Priestly Obedience

What is the problem with some of my brother priests?  I just can’t understand their reasoning!  In the past few days alone, I have read about two disobedient priests and one Archbishop.  All three are causing division in the Church.  One priest is leading a Catholic parish in St. Louis that is in open rebellion against the bishop.  A few years ago, Archbishop Burke tried to bring one of his parishes in his jurisdiction into conformity with diocesan and universal Church law.  When the parish refused the bishop’s pleas, a priest with a shady past decided that he was going to be a hero and jump in the scene.  Since then, Marek Bozek has been excommunicated and laicized.

When Bishop Richard Lennon decided to close a parish, Fr .Robert Marrone, formed a worship center and was joined by 325 parishioners of his former parish.  They have formed the community of St. Peter.  I’m sure St .Peter would have a word or two with Fr. Marrone.

And finally, the former Archbishop of Zambia, Emmanuel Milingo, who was excommunicated and is now laicized is being made patriarch of Africa by some sect.

Is there something I’m missing?  We were vowed to obedience, yet we can pick and choose what and who we want to obey, and if we don’t like it, we don’t have to obey it.  This is a major problem among “liberals” and “conservatives” who choose what they will accept and not accept.  Get real guys and live your vow of obedience, reconcile with the chief shepherd and stop causing fractions in the Church!

There is a common thread in the three above mentioned men and that is the same that was embraced by Lucifer at the fall, “I will not serve”.  Before the bishop layed his hands on out heads, in the sacred rite of ordination, we placed our hands in his and were asked: “Do you promise respect and obedience to me and my lawfully elected successors?”  to which we responded: “I do”.

Am I missing something?  Do these men know what they did on the day they were raised to Holy Orders?  I promised that I would give respect and obedience to my ordaining bishop and to his lawfully chosen successor.  There is no way that I can do the contrary in good conscience.  St. Paul wrote that there are some who have had our consciences “seared”.  The reality is, we know what is right and wrong, because the law “is written in our hearts”.

iPadre #195 – The Church is Apostolic

In today’s episode, I present a talk given by Sr. Theresa May on the Catholicity of the Church.  In the beginning of the talk, there are a few sound problems, but it gets much better further on.

– Music “I Will Trust In You” by George Vinson
Apostolic Succession In The Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Hierarchy
Apostolicity in the Catholic Encyclopedia
– Tu Es Petrus Translation
– Fr. Jay Finelli (new Facebook Page)
– iPadre App
– Catholic New Media Celebration
– Music “Tu Es Petrus” by Franz Listz was sung by the Gregorian Chant Choir at the Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul, Providence, RI on June 26, 2010

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What if we were to be obedient?

Recently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in an overwhelming majority, gave final approval to the new translations of the Roman Missal for use in the United States and English speaking countries.  This translation process has dragged on for many, many years.  I was told by a prominent theologian that we would have a new translation in about two years, that was 27 years ago.  The translation in current use is riddled with poor translation.  Some of the prayers in no way resemble the original Latin text.

The problems the new translation faced were many.  In the beginning, most of the translators wanted to put everything into inclusive language, even where it affected the veracity of the prayers.  Because of political correct thinking of the time, so people would have removed “He”, “Him” and “Lord” when referring to Jesus, just to appease a small group of extreme feminists.

The whole translation war came to a grinding halt with “Liturgiam Authenticam“, a document from the Congregation for Divine Worship & The Discipline of the Sacraments, on May 7, 2001.  This document made it very clear what the Church required for official translations of Her Liturgical books.  This document was a major blow to those who wished to water down the Liturgical translations or even compose their own prayers for the Liturgy.  The CDW ” makes it clear in very strong language that poor translations of Liturgical texts have caused harm to the Church and hindered the true renewal intended by the Council Father at Vatican II.

During and right up until the final vote, certain people fought tooth and nail to stop the new translation from being approved by the US Bishops.  They failed!  As we know, it was approved and is not awaiting final approval from Rome, before it goes to press.

If we were handed a horrible translation, like the one in current use, we would be expected to use it, no questions asked.  And if we were to question it, we would be called disobedient, radicals, non-conformists and maybe even traditionalists.  However, since the new translation has been approved, there is a new group, who wants to do their own “grassroots review of the new Roman Missal”.  This group has a website called “What If We Just Said Wait?”.  On the website is a petition with a “Statement of Concern”.

No!  Enough is enough!  No translation is perfect, and if that is what we want, then let’s just go back to the Latin.  If not, there is no more time for waiting.  We have waited long enough!  Maybe the signers of the “wait” website should ask another question, “What if we were to be obedient?”