Those popes who bear the name, "Pius," are the greatest guardians of the Church against heresy. This blog is a watchdog for modernism in the Church. In reality, outside this blog, the members of the board temper their criticisms and opinions with prudence and charity so as to help souls in their journey towards Christ. But sometimes, for the sake of their own sanity, the authors of this blog just need to blow off some steam. The result is Totus Pius.

12 November 2007

Franciscan University

This is something that We have been wanting to post for a long time. Quite frankly, We are sick and tired of hearing about how Franciscan University is a great Catholic university. The recent publication of the Cardinal Newman Society placing it at the top of the heap of U.S. Catholic schools pushed us over the edge. Before We proceed, We request that you visit the following link: Franciscan University Holy Week Liturgies

No, We are not going to comment on how the liturgies there are consistently horrible or how the charismatic outlook of the school effects their "orthodoxy." We think this is secondary. The primary point We wish to make regarding this video is regarding liberal education per se. One of the greatest benefits of a liberal education is refinement of taste and an appreciation for that which is true, good, and beautiful. The fact that these college students are reveling in gatherings such as the ones shown above says a lot about the education one receives at Steubenville. A minimal knowledge of theology and philosophy is enough to see the separation of faith and reason in the aforementioned video. A minimal knowledge of music is enough for one to know that what is being played in the video has little to no artistic merit. 

If Catholic students are graduating from this university and see these liturgies as representative of their faith, there are much deeper problems that subjective sentiments and childish attachments to emotional music-- somebody is not being educated properly. We could excuse the lack of great scholars and resources to a greater degree if the graduates were at least a little cultured, but it looks like the situation is pretty bad. 


Anonymous said...

Looks like an another watered down evangelical circus.

Fr. Larry Gearhart said...

I give up. Don't keep me in suspense. What's wrong with it?

Anonymous said...

tried to post this unsuccessfully a few seconds ago:
THANK YOU!! the recent reports of the administration's response to the SP was telling and disappointing...not to mention they only offer the NO in latin ONCE A MONTH, wow...

Papa Sanctus Pius X said...

Fr. Larry,

The best place to start is to read the official Vatican documents over the past 100 years on sacred music. This is best followed up by reading Sacrosanctum Concilium of Vatican II and Cardinal Ratzinger's books on the sacred liturgy.
Ultimately, this type of liturgy promotes 1. a horizontal worship that blurs the distinction between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Man and 2. an inappropriately, over-emotional type of worship that promotes a separation of faith and reason and fideism.
Thank you for you comments. We are always happy to have further discussion.