New and Old Catholic Liturgy

Vic Biorseth, http://www.Thinking-Catholic-Strategic-Center.com

Question to keep in mind as you read: who's liturgy is it?

As background information leading into the explanation and description of the 1962 Mass, we need to touch lightly on events related specifically to liturgical changes, and the “Liturgical Reform” that took place during the pre-Vatican II, Vatican II and post-Vatican II periods.

Once upon a time, all Catholic Churches were laid out and built so that anyone standing inside facing the altar would be facing East, toward Jerusalem. The Council of Trent, which firmed up and formalized Latin liturgy, changed that, and facing the altar no longer necessarily meant facing East. However, the Tabernacle containing the sacred Body and Blood remained on the altar, and remained the focal point of the whole architectural design of the Church. The priest, and the people, continued to face the Tabernacle.

Early on, the VC II changes in liturgy were described by many experts, including such luminaries as Dietrich von Hildebrand and Fr. Kenneth Baker SJ of Homiletic and Pastoral Review as a liturgical revolution rather than any sort of liturgical reform. The late Archbishop Annibale Bugnini figured most prominently in these changes, from the beginning. A specialist in liturgical studies, Fr. Bugnini was appointed in 1948 by Pius XII to Secretary of the Commission on Liturgical Reform. Then in 1956 he was appointed Consultant to the Sacred Congregation of Rites, and then in 1957 to Professor of Sacred Liturgy in the Lateran University.

In 1960 Fr. Bugnini was appointed Secretary to the Preparatory Commission for the Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council, a position that enabled him to exert a major influence on the whole of universal Catholic liturgy. His essentially personal draft of the new liturgical schema, which would come to be known as the Bugninin Schema would later be the one placed before the Council Fathers, despite the severe objections and criticism of Cardinal Gaetano Cicognani, President of the Commission. It was a great triumph for Fr. Bugnini.

Suddenly, and without public comment or explanation, John XXIII summarily dismissed Fr. Bugnini from his office on the Commission and from his University Chair. Although the reason has never been disclosed it had to have been of a very serious nature; two Cardinals, Lercaro and Bea, strongly intervened on Fr. Bugnini’s behalf, but did not succeed.

The Bugnini Schema, which would ultimately become the Constitution on the Liturgy, contained many generalized, vague and ambiguous terms. While likely to be viewed by the faithful in the most orthodox light, the door of ambiguity was left open to too broad interpretation, perhaps purposely so. Those working on the wording were not Bishops, but “periti” (experts), many appointed by Bugnini, tasked by the bishops to work out the details. Many warned of the danger of allowing the periti free reign over such broad liturgical areas. Cardinal Heenan of Westminster complained that the Coucil Fathers only had opportunity to discuss very general liturgical principles, and that the periti were really doing it all. He later wrote that the periti had done far more changes than John XXIII had intended, and was sure that John, before his death, was not aware of just how extensive these changes were.

Cardinal Heenan further alleged that the periti had purposely left wording vague, that interpretations were open to modernism, and that he feared that that might be their actual intention. (Much later five commissions would be appointed, to interpret and implement the Council's very general liturgical decrees. The members of these commissions would be chosen, for the most part, from the ranks the Council periti.)

What happened next is very hard to understand. It is extremely doubtful that Paul VI knew whatever it was that John XXIII knew about Fr. Bugnini. John XXIII’s successor, Paul VI, appointed Fr. Bugnini to the very post from which John XXIII had summarily dismissed him: Secretary to the Preparatory Commission for the Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council. Fr. Bugnini went back to work with his friends on the vague Bugnini Schema. The Commission was theoretically without real power, since everything it developed would eventually need to be ruled on by a curial Congregation. For reasons not clear, Paul VI dissolved the Commission and incorporated it into the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship. And, he appointed Fr. Bugnini as Secretary of that Congregation. Fr. Bugnini was now far more powerful than ever, and able to work the liturgical “revolution” of his original design completely unhindered.

In 1972 Fr. Bugnini was consecrated Archbishop. In 1974 he made his now famous boast that his reform of Roman Catholic liturgy had been a “major conquest of the Catholic Church.” He also publicly announced the last phase of his liturgical reform, which involved the “adaptation or ‘incarnation’ of the Roman form of the liturgy into the usages and mentality of each individual church.” Meaning: infinitely variable liturgy. Catholic liturgy in India, for instance, might be nearly indistinguishable from Hindu liturgy.

Suddenly, again, in July 1975, Paul VI, like John XXIII, without public explanation, summarily dismissed Archbishop Bugnini from his post; again, there was no public reason given. His entire congregation was dissolved, and those retained were merged into the Congregation for the Sacraments. Bugnini’s dismissal raised howls of outrage and protest from liberals all over the world. The Archbishop was appointed to the “exile” post of Apostolic Pro Nuncio to Iran.

Rumors surfaced and were widely published that Paul VI had been given evidence that Bugnini was involved in Freemasonry, and was in fact a Mason. The volume ratcheted up to a scandalous roar, with broad and loud publication, but the Vatican would neither confirm nor deny the rumor. The fact that a consecrated Prince of the Church was so publicly pilloried as a Mason, and that the Holy See did not come to his defense, speaks volumes.

Yet, no reason has ever been given for the dismissal and exile of Archbishop Bugnini. Fr. Joseph Gilineau, SJ, was one of Bugnini’s periti, an extreme version of the so-called liberal Catholic, and a staunch supporter of the Bugnini Schema and liturgical direction. He wrote of the Mass as most Catholics knew it at that time, with great pride and unusual honesty, this: "To tell the truth it is a different liturgy of the Mass. This needs to be said without ambiguity: the Roman Rite as we knew it no longer exists. It has been destroyed." It looks like that was the intent all along. It’s hard to imagine anyone intending to reform something by destroying it.

Since then we have all witnessed and been through (or read about) the great Liturgical Wars that resulted from all of this. We’ve seen the Clown Mass and the Balloon Mass and the Cowboy Mass, and hopefully that’s all permanently done. Lingering on here and there are the disgusting displays of portly nuns in leotards prancing around the altar doing their invented Liturgical Dance routines.

The most potentially harmful and seemingly permanent liturgical change involves loss of lay respect for Jesus Christ’s actual presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. It’s not only the priest turning his back on Him, but the whole notion of the people receiving Him in the hand, while standing. Lay men and lay women just handing Him to each other, as an absolutely common, ordinary, every-day, routine. There appears to be absolutely nothing extraordinary about the every Sunday practices of the lay so-called “extraordinary” Eucharistic ministers.

But the pendulum has been swinging in the conservative direction for some time now. Today, you can find quite a diversity in precisely how the Novus Ordo (New Order) Mass is offered in America; Bugnini’s dream lives on, I suppose, in the fact that the way the Mass is offered appears to be almost entirely a function of the nature of the individual Pastor cooperating with an overall consensus of his congregation. An individual Catholic church may thus be seen to have a unique liturgical personality, much like all Protestant churches.

There are, and maybe always will be, churches in which a major fraction of the congregation regularly act as “extraordinary” Eucharistic ministers, almost to the point of outnumbering the people attending Mass. There are, and perhaps always will be, churches in which the exchange of the Gift of Peace turns into an aisle-crossing, back-slapping, cheerful hug-fest, and a major, ten-minute or more Party Time, just before Holy Communion.

Of course, most (I think) individual churches cannot be accurately described that way. Ordinary and quite common use of “extraordinary” ministers is minimal; the Gift of Peace is just done without fanfare and major interruption; and there is more of a sense that people are there less to get something out of it than to give God His due. We really are supposed to offer the Mass for Him, not for us; and in return, He gives us His sacred Body and Blood. Liturgy allows us to do that in a fixed, recognizable, customary way.

For an excellent example of the Novus Ordo Mass said in Latin, go to the Assumption Grotto Church in Detroit, Michigan. There, you will see how far to the conservative side it is possible for the pendulum to swing. It’s the New Mass, but not as Bugnini and the periti intended it to be. The whole thing, except for the readings and the homily, is in Latin, with a little Greek. There are no lay lectors, and no extraordinary Eucharistic ministers. There is no exchange of the Gift of Peace; that’s always been just a Pastoral option, like everything else. The Priest faces the Altar, and God, rather than the people. Communion is received on the tongue while kneeling at the Communion Railing. All altar boys, no altar girls. The music is Latin chant, and it is exceedingly well done.

Again, what I have just described is the Novus Ordo Mass, but done in a manner in which I’m sure a majority of the Council Fathers would have approved, if they had been given the chance. So, even when the nature of the practice of the Divine Liturgy is left up to chance encounters between the personality of a Pastor and the consensus of his flock, sometimes something good will come out of it. You might still have to shop around a little, wherever you live, to find the more conservative individual parishes. But the search is worth it.

In general, the more conservative an individual Church’s liturgy is found to be, the more likely it is for that Pastor to be a strong and decisive leader as well as a traditionalist. The large numbers of parishioners commonly found at highly orthodox parishes is not so much of a reflection of how the Pastor compromises with the flock so much as it is a reflection of how lay Catholics need and seek and even hunger for strong, traditional clerical and Pastoral leadership. We actually hunger for it.

In a previous article, On Straying, Right or Left, from the Catechism, I partially addressed the Catholic traditionalists who actually went schismatic over post-Vatican II liturgical abuse as follows.

We have today in America many Catholic clerics and theologians whose over-emphasis of Social Justice issues and promotion of Liberation Theology reveals a streak of underlying Secularist Marxism, which is antithetical and antagonistic to Catholicism and to Americanism. I'm sure we're not alone there; Protestant denominations, too, have their own clerical and theological political activists of varying stripe and spot. We are Americans, living in America. Part of being a good American means using our intellect and cognitive abilities to separate the wheat from the chaff, and the secular from the ecclesial parts of a message, whether from the Ambo or from the Bully-Pulpit.

But what today causes the most arguments, spiritual stress, drop-off in attendance and parish-shopping among older practicing Catholics in America involves radical changes in church design and radical changes in liturgy. The changes always seem to be at the expense of ancient tradition, which is apparently seen and presumed, in most American diocesan quarters, as somehow being bad and not preferred. The absolutely radical and quite sudden liturgical changes witnessed in American Catholic churches after Vatican II caused a major disruption in American Catholic prayer life, to say the very least.

Among other problems, it precipitated the St. Pius X split, or schism, of the Lefebvre-ites, from the Catholic Church. The Society of St. Pius X, founded by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, sought to continue the Old Mass in accordance with the old 1962 missal and the pre-1962 missals. The Lefebvre-ites and other schismatics continue the Tridentine Mass and consider the Novus Ordo Mass to be heretical, partially because of changes in actual liturgical words, and partially because Pius V, in 1570, strongly reinforced the Tridentine Mass and Missal in his Apostolic Constitution "Quo Primum", in which he established the ipso facto excommunication of any future violators.

However, we must remember, no matter how much we might come to love it, Church liturgy still comes under the heading of small-t tradition, as opposed to large-T Tradition, as represented by articles of the Creed, or dogma, or the strongest and longest held doctrines of the Church, which come out of the unchanging Depositum Fidei. The exact rubrics of the Tridentine Mass were not used by Christ at the Last Supper, nor were they used by the Apostles and the other disciples when they came together on Sundays (Acts 20:7) for the breaking of the bread and the prayers. And Pius V left an exception, in saying without Our approval and consent, in which the "Our" is interpreted to be the Royal Our, meaning the reigning pontiff. Who [Paul VI] granted approval. The Church (meaning, the Magisterium) and the Church alone establishes correct liturgy; not you, not me, and not Lefebvre. Unlike America, the Church is not a Democracy; we do not get to vote on this.

These schismatics claim that all the popes since Vatican II are anti-popes and that the Church is in some sort of suspended animation or something until a real pope comes along. And all of this is based on nothing more than liturgy. These people are almost as off-base as the wildest of the new liturgists who brought about the worst of the liturgical abuses we've all seen. We all just need to get over it. The Novus Ordo Mass is quite beautiful when properly offered. There is only one Church, and one ultimate authority, and if we don't like the new liturgy, then we are called to adhere to the new liturgical teaching with a submission of faith. Put your faith in the Church He founded, and guides. You can still find a lot of decent Catholic churches here, and you can still participate in a perfectly valid Catholic Mass. And I can testify that after you've participated enough times, it will become your fixed tradition. Hopefully, they won't change it again for awhile.

Again, liturgy is small-t tradition; it didn’t come out of the unchanging Depositum Fide. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not wear any special Roman vestments at the Last Supper. Over time, despite any original evil intent of some among the designers, the Novus Ordo Mass has settled down and become more fixed and less variable. While some Masses offered in some Catholic Churches still have the look and feel of anything goes liturgy, they are becoming exceedingly rare. When you find a consistently orthodox Novus Ordo Mass, you will have gone a long way toward finding a consistently orthodox Pastor.

The terrible thing about the post-Vatican II liturgy is the near absence of the Tridentine Mass. The liberals very nearly succeeded in eliminating it completely; as I write these words, you have to hunt far and wide to find a church that offers it. When you do find one, it will be crowded, and much of the crowd will be young people. Surprise. We are blessed to have one Tridentine Mass every Sunday at one of our four parish-cluster churches. Not many people can say that in America today.

We pray that now, with Benedict XVI’s new motu proprio, that will begin to change, the sooner the better. I predict that EWTN will begin televising the old Mass at the first date they can legitimately offer it. May it be the beginning of a major trend.

Viva il Papa!



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Date: Mon Mar 23 18:01:24 2009
From: C Timmons
Email: ct195291@hotmail.co.uk
Location: Coatbridge
Comment:

You say that EWTN will begin televising the old Mass at the first date they can legitimately offer it...

What do you mean by this, why can't they screen it? Do you [see] it being screened soon?

Thanks


Date: Tue Mar 24 12:31:06 2009
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

C. Timmons:

That was just guess-work on my part, and perhaps wishful thinking.

Churches say the Mass that is authorized by their diocesan bishop, and the ordinary Mass is the Novus Ordo, or New Mass. The Latin Mass is the extraordinary Mass. We’re not watching too much TV these days, but I’ve seen two Latin Masses on EWTN since I wrote this article. Unfortunately, most of the Masses I’ve seen have been of the New Order, which isn’t bad when done as on EWTN.

Some few years back EWTN was forced by their bishop to modify the Novus Ordo as said on TV so that the celebrant faced the congregation instead of the Blessed Sacrament. I was hoping, and still hope, that Mother would be able to get some sort of dispensation to allow the whole program to move to the Latin Mass. I pray something like that might be in the works, but have no way of knowing.

Regards,

Vic


Date: Sun Mar 07 19:48:58 2010
From: Nomad Nat
Email: Nomadnat@me.com
Location: Missouri, USA
Comment:

It may be of interest to note that the SSPX are not sedevacantists, have continued to honor the Pope- and most recently as last Nov have had their Bishops ordinations normalized by Pope Benedict XVI. While there had been much struggle and media rumor regarding the group- no formal eclesiastic actions had ever been fulfilled against them.


Date: Mon Mar 08 05:21:26 2010
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

(I looked this up for reader’s information: sedevacantist derives from the Latin term sede vacante meaning the seat is vacant; a sedevacantist believes that the current pope is not a valid pope due to heresy, violation of dogma or invalid succession.)


Date: Sun Mar 07 19:57:19 2010
From: Nomad Nat
Email: Nomadnat@me.com
Location:
Comment:

I've been reading your site in free moments for two days. I've recommended it to a wide range if people. Truly rich content and thought provoking--


Date: Mon Mar 08 05:43:13 2010
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Nomad Nat:

Thank you so much, and may the Lord bless you.

Regards,

Vic


Date: Tue Jun 22 14:55:34 2010
From: BJE
Email:
Location: Madison, Wis.
Comment:

The term "extraordinary Eucharistic minister" in your article is incorrect. Only a priest is a "Eucharistic Minister" or "ordinary minister". An "Extraordinary minister of Holy Communion" is a person deposed to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion.


Date: Tue Jun 22 19:59:13 2010
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

BJE:

Yes, yes, I suppose so. Extraordinary minister of Holy Communion may be more pedantically correct than Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister.

Regards,

Vic


Date: Sun Dec 04 15:05:02 2011
From: Herb
Email: elcid1970@aol.com
Location: Columbia, SC United States
Comment:

When my wife & I attended Mass and heard the "changes" to the English liturgy, they seemed to us to be more restoration than revolution. But the celebrant caused more confusion than consensus as he explained the words "consubstantial with the Father". After Mass I got out my 1959 St. Joseph Daily Missal and the English of the Nicene Creed says therein, "of one being with the Father". Oh well. It does sound, however, like the changes are part of a growing movement to overthrow the liturgical excesses that were wrongly said to have been justified by Vatican II. If it means no more guitars, tambourines, and dancing in the aisles during the "sign of peace" (which I have always despised because I'm old fuddy-duddy, ask my wife) then restoring the grandeur, awe and dignity of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is now an attainable goal. The Sixties are finally over and will not be missed.


Date: Mon Dec 05 05:51:10 2011
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Herb:

Correct; what it sounds like is what it is. The recent changes in liturgical language involve a return to the absolute literal translation from the original Latin to English, as it should have been done in the first place. The word Consubstantial is the correct term – the word did not even exist until the Church invented it to describe the unique relationship of the Trinity. That, and all the current changes you now see are, in essence, old and not new. It is a return to tradition and the original language. Thank God.

Regards,

Vic


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Atheist Genesis:

In the beginning there was nothing, and nothing happened to nothing.
And then nothing accidentally exploded and created everything.
And then some bits of everything accidentally encountered other bits of everything and formed some new kinds of everything.
And then some bits of everything accidentally arranged themselves into self-replicating bits of everything.
And then some self-replicating bits of everything accidentally arranged themselves into dinosaurs.
See?

(See Argument Refuting Darwinism)

Torn and tattered, bruised and battered, but still flying high.

General Commentary Pages
Various unrelated topics that stirred thought and provoked writing (or quoting) at one time or another. The Everything Else Bucket.  

Work at home jobs that have had me. A long, costly and unsuccessful run at work from home jobs that didn't work for us.

Truth versus Agenda addresses the simplest of problems greatly complexified. Truth versus Agenda examines the contest between reality and its opposition.

Vic has Iron Weights for sale; Mama says they have to go. Lots of iron weights for sale; all have to go at once, in one sale.

The challenge describes Capitalism as illusory and Marxism as solid. The mixture of religion just adds to the confusion of all good realists.

Indifferentism and Moral Relativism eats away at Catholic Culture. Catholicism stands against Indifferentism. Where do you stand?

My poor old truck is again starting to look like a poor old truck. After half-a-million miles, we're now approaching another decision time; another paint job, or a new truck.

Battle Line: Where the advancing secular army meets Judeo-Christian moral norms. The Secular Position (or Agenda) involves Proactive, Aggressive Anti-Theism, and not merely "neutral" Atheism.

A return to the American Ideal means a severe reduction in Government. To return to positive growth and progress means, necessarily, purging our nation from all Marxist-Socialist philosophical influence and a return to the American Ideal.

Why this hatred of Palin? What galls modern women of the Left about Sarah Palin? The blind hatred of Palin we’re seeing expressed is not merely because of hatred and intolerance of the pro-life religious moral standard.

A Palin Parker Ticket? My Dream Candidates for 2012. Why a Palin Parker ticket is better than any professional politician Republican ticket you can come up with for 2012.

Elitism Vs Palinism: Why the Left and the Elites Loath and Fear Sarah Palin. It isn’t just Marxism Vs Palinism; it’s also established intellectual elitism vs Palinism. The elite need someone to look down upon.

How is it that opposing amnesty for millions of illegal aliens is "arrogant"? If my pro-Catholic, pro-American, anti-alternative-ethos position is "arrogant," then, exactly what is the position of those who claim superiority or even equality with it?

Here we see Bush family class captured in a simple private citizen’s photo. George W. (and Mrs.) Bush quietly demonstrate Bush family class without hoopla or fanfare.

Marxists love crisis, and they love an oil spill crisis most of all. Marxists even create and drive crisis. Their favorite crisis of all must be the Oil Spill Crisis, which is even better than a Banking Crisis.

American Military Assault Weapons originally intended in the 2nd Amendment. To miss the point of the 2nd Amendment is to miss the point of the whole Constitution.

For God and Country – More Thoughts on America, and on National Existence. For God and Country: Comparisons of martyrdom and heroism, Sovereign Nationhood Vs. Internationalism, distinct people-hood Vs. the Global Village, and Godliness Vs. godlessness.

The Godless Left leads the young and naive to their utopian Hell. For an honest comparison of the effects on youth, we need to look to the history of the Godless Left versus the Religious Right.

The Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World is a must read. No decent world history course is complete without the Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World.

Aleksandr I.Solzhenitsyn warns the American Worker and American organized labor. Solzhenitsyn speaks to us as a worker from the “Worker’s Paradise” of Communism; words of warning for all who understand the meaning of the word Liberty.

World Revolution returns with a vengeance: the rebirth of Marxism. Marxist world revolution returns, and faces far less opposition than in 1848 or the period between the Great Wars.

Our argument against public despair, hopelessness and pessimism re the future. Despair is a mortal sin, the opposite of the virtue of hope; it is a sin unto the death of the soul, a repudiation and rejection of God’s grace.

On Threats to America's National Existence. A look at the nature of our national existence, what makes us America, physical threats to that, and the possibility of just going out of existence.

On the ethics of language: English dictionary Vs. Political-Correctness taboos. Language evolves, yet morals are (or should be) fixed. This poses questions re the ethics of language.

Thinking Catholic direction: threats to America, Church, Ethos, even History. The Thinking Catholic Direction is multi-faceted, facing threats to American National Existence, Catholic Liturgy, our common Guiding Ethos - emphasis changes to meet the threat of the moment.

Catholics learn and practice Glossalalia, in the Life In The Spirit seminars. Life in the Spirit seminars, fueling the Catholic Charismatic renewal, bring tongue-speaking "Glossalalia", and being "Slain in the Spirit", to Catholicism.

The website is going on hold for at least the next five weeks. Business calls, and I must respond. Will be traveling, and not taking the laptop this time.

Current Website Status. Still too busy for individual responses to questions, comments & criticisms.

Our 2006 Ohio Voter Guide. The choices are quite clear, and the 2006 Ohio Voter Guide was easy to produce.

On carrying my Lord, Jesus Christ, in my pocket. As a Eucharistic Minister, I am on occasion carrying the Lord Jesus in my pocket. It's a wondrous thing.

A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.

Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.

The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words.  The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."

Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies "grading" doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?

On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.

Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again

Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future. Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.

Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.

The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.

Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC. There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.

Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.

What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite? I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic.  But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.

Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE  NuVo Initiative still stands pat.

The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard". The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.

Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.

Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.

Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.

Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.

Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.

"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great) Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.

Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture.  What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?

If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it?  Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility.  If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?

So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible.  Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.

Taking a look at Illegal Imigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem. 

First journal / blog entries when the thinking catholic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing. 

On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006. Adding items to book store. 

Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.

Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.

Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.

Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.

The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now.  Well … so what?

Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace.  Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.

Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.

Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine no such thing as the USA?

More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.

Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.

Website Status Update 11/09/10. Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.

Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.

Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.

A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense.  Why?

God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.

Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.

Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.

Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania. 

The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.

Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.

We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?

Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper.  The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.

Tea-Party-Candidates-04-18-2014.  The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.

Ecce homo; Behold the man.  Ecce Homo.  Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.

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