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THE THIRD RAPE OF AFRICA

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THE THIRD RAPE OF AFRICA

In "modern"times , we could say that Africa has been "raped"three times: by Slavery, by colonial mining and trade, and by chequebook!

Slavery

Here we had a private enterprise Rape. It was a  market price rape. It had several elements : African Traitors to their own people, sometimes Chiefly, who sold their people cruelly and cheaply to the Traders, whose vile , inhuman ships reeking of death and human waste bore the hapless slaves in the most appalling conditions across the oceans for sale , in the Americas mostly for plantation work, or in some cases for domestic service. There was nothing new in this, in some cases. Chiefs in the same areas had been selling people into Mohammedan slavery since around A.D. 700 . The slave traders route from West Africa overland to North Africa was well-defined and well known.

Colonial Trade and Mining

In this phase we had European Kingdoms taking Colonial possessions by force , or sometimes by "offers of p…

THE PROBLEM OF THE NRSV TRANSLATION. PART II. PARTICULARS

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THE PROBLEM OF THE NRSV TRANSLATION. PART II. PARTICULARS
This text appeared anonymously on my desk in 1992. Given its style and scholarship, I suspect it originated in Rome. One might guess at the Author. If requested I would gladly acknowledge the Author's rights.
(Note: The RSV text is shown to contrast a literal translation using classical English with what has been done in the NRSV.)
1 GEN. 1: 26-27
RSV: Then God said, "Let us make man (Adam) in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion" So God created man (ha 'adam) in his own image in the image of God he created him (oto); male and female he created them (otam).
NRSV: Then God said," Let us make humankind in our own image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion, So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
COMMENT : Use of the collective term "humankind" for Adam obscures the play between the first man Adam and t…

THE PROBLEM OF THE N.R.S.V. TRANSLATION. PART 1 OVERVIEW

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THE PROBLEM OF THE N.R.S.V. TRANSLATION. PART 1 OVERVIEW

The key battles in the matter of the defective New Revised Standard Version of the Bible have been won, sometimes for the right reason, sometimes for the wrong reason. But as far as what should be done, in Liturgy and Catechetics, and in the matter of the revised Lectionary, the NRSV has been definitively knocked out.
Nevertheless in physical presence, it largely continues to hold the field, thanks to dissident bookshops run by feminist Nuns and "Catholic" Education Offices that are a law unto themselves in most Dioceses, and a certain Liturgical Commission which basks in sub-tropical sunshine and has National influence.
So What is the Problem with the N.R.S.V?
We might begin with the question: Translation or Travesty? For a time, the NRSV was considered as the basis for revising the Lectionary , by the International Commission for the Preparation of an English Language Lectionary, but the announcement of the fact was heav…

53 YEARS ON LITURGICAL REFORM STILL NOT EFFECTED

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Little did I know how my life would change. In fact , on that fateful day 53 years ago, long before the Internet age, I had no idea that anything had happened. But in far off Rome, the Second Vatican Council was issuing its very first document : the "Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy" entitled "SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM" on 4th December, 1963 - nearly 53 years ago.

The world was still reeling from the news of the appalling assassination, Of President John F. Kennedy only 13 days earlier and the murder of his believed assassin only 11 days earlier and the solemn , dramatic funeral of the late President only 10 days earlier. Little wonder the document did not have much public impact.

In fact, when the Bishops of the World were asked to make submissions Preparatory to the Council to its Secretariat, the Australian Bishops had no suggestions to make on the reform of the Sacred Liturgy.

Yet SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM was to be the first document issued by the Council, recognisin…

"INTRUDERS AND DESECRATORS" - " INTRUSI E PROFANI in the words of Ven Pope Paul VI.

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Earlier to-day here:http://vexilla-regis.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/wrong-turn-in-beginning.htmlWe posted an item  on the evolution of matters Liturgical.

It looked back to the Second Vatican Council and its requirements regarding the Liturgy, to the changes implemented by Pope Paul VI and the more recent reforms of succeeding Popes, and the recent introduction of the corrected translation of the Order of Mass in Anglophone countries.So, let us get on with it.

The anguish of Pope Paul VI as he implemented the Novus Ordo is patently obvious in his acknowledgement that the changes made those effecting the changes"almost intruders and desecrators". His Holiness was in great distress for much of the post-Conciliar remainder of his life, on this and other counts. We need only consider his mention of the "smoke of Satan"- (address 29th June, 1972) to see the depth of that distress. The Holy Father  looked with the greatest sorrow upon the mass desertions of Clergy and Religio…

WRONG TURN - IN THE BEGINNING

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On 30th November, 2010 we posted the following item, please read or re-read it carefully. We will review the evolution of these matters in a following post, and a good grasp of what is covered here will be important.

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LOOKING BACK  AND LOOKING FORWARD






Celebrating Holy Mass  pre Novus Ordo
Pope Paul VI in General Audience in 1969 , concerning the revised liturgy: "We may notice that pious persons will be the ones most disturbed, because, having their respectable way of listening to Mass, they will feel distracted from their customary thoughts and forced to follow those of others............Not Latin, but the spoken ( vernacular)language, will be the main language of the Mass. To those who know the beauty, the power, the expressive sacrality of Latin, its replacement by the vulgar language is a great sacrifice : we lose the discourse of the Christian centuries, we become almost intruders and desecrators ( intrusi e profani) in the literary space of sacred expression, and we wi…

SALT : THE SHOE FITS - NEVER MIND THE SHOP!

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There seems to be a likelihood that the position of the Lefebvrists ' position Vis a vis the Church may soon be regularised - we should pray for that.

The following letter from 2012 is from a Senior Priest of the Lefebvrists , addressed to those under his charge. It appears to address  protests by  some of his flock fearing reconciliation with the Holy See.

However, if we disregard the specifically Lefebvrist (SSPX) elements, it is a very fine letter which could equally well apply to "liberal"dissidents in the Church in its full force, and, in some aspects, to all of us. It shows the benefits in thinking ,spirituality and Catholic mentality that can accrue to the whole Church once that reconciliation is effected and the SSPX clergy are re-integrated into the whole Church free of any dissident ideas , even if by way of a Personal Prelature.

"Dear Faithful,

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing…