Here's something that should be painfully obvious to TTC readers: Carol does not take a shine to people who make up their own teachings of the Catholic Church, especially when it comes to the Sacred Liturgy. It doesn't matter to me whether it's the friends-with-benefit/seven deadly sins spin on our Sacred Liturgy or if it comes from the Traddies.
The devil is always in the details.
I'm going to talk about this piece from Anne Barnhart in a minute, but before I do, I have a little parable.
About six months ago, I was sitting in a Panera Bread having lunch and an elderly woman came in and sat at the table beside me. She was modestly dressed, but wearing diamonds, gold, emeralds that would give Liz Taylor a run for her money.
She took notice of my cross necklace and began talking to me about Christ, the depravity of the world and in particular women, the threat Obama is to the moral compass and sovereignty of our country. It was clear by her cogent thoughts that she was educated, articulate, bright.
Then she told me about the aliens from space who steal body parts and jewelry - and the bunker she was building to hide from them. She told me there was room for my family and invited me.
The moral of the story is, sometimes brilliant people can be right on the money in 75% of something and just about the time you are salivating for the climax, they take off in a spaceship.
Let me start by saying, every educated Catholic would ratify Anne's citation from our theology that Christ is a Bridegroom to his Bride, the Roman Catholic Church. We would also affirm that our fiat here on earth is to gain admission to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb - eternal life in Paradise with Christ and Christ's atoning sacrifice in the Sacred Liturgy is mortal participation in His Glorious Feast.
While 60% of what Anne wrote to subsidize Catholic teaching is consistent with Church teaching, the spaceship lands just about the time she starts talking about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
There's a general rule of thumb that every Catholic better hang onto as we navigate the storms of this time in history: We have 2000 years of Pontiffs and a Deposit of Faith that define the meaning and symbolism of rubrics and gestures of our priests in our Sacred Liturgy (and teachings).
If you've never heard it before, ask the person for official sources from the 2000 years of the Deposit of Faith. Do your own diligence. If you can't find it in the Deposit of Faith, there's a problem. Give it zero credence.
Here we go:
In the traditional, pre-Vatican II rites, such as the Tridentine, Ambrosian, and Byzantine rites, at the moment of consecration, when the priest, in an act of masculine initiation, is calling God to the altar, both at the consecration of the Host and at the consecration of the Chalice, the priest MUST bend over the altar, stare intently at the Host or the Chalice, and rest his elbows on the altar. In this posture, and this posture only, does the priest then say the words that actually effect the change of the bread and the wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ
The priest puts his elbows down on the altar because the altar is A MARRIAGE BED...The priest lovingly holds the Host in his hands beneath him atop the supernatural marriage bed of the altar..YES, the consecration of the Host and Chalice in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a direct analogue to sexual intercourse between husband and wife. There. I said it. That wasn’t so difficult, now was it?...A baldachin is a bed canopy...
.The rubric of the elbows-down posture was intentionally stripped from the Mass by the Communist-homosexualist infiltrators in the 1960′s because they hated Our Lord, His Church, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, His Real Presence in the Eucharist, and specifically because of the connection to the marital act.... DO WHAT YOU WANT! Contracept! Sleep around! Be a sodomite! Abuse yourself!
The altar isn’t a table. It’s a bed, complete with bed linens. And it is NOT SYMBOLIC.
BEAM ME UP SCOTTIE.
Giving the woman the benefit of the doubt, perhaps this piece is poorly written or perhaps I have developed a reading comprehension problem - but my read on this was the insinuation that our priests are simulating sex between the sheets on the marriage bed.
This woman is worried about the innovations of puppets in the bleachers at Cardinal Bergoglio's Mass in Argentina?
I don't think I have ever encountered anything more offensive. For a variety of reasons. Considering I am in Boston, that is saying a lot.
I'm here to remind all that the meaning, gestures and rubrics of the Sacred Liturgy come to us through Apostolic Succession.
I stopped reading Anne about six months ago. When an individual sent me a link to the piece, I spent about 1/2 hour reading. I could, quite literally, feel tidal waves of hatred pounding over me. The magnitude of visciousness and venom consuming this poor lamb rattled me.
My Jesus Mercy.