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On Sunday, Catholic Mass won't sound the same
Rev. Benny George is a associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Burbank, California.
November 26th, 2011
01:40 PM ET

On Sunday, Catholic Mass won't sound the same

By Jim Roope, CNN Radio National Correspondent

(CNN)–If you’re Catholic, mass this Sunday will sound different for  the first time in nearly half a century.

You’ll hear it in the prayers of both the people and the priests.

“We have come back to a more accurate translation of the Latin from the Roman Missal,” said Fr. Rick Hilgartner, executive director of the Divine Office of Worship for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “The language of prayer should be evocative, speaking in terms of imagery and metaphor.”

The changes are enormous, said Fr. Richard Albarano, of St. Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, California, and should help the 280 million English-speaking Catholics grow in their  love for the mass. “The mass is the center of our lives,” said Albarano.

Not since the Second Vatican Council in 1965 have such sweeping changes been made.

The Vatican II changes were radical – the priest spoke in English instead of Latin and he faced the people instead of having his back to them. An Old Testament reading was also added to the mass, a surprise to many who thought of the Catholic Church as a New Testament only church.

Other changes, large and small, were designed by Pope John XXIII to get the people (and not just the priest) involved in the mass. But the changes were not communicated in advance. People showed up one Sunday morning, and it was all changed.

“They wondered if they were even in a Catholic church,” said Albarano.

This time, the Catholic Church has been talking about the changes, and communicating them to parishes, since 2000. For the past three months, many parishes have been working to ready their followers for the changes in the wording of the prayers.

That doesn’t mean some won’t be caught by surprise. “It’s going to be like Vatican II all over again,” Albarano said. “I haven’t heard much about catechizing across the Los Angeles Archdiocese at all. We said we were going to do it. I hope we did.”

To hear the complete story, click the audio player.

- CNN

Filed under: Catholic Church • Mass

soundoff (1,372 Responses)
  1. tom

    Jesus will be here within fifty years to settle all this.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Muneef

      Now will that be Jesus or God who will come to resolve all that ?? Tricky isn't it !!

      November 27, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • joey

      ok, mr im so stupid i havnt that crap already

      November 27, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      He's already here. He tried to bump off Obama last week. Where have you been ?

      November 27, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  2. SurRy

    Why is this on the front page of CNN. It should go next to the bake sale ad in the church bulletin.

    November 27, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  3. arcandciel

    To Bill and all the others who think Revelation and the Bible is fairy tale, let me ask you this. Why do you think it is written in coded language? Because it is NOT for everybody to understand! And if you understood that the whole history of the world has been WRITTEN IN ADVANCE step by step, then you would certainly no longer think it is fairy tale!....

    November 27, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • Mirosal

      wait wait wait ... a coded language ... I know they showed the DaVinci Code on TV again last night .. did you have dreams about it? Let me guess, you're taking your bible, and looking for it yourself in your spare time, aren't you?

      November 27, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • bird

      I want some of what your smoking!! The Bible is probably the greatest work of fiction ever, and nothing more than that.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • SurRy

      And to think I threw my secret decoder ring away.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • Ain't life Strange?

      No... its not a fairy tale. It's a riddle you either get or you don't. Catholics, or any religious belief for that matter, can't keep changing the principals set down by their God. Did God suddenly come down and say its no longer a sin to eat meat of Fridays? Or, did he say, lets change the mass from Latin to english. We had our books to follow along... it worked when I was growing up. And, lastly, I have a problem with all of these doctrines, beliefs and rituals being handed down from one man to another. Sort of makes me feel I'm in that game called 'telegraph' where you wisper a statement in someone's ear and by the time it goes around the room its far from the original statement. Why when a logical question is asked and there is no answer to be given are we told its a mystery? What about thou shall not worship graven images yet we pray to the Virgin Mary and St Joseph. How about thou shalt call no man father and yet that's what priests are called. And why is the church condeming birth control but hiding pedophiles in their church. To many doubts to believe that this, or any religion is true.

      November 27, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      wait wait wait again.....exactly which language is it 'CODED" IN ? Aramaic ? Hebrew ? Latin ? Greek ? Maybe you could go buy a clue.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • arcandciel

      How is it coded?Let me give you a small clue by saying that the whole Bible is like a giant jigsaw puzzle. You will NEVER find the whole truth on ANY doctrine in a single chapter, book or verse. It's here a little, there a little. Then you have words like "woman", which means a church as explained in other places. Then you have the fact that those who refuse to keep God's commandments CANNOT understand scripture even if they read the Bible a thousand times. Then you have to be called by God to understand, so on and so forth.... As for language I study in both english and french, and it is possible to understand exactly what the real words mean. In fact, the catholic church understands the meaning of the words well enough to teach exactly the opposite of what they mean. HAHAHA! i'M HAVING FUN!....

      November 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  4. PhillyMark

    Our maker, whoever, whatever that may be, gave us the power to reason. Religion ignores our power to reason and replaces it with a story sold for the currency of fear: "believe us, or you'll burn in hell forever".

    November 27, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • PFTM

      This is tiresome cant.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • Mosihasteen

      In twelve years of Catholic school and having primarily Catholic associates, I never heard that burn in hell crap once as it pertained to the church's protocols and teachings.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • lroy

      There was some mistakes last night (I go to the 4:00 vigil Mass when I can, it's mostly adults), but will get used to it. The ones who go only once or twice a year at Christmas and Easter will have the toughest time. The rest of us will be okay. The changes are not that enormous.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • Mirosal

      @ Mosihasteen .... You didn't hear it at all? I did, for 12 years. The nuns were adamant about it, the Jesuits would tell us to confess right NOW or they would personally call ahead and make the reservation in hell for you.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • jerry148

      @Mirosal are you retarded? You actually believed that the priest was going to "call ahead and make reservations for you in hell"? The name of the game is "owning up to your sins". Or for you secular folks, "being a man about what you did". Of course they stressed that notion, because they wanted you to be a morally correct person.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • Mirosal

      Of course I didn't believe them. I had lost all faith before my age hit double digits. It was just the old-fashoined scare tactics used by the Catholics for 2 millenia. It was familiar territory for them. That's what they knew. Fear. Control. "Do what WE say and never question our doctrine, and NEVER question the Pope" ... well, I questioned, and they got mad. 600 years ago, I would have been arrested, even as a kid. Now, they don't have that authority, so they just use fear and scare tactics.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • Mirosal

      To answer your first question, no I am not retarded. I've been in Mensa for almost 30 years.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      @PFTM
      What school did you go to, to learn that logical argument. It was devastating.

      LOL

      November 27, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  5. chief

    wasnt it latin the Christ spoke in? HA HA bunch of heretics.... greek to latin and its holy? you bunch of heretics make me laugh

    November 27, 2011 at 7:35 am |
    • Mirosal

      No, jesus did NOT speak Latin, he spoke Aramaic. Most of the NT was written in Greek, which was the language of choice for the educated literate.

      November 27, 2011 at 7:37 am |
    • chief

      spit out the hook,.......... i know the greek and hebrew and i think this latin crap is blasphemy....

      November 27, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • Mirosal

      Hey, don't yell at me, I don't beleive a single word of that "holy" book, regardless of its original language or what it has been translated into.

      November 27, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • agnostic

      Chief, you are a poor ignorant bigot blinded by the delusionthat The King James version is the 'word of God' and so everyone else is wrong. Next you will be telling us Genesis is literally true and the World and Universe is 7500 years old. Its obviously escaped your insight that (assuming she existes) its all the same god. Go back to the primevil hole in the ground you crawled out off and live in the darkness of what you call'Faith'.

      November 27, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • jerry148

      Christ spoke in prose. He advocated memes.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • Mosihasteen

      Using any language is adequate and to call the vernacular heresy is high handed and small minded. It is the Holy Spirit which speaks to our hearts during the Holy Mass and in prayer and in accepting the Holy Orders. In the words of Christ, "To blaspheme me, I can forgive you, to blaspheme the father, that can be forgiven, but wo unto him who blasphemes the Holy Spirit, for him ther is no forgiveness"

      November 27, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • chief

      re agnostic..... moron, i never said anything about the king james, i never said anything about what i believe about genesis, i never said anything about the world being 7500 years old, ..... what i did say was sarcastic and your moron self didnt get it, most likely we are on the same page on a lot of things except the fact your an idiot that cant read.... cheers

      November 27, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      Mosihasteen
      And just what language are you trying to speak in ?

      November 27, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Bucky Ball

      "Holy Orders" ?? Obviously you don't even know the meaning of those words. "Holy Orders" is their sacrament of ordination. Back to CCD class with you.

      November 27, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  6. Common Sense

    “We have come back to a more accurate translation of the Latin from the Roman Missal ..." So, this whole time since Vatican II, you've been doing it wrong?!"

    November 27, 2011 at 7:04 am |
    • jerry148

      No, it's just that when they translated it originally from Latin, they had very few sources to go by. That was nearly 50 years ago. Nowadays, they have loads more sources to go by, so they can translate it more accurately. It's like trying to break a code. Unless you have a key or something to go by, it will be very difficult.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      Name one source they have today they didn't have 50 years ago.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  7. impulse94

    Well, NOW the actual "true" words are going to be said, right? All that stuff before was all wrong, of course.

    November 27, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  8. Kenneth Leary

    No- it will not sound the same. It will SOUND CLOSER AS TO WHAT IT SHOULD. The TEXT of the MASS is in Latin- translated into English- it is NOT A CHANGE but a BETTER TRANSLATION. (And John XXIII did not authorize any of the changes we see today)

    November 27, 2011 at 5:43 am |
    • Mirosal

      Of course he didn't. He died in 1963. Paul VI continued the council, and it was concluded in 1965. Kinda hard for a dead man to authorize anything.

      November 27, 2011 at 5:50 am |
    • chief

      closer to what???? what Christ said or what a bunch of girly men extorted as truth?

      November 27, 2011 at 7:37 am |
  9. FedUpwithLA

    If only the Catholic Church would go back to the music of Palestrina, then things would be okay. The drivel that they usually play on Sunday morning has been dumbed down so much that only a junior high school audience could appreciate its musical worth. But, does anyone care? No, not really. Just another dollar thrown in the basket . . .

    November 27, 2011 at 5:10 am |
    • arthur

      Better to give that dollar to a wino!

      November 27, 2011 at 5:17 am |
    • Eric

      Indeed. I always joke that ever since the RC church banned the augmented fourth, their music has been woeful. The Anglican Church is the only place for sacred music anymore. The Baptists, Presbyterians, and methodists suck, the RC's copy that style of suck, the Lutherans haven't had a good composer since Bach...pretty much the music in most churches this day is more of an insult to God than anything else. But then you have the episcopal and anglican choirs that do more music in one week than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir does in a year with 1/3 of the people. If you like sacred music such as palestrina, the Anglican Communion is the place to be. If you like sacred music that insults the ear and intelligence, feel free to waste your time and have your kids molested by the RC church. Other than Westminster Cathedral in London (not to be confused with Westminster Abbey), there isn't a music program of merit in the entire RC church – probably because they value molestation of children far more than they value teaching them the choral tradition of their past.

      November 27, 2011 at 6:22 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      Then go to an Episcopal church. You are more likely to hear Palestrina there than the anywhere. Did you notice at the Royal wedding they sang the "Ubi Caritas". I bet no Catholic here even knows what that is.

      November 27, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      Eric,
      Actually there are a VERY few Roman churches with serious quality music programs. A couple are in the US. But as you say, almost all are total CRAP.

      November 27, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Eric

      Mildred,

      As a countertenor, I am proud to be part of the dying tradition that is Anglican choral music. While the others are playing Jesus Loves Me on their Fender Stratocaster, we're busy doing Parry with a Wurlitzer or a Fisk. While the others are enjoying their laser show during the christian version of Michael Jackson's Thriller, we're sing Tallis' Lamentations of Jeremiah. While the lower IQ crowd is blowing ram's horns while women dressed as nymphs dance around the altar like a coven of witches, we're singing evensong 6 days a week – sightreading works by Howells, Bairstow, Purcell, etc... Yup. They wouldn't know good music if it slapped them in the face which makes me want to do just that – smack these morons in the face.

      November 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      Eric,
      Where, (East, West, North or South), do you live ? 😈

      November 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  10. arcandciel

    I have NO IDEA if my comment will be allowed but I try anyway. If you google "The seven hills of Rome", and couple this wirh Rev 17, verses 9 & 18, you have the GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION of the great false church. Use your brain for the rest and you will really be illuminated!....

    November 27, 2011 at 4:55 am |
    • arthur

      Speaking in terms of imagery and metaphor, thats about all catholosism is of any use any-how. And unless anyone is truly seeking God , Get rid of all of the idols (repent 1st, Rom. 10:9-10), and pray through Jesus OT mary .

      November 27, 2011 at 5:15 am |
    • Judy

      The Catholic Church is the true Church, if you say it isn't then no Church is. You rely on the authority of the early Catholic Church for your Christian worship no matter what it be if it can be corrupted at some point then what protects yours or how can you trust everything wasn't wrong.

      November 27, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • Mirosal

      Very well then, no church is true. There, I said it. And before you start in Judy, I know all about Catholic policy, doctrine and dogma. A 12 year (parentally forced) education courtesy of the Jesuits will do that to you.

      November 27, 2011 at 7:03 am |
    • arcandciel

      EVERYTHING I believe is right because it is exactly the OPPOSITE of what the catholic church teaches, because everything the the catholic church teaches is exactly the OPPOSITE of what the Bible teaches. Logical hey! And the original church of the NT is the true one and was headquartered at Jerusalem, NOT Rome! And the book of Revelation is the revelation of Jesus Christ as it says in the very first verse, so I will believe Him instead of liars who change everything and say they change nothing. Anything else? And yes, the true church exists but I won't mention its name because my comment won't be approved!....

      November 27, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • Bill

      If you used your brain you wouldnt believe in fairy tales like Rev and the rest of it

      November 27, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • citizenmn

      The Catholic church is one (flawed) interpretation of Christianity. For those who keep insisting somehow it is the "true" church, nowhere in the Bible will you find the words "Catholic church" or "pope" or any other terminology associated with this church.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • PFTM

      One just never knows where the dead polemic of the "reformation" will pop up.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • jerry148

      Yeah, and the original Bible and Scripture weren't in English, retard. "Catholic" is just a word meaning "universal". The universal church thereby = the "Catholic" Church. And pope just means "father", or "leader". The successive line from Simon Peter to Benedict XVI has had its flaws and dark days, but they were still handed the keys to the kingdom of Heaven by Jesus Christ himself. That is an undeniable fact.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  11. right turn clyde

    it's gonna have a more rhythmic slapping sound to it.

    November 27, 2011 at 4:50 am |
  12. MacFab

    Reading your article did not help me to understand what the changes were all about. I have to Google what new changes were made in Catholic Church to have an idea of what you were talking about. I read your article 2 to 3 times and the only clear thing was this Sunday Mass would be different. Poor article aver all. Sorry!

    November 27, 2011 at 4:48 am |
    • AGuest9

      Looking to CNN for journalism?

      November 27, 2011 at 6:20 am |
    • jerry148

      @AGuest9 .......is like looking in the lost and found for your iPhone 4S. It's not going to be there. EVER.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  13. augustghost

    So why is it that society has decided that the old Greek Gods and beliefs are just "Greek Myths", yet all of the religions of today are "real".....People...... they are ALL MYTHS

    November 27, 2011 at 3:43 am |
    • Dennis

      It's subjective, of course, unless you actually expect a believer to respond with "really? Wow, didn't realize that. Huh."

      November 27, 2011 at 3:46 am |
    • Eric

      Um, you do know that there are people who still worship the greek / roman gods, right? Hell, half the Roman Catholic churches and cathedrals in Europe are built on top of the ruins of temples to gods and goddesses like Diana. The vatican itself sits on top of an old pagan site where human sacrifice occured. I'm sure it is just a coincidence that much of the RC holidays are on days that were originally pagan high feast days because they feel that they're just myths and not a religion. Also, how is atheism not a religion? Nobody preaches more about God than an atheist who is so smart that he has to tell us all about it. Enlighten us with your belief in nothingness.

      November 27, 2011 at 4:19 am |
    • Mirosal

      Have you ever met an Atheist priest, minister, reverend, or preacher? Have you ever had Atheists knock on your door teling you that you have to be "saved"? What exactly are we to be saved from? Have you ever turned on your TV and saw an Atheist telling you to send money and he WON'T pray for you? We don't preach, we only get vocal when others do all they can to tell us we are inherently evil because we don't open a 2000 year old moldy book filled with 3000 year old stories and hope that some invivisble sky-fairy who rules the universe hears our voice through the vast reaches of the cosmos. Atheism is not a religion. It is simply the fact that one does not believe in deities. Period. That's it, nothing more nothing less. No sects, no denominations, no scriptures.

      November 27, 2011 at 4:34 am |
    • Eric

      Mirosal,

      You're right; atheists don't do that. They just mock religion everywhere it is brought up like in a section of a news site about religion. They don't have to knock on your door; they can just write music about how cool it is to hate God and hollywood eats it up and brings it right to my home through my TV. Nope, you guys are so much better than Jehovah's witnesses.

      November 27, 2011 at 6:34 am |
    • Eric

      And mirasol,

      To answer you question, I have met several atheist preachers; they're called college professors and biology teachers. They're the band Godsmack; they're the Anton Levey Goth wanna be kids (funny because Levey DID believe in God). I have never thought the work of man is of God and that includes the church. But what does religion have to do with God? It's man's perverse reflection of something they can't understand. Likewise the responsive religion against it – atheism – is indeed man's own perversion on something they cannot understand and it is a cult or religion. And if you are not part of the God-hating, atheistic crowd, your HS and college years will be hell. You will be mocked and ostracized in today's own form of inquisition. But ya, it's not a religion...ok

      November 27, 2011 at 6:47 am |
    • robert

      Personally i refer to Christian Theology correctly as Chistian Mythology. But its hard for people to accept that their entire theology is just a bunch old jewish fairy tales. Atheism isnt a religion, it is the rejection of a theology (namely western theism). Atheism doesnt say anything about what god is. Western theology gives a definition for god. That definition roughly is there is an old santa clause like god that gives out presents to you when you die if your good and he is all powerful all knowing and all loving. Atheism points out that if we live in a rational universe the existence of that God is impossible, because its definition is illogical.

      November 27, 2011 at 7:00 am |
    • truthfulster

      I will be going to my grave believing in a god instead of atheist's such as you. I've had enough happen to me in my life time to strengthen my belief instead of being torn down by people that only believe in what they see. If you don't see any examples of a living god in your life then it only means he doesn't believe in you either and to top it all off Obama will lose this November and congress will be conservative once again.

      November 27, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      Maybe before you go to your grave you will learn when and how to use apostrophes.

      November 27, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  14. what ever

    why if your not catholic why should it bother you. The catholic church has been around for over 2,0000 yrs and will be around for another 2,0000 yr what other church can say that.

    November 27, 2011 at 3:24 am |
    • Dennis

      Judaism is about 4,000 years old.
      Hinduism is believed to be 10k years older than THAT.
      There are likely some other old dogs out there, but I just hit my research limit on this one.
      Not trying to argue, mind. I fancy myself a Christian, as well. Just answering your question.

      November 27, 2011 at 3:45 am |
    • Mirosal

      What other church? Well, let's try Judaism. Let's not forget Buddhists, Hindu, and Zoastrian. Every one of them pre-dates your corrupt church. After reading your little post, it looks like you lernd a lot frum yer kath-lick teecherz.Learn to capitalize the proper nouns, and for future reference, two thousand is not denoted as 2,0000. You typed in 20,000 with a misplaced comma - twice. Looks like the Valley girls are still alive and kicking after 30+ years. Like totally fer shure gag me .. what-ev.

      November 27, 2011 at 3:46 am |
    • Eric

      The orthodox church has been around just as long as the catholic church and they don't molest children, sponsor fascism and genocide, or cheese up their traditions to please a bunch of people who would be better suited in a baptists church than the RC Church. Thanks and come again.

      November 27, 2011 at 4:06 am |
  15. Mirosal

    Changing a few words around won't absolve the Catholic Church from 2 millenia of corruption. That little club was directly responsible for holding back humanity for over 1000 years. When people started to 'wake up', so to speak, in the 1500's and started to ask "Why?", any real discoveries were immediately trounced upon by the Church for going against what they had taught for centuries. The Crusades were sanctioned, as was the Inquisition, by that guy with the funny hat sitting on a throne in Rome. They still have an exorcism office. They are one of the world's wealthiest land-owners. They don't pay taxes here in the U.S., do they pay taxes anywhere in the world? They practice the most unnatural act of celibacy, leading to their current scandal. Cathlic schools do not teach religion. They teach policy, doctrine, and dogma. When a child asks "Why?", the usual answer is "Because." I survived a Jesuit education. It was little hard to fake my way through after having lost all faith and belief before I was 10. But I realized that in a crowd, no one hears you, so lip-synch was the order of the day. Just be a good little parrot, switch the sentences around a little on your homework, and you'll pass.

    November 27, 2011 at 2:46 am |
    • mugadoon

      Mirosal- I could not have said it better myself! Excellent post!!

      November 27, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      Agreed, excellent post!

      November 27, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • PFTM

      What incredible silliness. You can thank the Catholic Church/Culture for (where shall I begin ...) the University system, the origins of international law & international banking, the ideal of charity, the notion of individual dignity (constantly under attack) and the rights that adhere, overturning the repugnant acts of the ancient world (e.g., infanticide), civilizing a barbarian Europe, countless scientists (never heard that one I bet), incomparable art, architecture and music, and etc. I am a Catholic and a scientist.

      This nonsense about the church being anti-science is simply inexcusable. There is no excuse for not knowing better about this subject. If it is true there should be countless examples. But Galileo the ONLY example ever given. Why no reference to Copernicus, Grienberger, Clavius, Buridan, Oresme, Albert the Great, Fulbert, Thierry of Chartres, Roger Bacon, Grosseteste, Steno, may Jesuit mathematicians, Riccioili, Grimaldi, Cassini, Kircher, Boscovich, Odenbach, Mendel, .....

      November 27, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  16. Zwei Stein

    We are born with everything we need, to know the difference between right and wrong. It does not require an infallible person. Nor does it require any special wording or ancient stories. Trust the mind and intelligence God gave you. Pretty, calculated rhetoric won't provide you any edge. Take a look at Deism.

    November 27, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • Judy

      Take another look at Catholicism your over simplification doesn't do it justice.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  17. toxic zebra

    The Vatican’s influence in small countries around the world and isolated places affects the balances of nature in those areas in several ways: The act of the Catholic Missions in providing food, medical assistance and comfort to these countries in need is a Godsend, but at the same time extending and implementing a No Birth Control Policy to the largest volume of their population results in a population explosion which then overwhelms the resources in these areas, then a few years of normal drought can create horrific scenes of famine, mass graves, starving children and sub-human lifestyles for that population bubble –as it bursts. The lands come to be stripped of resources through the burden of overpopulation, including some entire species of plants & animals, creating problems for the future of man (note the expansion into the Amazon Rainforests). The timing for the church's changing of its Birth Control Policies is now. Where conception has not been granted relief might be found through adoption of those many homeless in need.
    Also, with HIV and AIDS arising, the Church’s No Condom Policy helps worsen the problem. The Church is there after-wards with comfort for a problem their policies were questionably instrumental in abetting. Then in the course of this lesson it was shown that the Church does have an advantage in this respect in that it has a great reach into the small villages in the far corners of the World, to the "Nth" and is in a prime position to become a frontrunner in the efforts to reduce AIDS, by reversing its man made policy and pushing Condom usage.
    The Goal of philanthropy is not to flood the world with population, rather to bring into focus, the care of and condition of the present, going forward with planning, thinking what the kids now will see in their day. The population of the World doesn’t have to be destined for a train wreck around the corner. Along with the missions came a no-birth control policy in isolated areas. When God said, "Go forth and populate the Earth," 1000s’ and 1000s’ of years ago, there was a lot of virgin Earth yet untouched, which have now filled through the millenniums. The Church’s archaic NO Birth Control Policies now come to interfere with the checks and balances of Nature. As Man’s numbers have come to fill the Earth, so has his technologies increased astride. When the population of mankind became great the tools and means of birth control came along at that time.
    During this era man's technological waste increased astride, as well. All of Life then is contained within vessels of matter animated by the spirit and in a fish tank/terrarium, as so to speak, whether of air or water, or on land or sea. The way we manage our industrial waste today will determine the leeway of our children's range of decision in their day and whether they will suffer.

    November 27, 2011 at 2:15 am |
    • Judy

      Get back, Satan.

      November 27, 2011 at 6:59 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      Good post.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      @Judy
      WOW, you devastated this whole post with one short deragaugatory name calling sentence.
      Where did you learn that logic? Probably the "El Rushbo s k r e w a l"of logic.

      BTW, s k r e w a l is in Rush's own words from his Excellence In Buffonery network and NOT MINE.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      @self
      Darn, a typo.

      Hope Judy does not think that cancels my post.

      Time will tell.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  18. Colin

    If I had my way, I would add the following sermon to every Catholic mass.

    “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today so that, for the first time in 2,000 years, you can actually hear the truth about Catholicism.

    First, the most fundamental belief of Catholics, that a being powerful enough to create the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies, would impregnate a virgin with himself, to give birth to himself, so as to sacrifice himself to himself, to forgive an “original sin” of Adam and Eve who we all now know never existed, is sheer stupidity. Think about it for yourself for once – don’t blindly accept what others tell you you must.

    Secondly, the idea of a god withholding all evidence of his existence and then punishing those who draw the reasonable and natural conclusion that he does not exist, with an eternity of burning, is Dark Ages nonsense. Why not just show up once and prove he exists?

    Thirdly, do you really have any idea about who wrote the Bible? Who were they, why should we blindly accept what they say and why is it so “wrong” to be skeptical of their claims. I trust very little from the Bronze Age Middle East – why should the Bible be an exception?

    Fourthly, do you really think that you survive your own physical deaths? Of course you don’t. You can make up heaven, hell, limbo, purgatory, and all the other magic “after death” kingdoms you want, but the fact is that you, me and every other human being on the planet has only one thing in common – we will all die. Get over it.

    So, given the above, please go forth and enjoy your lives. There is no mind reading sk- fairy observing you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Amen"

    November 27, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • Danyel

      Yeah! Speak on brother Colin! Mmmmhmmm!

      November 27, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • Judy

      You're the idiot.

      November 27, 2011 at 7:01 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      Well stated Colin

      November 27, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • PFTM

      Alternatively, you are wrong.

      November 27, 2011 at 8:08 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      @Judy

      How's that logic of name calling to refudiate someone's post working for ya?

      November 27, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  19. Bullet

    The Catholic Church needs to change more than the way it prays, It needs to change the way it preys.

    November 27, 2011 at 1:59 am |
  20. What?

    What a terrible article. I now know what was changed in 1965, but it doesn't elaborate on what is new with these 'enormous' changes other than they are going to more evocative language.

    November 27, 2011 at 1:23 am |
    • GC

      The USCCB website has a detailed explanation.

      http://old.usccb.org/romanmissal/index.shtml

      November 27, 2011 at 1:51 am |
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