Tom and Jerry: Defenders of All Things Right and Good

Saturday, March 17, 2007

I Knew I Had a Bad Feeling About Richard Rohr

If this is true, then my mistrust of Richard Rohr’s theology has been validated. Gerald Augustinius of “The Cafeteria is Closed” describes a mass performed (not celebrated) by Father Richard Rohr.

For those of you who have not heard of him, Father Rohr is a Franciscan priest who promotes popular feel-good spirituality. My men’s spirituality group was reading one of his books, and it left me very wanting for something authentically catholic. Fortunately, the group has switched to something with more substance. I hope it is going well.

To declare Rohr's mass was illicit would be and understatement. There were the common abuses of liturgical dancing, plastic pitchers for the Precious Blood, and wicker baskets for the Holy Eucharist (check out the photos*). But the coup de gras was the butchering of the Eucharistic prayer. Here are some excerpts from Agustinius' account:

Opening the preface, he prayed, “Father and Mother God....”

This is his standard feminist/inclusive language mumbo-jumbo.

Following the consecration, Rohr said the Christ's bloood “will be poured out for you, and for all, so you will know your sins are forgiven."

Is he suggesting that Christ's work on the cross did not accomplish the forgiveness of our sins? Does Rohr believe His death was not necessary to atone for our sins? I hope Christ didn't suffer and die just to give us a warm fuzzy feeling of forgiveness.

In praying for the departed, he referred to them as “especially your own beloved who are already with the Lord.”

So much for the poor souls in purgatory. By the way, when I die, don't ever say that I am in a better place or that I am with the Lord. Pray for me like I'm going to be in purgatory for a long time, because I probably will.

After reading this account, I am convinced that Father Rohr has gone beyond liturgical abuse. He seems to be promoting heresy. Fortunately, the next generation of priests tends to be much more orthodox (more on that later).

Thank God for ex opere operato.

St. Patrick, pray for us.

* The photos were taken at a different mass during the same conference...but you get the idea.


  • Tom,

    One can only shake their head on abuses such as you list.

    On a lighter note... the following blog

    has put up liturgical (am I spelling that correctly?) dancing pictures up and asks the readers to come up with captions. They are pretty funny. Scroll down a few days.

    See ya tonight

    By Anonymous Kim, at Saturday, March 17, 2007 10:28:00 AM  

  • whoa...i didn't comprehend everything, but I could pick out enough to know that that's definitely not correct. So how exactly did you come across this?

    By Anonymous Justine, at Saturday, March 17, 2007 3:45:00 PM  

  • Padre,
    I will pray for you and your time in purgatory (BTW where is the reference in the Bible for such a place;-D, standard protestant question. Jesus paid already didn't He?) Maybe the priest you're talking about is actually a methodist in disguise! I say methodist because they tend to be more liberal. I don't agree with their liberal bent. Anyhow, I have another question to put to you. I was confronted with a theory of why Jesus sweat blood in the garden before his crucifiction. Someone suggested that it was because He feared what man was going to do to Him shortly (kill) and that's the reason he prayed to God for that cup to be taken from Him. Any thoughts on this? BTW hope VA is treating you well.

    -Lady Di

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sunday, March 18, 2007 9:11:00 PM  

  • In answer to Lady Di....if you don't already know the is in the parable where 'the master sends the servant to jail until he pays the last penny'...this parable refers to purgatory...where we will all go until we pay the last penny.

    By Anonymous AC, at Wednesday, March 28, 2007 12:29:00 AM  

  • Thanks for responding AC.

    Here are some other resources for you Lady Di:

    Catholic Answers:

    First Things:

    By Blogger Tom, at Wednesday, March 28, 2007 8:57:00 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home