18 September 2011

RealCatholicTV.com

I can't say enough good things about this website.

Forget the critics, many of whom have very little acquaintance with the broad, wide-ranging (completely orthodox) content of this site, or who have little acquaintance with the founder himself (who has the curious ability to wear pink and seem even more masculine).

I hope you'll support RealCatholicTV, if not financially, then at least in prayer. It is a worthy apostolate, and deserves to be more widely known. It recently celebrated its third birthday. Here's to many more...

By the way, CatholicCulture.org downgraded its approval of RCTV to "questionable" status with regard to its fidelity to the Magisterium, after watching its episode exploring the roots of the Novus Ordo rite and Abp. Bugnini's control and direction of the Consilium tasked with revising the liturgy. Since CatholicCulture.org asks for comments from readers on its reviews, I decided to send in the following note:
Hello! I noticed that you have listed RCTV's fidelity as "questionable." Such a serious charge can do irreparable harm to the reputation of a Catholic apostolate whose sole desire is to save souls. Therefore, I hope you can substantiate this charge with 100% accuracy.

I notice that you charge RCTV with oversimplification of major issues. I believe, however, that your review falls into this very trap.

For instance, you claim that RCTV's investigative episode on the Novus Ordo Mass pitted a handful of traditionalist authors, e.g., Dietrich von Hildebrand, against the authority of the Popes. This is simply untrue. You make no mention of the Ottaviani intervention, which was comprised of bishops and theologians who issued a document noting serious misgivings about the revised liturgy. You also did not mention that only a minority of the Synod of Bishops actually approved the Novus Ordo outright when it came up for a vote in 1967. The rest either rejected it completely or had serious reservations. And regardless of Abp. Bugnini's potential freemasonic ties, which will probably never be known this side of heaven (although there is very strong evidence those ties existed), there is no doubt that he made the following statement: "We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren that is for the Protestants." The revised liturgy followed this directive in every way.

Msgr. Klaus Gamber has written essentially the same criticisms of the Novus Ordo Rite, and this very book has been cited *approvingly* by Pope Benedict. And Michael Davies was far more extensive and wide-ranging in his criticism of the revised liturgy, and our Holy Father has called Davies "a true son of the Church." No question of his fidelity, at least, from the point of view of the Pope himself! Why, then, CatholicCulture presumes to express such serious misgivings about RCTV, thus damaging its reputation, is puzzling.
I doubt anyone there will pay much attention to what I have to say, but it needed to be said nonetheless.
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