Miss Kathyrn Mihelick, author of "On the Appropriateness of Sacred Dance for Liturgical Use" and a 'liturgical dancer' herself, had an "Assisi moment" to coin John Vennari's phrase when she and her "Leaven dance" troop tried getting an interreligious pagan dancer extravaganza of various religions in the Sanctuary of Holy Family Church in Stow on March 20, 1999 titled "Beyond Belief" (a nice gnostic title). It really was "Beyond Belief"(this author can witness to the fact- I'll leave the rest to your imagination.) Fortunately, many parishioners such as Eleanor Willett and this author (core members of the St. Catherine of Sienna Society) and scores of others wrote and called the chancery. Notwithstanding, the pastor Fr. Zsabo, and his assistant Fr. Joseph Leiberth, were still going to have it in the Church so people faxed the Vatican in protest. It is interesting that the very same Fr. Leiberth and four other priests at Holy Family over the years were allegedly sexual molesters of minor male teens and suspended but that is another story all in itself, and yet it shows the underbelly of all of this rot that has been introduced into so many dioceses. I can assure you it is firmly planted in the Cleveland Diocese and Bishop Anthony Pilla has done nothing to curb it whatsoever, even when Rome presses him he rationalizes around it. But then so does Rome itself.
Consider that Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, inundated with faxes and phone calls from the laity on this aberration planned by Mihelick, told Bishop Pilla that it seemed that the "feelings" of the parishioners are hurt and it would be better to move it to the school hall. (This account was told to this author by Fr. J. Glen Murray whom she was in "dialogue" with on the phone concerning this issue.) Yet in the bigger picture, this was a small victory given that Pope John Paul II himself allowed something very similar to what Ms. Mihelick proposed in Assisi 1986 and 2002 with liturgical pagan dancers, and interreligious prayers for peace and at his Various World Youth events and various beatification Masses -such as the rhythmic movement of women at Mother Theresa's of Calcutta's Mass on EWTN.
Ms. Mihelick wants Rome to clarify itself because although the Notitiae II "Dance in the Liturgy" with the subtitle "Religious Dance, An Expression of Spiritual Joy" document is clear in some passages like the dance must be done "outside of strictly liturgical areas" other passages imply that liturgical dance is a positive aspect to some religious traditions and might be allowed under certain conditions in the East. Dance in any culture is universally used for "courting rites" and sensual entertainment so why would the African's use of dance be any more religious than Europeans or Americans? This opens up a "Pandora's Box" for Catholics of every geographic area to "sensualize" the liturgy. This goes on in many Novus Ordo parishes throughout the world. It is the 'feel-good' charismatic movement that is funneling this as well. The "Aarons" of our day like the Israelites of old are clamoring to bring on "the golden calf dancers!"
The Notitiae document says that "rhythmic movements" express religious sentiments for "primitive peoples" and later states that "Theoretically, it could be deduced from that passage that certain forms of dancing and certain dance patterns could be introduced into Catholic worship." After the fall of Adam and Eve aren't all human hearts somewhat "primitive?" Its called "concupiscence." The above tactic is a clever liberal "periti" ploy (such as that of the Vatican II Rhine group) which have been used to detonate "liturgical time bombs" at a later date just as Michael Davis has indicated in his latest book of basically the same title. Where are the bomb squads to defuse these time bombs when needed? Locked up with the exorcists and others who have always worshipped in the same manner the saints did over the centuries. Their bomb shelters? The catacombs and underground churches. Meanwhile in the Novus Ordo establishment there is a use of Hegelian dialectics in this Notitiae document. For instance, you have some traditional phrases, then some liberal progressive concluding statements demonstrating the authors attempts to try and synthesize the two opposing views.
The clincher in the fuzzy Notitiae liturgical dance saga is the last two contradictory footnotes with Gaudium et Spes as a reference. One statement is "In favor of the insertion of artistic dancing into the liturgy", and the other"nonetheless it can hardly be said that the Conciliar Fathers had in view also the reality of dancing." The revolutionary climate illustrates that the unsuspecting Council Fathers' (particularly in regards to NOT abolishing Latin in the Mass and creating, a New Rite) were abandoned long ago. And this document is a classic textbook case of what Pope St. Pius X called the "covenant and compromise between these two forces of conservation and progress, that is to say between authority and individual consciences, that changes and advances take place...acting on the collective conscience, which brings pressure to bear on the depositories of authority..." (Pascendi dominici gregis, sec. 27.
Dr. James Hitchcock recently wrote about these problems in an article titled, "The End of Gaudium et Spes?" Mr. Hitchcock, in this six-page document, especially on page 4, is both critical of the council and how the Pope has handled apostasy in the Church. Some excellent books which demonstrate these above two tendencies are The Rhine Flows into the Tiber by Fr. Ralph Wiltgen and a series of books by Atila Sinke Guimar„es The Murky Waters of Vatican II, Animus Delendi I, and Animus Delendi II. Indeed one of the few Bishops who saw through the murky ambiguities in Vatican II passages was Bishop de Castro Mayer of Campos, whose diocese continued to flourish because he held true to Tradition. Now, the revolutionaries, such as Hans Kung want a Vatican III because, in the progressivists' point of view, Vatican II didn't go far enough. Fr. Paul Trinchard (and a former Jesuit) suggests what Catholics really need is a Trent II. Amen to that!
Moreover, the Notitiae II document notes the "inculturation" article No 37 of Sacrosanctum Concilium which mandates what could be and has been implemented as the overly indulgent "Norms for Adapting the Liturgy to the Temperament and Traditions of Peoples." These Vatican II statements are in stark contrast to the wise and solid condemnation in the following passage by St. Pius X in "On Modernism", sec 26,
"The chief stimulus of the evolution of worship consists in the need of accommodation to the manners and customs of peoples, as well as the need of availing itself of the value which certain acts have acquired by usage. Finally, evolution in the Church itself is fed by the need of adapting itself to historical conditions and harmonizing itself with existing forms of society."
Cardinal John Henry Newman had already told conservative and liberal Catholics that, "a developed doctrine which reverses the course of development which has preceded it is no true development but a corruption." Moreover, Vatican I, (Session IV, Chap.IV) stated, "For the Holy Spirit was not promised to the successors of Peter, that by His revelation they might make known new doctrine, but that by His assistance they might inviolably keep and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith delivered through the Apostles." The inculturation and pan religious ceremonies going on in the Conciliar Church today are syncretistic naturalism, and a stark dismissal of the statements above and prohibited by Pius XI's "On Fostering True Religious Unity" sec.15- "...this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics." No Pope in the history of the Catholic Church has presided over pan religious services until Vatican II. Therefore, an argument can NOT be made that the "spirit of Assisi" is an organic development consistent with scripture and Tradition when both prohibit it.
The fact is that pagan worship is demonic as the Apostle Paul has pointed out so clearly in 1 Corinthians 10: 20, and Romans 1: 19-29. In 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18 he entreats us not to be unequally yoked with non-believers and David speaks in Psalm 96: 5, "For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils." In Psalm 74: 3, he says "See what things the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary." It is important to also realize religious syncretism is condemned in 1 Kings 1-14, where King Solomon loved women of pagan nations who practiced idol worship. We see this condemnation again in Exodus 32, Isaias 1, Jeremias 11: 13, Machabees 1: 11-19, 21-24, 36-64; and Ezechiel 3: 17-21. Daniel identifies this in Chapter 9 and especially in 12: 11 on the "abomination of desolation" which is reaffirmed by Our Lord in Matthew 24: 15. In Apocalypse 21: 8, the sorcerers and idol worshippers go into the burning pool of sulphur.
When St. Paul preached to the pagans in Acts 17: 22, and started to tell them about the man raised from the dead, they sneered at him and wanted to hear no more of it. Paul left them. Jesus clearly said not to throw pearls before swine. If unbelievers (in a community, town, village, state, or nation) have hardened hearts and will not welcome a disciple of Christ then we are called to shake the dust off our feet and move on. Christ said the fate of Sodom will be less severe than for such a town than to reject His disciples (cf. Luke 10: 8-15).
One town that is constantly rejected but not because of any of the above but because of its reputation as being the belt buckle of the rust belt - good ol' Cleveland - my diocese. There are many good things about this city on Lake Erie, yet often times it is deridingly and falsely referred to by detractors as the "mistake by the Lake." Unfortunately a true mistake is about to emerge from this area for Bishop Pilla and Ms. Mihelick are ready to light the fuse of one of these 'time bombs' to get this dancing blaze legalized in "the New Rite" with that liberal body of the USCCB.
Will Rome cave in to these fire crackers of disruption like she did with communion in the hand and the altar girl fiasco? St. Pius X tells us that "this pernicious doctrine which would make the laity (and their individual consciences) the factor of progress in the Church." If Rome and the Bishop Conferences world wide legalize liturgical dance then the feminists, and Wiccan witches will be dancing and laughing during their neo-pagan summer and winter solstice ceremonies. Can you imagine the holy Pius X allowing an "indult" for dancing at Mass? He would have excommunicated anyone for doing such a thing!
Ms. Mihelick, with a typical liberal statement, writes in her paper on page 3, "Is any opportunity for another avenue of connection with our Father/Creator to be denied? It has not been denied to other art forms in the liturgy why, then is it abrogated only in dance and movement?" She ignores the fact that in 2,000 years of Christian history neither the east nor the west used dancing at Mass other than during wedding ceremonies in the east with the wedding couple and priest circling around the lectern. This is the exception not the rule in the Eastern Rites and Orthodox Churches will not allow women in the sanctuary let alone lay lectors or female dancers. Ms Mihelick and her fellow Jesuit priest dancer supporters (such as Robert Ver Eecke, S.J.) use the argument of David dancing around the ark but that was outside the tabernacle and Holy of Holies. Any dancing that was done in religious ceremonies was always done by pagans not Jews or Christians and often degenerated into sexual orgies as in the mithraic cults. Were there dancers at the foot of the cross at Calvary? Why put these "naturalistic" dancers in the Mass?
This topic reminds us of a great Saint who "lost his head because of a dance." Let's not lose ours by ignoring the liturgical dance issue or the problems that plague the Church. Let's be that voice crying out in the wilderness to the Conciliar authorities. Prayer is a must but call or write your diocese and the Vatican and tell them you don't want pagan and gnostic practices to enter Holy Mass. Tell them that you don't like what happened at the Fatima interfaith Shrine on the 10th and 12th of October 2003. Don't hesitate to e-mail Msgr Luciano Guerra in Portugal at email@example.com
Talk to your conservative friends. You may ask how does this effect the Traditional Latin Mass that we go to? Whatever affects the faithful in one branch or rite of the Church is bound to effect the traditional rite. First of all it makes it harder to have peace and sanity and good theology when bad things go on in Novus Ordo parishes and souls are damaged. We must ask the authorities to stop this "Mass Madness" as Fr. Trinchard calls it and stop suppressing the Old Latin Mass. While you are at it write
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Piazza Pio XII, 10
Piazza del S. Uffzio, 11
00193 Vatican City
You can fax Cardinal Ratzinger at 011-390-6988-3499. Though it is not official, you might be able to get through by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. I also encourage you to write
Francis Cardinal Arinze
Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship
Piazza Pio XII, 10
00193 Vatican City
You can fax him as well at 011-390-66988-3499.
I also encourage you to contact
Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos
Congregation for the Clergy
Piazza Pio XII, 3
00193 Vatican City
or write the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States:
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo
3339 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008-3687
You can also, if you think it will help any fax Francis Cardinal George at 312-751-5307 or fax Bishop Wilton Gregory (President of the USCCB) at 618-277-0387. For addresses and e-mails of other bishops go to USCCB.
What it basically boils down to, dear friends, is that we must respectfully say to our Shepherds's "NO to the liturgical and doctrinal Revolution! Our Lord Jesus is the only way to the Father and the Catholic Church is the only means of salvation. Have you forgotten the Dogma of the Church Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus? Our Protestant friends will not respect us until order is restored in the Catholic Church instead of this "pluralistic, inculturation" mayhem. Besides, we do not need the approval or respect of others, but we do need God's approval. He alone we should all seek to please!
We the laity must respectfully request of our superiors that the "golden calf" dancer shenanigans be stopped along with the river boat gamble of the Novus Ordo Mass experiment, that like Frankenstein has gone horribly awry. We must tell the Vatican we will not attend these bad masses and if our Bishops do not correct these problems we will have to find a valid Catholic Latin or Byzantine Mass somewhere which will save our souls. We have seen since Vatican II a gross exhibition of clergy sex scandals, bad catechesis, modernism and the "diabolical disorientation" which Sr. Lucia spoke of accompanied by the new Mass (see Dancing up a storm!) and every novelty to please the "intercultural dialogue" with the world (namely friendly alliances with vowed-to-the-devil agencies such as the UN, URI, UNESCO, Freemasonry and various atheistic Communist/Russian Governments groups which were previously the enemies of the Church). Memo to the Pope, his bishops and all Catholics: They still are the enemy! These demonic agencies promote population control abortion and taking away parental rights and private property.
Everything old has been suppressed and replaced with a supposedly new and improved religion to please our once enemies but now considered friends. When will the stupefied sheep in the pew realize that inside the sanctuary are false prophets/wolves dressed in shepherd's clothing, pulling the wool over our eyes? Good trees bare good fruit and not bad. (cf. Matthew 7:15-17) Some conservative Catholic's call the traditionalist Catholic's "the lidless eye inquisition" but its much better to have your eyes wide open than to remain as Jesus said "the blind leading the blind." True charity warns the flock.
For past installments of this series see: