This is the kind of complaint that would be funny if it were made to mock other actual complaints. Sadly, this does not seem to be the case.
Librarians at the Toronto Public Library were asked to remove copies of Dr. Seuss’ 1963 children’s book “Hop on Pop” from the establishment’s collection because it allegedly promotes violence.
A document detailing the seven books the library has been asked to remove over the past year was posted online on Monday.
The book “encourages children to use violence against their fathers,” according to the complaint.
In addition to apologizing to fathers in the Toronto area, the complainant also asked that the library “pay for damages resulting from the book.”
The Materials Review Committee pointed out that the book is “humorous,” “well-loved” and that it has “appeared on many ‘Best of’ children’s book lists.”
The MRC also pointed out that the children in the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s book are actually told not to hop on pop.
Despite the complaint, the library opted to retain the book in the children’s collection.
Good for the library. Standing up to the anti-Seuss hordes.
April 30, 2014 at 9:01 pm
Right. And those who noticed and complained at the time were cast out or blackballed or sidelined. What's funny is that now they are so sensitive that they want to take three years to phase in some minor changes in wording….
April 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm
Not my experience, from 1952 first communion to adulthood. In every parish, Pius XII's liturgical reform was underway. Everyone had Missals and there were dialog Masses in Latin….what the "traditionalists" are doing today as the Mass of 1962 is not at all like 1962, but more like 1922!
April 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm
Paul VI should not have forbidden the Mass in use for centuries. They could have co-existed.
April 30, 2014 at 9:51 pm
I wonder how happy google is with narals statement that there are "other search engines."
April 30, 2014 at 10:18 pm
I'll bet google was happy to see naral's mention that there are "other search engines."
April 30, 2014 at 11:07 pm
So you'd just prefer the lesser of two evils? I'd prefer the holiness to which we are called by Jesus. I'd prefer that our goal were a Church of saints, not just a Church that clears the hurdle of widespread contraception, abortion, sexual idiocy and apostasy.
Just saying "It was so much better then" is a pointless statement. I've never argued that we are better off now than before Vatican II. I've only argued that we weren't exactly in great place before Vatican II, that the seeds of our decline had already been planted, and that a return to a pre-Vatican II Church isn't going to give us a new Golden Era.
If we are to plot our path forward as a Church, a path of fidelity to Jesus and the Truth of the Catholic Faith, we have to be honest about where we are today and where we were yesterday. Personally, I think the situation on the ground is worse now than it was before Vatican II, but that the path to a more healthy future is more open. A healthy love of both Tradition and tradition is a necessary part of treading that path, but a rosy nostalgia for the past is just going to lead us astray.
April 30, 2014 at 11:09 pm
Yeah…. and heteronormative too…
April 30, 2014 at 11:23 pm
I agree with the points you make here, but I wouldn't call the pre-Vatican II Church the lesser of two evils. It was a Church in continuity with the past that could have grown organically over time to a more perfect holiness. The problems you mention in your first post were eminently fixable without a completely dumbed-down ecumenism-centered makeover the liturgy (did you know that Protestants were consulted and played a large part in the creation out of thin air of the Mass of Paul VI?)
What do you do when you make a wrong turn when you're driving? Do you just go on in the wrong direction, or do you go back to the point where you know you were on the right road? No, things weren't perfect and there is plenty of blame to go around for the mess we're in. But trying to move forward from where we are now without acknowledging the grievous errors we've fallen into is madness.
May 1, 2014 at 12:07 am
After Vatican II, everything just seemed to fall apart. I was 22 and saw
Priests and Nuns leaving our churches and schools, sometimes hand in hand whereupon they set up housekeeping within the very same area where once they taught. Our Holy Mass was transmogrified
to unbelievable spectacles of performance art. At 25, I stood up at one of these so called masses and walked out. That morning 152 people did the same. Some of the people I saw around me in the parking lot were the same age as I am now, 74 years old. Those poor people were crying. At first I thought from rage but now I know that they knew they would never, ever see that beautiful extraordinary Tridentine Mass again. The Church did what every conqueror in History did. First they took our Language as a people. Latin identified us as catholic more than any other thing. They they gave no time to adjust and were ridiculing any who dared to defend it. 3 years ago a friend asked if i wanted to see a latin mass. It was at a nearby TRCC church. They went into schism in the Netherlands in 1870 ever the matter of infallibility. Today they recognize the primacy of the Pope and are at least in the Netherlands a prelature. It was the first time in 46 years I saw a mass no different from those I went to almost daily in my youth. I will never give up a chance to participate in this my birthright as a Catholic. No person could attend that service done so reverently and with such evident worship and not weep at what Vatican II has done to all of us. I am Roman Catholic until I die.
Popes come and go. Our Hierarchy is rife with actively practicing
homosexuals and nothing is done about it. I will keep the catechism, the deposit of Faith handed down to us,and practice every single rule Old Traditional Catholics keep. 4 years ago I went to confession and once more attended mass. It has become hell to attend the Novus Ordo Mass.
I go to comfort Jesus in the tabernacle while people talk loudly across the aisles, read their e-mails, and chldren race around the church. I read the Mass from the Old St Joseph Missal. Christ is still there I'll never walk out on him again. I now attend 2 services on Sunday. I 'm not giving up Christ or his Tridentine Mass. If Rome has a problem with that I place my faith in Christ the Head of the One Holy Roman catholic Church.
May 1, 2014 at 2:35 am
Thank goodness someone is finally advocating for me. I have been an abused father ever since my first son could walk. For years I have been kept down and oppressed by the majority class in this house. And its all those librarians' fault! And docter Seuss too. All his child-centric books should be banned.
May 1, 2014 at 4:21 am
Google has teamed up and is in bed with the dishonest, naral abortion pimps!
Politically connected naral members, in the past, have been caught lying, misrepresenting their platform and have used questionable tactics in local political elections.
So have your say, and do it now, because, google and the baby haters have hooked up and are trying to shut down free speech on the internet!
They just bought a new bff! How influential! They are at the power peddling game, "again"!
Naral is such a dishonest, underhanded, loathsome entity. Where "do" they get off demanding anything of anybody. Like, these back alley, coat hanger waving hacks, have standards or something. Really?
May 1, 2014 at 5:02 am
Hey I only found your blog about 6 months ago, so you never stop reaching more people!
May 1, 2014 at 5:20 am
Born in 1937, I grew up in a time with no liberals, no conservatives, no reformists, no Traditionalists, no socialists, just plain Roman Catholics. We believed what we were taught. We were taught what the Church taught. No questions asked. Nothing to ask. This was Holy Mother Church, the Barque of the Church and Peter was at the helm.
Vatican II, we trusted as we always had. Nothing to complain about.
Active Participation, I used to notice little old ladies saying the rosary during Mass and would wonder "why don't they follow the readings? They can say their rosaries at home or before/after Mass." So I thought Active Participation must be a good thing to teach. Little did I know what "active participation" would become.
Time (maybe it was Life) Magazine with an article interviewing a priest: "A priest looks at his outdated Church" What a scandal, a priest criticizing the Church? Little could I dream what "open windows" would become.
Modified habits for nuns and modified clerical wear. As was explained at the time: Those poor Benedictine (I believe it was Benedictine) nuns who wore such starched wimples that extended beyond faces and made driving dangerous. Those poor priests in outlaying districts, traveling on bicycles, whose cassocks could get caught in the bicycle chains. Modified habits would be good. Little could I dream what "modified habits" would become.
Indults. Communion in the hand was supposed to be an induct, but some parishes teach children it is the norm as if Communion on the Tongue was the Indult. And "they" wonder why belief and respect for the Blessed Sacrament has declined.
Mayhem, mayhem, has ensued.
I pray daily that God will intervene and am fearful for when he will, for THEN, His Intervention will be interpreted as "mayhem".
May 1, 2014 at 7:46 am
More than a year after the beginning of the disastrous “Francesco” papacy, I’m still waiting for an apology from our allegedly “humble pope” for his numerous, totally uncharitable and completely uncalled for slights against conservative Catholics.
This, followed by Sunday’s politically calculated, dual canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. And now today, the pope’s personal teaching on the Gift of Understanding – as if the Holy Spirit was actually directing his bumbling last twelve months, for the greater good.
Holy Father, many conservative Catholics have long ago learned to rightly utilize the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We see and comprehend what you are doing, and in response can only pray and respectfully protest, since the Church of faith and reason, which used to be infallibly guided by the Holy Paraclete, appears to have been successfully hijacked by the likes of you and yours – and there’s no telling where that might eventually lead.
May 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm
I agree. You should be careful about banning people though. It seems our whole country, after defeating communism, wants to take on their methods.
Of course, your faithfulness to God comes first, but he might want you to get dirty and argue with the dissenters rather than ban them.
It wasn't only the leftists who got us here, it was also the orthodox who were too lazy to defend orthodoxy and just tried to ban the heterodox instead.
May 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Jay, what you said.
May 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm
I think we're in this – hopefully at the tail end of it: http://www.michaeljournal.org/visionleo.asp
Wait it out and keep going, Matt. Wait and pray it out and stay with it. Let's be the ones standing when the door gets slammed on Satan and all his…evil.
May 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm
I am so blessed I was born in 1950 and I'm old enough to have lived through Vatican II. I know first hand what a blessing the Council was. I was warned many times times that it would take years to see the fruits of the Council. At least I don't have to live through the Latin Mass abuse anymore. I'm Happy that Big Hats are not in style!
May 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm
The instruction does not say that those who pray the rosary or some other devotional prayer cannot "truly participate" in the liturgy; it offers these methods as a means for participating in the liturgy by praying prayers in harmony with it.
Further, it notes that "Moreover, the needs and inclinations of all are not the same, nor are they always constant in the same individual" which means that at one Mass a man may desire to follow along in a missal, at another he may be inclined to offer up devotional prayers or even his own silent prayers. All are legitimate means of participating at Mass and sharing its fruits.
Nowhere does the instruction give the hint that where these people participate in the Mass in such a way that the liturgy has "failed" or that they are alienated from the liturgy. Actually quite the opposite.
May 2, 2014 at 5:12 am
Open letter to google,
To many, the naral brand arouses an imagery of absolute, utter disgust!
They are the "threatening" hand that waves the rusty, wire coat hanger.
In their militancy, they made it their "unintentional" logo. Those horrific images don't go away easily, especially for a shocked little girl who remembers their hate filled, rhetorical protests!
More than their label, they are vulgar, nasty and crude! For those of us, that can remember their beginnings. Disdain, dislike and gross physical discomfort are such understatements!