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Duplicity is the Sole Regent

November 1st, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

When I was having a conversation with a friend from St. Thomas the Apostle today, I was told of a very disturbing comment made to a fellow parishioner. When this family visited Christ the King, in the spirit of “sticking with the new parish”, they knelt after the Agnus Dei had been said. The Christ the King parishioners directly behind them remarked loudly enough to be heard, “See, they don’t even try to fit in.”

Shame on them. How dare they ostracize members of a parish which is in its bureaucracy-imposed death-throws? The people of St. Thomas (and soon St. Andrew’s and Our Lady of Perpetual Help) are experiencing daily martyrdoms, losing what has made them whole for their lives as Catholics. To criticize fellow Catholics for doing the right thing is not appropriate. It’s downright rude. It’s behavior like this that tears open the flesh of Our Lord anew, with our flagellating tongues and demonic misconceptions. If kneeling at a time when kneeling is wholly permitted makes one feel more spiritually alive at Mass, they should not feel burdened to change that, just to make other people happy.

I pray that the other parishioners of Christ the King do not share in this ignorant perception of their brothers and sisters at St. Thomas. May God bless the people of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, and open their hearts to the true King, Jesus Christ.

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4 Responses to “Duplicity is the Sole Regent”

  1. avatar Dominic says:

    If you read the article on EWTN, it quotes the GIRM:

    “43 … The faithful kneel after the Agnus Dei unless the Diocesan Bishop determines otherwise.”

    Despite the decision of the USCCB, I believe our Bishop is one of the few to have determined otherwise and banned kneeling after the Agnus Dei, complicating the issue in the DoR.

  2. avatar Mike says:

    “Unique traits of all five parishes would be incorporated into the new parish, planners pledged. – Catholic Courier article (1/31/2010).

    See, they don’t even try to fit in.” – CTK Mass attendee.

    Kneeling after the Agnus Dei is obviously one of those traits unique to STA that will NOT be incorporated into the new parish.

    I wonder, does anyone know of anything unique to STA that has been or will be incorporated into the new parish, or was this “planners pledge” just another one of those IPPG (wink-wink-nudge-nudge) “promises”?

  3. avatar DLH says:

    They don’t even try to fit in?
    “At the NAME of Jesus every knee shall bend”, when the priest elevates the Host and proclaims “this is Jesus” I am on my knees. The focus is on Christ, not social acceptance. This rude and inappropriate comment directed toward this good family and their desire to be reverent is a perfect illustration of the contrast between the two cultures. This is no surprise to the powers that be, and the fact that there has been no attempt to reconcile these differences is further proof that a happy coexistence was never the desired end. There is no love, only a desire to crush traditions, that coincidentally, happen to be those of our Holy Mother Church. The new parish is to be made in the image of CTK.

    Second, fit into what? Aren’t we all one parish, a new vibrant community, that is open and loving? If so maliciously inclined couldn’t the STA family have made the same comment regarding the CTK individual? Dear Blessed Mother, pray for us. St. Thomas the Apostle and Blessed Kateri, pray for us.

  4. avatar Eliza10 says:

    I kneel at this time no matter what parish I am in. Its the Universal Catholic Chruch; it should be the same anywhere – but our Diocese creates divsion and disunity and comments like that man’s, by stridently not following the norms of the Church. So though I kneel, I know some people will be thining, “She must think she is holier” but that is a cross I have to bear – I can’t control other peoples thoughts. I do it because I think its the right thing to do and I feel sorry for those who don’t – and I feel its not their fault because they have been improperly catechized and improperly led by Diosean leadership. I don’t blame them a bit. As to people iike that man at Christ the King, maybe when there is a revival in DOR, the outpooring Graces will help him gain a little Catholic humility.


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