Here are my sure-fire predictions and thoughts for 2013.
- “The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.” –G.K Chesterton
- That the politicians that got us into this mess will not get us out of it.
- That the main stream media will get every story regarding the Vatican and/or the Pope wrong. (thus providing continuous fodder for Catholic blogs)
- That cantors and choir directors will continue to be immune to the “reform of the reform” and totally blind to the example of the Pope.
- That the musical-stylings of Haugen/Daas/Schutte will continue to dominate accompanied by strumming folk guitarists thus making the Mass contemporary if you still lived in the 60’s. Yes there will be outbreaks of “brick by brick” actual sacred music, but it won’t be contagious in most diocese.
- That the bracketed, short form, reading of Ephesians 5 will be the one read at Mass.
- There will be more people attending Ash Wednesday than the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Maybe we can come up with hangover-cure sacramentals to pass out to correct this.
- There will still be no Jesuit college/university that joins in the fight against the HHS mandate.
- The mandatum, which is required of all teachers of theology at Catholic colleges and universities, will still not be implemented and schools will continue to be secretive about who had signed/not signed it.
- 40 years from now Catholics will be complaining about the catechesis in the generation before. 80 years from now Catholics will be complaining about the catechesis in the generation before. …
- Jesus is still Lord and we are all still called to be saints.
On the lighter side of things:
- I just might read a book or two during the new year.
- Ironic Catholic, Eye of the Tiber, Acts of the Apostasy will continue to make me guffaw on a constant basis along with a vast list of Catholic writers. Creative Minority Report’s “We laugh because we believe” will still hold true.
- “An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.” –G. K. Chesterton.
- If you are not a joyful Catholic, you’re doing it wrong.
Predictions with zero chance of occurring:
- Mark Shea and Michael Vorbis will become great friends after the Dalai Lama intervenes.
- One of the things Progressive Catholics prophesy actually occurs.
- Father Z will show pictures of his recently acquired rainbow stole on his blog.
- Jennifer Fulwiler will start keeping scorpions as pets.
- Fr Philip Neri Powell, OP will give up reading for Lent.
- Patrick Madrid will have his voice surgically altered so that he no longer sounds like Patrick Coffin – or vice versa.
- I will decide to read all the Twilight books and grow to have a fondness for sparkly vampires.
- The Crescat will reveal her secret prized collection of felt banners on Hoarders
- Raymond Arroyo will not find a chance to sing during the annual “The World Over” Christmas special.
- EWTN will also buy The National Catholic Reporter and keep the staff of it.
Bill Donahue will officiate the Michael Voris vs. Mark Shea Liturgical Throw Down.
“There will be more people attending Ash Wednesday than the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Maybe we can come up with hangover-cure sacramentals to pass out to correct this.”
Somewhat apropos to your comment, I once asked a holy German priest who had long ago celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest why so many Catholics came to Mass on Ash Wednesday? His answer startled me a bit. He said that many Catholics in “irregular” situations (especially those who were divorced and could no longer receive Communion) longed to approach the altar once again as so many others did. He believed that such folks came to Mass on Ash Wednesday, to Mass on the Feast of St. Blaise or to Good Friday services because they could once again approach the altar with everyone else (viz., to receive ashes; to have their throats blessed; or to venerate the Cross at the 3 PM Good Friday service).
I must say that I never did a strict accounting to see if he was correct, but simply figured it was something all priests knew inherently, or that he had deduced this from conversations with such Catholics. I guess all of us wish to be in company with those who approach the altar of Christ.
Happy New Year!
Something I’d like to see; EWTN will buy the National Catholic Reporter & shut it down, leaving dissident Catholycs berift of their 2nd largest promoter of their dissent after the Main Stream Media.
Happy New Year, Jeff. Thanks for the mention. I’ll try to keep up with the other bloggers you cited.
ACK! WHAT?! Give up reading? It’s more likely that I’d give up fried chicken and pecan pie!
You linked me to Jennifer’s Conversion Diary. . .is this a hint or something, Jeff? 😉
Fr. Philip Neri, OP
Thanks for the props. and Happy New Year!
P.s. The Dalai Lama ain’t no fool. Sticking with a more attainable peace endeavor, like peaceful coexistence between China and Tibet.