15 November 2017

Why is the post-Conciliar Catholic Church so antisemitic?

I don't blame the Council; there is nothing, as far as I am aware, in any of its documents to justify all the antisemitism which followed in the trail of the Council..

The Council did not mandate the dreadful reduction in the amount of psalmody in the Divine Office. It did nothing to encourage the untraditional, unorganic revolution of inserting "New Testament Canticles" into the Vespers psalmody, thereby reducing its psalms from five to two! And the Council encouraged the community celebration of the Office ... yet how many Catholic Churches  have Vespers on Saturday or Sunday evening? (God bless the Oratorians!) How many even of regularly  practising Catholics have ever attended Vespers, with that moving offering of Incense in memory of ... no; in continuation of ... the Evening Offering in God's Temple? Sicut incensum in conspectu tuo ... It is as if there has been a concerted plot to rob Christian clergy and laity of their consciousness of their essentially and gloriously Judaic identity.

The Council ordered that the Faithful should be given a richer diet of Scripture; and it is true that, in years following, an Old Testament reading was tacked on to the Sunday Epistle and Gospel. But the price that had to be paid for this somewhat external and artificial alteration was the eviction of the more integrated and ancient structural elements which were lost during the process of 'reform'.  The ecumenical twelve readings of the Easter Vigil had been reduced to a pitiful four (or fewer); the Pentecost Vigil, the Ember Days, the Lenten 'stational' weekday series of lections from the Hebrew Bible, all needed to disappear. The quiet, daily insistence of the Eucharistic celebrant, as he stood at the foot of the Altar, that he was going up to God's holy Hill of Sacrifice, treading in the footsteps of Abraham and Isaac and the Family from Nazareth and entering God's tabernacula, was ruthlessly expunged.

The Council did not abolish the Roman Canon ... indeed, if the Conciliar movers and shakers had even hinted that this was the direction they were moving in, I bet enough of the Fathers would have risen in rebellion to prevent their plans. So, fifty years ago, every devout presbyter of the Latin Church, every morning, explicitly remembered and renewed and fulfilled the sacrifices of God's Righteous Boy Abel, and our Patriarch Abraham, and the High Priest Melchisedek; he offered the tamid lamb for God's People and looked for the Salvation which was to come from the East. Nowadays, only an eccentric minority of clergy, out of favour with the current regime, take such words upon their lips. How many, indeed, of the clergy and laity out there in the 'Mainstream Church' are even aware that Holy Mass is a Sacrifice? How often does anyone remind them of it? How much awareness is there that the very heart of Man's commerce with the Divine, even before and outside the Mosaic dispensation, was and is sacrificial?

Our great Anglican Benedictine mystagogogue Dom Gregory Dix, who daily prayed the Canon of the Mass, memorably wrote of "that mighty and most necessary truth, the majestic tradition of the worshipping Church, the rich tradition of the liturgy unbroken since the Apostles, and beyond - beyond even Calvary and Sion and the Synagogues of Capernaum and Nazareth, back to the heights of Moriah and Sinai and the shadowy altar on Ararat - and beyond that again".

And now we are told that the Council is 'finally' being implemented ... by a pope who attacks the Torah, God's Holy Law! Who has spoken about "the Torah with its quibbles [cavilli]". Indeed! Quibbles!! I will not repeat what I have written about such antisemitisms in my paper included in Luther and his Progeny, Angelico Press; I situated them in the context of the unbroken and deplorable tradition of Lutheran and Protestant antisemitism since the sixteenth century.

Traddiland is in many ways a strange country; persecution may indeed have driven us into eccentricity! But, at least, we have preserved, against all the odds, the basic DNA, the fundamentally Hebrew grammar, of the Christian Faith. Nobody will be able ever to take that boast from us.


Josephus Muris Saliensis said...

And do not forget the subtle change of the calendar days from the Jewish tradition which had survived in the Church for 2000 years in beginning each day in the evening with the first Vespers (or a memorial) of each day. This was the first of the changes, in 1962, but all part of the same agenda, which Bugnini enacted. With this tradition went out also logic, so First Vespers survives only for important days, and very 'unimportant' saints, who are only commemorated, never get a Vespers at all! Its all so horrid and mean, as a dear priest friend say, with the very graphic french word, - 'mesquin'.

Ben Trovato said...

Indeed! One might add the fact that we no longer refer to the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which again clearly located her and the Holy Family, in the Jewish religion.

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Dear Father. ABS thinks of you every time he reads a text featuring a priest or prelate from England.

The either day he picked-up a book in his library, "The sacrifice of the Mass: an explanation of its doctrines, rubrics, and prayers," by S.J. M. Gavin, who was pastor of Immaculate Conception Church Farm Street, London and which book is the text edition of a series oral teachings he presented to Catholics and Non-Catholics (real Ecumenism) beginning in April 1901.

The good Jebbie taught Catholics and non Catholics about the four ends of sacrifice:

God's honor and Glory
Pardon of our sins

They ain't making Jebbies like this anymore.

Imagine any prominent Jebbie (ABS can think of some quite famous ones) teaching Catholics and non Catholics that the Mass is a sacrifice of propitiation that disarms God's Justice while the impetratory power draws down His mercy?

The Real Mass is the sacramental re-presentation of the Pluperfect Self-Sacrifice/Holocaust of Jesus Christ on Calvary, where His burning love substituted for the fires of the Old Testament sacrifices which were the types preparing the once chosen people to accept Him as Messias.

Lord have Mercy. Why has the modern magisterium chosen to keep its people in darkness?

OreamnosAmericanus said...

Your arch title continues your delightful literary style, Father.

I will leave aside the deeply problematic word and concept of "antisemitism" simply to say this: after a lifetime of quite genuine philosemitism, on the personal, political and religious levels, I have come to see that holy men like St Thomas Aquinas had a more robustly realistic and non-sentimental view of the house of Israel as a continuing collective. After WWII, they have wrapped themselves in an impregnable moral armour of victimhood while in actuality rising to unheard of levels of wealth, influence and power in their host nations. Consequently, what I now see as my naive attitude has been replaced with one more in line with the Fathers and the long tradition of the Saints.

The Jewish Scriptures, most properly called The Old Testament, are one thing. Their whole meaning depends entirely and without remainder on Christ. The descendants of those who wrote them are quite another. Especially in their post-Emancipation form, their various idolatries depicted in the Bible seem rather quaint compared to the disproportionate atheism and (ironically) their idol-worship of secular utopian faiths, all of which aim at the destruction of the shabby remnants of Christendom.

So, shall we restore the Twelve Lessons? Of course. But does this translate into a mystified blindness about the fallen nature of all men, Jews included? Too often, post Vatican II, it has. I will end with one question. Given the dulia about Jewishness flowing from the Council post WWII, who has benefited and been strengthened and who weakened by what has turned out to be a one-way and quite unrequited love affair? Us or them?

Anonymous said...

It is indeed a scandal, that even at large cathedrals with professional organists and choir conductors, you almost nowhere find a sung vespers every Sunday. Elder French Missal translations for the laity usually contained also the texts of the Vespers, even for the ferial days! What a culture has gone. But one reason here is clearly the liturgical chaos after introduction of the vernacular. It became simply impossible to continue this Tradition- if it still existed - , not only because the vernacular languages did not fit with the Gregorian melodies, but also, because for years after the start of the new liturgy, there did not exist any usuable song books for the daily hours. But, there is also another reason: the musical education of many people - and the priests unfortunately here are no excemption - , that they are not able to sing correctly even a little song, not to speak of more elaborated music like Gregorian antiphons. For vespers, a priest would not be needed by all means, but without, it is also difficult to arrange anything in the context of a congregation. So, in case of our cathedral here in North Germany, the vespers finally were given up silently a few years ago, when the last old priest retired who still was able to sing the liturgy.

Michael Leahy said...

A modern Marcionism?

Unknown said...

Surely the introduction of evening Masses had something to do with the demise of vespers.
Clare Underwood

Unknown said...

Clare, I recently took neighbors of mine to an evening Mass celebrated in the local Greek Catholic church, although I am opposed to the idea of the Saturday evening Mass. But in this parish a full Vespers is sung before the Mass. Both of these individuals are lifelong Catholics, and are in their late sixties. I was very surprised to hear that this was the first time that they had ever attended vespers, the first time they had ever seen incense used, and the first sung Mass they had ever attended. I would venture to say that the rot started long before Vatican II; they are quite happy with the banality of the local novus ordo, 'Because it only last 45 minutes'.

armyarty said...

I have long found the word "Jewish" to be problematic. Its equivocates from meaning the Old Covenant religion, fulfilled by Christ, into meaning the religion founded on the attempt to justify the rejection of the Messiah, and the essentially new religion that came with that rejection. Is that what St. Paul was talking about, when he spoke of "those who say they are Jews, and are not...."?

Normally, it does not much matter, but it can work a lot of mischief and fuzzy thinking. Old or new testament, it all belongs to Christ. Through HIM all things were made. "Before Moses and Elijah were......'

On the other hand, If I said these things in certain circles, I would be denounced as an anti-semite.

septentrionist said...

Why does dislike of an explicitly anti-Christian religion deserves condemnation, rather than approval? The Jews or Hebrews are often condemned in Scripture -- are the prophets anti-semites?

Isa. 24:5 - And the earth is infected by the inhabitants thereof: because they have transgressed the laws, they have changed the ordinance, they have broken the everlasting covenant.
Jer. 11:10 - They are returned to the former iniquities of their fathers, who refused to hear my words: so these likewise have gone after strange gods, to serve them: the house of Israel, and the house of Juda have made void my covenant, which I made with their fathers.
Dan. 9:26 - And after sixty-two weeks Christ shall be slain: and the people that shall deny him shall not be his.

Mt. 21:43 - Therefore I say to you, that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to a nation yielding the fruits thereof.
Mt. 27:25 - And the whole people answering, said: His blood be upon us and our children.

In the Talmud...
Sanhedrin (107b) - Mar said: Jesus seduced, corrupted and destroyed Israel.
Zohar, III, (282) - Jesus was buried in a dirt heap where they throw the dead bodies of dogs and asses, and where the sons of Esau [the Christians] and of Ismael [the Muslims], also Jesus and Mohammed, uncircumcised and unclean like dead dogs, are buried.

One could also touch upon what St. John Chrysostom and St. Isidore of Seville (Doctor of the Church) thought about Jews, or perhaps Alexsander Solzhenitsyn ("Soviet diplomats and their assistants consisted to a large extent of Jews"). One might point out a pattern of being expelled from various host nations, hundreds of times over centuries. Or one could listen to the Jews themselves: https://youtu.be/n4axVYZ7NP8

"Your views are fairly well-received in academia."

No More NO said...

Dear Fr Hunwicke

Thank you so much for your witty blog. I really appreciate your humour, and your witticisms have an underlying sanity which is much needed in these days of insanity and apostasy.

I have found these Catholic lectures on the internet. They really are excellent, and are explaining certain dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church. As an example, the origins found in Sacred Scripture for the Holy Eucharist, (The Old Covenant Bread of the Presence which stood in the Holy of Holies)Plus, The Chief Steward/Prime Minister (see Isaiah 22:22 Our Lord's words to Peter almost exactly) the King of Israels PM, who looked after the Kingdom whilst the King was absent, and thirdly, the role of the Queen Mother, (or Gebirah) who governed the Kingdom with her son. In the Kingdom of David, the King's MOTHER was crowned Queen, since her son very often had more than one wife. One key function of the Gebirah, was to carry petitions for the people to the King. She was enthroned at his right hand.
As seen by the Mother of the King, Bathsheba being given a petition by Adonias to give to her son, the King Solomon.

All this could explain to those OUTSIDE the Church that Catholic Dogmas stem from ancient Judaism, and are overwhelmingly ALL to be found within the Old Testament.

So, like you, I find it a bit of an anomaly that the modernists, who claim to be so ecumenical with the Jews,
have done all that is within their power to suppress the links of core beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church with the Kingship of David. (Christ being the King of Israel for ever - Our Lady His eternal Gebirah carrying our petitions to Her Divine Son)

Due to the suppressing of this information, no-one ever finds out anything and the Protestants and the Jews are completely clueless as to why we worship the way we do. The Modernist Churches have cut themselves OFF from the origins of the Church within ancient Judaism, and they have put to flight any possibility of the continuity between the Covenants being discovered apart from by a fortunate few. They sacrifice the Traditions of the Church, thereby creating an unnecessary barrier with those people whom should be made aware of the reasons for our practices, It is a sham ecumenism they preach Father, Christ's overwhelming desire for none-Catholics to recognize Him and love His Church would be far quicker realized if the Traditions of the Church had remained intact. The council may have worked to the detriment - inspite of what they profess. It has been a big mistake.
God Bless you Father. Merry Christmas. Say a prayer for me occasionally!


Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Professor Herman NuDix of Continuity College in Rome avers,

Many claim that the institution of the Saturday Lord's Supper was an unwelcome innovation of the 1960s that putatively was primarily for the benefit of those who travelled or were constrained to work on Sundays but that is simply not the case as any semi-sober study of Ecclesiastical history reveals.

Holy Mother Church has always had Presiders who have celebrated the Lord's Supper on not Sundays and so it only made sense that the people of God were allowed to count that day - Saturday- as fulfilling their obligation (such a harsh and judgmental word, no?) and so one looks forward to the day when all days not Sunday are considered as fulfilling the, admittedly, pharisaical demands of the celibate men in Rome.

I know many men whose Sundays are now more relaxed and who now spend the morning reading the Sunday paper and making preparations for the big game or simply enjoying God's creation on the golf course rather than dangerously driving too fast to make it to the gathering space on time for one's encounter with friends at the Lord's meal.

All of these changes, far from being radical and/or an example of a mistake in prudential judgment, are simply the merciful way of treating these not Sundays in a development that is in continuity with all that has come before and we must all remember that it was God who rested on Sunday and so too should the people of God. Amen?

motuproprio said...

On the matter of vespers, Westminster Cathedral has choral vespers each weekday evening and solemn choral vespers with Benediction each Sunday. Curiously the first vespers of Sunday is relegated to a said evening prayer.

vetusta ecclesia said...

The demise of some liturgical / semi-liturgical services may have something to do with the mania for incorporating everything, confirmation, baptism etc into Mass. There is a feeling that if it is not Mass then it is not the real deal.

Banshee said...

Actually, with the new interest in chant, the Internet availability of various Hours, and the various breviary apps that make praying the Hours and Offices easy... I think a lot of laypeople are beginning to pray and sing the Hours and Offices. At my local university chapel, the kids meet up to pray Morning and Evening Prayer.

At the CMAA symposiums here in the US, though, it was awesome to be able to chant them every day in a very solemn way.

Banshee said...

You know what else is awesome? The Office hymns. I love them so much. I just wish I knew them better. They seem to come in handy pretty often.

You'd be surprised how many Catholics on the Internet are bothered by really bad nightmares. I often recommend singing "Te lucis ante terminum" at bedtime, with the verse praying against bad dreams; and it does seem to help them.

Raghav said...

I've heard of a tamid lamp, but what is a tamid lamb?

Gadfly said...

The truth be told, the liturgical reformers wanted to expunge the Roman Canon (and the offertory): it was only the personal intervention of Paul VI that prevented their designs.