Tuesday, June 25, 2013


This is why there is a reaction to the Ordinary Form of the Mass with its narcissistic ethos. Here in the still photos an unnamed bishop is showing off like a peacock and there are eager photographers ready to capture the image of such buffoonery during Mass. In the name of God and all that is holy, why are people willing to give this a pass and then complain bitterly about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass with its no nonsense, no narcissism manner of celebrating the sacred mysteries, where the clergy are obscured in order to allow the Lord to shine forth?

This is what is meant, in part, by the devirilization of the Novus Ordo Mass and clerical narcissism; a picture is worth a million words:


Ann Ominous said...

Is it just me, or does that look like a Mass in the Philippines?

For some reason, Filipino Catholics seem to be particularly easy prey for the whole charismatic, jump around and clap mode of worship.

John Nolan said...

Father, you are coming round to why many of us, who do not necessarily denigrate the Novus Ordo per se (and this does not assume that it has to be sloppily celebrated with bad music) have an instinctive preference for the older forms. Quite simply, you cannot play ducks and drakes with them.

I think it is time you had the courage of your convictions. DO NOT celebrate versus populum. Accept the fact that females in everyday dress have no place in the sanctuary. It's not difficult to do, since this was entirely acceptable, indeed mandatory, when the NO Mass came out in 1970.

Stop knocking the SSPX (there are occasions in France and Belgium where I have to have recourse to them to find any liturgy that is remotely Catholic). I was impressed by B XVI's celebrations, but the number of papal Masses by Paul VI and JP II I saw were few, since the internet was not around in those days. What Pope Francis chooses to do will not make a ha'p'orth of difference to the way Mass is celebrated at the London, Birmingham and Oxford Oratories, nor affect the real understanding of liturgy shown by an increasing number of young priests.

rcg said...

Ma-wage is wat bwings us to-gaver today...

Anonymous said...

This was during the installation Mass of a new Bishop in the Philippines