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How would you react if at your Sunday Mass, instead of praying the Our Father, you and the rest of the congregation were asked to sing along with Cliff Richards' 'Millenium Song'?
Back in 2000 the English pop singer (I suppose I should call him 'Sir Cliff') took The Millenium Song to the top of the charts. It's not the Our Father of the Catholic Church. It's the Protestant Lord's Prayer, complete with the Protestant Doxology, For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory etc, all sung to the tune, believe it or not, of Auld Lang Syne.
I use the word 'Protestant' because the Catholic Church does not believe these words were part of the perfect prayer Christ gave His disciples, or that they were included in the early Scriptures. It's never been included in Catholic bibles.
This doxology was insinuated into later translations of the Bible and adopted by Protestants at the time of the so-called Reformation (Deformation, more like), who ironically were trying to show their new King James Bible to be superior to the 'unbiblical' translations which they'd been using for fifteen hundred years.
So it was included by Henry VIII - that "miserable monarch", to quote the Baronius Missal, who beheaded Cardinal St John Fisher and Chancellor St Thomas More for defending the indissolubility of marriage (Pope Francis, please note) - in the worship he thought up for his new Anglican Church services. Then Elizabeth I (who contented herself with beheading mere priests) popped it into the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, to shore up her vilification of the Catholic clergy who, she said, had appropriated the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory that rightly belongs to God.
Well then, what's this Protestant Doxology doing in the Catholic Mass? Its insinuation into the Novus Ordo (New Mass) by Pope Paul VI may be more sinister than that of the 4th century scribe's marginal note which is accredited with its subsequent gradual acceptance into the majority of bible translations.
To find out why it's got into the Mass we could zero in on the statement, "According to the almost unanimous opinion of believers and non-believers alike, all things on earth should be ordained to humanity as to their centre and summit" (emphasis added).
WOT??? Who said that? Any Catholic worthy of the name knows it's Christ who is the centre of "all things on earth" as in Heaven.
Ahem. Who said that is Vatican Council II. in the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes.
So we can see why a primary school DRS could give the 'homily' at Mass about 15 years ago, proclaiming that 'the most important Commandment is to love each other' (sic).
I was indignant, and explained to my daughter that her teacher was wrong, theologically - and grammatically. There I was, thinking that the First Commandment is to love God, when it turns out I was wrong all along.
Because in his Evangelii Gaudium 161, Pope Francis states that "Along with the virtues, this means above all the new commandment, the first and the greatest of the commandments, and the one that best identifies us as Christ’s disciples: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12,15)."
This is the nexus of that nebulous, oft-quoted concept, 'the spirit of Vatican II': it puts man before God.
Even, it seems, Protestant men. Because to be 'inclusive' and 'ecumenical' and 'nice', the Consilium asked six Proddys along to the Vatican to help make the New Mass more 'acceptable' to the heretical Protestant denominations (Anglican, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Lutheran (2) and Calvinist). The result was such that a Protestant professor of dogmatic theology could state that "nothing in the renewed Catholic Mass need really trouble the Evangelical Protestant". The Mass, like our church buildings (oops, should I say 'worship spaces'?) had been re-ordered to suit people more than God.
French philosopher Jean Guitton, described by Cardinal Paul Poupard as "a very good friend" of Paul VI, has stated that "The intention of Pope Paul VI with regard to what is commonly called the Mass, was to reform the Catholic Liturgy in such a way that it should almost coincide with the Protestant liturgy.
There was with Pope Paul VI an ecumenical intention to remove, or, at least to correct, or, at least to relax, what was too Catholic in the traditional sense in the Mass and, I repeat, to get the Catholic Mass closer to the Calvinist mass”.
Oh well. Why should I be surprised if at Sunday Mass sixtyish years later, Father wants the congregation to sing the Protestant Lord's Prayer? But to spin it out (prolong the agony!), The Millenium Song finishes with:
In every tribe and tongue
Let every hearts desire be joined
To see the kingdom come
Be born in love again
Let all the world sing with one voice
Let the people say amen
And from the Grand Master of the Lodge Grand Orient of Italy, a statement of regret at the passing of Paul VI during whose pontificate, he said, “Freemasonry had a season of great dialogue with the Church, many of the clergy spoke about the end of the anti-Masonic censure and argued in favor of a compatibility between Church and Loggia.”
As to Pope Francis, never before has a Pontiff garnered such approval from the Masons. In 2013 the Vicar Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Italy of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons pointed out that Freemasonry does not follow the [Catholic] tenets and complained that the Church does not accept the way of thinking of the Masons. He then answered this following question: “Pope Bergoglio has [already] made many openings; may there be something positive to be seen from him with regard to Freemasonry?”
The Mason replied: “Pope Bergoglio thus far has proved to be a great Pope".
As I said to a Rad Trad who's currently on pilgrimage in Fatima (oh how I wish I were there too!), I’m feeling like, I’m ‘outta here’ from now on and off to Ashhurst, an hour and a quarter away, for the Traditional Latin Mass.
A priest I asked for advice has given it: yes, get outta there. He made no bones about it: our spiritual welfare is endangered, he says, by this "abuse and error".