuncio, that's the first time I've seen a Crucifix without the Crown of Thorns....

(Can't get a Crucifix right, can't get liturgical vessels right...)

Unknown said...

That's pure legalism. No one cares about those little liturgical rules. Get over it.