Catholic Challenge…

Name three things which you believe, if implemented worldwide tomorrow, for at least one year, would vastly improve the state of Catholic piety and evangelism. By my lights:

1) All priests use Eucharistic Prayer I (“the Canon”) at every Mass.
2) All Masses are celebrated ad orientem on the high altar (as called for by Vatican II).
3) All parishes offer Confession everyday and before every Mass.

Comment here if you disagree or have other ideas, and please share this “meme”. I’m really curious to see what others think about this.

P.S. Non-Catholics are welcome to chime in, too. 🙂


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7 Responses to Catholic Challenge…

  1. c matt says:

    Those are pretty good therefore hard to improve on. I might consider switching No. 1 for “Require communion on the tongue kneeling” or “replace all modern music with Gregorian Chant.” One can dream.

  2. Proph says:

    Echo improvements to sacred music and…. well, priests cannot mandate communion on the tongue kneeling, but they can certainly broadcast their preferences. For instance, they can administer communion behind their newly reinstalled altar rails.

    They can themselves insist on using Latin more liberally. The “Agnus Dei” is a good place to start since most people still know this. Most importantly, I think, they should insist on referring to the “Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,” in order to better recall that the Mass is first and foremost a sacrifice offered to God, rather than (merely) a sacrament offered to the people.

    Oh! They should also move away from evening Masses except on the vigils of Sundays and holy days of obligation. We have largely lost the significance of the Mass as a feast of the dawn. Hence, it should be offered at a time that would enable workers to attend (e.g., 7:00 AM), not at a time convenient only for the priest and elderly retirees (e.g., 8:30 AM).

  3. Brock Fowler says:

    Somewhere in the top 3 would have to be for the Church to stop ACTING as though it doesn’t much matter whether or not you are Catholic…or even Christian… The endless praise of other faiths and of sects. The near silence on the problems that other faiths and the sects have. The near silence on hell (except to imply that nobody is going there). The lack of immediacy and alarm over the loss of immortal souls…even when led astray by official representatives of the Church!

  4. Danielius says:

    The Eucharistic Prayers are a massive pet peeve of mine. I get embarrasingly irritated whenever I think about the fact that the ROMAN CANON is OPTIONAL in the apparently official roman rite liturgy. I remember reading about it for the first time, reading quotes from Bugnini, Jungmann and Vagaggini, about how the canon is just too long, monotone and lacks variety. My jaw kept dropping and dropping. I guess the message is – don’t bother with a tradition if you find it boring. The cheek of these “humble servants” solely concerned for the “pastoral” needs of “the people”.

    I’m getting irritated again.

  5. Tony Jokin says:

    Great suggestions. I would add

    1. Remind people that one cannot please the world by being Catholic and that one must not be afraid to speak out against or shun certain fashions of the world that are inconsistent with the faith.
    2. Remind people that one does not simply discard the boundaries set forth by the pre-Vatican II Popes or Saints and that one must adopt them as their own and pass them on.
    3. Emphasize the 4 last things in homilies.
  6. joe m says:
    1. Eliminate all cantors, without force if possible.
    2. Have the priest deliver his homily from a podium or lectern and not roving, even if he has to be chained.
    3. Restore altar rails and receiving at the rail. Jail lay eucharistic ministers,
    4. Reduce references to Vatican II and other religions by 50 percent.
    5. Forbid shorts and T shirts at Mass.
    6. Put people who insist on saying “St. John Paul II The Great” into their own special lay order that can meet away from the parish.
  7. joe m: That is hilarious, thank you!

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