Oct 26, 2006

LMU will host a "Missa Gaia"

The print edition of the October 27 issue of The Tidings (the online edition is not posted on that paper's site, but you can click on this post's title tomorrow and presumably it will be) carries an article, "LMU Forum draws prominent environmentalists."

The article is about this year's Bellarmine Forum, Oct. 29-Nov. 3, at Loyola Marymount U. in L.A. The theme is, "Earth to You: Do Something Now." The invitees include Bobby Kennedy Jr., Jean-Michel Cousteau and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard.

St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), for whom the Forum is named, would want his name withdrawn this year. Listen to this Tidings paragraph:

"The Oct. 29 kick-off event is a Missa Gaia (Earth Mass), 8 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Chapel with Jesuit Father John Coleman presiding. The contemporary liturgy celebrates the whole earth as a sacred space by integrating recorded sounds such as the calls of wolves, whales, eagles and seals."

The "Missa Gaia" debuted at an Episcopalian cathedral, and Unitarian Universalists like it.

"Missa Gaia" composer Jim Scott has written, "When we began neither Paul [Winter] or I had ever been to a Mass...We took the name of the Greek goddess Gaia after the writings of James Lovelock, whose 'Gaia hypothesis' is that all of life on earth and the earth itself comprises a single living entity that is self-sustaining and, of course, evolving."

"Missa Gaia" writer Paul Winter has written, "The idea of writing a Mass seemed far-flung. I had never even been to a Mass!...Could a Mass celebrate a vision of the entire Earth as a cathedral? Dean Morton assured me it could. Could Mass music be based on themes from whales and wolves? 'You can write a Mass on anything', the Dean said. I did have a fine melody from a wolf that fit perfectly with the words 'Kyrie Eleison.'"

There you have it -- the wolves are in the sheepfold. Here is a quote from a great Catholic author and journalist:

"A post-Christian belief system is taking over – one that sees the earth as a living being mythologically, as Gaia, Earth Mother – with mankind as her consciousness...Such worship of the universe is properly called cosmolatry." —Donna Steichen, Ungodly Rage, p. 237

The seals that the Tidings story mentions are baby seals. Too bad the "Missa Gaia" does not incorporate a moment of silence for the endangered species of preborn baby humans -- the preborn baby girls and boys of the silent scream, whom abortionists stab in the skull with scissors and suck their brains out or slice their limbs and heads off with curettes. All of these millions of crimes against humanity about 990 of 1,000 "environmentalists" endorse and support by voting for flaming pro-abortion politicians decade after decade.

What if someone composed a "Missa Infans" for preborn infants? Such a Mass the Holy Innocents of Bethlehem would attend from Heaven, as would their once bereaved but now reunited and rejoicing moms, and Baby Jesus would be there, too.

Think Loyola Marymount would ever host a Mass like that?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Includes recorded sounds?
Are the Jesuits exempt from Church rules that say no recorded "music" is to be used as part of the Mass? Ah, but the Unitarians love it!
To quote an old Capuchin priest-friend, "Are the Jebbies still in the Church?"
Excuse me, gott go. I've never been to a Jewish religious service, but I've decided to write music for Jewish worship.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These people have really lost their minds. I wonder if the womb is sacred space to them. hey NEVER, NEVER, talk about the Death Pill!


4:47 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear John,

That is a holy, profound and beautiful thought about the womb being a sacred space, as it surely is. Thank you.

11:57 PM  

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