Agenda of  "reform of the reform"   (Most Catholics are not aware of this big picture)

Reversing the liturgical field
       Benedict starting new liturgical movement             Anatomy of a Reform

No more Communion under both kinds
         Sri Lanka cardinal bans Communion on hand - & must kneel

No more Communion on the hand

Is eliminating Communion on the hand the next change to the Mass?

Pope wants everyone to kneel and receive Communion on tongue:

2008-06-26 Pope sets norm

2010-05-26 announcement from Vatican

This site extreme...but scroll down for more info

This site also will cause groans

No more special ministers of Communion

No more lay people - especially women - doing anything on the sanctuary
(except altar boys).
No more lay-lead liturgies in the absence of a priest.
The Laity - A Good Idea at the Time?

No more altar girls

No more permanent deacons

Mass to be said in Latin according to the old rite, the priest not facing the people 
(see also this site   and this one)            This idea supported by Cardinal George Pell
Cardinal Ratzinger & single rite     

Video with Cardinal Burke - it reveals more clearly where the institutional church is heading and what can be expected from Rome in the forseeable future 

Concelebration?       Concelebration to be restricted? - Cardinal Burke

Strict Vatican control of all Catholic organizations - especially universities

Strict Vatican control of all appointments - especially bishops

A return to medieval vestments and clothing

Bishops' Conferences - given great responsibility by Vatican 2 - to be kept powerless.
See paragraph 9 of this article

Censorship of all Catholic publications and websites

A new translation of the Lectionary....a very fundamentalist translation....coming soon....has been described as "a disaster" by one Australian archbishop

Vatican control = European control of the church 

22 new cardinals

Ecumenism to mean "Catholics are right, everyone else is wrong".
c.f. 2011 Day at Assisi. It used to be called "Day of Prayer", but B16 didn't like that name because it might give the impression  that people others than Catholics know how to pray, so name was changed to "Day of Pilgrimage"

The recent controversy about a new English translation of the Mass
is all about control, not about liturgy. 

Liturgical translation at crossroads

New translation a betrayal of Vatican II?

The new translation  - many articles 
If we give in on this, what next do we give in on?

Does Jesus want us to go back to the old Latin Mass?
Does Jesus want the cardinals to go back to wearing their 20 metre long Superman capes? ( some of them are doing)

Use of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to re-interpret the documents of Vatican 2

What can we do?

Footnote re China:
Vatican & Beijing: failure to communicate
Benedict's 2007 letter put the relationship car in was too strong. It was the beginning of a down-turn in relations.
It caused the Chinese government to call a hastily arranged meeting of Chinese bishops
for a "toe the line" session.
I remember asking one experienced China hand what he thought of the letter on the day it was published. His one sound re-action: "Yuck".
The full letter  + follow-up note to try to "spin" the letter  
Matteo Ricci would never have written letters like these!
Benedict's hard-line approach to everyone and everything has alienated not just Catholics, 
but Protestants, Muslims, the Chinese Government etc

John W

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