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Bishop Strickland: “I Was Formed to Be a Priest to Serve A Horizontal Liturgy” Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, spoke to Evangelisation Australia about his book “Light and Leaven – the Role …More
Bishop Strickland: “I Was Formed to Be a Priest to Serve A Horizontal Liturgy”

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, spoke to Evangelisation Australia about his book “Light and Leaven – the Role of the Laity in the 21st Century.” He said that it was published on October 31, Strickland’s birthday. Quote, “It is out there, some people are still waiting for it, and some people have already read it and fallen asleep.”

Like a Bunch of Demons

Bishop Strickland believes that the present situation is - quote – “the perfect storm” where everything comes together, and Satan runs rampant. He referred to New York legislators celebrating the introduction of more cruel abortion laws. Quote, “They looked like a bunch of demons in their ugly celebration of evil.”

The Big Gorilla

According to Strickland, the Catholic Church is still the big religion Gorilla that those who want to get rid of God, will combat first. He asks what it means that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church. His answer: “People of faith will continue.” As an example, he mentions faith in Japan which survived without priests and bishops for centuries. He warns, “We can lose a lot.”

Letting People Go Off A Cliff Is Not Charity

Strickland compares living the deposit of Faith with driving on the correct side of the road. But, quote, “We are living in a time when people are told if you want to drive on the wrong side of the road and you feel that, go ahead and do so.” But Strickland says that "as a pastor I need to tell any politician, if they are doing something which is contrary to the Faith.” For him “the greatest love and charity is to tell this politician, Stop.” Not telling them anything is not being a pastor. Letting people go off a cliff is the opposite of charity, it is evil, Strickland stresses.

I Was Formed to Serve a Horizontal Liturgy”

For Strickland, the liturgy has become focused on the human and horizontal. Quote, “When I was ordained in 1985, I was formed to be a priest to serve that horizontal liturgy. And, “A lot of things we did when I grew up was not pointing at Jesus.” As a consequence, quote, “We have also seen some of the ugliest buildings which we have used as churches since I was born. The liturgy needs to say “Look up to God.”

Vatican II Is Not the Problem – Or Perhaps It Is?

Strickland denies that the Vatican II is the problem. Quote: “The Second Vatican Council has been distorted.” However, he admits that there are ways to read the documents wrongly. Then, he claims that this is the problem with any text. At the same time, he admits that Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae against contraception was not misinterpreted because it was – quote – “too unmisinterpretable.”
Dr Bobus
I understand what Bp Strickland is saying, but I think liturgy by definition is vertical--it inclines to upward or downward movement. What was called horizontal liturgy years ago was actually inclined downward.

Vat II has not been distorted. There are some very good (and much needed) texts in Vat II, but they are specifically undermined by other texts. In one place Vat II says one thing, in …More
I understand what Bp Strickland is saying, but I think liturgy by definition is vertical--it inclines to upward or downward movement. What was called horizontal liturgy years ago was actually inclined downward.

Vat II has not been distorted. There are some very good (and much needed) texts in Vat II, but they are specifically undermined by other texts. In one place Vat II says one thing, in another place it says something else.
Holy Cannoli
What's wrong with Vatican II?
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@ Dr Bobus
In one place Vat II says one thing, in another place it says something else.
Please provide an example and citation.
Dr Bobus
101. 1. In accordance with the centuries-old tradition of the Latin rite, the Latin language is to be retained by clerics in the divine office. But in individual cases the ordinary has the power of granting the use of a vernacular translation to those clerics for whom the use of Latin constitutes a grave obstacle to their praying the office properly. The vernacular version, however, must be one …More
101. 1. In accordance with the centuries-old tradition of the Latin rite, the Latin language is to be retained by clerics in the divine office. But in individual cases the ordinary has the power of granting the use of a vernacular translation to those clerics for whom the use of Latin constitutes a grave obstacle to their praying the office properly. The vernacular version, however, must be one that is drawn up according to the provision of Art. 36.

2. The competent superior has the power to grant the use of the vernacular in the celebration of the divine office, even in choir, to nuns and to members of institutes dedicated to acquiring perfection, both men who are not clerics and women. The version, however, must be one that is approved.

3. Any cleric bound to the divine office fulfills his obligation if he prays the office in the vernacular together with a group of the faithful or with those mentioned in 52 above provided that the text of the translation is approv
Dr Bobus
The above is from Sacrosanctum Concilium, no 101. Note how it first insists Latin to be used in the Divine Office by clerics, then provide an out to clerics claiming "the use of Latin constitutes a grave obstacle".
Holy Cannoli
When I was a yut in High School I studied Latin and Caesar s Gallic Wars for 4 years. 😴 It was a good mental exercise but I remember nothing and have no Latin understanding except for liturgical Latin and even that is limited. 🤪 I am trying to make a case for getting rid of Latin entirely. It's no longer needed. The Catholic writings of the past Catholic doctors and fathers are all translated in …More
When I was a yut in High School I studied Latin and Caesar s Gallic Wars for 4 years. 😴 It was a good mental exercise but I remember nothing and have no Latin understanding except for liturgical Latin and even that is limited. 🤪 I am trying to make a case for getting rid of Latin entirely. It's no longer needed. The Catholic writings of the past Catholic doctors and fathers are all translated in whatever language we want so why deal with a useless boring language. 🤔 Even the Church has all but eliminated Latin yet there are those purists who want to continue to beat this dead horse. 😡 There would be more of a reason to study Greek or Aramaic but those are non starters.
Dr Bobus
I recommend Veterum Sapientia by John XXIII, which is on Latin. It is not long--a page of so.

Common in pre Vat II clerical education was the study of Greek.

I can see no reason to study Aramaic--Scripture is in Hebrew and Greek.
Holy Cannoli
One Cardinal and Four Bishops Teach Clearly that Catholics Must Refuse Vaccines Tainted by Abortion

On December 12, 2020, one Cardinal and four Bishops (including Joseph E. Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, Texas) released a statement to teach Catholics that they should refuse COVID vaccines derived from the cells of aborted children. Comparing the practice of making vaccines from aborted children …More
One Cardinal and Four Bishops Teach Clearly that Catholics Must Refuse Vaccines Tainted by Abortion

On December 12, 2020, one Cardinal and four Bishops (including Joseph E. Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, Texas) released a statement to teach Catholics that they should refuse COVID vaccines derived from the cells of aborted children. Comparing the practice of making vaccines from aborted children to cannibalism, these princes of the Church argue that accepting such vaccines willingly contradicts the Church’s unequivocal condemnation of abortion. The text is also reproduced in full below the video and audio podcast. Link