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From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

VATICAN––Shortly after it was revealed that his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, defrocked 400 priests for sexual abuse of minors, Pope Francis decreed the immediate removal of priestly faculties for 300 priests from Europe and the Americas who were found in defiance of liturgical norms and persistently refused to greet parishioners with the traditional “Good Morning” liturgical salutation. “The rubrics are clear in this regard; the celebrant is to smile, holds his hands out widely and welcomingly, and say ‘Good Morning,’ in a jubilant voice, before continuing with the Penitential Rites,” said a spokesman for the Holy See, defending the Holy Father’s decision. He continued, “a committee has been established also to ensure that liturgical norms for homilies are followed strictly by all who preach at Mass.” These norms, he explained, are somewhat more flexible: “the priest or deacon or layperson with a degree in theology or pastoral ministry has the option, in this case, of beginning with either a story or a joke. But beyond this, there is little wiggle room. Defying this would be the liturgical equivalent of deliberately changing a note in Marty Haugen’s ‘Mass of Creation’ setting for the Eucharistic Prayer, the Canonical penalty for which is an automatic excommunication.” The spokesman concluded firmly: “We are not at liberty to tamper with the Holy Liturgy of the Church, adding and subtracting as we see fit. That would make it more about us than about God.”

Well, OK, although PopeWatch would prefer the defrocking of priests who sing off-key loudly.


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  1. Ben Franklin said that beer was proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. The Bible says that God gave us wine to make us glad. So does the Bible support Rick rather than Ben or is it simply that living in the midst of the Little Ice Age, vines didn’t do so well and folks in the American colonies had to make do? 😉

  2. Re the “Little Ice Age” – Indeed, Greenland was named such for its verdant pastures. If only the settlers’ sheep and cattle had emitted more methane, Global Chilling would have been forestalled and Greenland wouldn’t today be under an ice cap.

  3. There are many historical indications of cyclical climate change having nothing to do with industrial development. The prosperity of Europe during the medieval warm period, the later abandonment of settlements in Greenland, and interestingly the increase in hardness of the woods used in the making of violins during the Little Ice Age. Antonio Stradivari had that going for him, in addition to his talent. I understand that Obama will preach the usual manmade global warming sermon at the SOTU address tomorrow. The Republicans ought to don parkas in protest.

  4. This new Pope certainly is refreshing and right on. Understanding that a good
    morning is expected and required. We all are expected to fallow the churchs
    teachings.To grow learn and develop this faith strong leaders are necessary!
    God Bless our clergy

  5. “I understand that Obama will preach the usual manmade global warming sermon at the SOTU address tomorrow”. Will he blame it on Bush?
    “The Republicans ought to don parkas in protest.” What a great idea!! As I write this I am in Minneapolis visiting a 98 y.o. aunt. When I parked the car tonight it was -9 with wind chill of -24 and dropping.

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