Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Reform of the Reform Grows Up

Lots of people have been talking about the Reform of the Reform lately.  Some think its "dead."  I think its actually just beginning,  except now with something nobody anticipated:  the best vehicle of liturgical reform is the Extraordinary Form.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Is Traditionalism a Fad?

A lot of controversy was generated by remarks believed to be uttered by the Holy Father, who is alleged to have viewed devotion to the Latin Mass, especially among the young, as a "fad" which will pass with time.  Whether or not the Holy Father made those remarks, they are common enough that many believe this.

Why is traditionalism such a hit with the young?  Why is the demographic for the Latin Mass skewing so far to young families, when it was believed (even during the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum!) that it would be a rarity mainly to be focused on older people?

That's what I look at today at Catholic Lane, providing a (very brief!) history of the traditionalist movement through official Church documents (The 1984 indult, Ecclesia Dei, then Summorum Pontificum) mixed with my own personal experiences, and no doubt the experiences of several other young traditionalists.

The short version:  It is up to each and every individual traditionalist to see to it that this devotion isn't a fad.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Project at Catholic Lane on the Wednesday General Audiences of Pope Francis

Catholic Lane willl be starting something new. Every week (with a slight delay so we can do the material) we will be covering the Wednesday General Audience of Pope Francis. I'd like to tenatively get some interest here, so here are some rough guidelines:

1.) 500-750 word limit.

2.) Focus on only 2-3 points made from the general audience. These are short, so if all we do is repeat the points the pope made, everyone can go to the Vatican Website for that.

3.) The more Scripture and Church Fathers you can incorporate while making it still sound like original material, the better.

4.) The ideal goal is for 3-4 writers to do this, so it would only be a once a month thing. Yet if more people sign up, we can have a different work schedule!

Over the next few days we will be publishing the first installment, so this should give you a better idea of what things should look like. If you are interested, feel free to respond here, or via email at kmtierney at gmailDOTcom or via Twitter @CatholicSmark

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

How Not to Refute Sola Scriptura

The latest installment of the Bad Evangelist Club is up and running over at Catholic Lane.  In it we look at a popular argument Catholic Apologists use to refute Sola Scriptura, and why it might not be the great argument some say it is.

Before anyone says anything, yes, I'm aware a man about to be canonized a saint made this argument.  No, that doesn't change anything.  We have a Magesterium for a reason, and that's because sometimes even holy saints say things which aren't strong arguments or sometimes just wrong.  Everyone should know this by now, so moving on!

Friday, January 31, 2014

St. Pius X and the "Church of Nice"

That's the subject of my latest column at Catholic Lane today.  The term "church of nice" has been made popular by Michael Voris of ChurchMilitantTV.  It is a clever marketing gimmick (as is most of his work), but like most marketing gimmicks, it really lacks substance.  It is even more lacking when you compare the attitude he promotes to the attitude the saints and popes advise us to take.

Criticizing bad policy and bad prelates isn't the issue.  It is how you are doing it.  And quite frankly, they are doing it wrong.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Why the Modesty Debate is Horrible, and How I'm Trying to Change It

If there's one topic I've cared to debate in Catholic circles, it is the subject of modesty.  We don't think the subject of modesty through.  We argue about the length of swimsuits and dresses, about whether or not men are lust-filled monsters by virtue of being men or whether they are molded that way.  This debate is a traffic and combox magnet, but it's probably one of the least productive debates around.

Over at Catholic Exchange today, I try to change that.  In the first of a multi-part series, I focus on how immodesty begins in the heart.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Why Priests Should Celebrate the Extraordinary Form

Today at Catholic Lane, I make a call for priests to celebrate the Extraordinary Form.  There are lots of priests who think that since a Latin Mass is being celebrated in their reason, "traditionalists needs are being met" so they really don't have to get involved.  I hope they become involved not for our sake, but the sake of their vocation.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Blog Update and New Projects at Catholic Lane

With the baby coming up in February, I find myself having less and less time to do blogging.  As a result, this blog will see a real decrease in posting, even more than it already has.  I'm asking people to subscribe via the button on the right so they can receive posts by email.  If you write for Catholic Lane, please subscribe, as I will frequently announce projects on this blog.

Speaking of which, time for another project!

Far too often Catholics don't know their Church Fathers.  When they do, it is talking points for an apologetics argument.  Knowing the Greek meaning of "presides in charity" in the thought of St. Ignatius is a cool nugget to have (hint, it proves the papacy in the early church), but it is kind of limited in telling you how to best live your life as a Christian trying to follow the Gospel.  That's what I want to fix.

After Lent, we will be tackling a different work by a Church Father per month.  For example, June might be where we discuss St. Ignatius' aforementioned Epistle to the Romans.  The writer would provide short commentaries (or maybe a 1,000 word short essay) a few times a month to help us understand how this writer teaches us to live the Gospel. 

As always, the rule of Pius X will be strictly enforced.  What is the rule of Pius X?  I've quoted it so many times, I've simply made it a rule.  When talking about how to teach Christian doctrine, St. Pius X stated the following in Acerbo Nimis:

The task of the catechist is to take up one or other of the truths of faith or of Christian morality and then explain it in all its parts; and since amendment of life is the chief aim of his instruction, the catechist must needs make a comparison between what God commands us to do and what is our actual conduct. After this, he will use examples appropriately taken from the Holy Scriptures, Church history, and the lives of the saints -- thus moving his hearers and clearly pointing out to them how they are to regulate their own conduct. He should, in conclusion, earnestly exhort all present to dread and avoid vice and to practice virtue.
If anyone is interested in this, please let me know.  As always, you can find me on Twitter @CatholicSmark if you have any questions, or the other ways of contacting me listed on this blog.

Kevin Tierney
Associate Editor, Learn and Live the Faith
Catholic Lane

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas to All!

I still have some ideas for this blog that don't involve Catholic Lane or Catholic Exchange, I promise! It's just I can't get to them at the time. :) I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I penned the following Reflection on the Christmas Season over at Catholic Lane. I really think it is valuable for those who only attend Church occasionally. Consider giving it to them.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Lenten Project at Catholic Lane

The following is loosely based on what I sent to the writers of the Learn and Live the Faith section on Catholic Lane.  Does this interest you?  Let me know in the comboxes, +Kevin Tierney on Google+ or @CatholicSmark on Twitter.

Does your local parish offer you Lenten reflection manuals?  Roll your eyes when you see one?  Some of them are heterodox.  Some of them are just plain bland.  While some of them are good, a lot of them lack a real understanding how the Scriptures help us live out our Lenten journey. 

I'd like to change this at Catholic Lane.  I'd like to do liturgical reflections for the readings for every day in Lent 2014.  Thanks to the abundance of commentary on the Sunday readings, that's 34 days that need to be filled, and I'd like the writers to help do it.  Since I highly doubt I'm going to get 34 writers, we would do this on a rotating basis.

While our normal word limit is around 1,000 words, I want that to be half this time.  Have the reflections be 400-500 words; short and sweet.  They should be focused explicitly on the readings for the day, and how these readings help us through the season of Lent.  As a result, they should be focused on promoting things like penance, fasting, confession, the freedom these disciplines provide, etc.

I'd like to get this set up and the structure worked out well before Lent starts, so let me know over the next few weeks if you are interested.  (Lent starts March 5, 2014.)

God bless,
Kevin Tierney
Associate Editor, Learn and Live the Faith
Catholic Lane