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Sunday, April 5, 2020

MUZZLED: A SIGN OF THE TIMES

A parishioner made this for me but the only problem is that when I breathe my classes steam up. But at least I am breathing!


A SOMBER HOLY WEEK BEGINS WITH A SELECT FEW OF THE BODY OF CHRIST PHYSICALLY ATTENDING BUT SOULS ARE PRESENT

Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass with a skeleton liturgical crew and a few others socially distancing themselves from others in the congregation. This is a Palm Sunday like no other in the 2000 year history of the Church.




Pope Palm Sunday Homily: Full Text

Pope Francis opened Holy Week celebrating the Palm Sunday liturgy in St Peter's Basilica without a congregation. The full text of his homily follows.
Celebration of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis
Saint Peter’s Basilica
Sunday, 5 April 2020
Jesus “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant” (Phil 2:7).  Let us allow these words of the Apostle Paul to lead us into these holy days, when the word of God, like a refrain, presents Jesus as servant: on Holy Thursday, he is portrayed as the servant who washes the feet of his disciples; on Good Friday, he is presented as the suffering and victorious servant (cf. Is 52:13); and tomorrow we will hear the prophecy of Isaiah about him: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold” (Is 42:1).  God saved us by serving us.  We often think we are the ones who serve God.  No, he is the one who freely chose to serve us, for he loved us first.  It is difficult to love and not be loved in return.  And it is even more difficult to serve if we do not let ourselves be served by God.
         But how did the Lord serve us?  By giving his life for us.  We are dear to him; we cost him dearly.  Saint Angela of Foligno said she once heard Jesus say: “My love for you is no joke”.  His love for us led him to sacrifice himself and to take upon himself our sins.  This astonishes us: God saved us by taking upon himself all the punishment of our sins.  Without complaining, but with the humility, patience and obedience of a servant, and purely out of love.  And the Father upheld Jesus in his service.  He did not take away the evil that crushed him, but rather strengthened him in his suffering so that our evil could be overcome by good, by a love that loves to the very end.
         The Lord served us to the point of experiencing the most painful situations of those who love: betrayal and abandonment.
         Betrayal.  Jesus suffered betrayal by the disciple who sold him and by the disciple who denied him.  He was betrayed by the people who sang hosanna to him and then shouted: “Crucify him!” (Mt 27:22).  He was betrayed by the religious institution that unjustly condemned him and by the political institution that washed its hands of him.  We can think of all the small or great betrayals that we have suffered in life.  It is terrible to discover that a firmly placed trust has been betrayed.  From deep within our heart a disappointment surges up that can even make life seem meaningless.  This happens because we were born to be loved and to love, and the most painful thing is to be betrayed by someone who promised to be loyal and close to us.  We cannot even imagine how painful it was for God who is love.
         Let us look within.  If we are honest with ourselves, we will see our infidelities.  How many falsehoods, hypocrisies and duplicities!  How many good intentions betrayed!  How many broken promises!  How many resolutions left unfulfilled!  The Lord knows our hearts better than we do.  He knows how weak and irresolute we are, how many times we fall, how hard it is for us to get up and how difficult it is to heal certain wounds.  And what did he do in order to come to our aid and serve us?  He told us through the Prophet: “I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them deeply” (Hos 14:5).  He healed us by taking upon himself our infidelity and by taking from us our betrayals.  Instead of being discouraged by the fear of failing, we can now look upon the crucifix, feel his embrace, and say: “Behold, there is my infidelity, you took it, Jesus, upon yourself.  You open your arms to me, you serve me with your love, you continue to support me… And so I will keep pressing on”.
         Abandonment.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus says one thing from the Cross, one thing alone: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46).  These are powerful words.  Jesus had suffered the abandonment of his own, who had fled.  But the Father remained for him.  Now, in the abyss of solitude, for the first time he calls him by the generic name “God”.  And “in a loud voice” he asks the most excruciating question “why”: “Why did you too abandon me?”.  These words are in fact those of a Psalm (cf. 22:2); they tell us that Jesus also brought the experience of extreme desolation to his prayer.  But the fact remains that he himself experienced that desolation: he experienced the utmost abandonment, which the Gospels testify to by quoting his very words: Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?
         Why did all this take place?  Once again, it was done for our sake, to serve us.  So that when we have our back to the wall, when we find ourselves at a dead end, with no light and no way of escape, when it seems that God himself is not responding, we should remember that we are not alone.  Jesus experienced total abandonment in a situation he had never before experienced in order to be one with us in everything.  He did it for me, for you, to say to us: “Do not be afraid, you are not alone.  I experienced all your desolation in order to be ever close to you”.  That is the extent to which Jesus served us: he descended into the abyss of our most bitter sufferings, culminating in betrayal and abandonment.  Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled, in the face of so many hopes betrayed, in the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our hearts, Jesus says to each one of us: “Courage, open your heart to my love.  You will feel the consolation of God who sustains you”.
         Dear brothers and sisters, what can we do in comparison with God, who served us even to the point of being betrayed and abandoned?  We can refuse to betray him for whom we were created, and not abandon what really matters in our lives.  We were put in this world to love him and our neighbours.  Everything else passes away, only this remains.  The tragedy we are experiencing summons us to take seriously the things that are serious, and not to be caught up in those that matter less; to rediscover that life is of no use if not used to serve others.  For life is measured by love.  So, in these holy days, in our  homes, let us stand before the Crucified One, the fullest measure of God’s love for us, and before the God who serves us to the point of giving his life, and let us ask for the grace to live in order to serve.  May we reach out to those who are suffering and those most in need.  May we not be concerned about what we lack, but what good we can do for others.
         Behold my servant, whom I uphold.  The Father, who sustained Jesus in his Passion also supports us in our efforts to serve.  Loving, praying, forgiving, caring for others, in the family and in society: all this can certainly be difficult.  It can feel like a via crucis.  But the path of service is the victorious and lifegiving path by which we were saved.  I would like to say this especially to young people, on this Day which has been dedicated to them for thirty-five years now.  Dear friends, look at the real heroes who come to light in these days: they are not famous, rich and successful people; rather, they are those who are giving themselves in order to serve others.  Feel called yourselves to put your lives on the line.  Do not be afraid to devote your life to God and to others; it pays!  For life is a gift we receive only when we give ourselves away, and our deepest joy comes from saying yes to love, without ifs and buts.  As Jesus did for us.

LYING ABOUT WHAT VATICAN II “SAID” IS JUST ANOTHER POST VATICAN II SCANDAL AND MANIPULATION OF CLERY AND LAITY

Vatican II did not teach that churches should be renovated in this way and it is a scandal to say that Vatican II did say we must do this to Catholic Churches:



I am old enough to remember quite well hearing those who more than likely did not read the documents of Vatican II, teaching us what Vatican II wanted. They taught this in the most authoritarian and dogmatic way possible.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, in the 1970’s and 80’s the label “you are so pre-Vatican II,” was as derogatory toward the person so labeled as is the “n” word. Again, it was/is another form of the most vile sort of manipulation and marginalization. 

Bishop Pete of Boise recovers the scandal of the tactic of using Vatican II in a false way to manipulate priests into obeying his authoritarian command. 

Let me be clear, in the Church still recovering from authoritarian manipulation by bishops who demanded silence from abuse victims and often payed them off in order to contain their own mismanagement of the Church from becoming exposed, for a bishop to continue to use his authority in a false way needs to be called out, especially if he ignorantly and blatantly tells lies about Vatican II to shore up what he wants. 

Let me be clear too, that Vatican II said nothing about facing or not facing the people, the bishops of the Church would have presumed the norm as was experience in most parishes and institutions throughout the world, if they didn’t, they would have said  Mass should face the people. 

Vatican II said absolutely nothing about completely destroying the traditional architecture of churches to impose on them what Vatican II said about how churches should be renovated or built with altars protruding into the nave with seating all around it and distractions like statutes, crucifixes, tabernacle and other artwork, to include stained glass, removed. 

Vatican II said nothing about standing or kneeling for Holy Communion, receiving on the hand or tongue, altar girls, and the like.   

But all of these were shoved down the throats of questioning Catholics in the most authoritarian and dogmatic way by claiming Vatican II taught these things. And if you questioned the person saying so, you were disobedient. 

Using Vatican II to promote things Vatican II didn’t teach is a scandal because it is a lie. We’ve had many lies in the Church for the past 50 years coming from very high sources. It needs to cease. 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

EXCERPTS FROM LIFESITE’S ARTICLE ABOUT MGSR. NICOLA BUX’S OPINION CONCERNING THE COLLASPE OF THE CHURCH OF CARDS


Is Msgr Bux a prophet of doom too cynical to see the good of the past 50 years that eventually is going bring about a new springtime for the Church? Has the papacy of Pope Francis revealed to two new generations why the confusion of the mid 1960’s throughout the 80’s needed to be corrected by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI?

Excerpts from LIFESITE’S article:

We have forgotten what a church is for and why it is dedicated with solemn rite. We have committed abuses, profanations in the sacred liturgy and unbearable deformations, insults and irreverence, we have gone so far as to say that the grace of God can coexist with a situation of habitual sin, authorizing sacrilegious Communions given to unrepentant sinners.”


“Now the Pope, so worried about the ‘pueblo,’ has remained without people. Priests, so intoxicated with participation, are without the faithful. The faithful, so accustomed to community liturgies, suffer abandonment.”

Most Catholics, Bux explained, “have not been trained in adoration, recollection on their knees, personal prayer done in secret, where the Father alone sees us.”

“The churches are desolate, faithful and pastors are now as exiles,” the theologian said.
Bux pointed out the difficulty many people have with the idea of a God who punishes. Up until the previous century, processions took place and vows were made in order for chastisements to stop, he recalled.
“Today, the word ‘chastisement’ arouses scandal even among churchmen, because they have forgotten that, at the beginning of world history, after love, there is sin, anger, and judgment.”

“It is true that, in Jesus Christ, we adore the mystery of divine love which, with patience and mercy, obtains the conversion of the sinner,” Bux said. However, “ignorance, plague, hunger, war, suffering, and death reveal to man his situation as a sinner.”

Bux then begged God to deliver his people from the “wrath of judgment.”

“Great is our sin, but greater is your love. Take away our sins for the glory of your name. In the intimacy of the soul, we prostrate ourselves and implore divine mercy. From the wrath of judgment, deliver us … Forgive us our mistakes, heal our wounds, guide us with your grace to the Easter victory,” Bux prayed.


The theologian and liturgical scholar concluded by calling the chastisement “providential,” expecting it to bear fruit.

STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, HOW IN THE WORLD DOES ANYONE SUGGEST THAT BISHOPS AND PRIESTS PROVIDE MASS, HOLY COMMUNION, CONFESSION AND LAST RITES NOT TO MENTION WHAT IS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION, HOLY BAPTISM?


I know that many Catholics want the sacraments, THANKS BE TO GOD!!!!  But with the pandemic shifting into high gear in the USA as well as other parts of the world, how is this to be accomplished?

Some of us believe that dying without the Lord and His sacraments is worse than illness and death itself. How many martyrs, courageous clergy and laity, gave their lives in times of pandemic for the sake of the Sacraments, meaning for the Sake of His Sorrowful Passion?

I posted a comment from a scrupulous poster, not sure if a priest or not, who thinks my drive-by blessing with Holy Water and Benediction is a threat to public health. Never mind that in Georgia grocery stores are open, drive through restaurants, liquor stores and fire arm stores are open where people are in close proximity to each other, sneezes and coughs. But what the heck, that’s more important that anything the Church has to offer—a secular, agnostic, satanic way of thinking, no?

But with that said, WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THAT BISHOPS AND PRIESTS DO SO THAT THERE IS NOT “ECCLESIAL DISTANCING?”


This is copied from Fr. Z’s blog: 

The Church’s highest confessor, Card. Piacenza, says that, in this time of COVID-19, there must not be “ecclesial distancing”

At Vatican News I read that His Eminence Mauro Card. Piacenza – the Penitenziere Maggiore or the head of the Church’s highest tribunal that covers matters of the Sacrament of Penance, all internal forum issues, and indulgences has something to say to priests and bishops.  He has released a letter to confessors for Easter.  HERE
In this time of Coronavirus….
[L]a Misericordia non si ferma e Dio non si distanzia!
Il distanziamento sociale richiesto per motivi sanitari, pur necessario, non può, né deve mai tradursi in distanziamento ecclesiale, né tantomeno in distanziamento teologico-sacramentale.
[…]
Mercy does not cease and God does not distance Himself.
Social distancing required for health reasons, even though it is necessary, cannot and must not ever turn into ecclesial distancing, much less theological-sacramental distancing.
He acknowledges that there must be distancing, but clear the Church’s highest confessor under the Roman Pontiff, the Major Penitentiary, is urging priests and bishop to find ways, within the strictures of social distancing and local laws, to continue to confess their penitents.    That’s how I read this.
We have to find sound and prudent ways to make the Sacrament of Penance available to those who need it… and who doesn’t?!?

BIHSOP PETE OF BOISE, YOU WILL BE PLEASED TO KNOW THAT ST ANNE'S MARTHA AND MARY CHAPEL'S ALTAR IS IN COMPLETE COMPLIANCE WITH WHAT VATICAN II MANDATED, FREE-STANDING AND WITH THE ABILITY OF THE PRIEST TO WALK AROUND IT AND FACE THE PEOPLE FROM IT


THIS IS THE ITALIAN IN ME, BUT HOLY MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019, NOTRE DAME BECAME A BLAZING INFERNO: WAS IT AN OMEN FOR THE CHURCH DURING HOLY WEEK AND EASTER APRIL, 2020?

This was and is a powerful symbol of the state of the post Vatican II Church in France, Europe and all first world countries. Was/is this an omen of what the Church is experiencing today worldwide? Was it a warning from Our Lady?



In the midst of destruction, the Pieta and glorified empty Cross unscathed as well as pre-Vatican II high altar, another sign from Our Lady?



THE GOVERNOR OF CHURCH ISSUED A “SHELTER IN PLACE” DECREE ON FRIDAY AND SO.....

We are told not to go out except to buy groceries in crowded stores, to go through drive through establishments, shop in liquor stores and fire arm stores.

Thus this is what St. Anne in Richmond Hill, GA is doing Palm Sunday:

We are still planning our drive through Palm Sunday Social Distancing procession with Holy Water Blessing and Eucharistic Benediction at 12 noon. If any one in authority asks you where you are going, simply tell them you are going to McDonald’s drive through. 🚗 Just don’t add “Father” to my last name. 😆 And yes this is essential and safer than going to Publix, any fast food drive through, fire arm stores and liquor stores! Although you might get high on the Holy Spirit! 🔥

Is this more dangerous than grocery shopping?


 The Protestant mayor of Richmond Hill is in this car for last Sunday’s McDonald’s drive through:
And one of my parishioners did this for Palm Sunday and Holy Week:




Friday, April 3, 2020

OH FOR THE GOOD OLE DAYS AND BISHOPS LIKE THIS

SAINT ANNE'S DAILY MASS FOR FRIDAY IN THE 5TH WEEK OF LENT

CAN WE MAKE PREDICTIONS ON THE RAMIFICATIONS OF COVID-19 ON THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH: WILL WE BECOME A SMALLER BUT MORE FAITHFUL CHURCH BECAUSE OF IT?


The Church's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is a catastrophe in fast motion which I believe 20/20 hindsight will show.

In effect, by denying the Sacraments to the laity, even in an emergency situation where a Catholic is dying, we are defaulting to the Protestant theology that the ordained priesthood isn't necessary when push comes to shove.

Thus the Protestant theology of simply praying for a person, close-up or far away, is sufficient. But also the fierce individualism of Protestants, that their personal relationship to Jesus, their decision to invite Him into their heart, does not need the Church whatsoever, except as a support to their personal faith. Thus evangelical Protestants will say, accept Jesus first and then go and find a Bible-believing church that will help you in your Christian walk.

We know that only 12% (in some places lower) to 30% of Catholics actually attend Mass regularly. And of that percentage, a relatively high percent have a flimsy, superficial understanding of Catholicism.

Thus when all Catholics are dispensed from the Sacraments, told to make an act of perfect contrition in lieu of an auricular Sacramental Confession and to receive our Lord in Holy Communion not in a psychical way, but a spiritual way, what will the Catholics of flimsy faith make of this going forward?

All the the post-Vatican II theology about the sacraments have collapsed like a house of cards. So too has Pope Francis' emphasis by use of metaphors of the Church being a "field hospital" where those who are marginalized by sin or poverty or sickness, or suffering or rejection are accompanied by the Church and her ministries.

This pope's emphasis on climate change and a conversion to ecology as well as dialogue with the world to include paganism seems irrelevant now considering the dire situation of a pandemic in which the Church has been made irrelevant not only by secular governments and celebrities, but by her leaders themselves.

What will the Church and her parochial experiences be like once we have enough distance from this pandemic, if that occurs?

PURE COMEDY GOLD FROM A COMMENTER ON A PREVIOUS POST

I got this comment and thought it just too good not to add my two cents worth. I hope this gives you a laugh on this “shelter in place” Lenten Friday:



Anonymous said...

I am new to this blog.
I think, in these difficult times, it is important to remember what the great Catholic theologian Hans Kung stated back in the 1970s that in emergencies laymen may bless the Eucharist at Mass. We should remember that Kung rightly suggested that in a pinch laymen can perform priestly functions.
April 3, 2020 at 6:33 AM

Blogger Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...
Kung, that great theologian, was such a sexist. To use the term “laymen” especially in he 1970’s was anathema! Feminists would have been outraged by that term not to mention the emerging LGBTQ and no sex person.
April 3, 2020 at 6:58 AM

Blogger Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...
And what about toddlers, children and teenagers, male, female, ambiguous and no sex, why not them too!?
April 3, 2020 at 7:23 AM



Of course Bishop Pete of Boise would reprimand this laychild for confusing aging baby boomers for bringing back pre Vatican II practices to the Ordinary Form Mass!

I JUST KNEW IT! THE BISHOP OF BOISE, IDAHO IS MY AGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT EXPLAINS IT ALL!



I am really embarrassed by priests and bishops my age and older when they make themselves into a caricature of aging baby boomer spirit of Vatican II clergy who have the virus of fear that leads to pre-Vatican II everything-phobia.

Read this from CNA:

Neither universal canon nor liturgical law require the permission of a bishop before a priest celebrates the Mass ad orientem.
The ad orientem celebration of the Mass fell out of customary use in many parts of the world after 1969-1970 revisions to the Roman Missal, although those revisions did not explicitly call for a change in liturgical orientation. The possibility of the versus populum, or facing the people posture was mentioned in a 1964 Vatican instruction regarding the placement of altars. In recent years, some Vatican officials and U.S. bishops have promoted and encouraged a return to the ad orientem posture.
Christensen’s letter said that in his diocese, the ad orientem orientation would be prohibited. He explained that “it was clearly the mind of the Council that the priest should face the people.”
Deacon Gene Fadness, a spokesman for the Diocese of Boise did not explain what document of the Second Vatican Council conveys the “mind of the Council” on the matter, which is not mentioned in Sacrosanctum concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the liturgy.
Christensen, 67, has been Bishop (Pete) of Boise since 2014.
The letter was sent to priests in February, but published at the end of March, after the public celebration of Mass had been suspended across the U.S. because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Asked about the timing of the letter’s publication, Fadness explained that the diocesan newspaper “publishes only twice monthly.”
“The Bishop is merely asking that the Ordinary Form be followed during a Novus Ordo Mass and the Extraordinary Form be followed during the Traditional Latin Mass,” Fadness explained.
“Some of our priests were mixing Extraordinary Form practices with the Ordinary Form, which was causing confusion among the faithful, some fearing that we were introducing pre-Vatican II practices.”
My comment on the last paragraph: What survey did the good deacon use or cite that showed the ignorant laity were confused and suffer from a pathology of phobia concerning the reintroduction of pre-Vatican II practices?????
Is this deacon and diocese to be taken seriously???????????

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

THE BISHOP OF IDAHO CAUSES AN EARTHQUAKE WITH HIS ILL ADVISED LITURGICAL DIRECTIVES AND FALSE INFORMATION ABOUT VATICAN II

UPDATED! UPDATED! A PLEA TO BISHOP PETE TO BE MORE PASTORAL AND INCLUSIVE OF THOSE WHO WISH THE ORDINARY FORM AD ORIENTEM AND TO KNEEL FOR HOLY COMMUNION:


But bishop, it was not the Second Vatican Council that mandated the changes you speak of, but liturgists who did so after Vatican II and Pope Paul VI chose to support. Don’t blame Vatican II, but those who acted in an authoritarian pre-Vatican II way to implement what you are doing in a similar way with your flawed letter.  Vatican II simply did not say one thing about the Mass facing the people, not using altar railings or not kneeling for Holy Communion and when bells should or shouldn't be rung.

All of those things came from liturgists and were post-Vatican II developments.

One is puzzled too, at the lack of respect for the Pontiff Emeritus, Benedict XVI who mandated kneeling for Holy Communion at His Masses and recommended highly ad orientem for the Ordinary Form.

Bishop Pete, wouldn't it have been better to show kindness and hospitality, to be inclusive, of those who prefer to kneel by providing a kneeler, or, better yet allow people to stand or kneel before the altar railing according to their preference rather than dogmatizing what Vatican II DID NOT TEACH?

Bishop Pete, wouldn't it be better to recommend to pastors that they be pastoral in implementing ad orientem and make sure that Masses facing the people are provided as well?

And Bishop Pete, wouldn't it serve your diocese better to look at all the liturgical abuses that occur from those who say they are following Vatican II but nonetheless improvise, show little reverence for the Sacred Rites and "informalize" the Mass?
The Bishop of Idaho:
Dear Brothers in Christ,
It has come to my attention that matters addressed below may be causing confusion in our Diocese. I would like to provide clarification.
In order to reduce the confusion among the faithful and the increasing disinformation regarding liturgical matters in the Diocese, and to promote harmony and unity that is reflected and strengthened in our Eucharistic celebrations, I am promulgating this Instruction. As bishop, I request that clergy carefully reflect upon and adhere to the following.
1. Priests must take special care in forming the faithful: In general, priests are to refrain from providing the faithful with incorrect information in order to promote a particular approach to worship. Specifically, they must never imply a particular superiority or greater holiness of approach amongst the valid forms of worship in the Roman Catholic Church. In instructing the faithful regarding questions of posture, gensture, reception of Communion, etc., clergy are to refer always to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal,  the Order of Mass, and other officially promulgated ritual books for the form of liturgy they are celebrating, or to documents propagated by the Holy See or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and approved by the appropriate authorities. Sources such as independent websites and social media platforms that are unaffiliated with the Holy See or the USCCB are not to be considered trustworthy or appropriate for catechesis. Elements from the Missal used at the Extraordinary Form liturgy are not to be imported into Masses celebrated under the Ordinary Form.
Pastors, whose responsibility is to form the faithful, should undertake this task with utmost seriousness and care. Your authority as shepherds of your flocks – trusted fathers of your faith family – resides in your integrity and humble sincerity in providing the souls in your care with accurate theological, moral, and catechetical guidance to the best of your ability, and should not be undermined by a careless or deliberately misleading approach to formation.
2. Priests in the Diocese of Boise will face the people when presiding at the Ordinary Form of the Mass: Paragraph 299 in the General Instruction to the Roman Missal  makes it plain that the universal Church envisions the priest presiding at Mass facing the people. (#299: The altar should be built separate from the wall, in such a way that it is possible to walk around it easily and that Mass can be celebrated at it facing the people, which is desirable whenever possible.”)  This is unambivalent, and I am instructing priests in this diocese to preside facing the people at every celebration of the Ordinary Form of the Mass.
There are priests who prefer ad orientem.  I am convinced that they mean well and find it a devout way to pray. But the overwhelming experience worldwide after Vatican II is that the priest faces the people for the Mass, and this has contributed to the sanctification of the people.
There has been an attempt to justify the ad orientem  practice because the Order of Mass indicates places when the priest should face the people. (However, it never asks him to turn away, as the preconciliar Missal did.) There are some historical churches with fixed altars where the priest does not have the option of facing the people. I conclude from this that the indications to have his back to the people remain only for those circumstances where the priest presides at historical churches where the main altar or side altars are against a wall. The GIRM presumes that the priest is celebrating Mass at a freestanding altar. It was clearly the mind of the Council that the priest should face the people.
It is most affecting that, during the funeral rite, the Catholic Church maintains that the coffin of a deceased cleric is to be positioned in the way he was in life at Mass: facing the people.
3. Posture at Communion and the use of prie dieus (kneeling bench) or altar rails: I have directed that the posture for receiving Communion in this Diocese is standing, in accord with GIRM #160: “The norm is established for the Dioceses of the United States of America is that Holy Communion is to be received standing, unless an individual member of the faithful wishes to receive Communion while kneeling.” While it is the right of the faithful to kneel to receive, nor may any communicant be denied Communion based on posture, given that the norm in this country is standing. I am instructing that priests do not use furniture or items such as prie dieus  or Communion rails, as these may seem to undermine this norm or to imply a preference for kneeling to receive.
4. Celebration of the Extraordinary Form: With the publication of Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum pontificum,  it became permissible for priests to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the eucharist without applying for permission to their local ordinary. I am requesting, however, that as a matter of courtesy, I am made aware of any such celebrations. As well, this information must be made available to the Holy See in a formal report during each  ad limina visit. So, for accurate record-keeping, I request that you report this practice to me, along with frequency and attendance. Remembering always that the Ordinary Form is just that, the ordinary accepted way in which we are to regularly celebrate Mass a faithful Catholics.
5.  Priests are not to add elements (words, gestures, actions, etc.) to the liturgy that are not found in the appropriate Missal: No priest should take it upon himself to adapt the liturgy to his particular preferences. Just as he should not insert words such as “God is good…all the time!” into the middle of the Eucharistic Prayer, neither should he insert actions – such as ringing the bells during his own Communion – that are not found in the rubrics of the Missal under which he is celebrating (the Missal of John XXIII for Extraordinary Form; the 3rd edition of the Missal of Paul VI for the Ordinary Form). Liturgy is not an expression of private devotion, as you are all aware.
My Brothers, it is a great trust that I and the Faithful of our Diocese place as you in order to promote the one body in Christ as reflected in our unity and harmony at worship.
 + Pete

7 hours ago - The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.5 magnitude earthquake in central Idaho at approximately 5:52 pm on Tuesday. The quake struck approximately 72 miles northeast of Boise, originating at a depth of 6.2 miles. No injuries or damage have so far been reported.

CHICAGO BEE STRIKES AGAIN WITH KEEN OBSERVATIONS


Bee here:

As we watch this latest world crises unfold, and it is truly global, it is interesting to reflect on some aspects of the world we have created for ourselves that are false and delusional and fall apart when reality hits.

It seems when we get too big for our britches, God allows something to shock us into reality. And even though the event is often painful and horribly tragic to us, it is, at its heart, merciful for Him to do so, because by the experience our eyes are opened to some aspect of reality we had been ignoring or denying.  

I am seeing very many aspects of modern life being shaken to the core. Many parents are home with their kids, and acting for this time as educators, and primary authority. How healthy is that!! Our consumerist materialistic society is shaken and people are plunged into having to find value outside of buying and having things. And maybe most importantly, the illusion that death is remote has been blown to pieces. And when those who still believe it will not happen to them see someone they know die an untimely death, it will be too real to deny.

One can see the possibility of good coming out of all of this, for people to make decisions for the better. I pray the experience will allow people to see what is really important, and what is more true, and choose those things.  

With regards to the Church and the Mass, (I am thinking this is probably impossible, but) I pray our Church leaders, especially the Pope, will realize that the Church has has drifted away from her core doctrine and praxis in the last 60 years and needs to get back to those things, the things Fr. McD often cites as needing to be restored. I am thinking it is impossible because not even the clerical sex abuse scandals being exposed for all to see caused them to repent. Not even empty pews has caused them to repent. It seems they are, excuse the expression, "hell bent" to continue on the path they have been on the last 60 years or so (or maybe it's more) until they destroy the Church.

I know it is often cited that Our Lady has promised "In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph." I know eventually, perhaps after I have left this earthly plane, this will come to pass. But I can't help but think events such as the present day crises are allowed by God to prompt His people to turn away from their deadly pursuits and return to Him, or else there will be even bigger hell to pay in the future.

God bless.
Bee

WOW! THE CONGRGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP CREATED AND PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH A NEW VOTIVE MASS AND IT DID NOT TAKE DECADES


IN TIME OF PANDEMIC


This Mass can be celebrated, according to the rubrics given for Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions, on any day except Solemnities, the Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter, days within the Octave of Easter, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day), Ash Wednesday and the days of Holy Week.

Entrance Antiphon
Truly the Lord has borne our infirmities, and he has carried our sorrows.

Collect

Almighty and eternal God,
our refuge in every danger,
to whom we turn in our distress;
in faith we pray
look with compassion on the afflicted,
grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners,
healing to the sick, peace to the dying,
strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders
and the courage to reach out to all in love,
so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

Prayer over the Offerings

Accept, O Lord, the gifts we offer
in this time of peril.
May they become for us, by your power, a source of healing and peace.
Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon

Come to me, all who labour and are burdened, and I will refresh you, says the Lord.

Prayer after Communion

O God, from whose hand we have received
the medicine of eternal life,
grant that through this sacrament
we may glory in the fullness of heavenly healing. Through Christ our Lord.


Prayer over the People

O God, protector of all who hope in you, bless your people, keep them safe,
defend them, prepare them,
that, free from sin and safe from the enemy, they may persevere always in your love. Through Christ our Lord.

MASS IN TIME OF PANDEMIC Readings from the Lectionary for Mass
Any readings from the Mass “In Any Need” (Lectionary for Mass, vol. IV, nos. 938-942) may be used, or:
First Option
 FIRST READING
It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.
A reading from the Book of Lamentations
My soul is deprived of peace,
I have forgotten what happiness is;
I tell myself my future is lost,
all that I hoped for from the LORD.
The thought of my homeless poverty is wormwood and gall;
Remembering it over and over
leaves my soul downcast within me.
But I will call this to mind,
as my reason to have hope:
The favors of the LORD are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent;
They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness.
My portion is the LORD, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
Good is the LORD to one who waits for him, to the soul that seeks him;
It is good to hope in silence
for the saving help of the LORD.
The word of the Lord.
3:17-26

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
R. (4b) Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken.
From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth. Rouse your power. R.
O LORD of hosts, how long will you burn with anger while your people pray?
You have fed them with the bread of tears
and given them tears to drink in ample measure.
You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors, and our enemies mock us. R.
ALLELUIA VERSE
AND VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL
[R. Alleluia, alleluia.]
Blessed be the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement,
who encourages us in our every affliction. [R. Alleluia, alleluia.]
Psalm 80:2ac and 3b, 5-7
2 Corinthians 1:3b-4a

GOSPEL
Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
One day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke Jesus and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up,
rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
The Gospel of the Lord.
4:35-41
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

MASS IN TIME OF PANDEMIC Readings from the Lectionary for Mass
Any readings from the Mass “In Any Need” (Lectionary for Mass, vol. IV, nos. 938-942) may be used, or:
Second Option
 FIRST READING
Neither death nor life will be able to separate us from the love of God.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans
Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?
Christ Jesus it is who died—or, rather, was raised—
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written:
For your sake we are being slain all the day;
we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The word of the Lord.
8:31b-39

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
R. (3a) Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy. Or:
R. (2ef) Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy.
To you I lift up my eyes
who are enthroned in heaven.
Behold, as the eyes of servants
are on the hands of their masters. R.
As the eyes of a maid
are on the hands of her mistress,
So are our eyes on the LORD, our God, till he have pity on us. R.
ALLELUIA VERSE
AND VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL
[R. Alleluia, alleluia.]
Blessed be the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement,
who encourages us in our every affliction. [R. Alleluia, alleluia.]
Psalm 123:1-2ab, 2cdef
2 Corinthians 1:3b-4a

GOSPEL
Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
One day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke Jesus and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up,
rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
The Gospel of the Lord.
4:35-41
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.



HOUSE OF LITURGICAL CARDS BUILT BY PRIDEFUL LITURGISTS WITH A NEED TO CONTROL, HAS COLLASPED IN THREE WEEKS TIME--AN ACT OF GOD, I PREPOSE; YOU DECIDE!

One of the things modern liturgical theologians despise is a strong Ministerial Priesthood, (Holy Orders) where the exclusively male priest can "confect" the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in a private way to the exclusion of the laity and the various ministries proposed for them to make sure they are involved in a communitarian way and are seen as necessary for the Holy Meal to be experienced properly.

That house of cards has collapsed over night and all God has left us with is priests celebrating Mass privately or non publicly and live streaming it to the laity and others.

And the liturgists and progressive theologians, are doing what the young man below does:


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

SOME FOOLISH PEOPLE THINK WE CAN’T GO BACK TO THE PAST AND PUBLIC MASSES, LIKE THREE WEEKS AGO, BUT INDISAGREE! WE CAN RECOVER FROM OUR PAST WHAT WAS LOST, BUT I SAY WE CAN!

We can recover, from the past, kneeling for Holy Communion, ad orientem for Ordinary Form Masses,  a reform of the reform, recovery of Latin, Gregorian Chant, Polyphony, the vertical in our liturgies.

I long for the way things were on Christmas Eve, 2019! Can we go back? No! But we can move forward by recovering and restoring what was lost!


WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR PALM SUNDAY

Please note that our Knights of Columbus will pass the palms through passenger door window employing social distancing, latex gloves and mask.


HAS THE PRETENTIOUS IDOLATRY OF CHURCH MEMBERS, HIGH AND LOW, BEEN BLOWN UP BY THE GOD OF SURPRISES WHO ALSO HAPPENS TO BE THE GREAT “I AM” THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW?



It is time to explore Catholic teachings found in the Old Testament and New Testament and thus in the Tradition of the Church that we are undergoing a chastisement from God with this Pandemic. And a Cardinal says it is so:

March 31, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — German cardinal Paul Josef Cordes has joined the growing number of Catholic leaders looking at the coronavirus pandemic as a chastisement. “God’s Word also clearly states that life contrary to God can lead to illness,” wrote the former president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.

Read the rest there:

Cardinal: Coronavirus pandemic is a chastisement for the Church


I think we are all still trying to wrap our heads around what has transpired in the Catholic Church in just two or three short weeks. It is so stunning, that one may attribute it to Satan, to Original Sin, to Mother Nature or to God.

The Catholic Church has been stripped of its man-oriented theologies of community, inclusivity, Church as a field hospital, accompaniment, ecological conversion. How odd that the Pope’s metaphor of the Church as a field hospital going out to the peripheries, to accompany those in irregular situations evaporates with a virus that only medical personnel, no matter their religious or lack of religious persuasion is can be present in actual field hospitals and the Church and her ministries locked out!!!!!!!! Is our God of Surprises also a Comedian with a dry, ironic sense of humor?

Pope Francis said this at a homily at the Chapel of His Holiness’ residence, the Vatican Motel 6 (not 666) though on March 26:

“The Pope said, ‘The Lord must not find us, at the end of our lives, and say to us, “You are corrupt. You have left the path I showed you. You have bowed down before idols.’”
What are some of the idols of the past 50 years, new and old:

1. Vatican II, a merely pastoral Council, made dogmatic and the center of Church life these past 50 years, preached and taught more often than Jesus Christ was (this seem to be changing after Pope Benedict assumed the papacy, but has found new life with Pope Francis papacy.

2. Sacrosanctum Concilium’s conservative call for a slight reform of the Mass and sacraments became exaggerated with Pope Paul’s Consilium and the major manufacturing of a new Latin Rite Mass and Sacraments formulas. And this was presented as an infallible reform, coming from God Himself.

3. That liturgical reform would bring about a new springtime for the Church as those reforms concocted by fallible human reformers is the locus of this springtime, and not God Himself who is replaced by reformers’ preferences.

4. Renovating perfectly good sanctuaries and churches to accommodate liturgists’ idea of what they felt the Council wanted and this would bring about a new springtime for the Church and not God’s vertical intervention which has taken place since Jesus founded the Church.

5. Dogmatizing pastoral theology, which Pope Francis’ seems to have placed on steroids. There is no precedence for this in the 2000 year history of the Church. Any pastoral theology, as found in most of Pope Francis teachings and encyclicals is purely opinion, speculative and less in value than the theology of Limbo for unbaptized babies.

6. Making decisions of synods a part the extraordinary magisterium of the Church, when in fact it is a politicization of Catholicism, opening it to the whims of those who are chosen to participate in such synods. Synods like Ecumenical Councils, should be rare and only called in a crisis to address heresy  and offer correction and Anathemas.

7. Investing too much authority in Bishops’ Conferences and their way too many committees and paid personnel as though these are God-given structures, which they aren’t of course.

8. Investing too much authority in local Bishop’s pastoral centers, the plethora of paid personnel there and the dogmatism coming from these pastoral centers and diocesan pastoral councils.

9. Investing too much authority in parish pastoral councils and consulting with the laity, as though God surely is at the heart of this consultation and prayer discernment

10: Elevating personal conscience above the sound and defined Deposit of Faith to include morals

11. Making novelties in the Church and her pastoral theologies a part of what the “God of Surprises”  because the pope or some bishop or priest or lay person says it is so.

12. Treating the papacy, the Sacrament of Holy Orders as though it is the domain of the person initiated into it and not the domain of God and His Church which is the sin of pride in twisting that which belongs to the Church into one’s personal image of what it should be

13. The papal magisterium leading the Church into areas that are not within the competency of the Church’s Magisterium such as climate change, building more humane cities, conversion to ecology, placing non Catholic Christian sects on par with Catholicism, and the same for non Christian religions, secular ideologies, and now pagan entities as a response to the Church to dialogue with the devil in these relationships. Pachamama, is a prime example of idolatry at the Vatican despite comments contrary to the truth from high sources.

14. Bishops and priests abdicating their responsibility before God and the Faithful to be good shepherds leading the laity in the spiritual battle against the flesh, the world and the devil

15. The sex abuse crisis as a part of the reimagining of the promise/vow of obedience and celibate chastity and the corruption that this has caused within bishops and lower clergy.

16. Religious orders, seminaries and other institutions of Church using the collective will of democratic processes accomplished under what is called prayerful discernment, to reimagine the Church, religious orders, etc and call it renewal even when all the evidence points out that what was accomplished by these processes has led to the death of a once strong Catholic Church and strong, thriving religious orders of men and women.