Liturgiam Authenticam is a sad joke

sixtus v vulgata 1590 frontespizio

The spittle flecked nutties by ultra-traditional-ism-ists regarding never making any translation more precise, ever, are so incredibly misguided and ignorant that there is still, after all these years, unwavering and unqualified support for Liturgiam Authenticam, with those on the right saying that the attacks against it by the left are proof positive that it’s all good and must be supported. There are good things, but…

Those on the right who are naive and frightened of any kind of fight in this Church militant want nothing more than to hide behind anything whatsoever so as to feel safe, even if that requires surrender to the enemy, just as long as there is someone with hateful sarcasm and bitter cynicism telling them to do just that, because, you know, all that hateful bitterness is proof positive that someone is seriously on their side. But no one is on anyone’s side when sitting on a fence, particularly when that fence, these days, is made of razor wire. They are merely castrated cowards who know nothing, do nothing, except that they are always trying to please both camps, at least by continuing to know nothing and to do nothing, becoming useful idiots in this way.

Consider that Liturgiam Authenticam requires usage of the Nova Vulgata, whose textual critical principles are akin to those of Erasmus and Luther, so that the Nova Vulgata, however well intentioned back in the days of its being kick-started by Saint Pius X, turned into THE counter-counter-Reformation volley since the sixteenth century, even though it was finally published by Saint John Paul II. It is the Reformation all over again, but this time from within. And the useful idiot pundits merely say: “Well, I guess I never really looked into all that.” Right. That’s good enough, I guess, for the final judgment, right? You can’t just say that it’s all good because it’s in Latin. Nope. Doesn’t work that way.

Perhaps people should take such huge controversies a bit more seriously as they wade through the rivers of blood that have flowed because of these very questions. But we are the generation of being hip and clever because we are snarky and damning of all. And the darkness becomes all the more dark. And the channels for the blood to flow are being dug in just this way. How can we avoid the post-Reformation genocides that raged throughout Europe if we do exactly the same things that led up to those genocides?

As a cure, I recommend two things:

  1. “Humility, humility, humility,” as Pope Francis says. This changes everything.
  2. Give a flower to the Immaculate Conception. No, really, like a real flower. Go get a flower, at a florist if you have to, and put it in a vase, and bring it to a church, and put it in front of an image of our Lady, even on the floor if you have to.  This changes everything. As a blast from the past, here’s a flower sent in by a reader from half-way around the world:

flores holy spirit

Oh, and then, hey! Why not figure out the treasure map:

trent session 4 treasure map

There are rules for the treasure map. Most importantly, (A) and (B) of (1) and then (C) and (D) of (3) and not equated. (B) and (C) of (2) are equated, but only until 8 April 1546, not at any time afterward, that is, until there is a dogmatic decree about it. The last time that was attempted, that particular Pontiff abruptly died before he could accomplish it. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here are the rules:

1. Of three equivocations, only number (2) is valid.
2. Boxes (A) and (B) are from Sacrosancta, the first decree of the fourth session of the Council of Trent. This is a dogmatic decree.
3. Boxes (C) and (D) are from Insuper, the second decree of the same session. This is a disciplinary decree which does, nevertheless, have dogmatic content.
4. (A) refers to that which God has inspired in whatever original language, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, etc. That which is inspired is canonical. However, this is not to be found all in one manuscript, but, with the passage of the centuries, spread throughout many manuscripts, one phrase here, one there.
5. (B) refers to words and phrases used in the Latin Vulgate from the beginning until the publication of the decree. The Latin, a mere translation, is not inspired, but because of constant use by the Church, has a text which is more easily known, and can act as a sieve for the original language manuscripts.
6. (C) has the same content as that found in (B).
7. (D) does not have the same content as (B) and (C). Permission is given to print the best edition possible (see “potissimum”) to date. This recognizes that the project may be continue for a long time. [This is the sad state of the Nova Vulgata]
8. What is in (B) is a help to discover what is in (A); it would be advantageous to make good use of (B).
9. One cannot yet be sure what is in (B), as there are many manuscripts yet to consider.
10. Translations should be made only after the textual extensions of (A) and (B) have been duly studied.
11. Translations should be made from (A), noting that a correct sense of (A) can be found in (B).

/////// By the way, it’s just a coincidence, I’m sure, but it was when I was figuring all this out on the patio roof of the college at Saint Helen’s in Rome years ago that a sniper almost took me out. That makes it dramatic I guess. It never bothered me. I was on the top floor about 85 feet up, looking right at the guy:

sniper 2

He was across the railroad tracks in the always open roof window (427 feet away according to google maps):

sniper 1

Street level picture. At 85 feet up, none of the cables would be there.

He would have hit me smack in the heart. Good shooting, really. There’s a drop of quite a few feet at that range. Got out of the way just in time. A nano-second.

/////// It’s around the above treasure map that I wrote a 750 page ecclesiastical thriller (which now needs revising), Jackass for the Hour. One day… One day…

P.S. I’m sure there will be some people who will use the race-card against me, and say that all of a sudden I am racist because I don’t support certain aspects of Liturgiam authenticam. Really? Talk about tender snowflakes having a meltdown. No, I’m not against Cardinal Sarah! Take a breath!

2 Comments

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2 responses to “Liturgiam Authenticam is a sad joke

  1. nancyv

    Goodness gracious, but I didn’t understand a thing you wrote Father.
    EXCEPT your suggestions for the cure. Humility is a hard pill to swallow if your first love is not Truth. I ask Mary our Mother to help me to love Jesus as perfectly as she did.

  2. I’m with nancyv, I don’t get it. I don’t remember much Latin and to be honest I didn’t much like high school religion because it was focused too much on the history of schisms, human failures and such. Probably should have studied harder, maybe then I would have a inkling of what you are trying to tell us.

    I have been confused for a while by all this talk and criticism about the Pope. I know people who think everybody should condemn the Pope, but I recall Peter the first pope wasn’t always above criticism and Jesus didn’t condemn him. All I know is I am not qualified to debate the Pope’s words or actions, ’cause, like you, Father George, I am a sinner.

    But, I think Jesus in His Divine mercy and wisdom knowing what was coming came and offered us the ultimate answer, “Jesus, I trust in You!” That’s my thinking and I’m sticking with it.

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