Saturday, September 10, 2011

"They are expelling Jesus from the churches"

... both by removing Him from sanctuaries and ignoring His teachings in homilies. This is noted in a post by Antonio Socci (Rorate Caeli, September 9, 2011), who writes:
One day, while chatting with some friends, Cardinal Ratzinger quipped, “The way I see it, the proof that the Church has Divine origins is the fact that it has survived the millions of sermons delivered every Sunday!”

... In short, you can witness all sorts of things going on in the churches….all but the one thing necessary - that Jesus Christ is the center.

Indeed, in this widespread inattentiveness, even the Italian bishops have cast Him out from the churches ( least visibly removed from the High Altar and set aside in some corner). He, Who is the rightful owner, namely the Son of God, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. (emphasis added)
There is much more, painful to read, by Succi, as well as this:

"Newly remodeled Seminary Chapel of the Diocese of Hildesheim, Germany [Source]: in the center, the ambo ('Tisch des Wortes' - Table of the Word) and, farther away, the altar ('Tisch des Brotes' - Table of the Bread)"


Pertinacious Papist said...

This sort of church architecture is so 1970s and deferential to the ridiculous Bauhaus movement of the 1930s that I can't imagine anyone under 70 years old being enamored with it.

I think most homilies that absent the teaching of Jesus, or treat our Lord as though he were the King of Care Bears or Barney the Dinosaur, also tend to come from aging Baby Boomers nostalgic for the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s.

Oh, yeah! In the words of the Byrds' and Doobie Brothers, "Jesus is just alright with me, Jesus is just alright, oh yeah ..."

But don't breathe a word about what Jesus actually taught. That could cramp your free-wheelin' lifestyle!

Pertinacious Papist said...

How vapid! Toke on the reefer, anyone?

Ruth said...


Charles said...

nice floor

Full of my Self said...

loriessJesus who? Can't we just talk more about our self?

Anonymous said...

Fewer and fewer seats every day, I wonder why?