Thursday, May 26, 2011

What is the Taize Community and why are we singing their music at Mass?

How does a protestant layman start a spiritual community that does not adhere to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church not only receive communion from the Pope, but upon his murder get a mass from a Cardinal?

Just wait, it gets worse, this "Taize Spirituality" has spread so far and wide that it dominates all of Europe as one of the most common forms of worship and now they are starting on the United States.

How did this all begin? We need to go back to pre-Vatican II. The Jesuit priest Fr. Joseph Gelineau, was responsible for leading the way toward liturgical changes to take place post Vatican II. Not only did he succeed in bringing this about he is responsible for writing and composing music for the "Taize Community" in which Protestant and Catholics come together and "celebrate communal sharing" of beliefs in Europe, which is considered the most embraced way to worship in Europe.

According to Wikipedia (which I have confirmed using other source material) The Taizé Community is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. It is composed of about 100 brothers who come from Protestant and Catholic traditions. The brothers come from about 30 countries across the world. The monastic order has a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schutz, a Protestant.

The Taize Community is a group of men and women who have separated themselves form the true teachings of the Catholic Church and practice a "religion" developed by Brother Roger, who was stabbed to death during one of their ceremonies by a "crazy" member of their community. I find it particularly interesting they like to place the cross on the floor. That way people can come up and put there head on it. Also noteworthy is that Mary is dressed in black and often in occult symbolism the female false goddess that subverts the role and position of Mary, is ALWAYS wearing black. The angel that bears light above this feeble and forlorn image of Jesus on the Cross, is also suspect and makes me wonder if this is who they are really offering their "festival" for. For whose name means light bearer?

The reforms that Fr. Joseph Gelineau helped to pioneer as well as his music have not only paved the way for the introduction and implementation of the contemporary music in our liturgies today but we are now being sold this bill of goods by OCP and GIA Publishing, which distributes the hymnals that we use for mass. However, Taize worshipers do not have to be Catholic, nor even Christian for that matter. People of many faiths gather together to take part of worship in the Taize tradition worldwide. This is the distinctive about Taize as well, geared to the youth, ecumenical and toward Unity and Peace for all.

These organizations are heavily promoting the use of the Taize Communities worship music for Catholic Liturgies on their website as an answer to ways to implement chants back into the mass. Someone forgot to clarify we want sound orthodox chants not music composed for a cult that has blatantly disrespected Rome and the entire teachings of the Catholic Faith. To understand this better we need to take a closer look at what we are singing and where it has originated from.

"Today, the Taizé Community is made up of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds, coming from around thirty nations. By its very existence, the community is a “parable of community” that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples."

"In living a common life, have we any other end than to unify men committed to following Christ into a living sign of the unity of the Church?" Above all else this visible sign is possibly what attracts so many thousands of people to Taize each year. Implicit in the "parable" is that, yes indeed, humankind can live together in peace and harmony despite their cultural, political and religious differences. The differences are not to be ignored and pushed underneath the carpet, but are to be transcended by brotherly love in Christ who is the source of all unity. Brother Roger often talks about the need within the modem world for 'images' rather than ideals. The Community of Taize seeks to offer us all more than an ideology; their life is to be a tangible image, steeped in the realities of life in the real world.

I am wondering what kind of "differences" they are referring to? Homosexuality? Beliefs that include the occult or pagan rituals? We begin to see more of this language in the "Rule of Taize".

While the style of life is monastic, there is a strong emphasis on being present to the age in which they live and to adapting themselves to the conditions of the present. In the foreword to the rule Roger quotes: "Father I pray you, not to take them out of the world, but to keep them from evil." The brothers are to be men of the present, aware of the social political and cultural realities around them. Their vocation is to respond to these realities by the way they five their lives, by the prayer of "fervent intercession" and praise, and by offering welcome to all, regardless of their "religious or ideological point of view."

Each day the Prior and community at Taize invite and welcome visitors to participate in their common prayer. Roger encourages simplicity in the Rule concerning prayer and warns of the danger of multiplying signs and symbols which only lead to confusion. While Roger teaches his brothers in the Rule to "keep inner silence always, and you will dwell in Christ, even stating that inner silence is a prerequisite for prayer what does the say we should find in this silence? We should be searching for SELF-discovery. "The risen Christ dwells in us and beckons us on in the journey toward self-discovery and new life. "

The climax of the liturgical week is undoubtedly the Service of Light which takes place on Saturday nights. This is not unlike our own liturgy for Holy Saturday night. All present are given candles as a symbol of the presence of the risen Lord. There is hope for humankind; there exists the real possibility for change, and there is, in the words of Brother Roger, "a life we never dared hope for."

Visitors to Taize, through prayer and fellowship with people from different cultures and traditions are encouraged to make choices after concrete reflection on their own life situations. Choices must be real, and once they are made they must be possible to carry through. The Holy Spirit will bring to completion the good work we have begun in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Here is where we we that the TAIZE Community is NOT Catholic;

Over the ten or so years during which I have been visiting the Taize community I have observed that the spirituality of the community has come very close to the Roman Catholic position. The Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated each Sunday as an integral part of the week's liturgy for the community. Marian feasts are celebrated with great solemnity, and the Blessed Sacrament is preserved in the main chapel in the Church of Reconciliation. Furthermore, some of the community have become Roman Catholics and of those, some have been ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood. Will this tendency continue and if it does what effect will it have on the future of the community? It is difficult to speculate, but one hopes that the original ecumenical inspiration of the community will not be put in danger.

From a Protestant background, Brother Roger undertook a step that was without precedent since the Reformation: entering progressively into a full communion with the faith of the Catholic Church without a “conversion” that would imply a break with his origins. In 1980, during a European Meeting in Rome, he said in Saint Peter's Basilica in the presence of Pope John Paul II “I have found my own identity as a Christian by reconciling within myself the faith of my origins with the mystery of the Catholic faith, without breaking fellowship with anyone.” So it seems he was NOT Catholic and declared this openly. It is a great and dangerous lie to say that a protestant could be in full communion with the faith of the Catholic church without a conversion or a separation from ones protestant beliefs. It is interesting that Roger wrote into the rule that every person has a choice they must make and that each choice made must be carried through, yet clearly this man does not practice what he preached for if he chose to be Catholic, he would have had to choose to leave his protestant beliefs behind.

According to Wikipedia;

He took the Catholic sacrament of the Eucharist every morning at the Catholic Mass in Taizé ( I am not sure who is "ordained priests" were and who ordained them as such so to say he received the Eucharist may not be a valid or truthful statement) and he received the sacrament from both the current and former Pope, seemingly in contravention of canonical prohibitions on administering the sacrament to those not in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. According to Cardinal Walter Kasper this was accomplished as though there was a tacit understanding between Brother Roger and the Catholic Church "crossing certain confessional" and canonical barriers through what brother Roger called a gradual enrichment of his faith with the foundations of the Catholic Church including "the ministry of unity exercised by the bishop of Rome."

That last statement is so disturbing I am not sure how to respond. First of all, it is not clear if the Pope even realized or the priests distributing communion knew they were giving a protestant communion so without understanding the circumstances it is my opinion that the above statement is in error. The fact that Cardinal Walter Kasper not only seemed to condone such an act, in contradiction to church teaching as well as presided over this mans funeral of a Catholic mass with some of the Taize priests begs the question of his motivations and his own faithfulness to Rome. We all know Cardinal Wuerl was asked to deny communion to pro-abortion politicians by Pope Benedict XVI as well as a public comment by Cardinal Burke, yet Cardinal Wuerl publicly refused to do so, coming out AGAINST Rome in this matter. For most of us, our first encounter with Taize was through its music, an essential part of the worship there.

More here;

It is my belief that the Taize Spirituality is extremely dangerous to the Catholic Church as it seeks to place all faiths on the same level, making the Catholic Faith no different than any other. This denies the Eucharist as the source and summit of all faith. The fact that they say they have a mass at all, that they keep the Eucharist at the Taize Church of Reconcilliation, does not mean Jesus is present, it may be a loaf of bread, it may be a host but if it is not consecrated by a validly ordained priest, then it is not the Eucharist.

Clearly when one reads through the "Rule of Taize" this is a religion, brilliantly organized to look like a duck and to quack like a duck but it is a serpent in disguise. Notice that the sentiments are all "accepting", seeking out "justice", that the goals are to sell the world on a counterfeit religion. We all know who brings lies and confusion to the world right? The Devil. Interesting how this religion calls their services "Festival of Light" since the enemies name since Lucifer refers to "light bearer".

Do not be deceived. Taize Spirituality is a fraud and just as Fr. Marcial Maciel fooled not only the world but even Blessed Pope John Paul II that what he was doing was good, we know now that the Holy Father was greatly deceived. We are told in the Revelations to be careful for there will be those who come and are not of God but are of the devil that come with a message of peace and love, but are a wolf in sheep's clothing.

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