The 'Signs of the Times' Have Passed Them By

November 2007

In The New York Daily News (July 12) there was a short column by the Rev. Brian Jordan, an immigration counselor assigned to the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Manhattan. He comments on Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio, titled Summorum Pontificum (issued July 7), liberating the Tridentine Latin Mass.

Fr. Jordan says, "There continues to be no national pastoral need to celebrate the Mass in Latin other than to satisfy a small -- albeit very influential -- number of disgruntled Catholics.... And, more importantly, who really needs the Mass in Latin?... A certain few.... We must continue to be called to progression, not regression."

Contrary to Fr. Jordan, we stated in our October 2007 Editorial that "we believe this is big news for the entire Church.... Catholic Tradition is the key to the future strength of the Church."

Fr. Jordan says, "I myself have abided by the spirit of Vatican II to respond to 'the signs of the times.'" He repeats the phrase "signs of the times" two more times.


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New Oxford Notes: November 2007

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"Traditional Catholics know which way the wind is blowing. How brutal for the Vatican II-niks! The "signs of the times" have passed them by."

This is so true! As a family of six, I can promise that I'm raising my kids in the light of tradition, and I'm sure many other parents are , too. Large families inspire tradition. What responsible parent would teach their kid liberalism: "do whatever you want, as long as it's cool for you." That is a path to hell for the parent and student alike. God gave us parents the gift of our children to teach our children to be good stewards in the world, spiritually, and physically.
Posted by: conlee
November 10, 2007 02:38 AM EST
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