Courtesy of Father Z’s blog.


Posted on November 27, 2016, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. There is a problem with the second illustration. The reality is that the crucifix is not there and that the people are where the crucifix should be. The priest is now facing the people. Its the religion of man.

    Man has become God. May God have mercy on us.

  2. Ad Orientem, of course. Versus populum (dis orientem) should be against the First Commandment.

  3. Both. The first is the Church of God. The second is the Church of Man as God.

    The first is contrite man humbly approaching Christ offering Him praise and worship unworthily, along with His perfect sacrifice.

    The second is obstinate man pridefully turning his back on Christ, worshipping the blasphemous idol of self-created Humanity in a “circle” closed to Grace.

    That is the objective symbolic meaning of these two “orientations”. Over time, if people are exposed to one of them exclusively, their hearts will be turned gradually toward one or the other disposition.

    I have found that there is a very good rule of thumb:
    Preference for “Versus populum” + preference for hand communion = heretical modernist, usually resentful of Catholic morality for personal reasons.
    (Partial exception for genuine believers with extremely bad formation, but those tend to be open to learning more, making it easy to distinguish them from the heretical ones.)

  4. sixlittlerabbits

    The above shows that a picture is worth a thousand words.

  5. Caption for second: “Good morning everyone. Nice to see so many here today. How bout them Steelers huh? Ok let’s pray now! We praise you Lord.

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