Monday, May 16, 2016

Laudete, Jesus Christus-Viva Cristo Rey!

With these words, I salute Lazarus-Xavier for his new blog; and, I offer my humble thanks for honouring me as a contributor to what I hope will be a vehicle of spreading the "Good News" of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

How fortunate we are to be able to link with other like-minded Catholics around the world through this medium. The great Canadian intellectual, philosopher and devout Catholic, McLuhan said the "medium is the message." Truly, no medium has become an extension of ourselves as has the Internet in general and the "blogosphere" in particular. We no longer need our local newspaper or its 'Letters to the Editor" to publish or not publish our ideas. Surely, the ideas to be expressed here show this medium as a true extension of ourselves.

There are many hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of blogs. Most of us only read a few within topics of particular interest. Responsibility exists within this medium, particularly for Catholics who post on issues pertaining to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

Which brings me to a profound announcement twelve hours away from this writing to occur in Rome at the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI will release a Moto Proprio freeing up the use of the Traditional Latin Mass which is more properly described, at least until we get new nomenclature, as the Missal of John XXIII, 1962. The knowledge of this has been making the rounds for almost two years. Yesterday, the Vatican announced on its website that indeed, the Moto Proprio will be released on July 7, 2007. As is usual, its release is established at a time appointed for journalists to receive a copy. This is so that the media are treated fairly and that reporters have time to ponder the documents and prepare responsibly their stories. An "embargo" as in this case, is usually established to prevent any public release until a specific time, in this case 12:00 noon Rome time, July 7, 2007.

A prominent blogger whom I shall not name, he is well known; has been given an advance copy. The person providing the copy or information to this blogger who writes for Britain's, The Tablet has committed a serious error.

But worse, this blogger has almost 20 hours ago, made parts of this document available world-wide.

To quote from him,
"On a final note, in keeping with the firm policy of these pages and this narrator, let me state unequivocally that no embargoes were broken from this end in the obtaining of this text -- precisely because none was ever imposed. least, not on me.

As with all the best of stories, "the goods" were yet again passed along completely out of the blue, thanks to the motu proprio of a source, with no strings attached. Once the contents were confirmed, it was all rock n’ roll from there.

If only others were so lucky, maybe they wouldn’t be so angry now. Oh well."
The problem with this arrogance and pride is that he has embarrassed His Holiness and the Church for nothing more than his own self-aggrandisement.

When we stand at the door of the real liturgical renewal hoped for from as far back as Pope St. Pius X through to the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, it is a sad event to see one Catholic show such irresponsibility.

McLuhan writes, "The medium is the message" because it is the "medium that shapes and controls the scale and form of human association and action."

May all of us bloggers, especially Catholics, heed the wise counsel of McLuhan and govern our "action."

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