Verily, again I say unto ye…

I say again, New Evangelization: put down the Super-Council, step away from the Church, and just go home. You’re still drunk. So very, very drunk.

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Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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8 Responses to Verily, again I say unto ye…

  1. Tony Jokin says:

    Why can’t they make Churches like they used to…

    Apart from that, what is with the “sense of welcome, sense of connectedness, sense of beauty, sense of music” bla bla bla.

    It is obvious that certain people don’t have a correct sense of beauty, connectedness, music or welcome because they can’t stand the traditional Church where all of these things were present. Instead of correcting their disordered mindset, let us simply try and cater to it.

  2. Danielius says:

    1970s seem to be the Apostolic Age to some people.

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  4. Murray (mgl) says:

    Pantsuited, habitless nun? Check.
    Effete Christian Brother “liturgical consultant” with a list of wreckovations longer than your arm? Check.
    Clueless secular architects babbling about awe and gathering points and feeling the “presence of God”? Check.
    A barren, ugly building surrounded by a windswept barren plaza? Check.

    Well, I guess we’re done here!

    The Arboretum is not particularly hideous by the (low, low) standards of modern Catholic architecture, but as for the Cathedral … Pray for a very precise–and utterly devastating–meteor shower!

    When we were in RCIA, my wife and I attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, near where I grew up. The beautiful original sandstone building had been gutted in a fire, so naturally they took the opportunity to create a hideous monstrosity, much smaller than the new Christ Cathedral but similar in design: stadium seating around a central altar, modernist mockeries of traditional Catholic symbols, plenty of natural light to expel all traces of the sacred, and so on.

    It was our first experience with a central altar, and we found it a real effort not to stare across the aisle at the blank faces of our fellow Massgoers (who were likewise trying not to gaze at us), to read the inscriptions on their t-shirts, or admire their babies, or watch them mumble their way through the responses and the four-hymn sandwich. In short, everything that’s distracting about a regular Mass, but turned up to 11. The Vatican II wreckovators claim that the central altar helps us “see Christ in our neighbour”, but it just made me want to flee to a lonely place. Horrible.

    And all the jargon in that video! I’ve only been a Catholic for a few short years, but I have already had several lifetimes’ gutfuls of the particular variety of buzzword-heavy mission-statementese so beloved by Catholic bureaucrats, but so utterly discordant with the historic language of the Church:

    …our diocesan motto is “Together We Journey, Together in Faith” [gag]
    …a place to gather, to worship, to witness, to serve.
    …this isn’t the end of the journey … it’s about roots, and where we’ve been, and where we’re going, and holding on to both of those.
    …a sense of welcome, a sense of connectedness, a sense of beauty, a sense of music…
    … a place that celebrates unity, solidarity, and the oneness that is ours.

  5. BEST. MASONIC. LODGE. EVAR!

  6. Tony Jokin says:

    Codg,

    They might actually take that as a compliment haha

  7. Tamsin says:

    But how do they plan to renovate the catacombs? 🙂

    Towards the end of the video, they briefly show a small, low-ceilinged worship space. Call it a chapel. It would be nice if their project includes alternative spaces like that.

  8. I imagine the Parishioners will be so inspired they’ll double their tithing from $1 to $2.

    Ah, well. It doesn’t escape my mind that God gave us the internet just in time to be able to properly seek out humble Churches when we travel. And that even the most dangerous neighborhood doesn’t usually have any activity on a Sunday morning.

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