Thursday, March 3, 2016



The taped video of the above liturgy happened a few days ago is the Religious Education Congress (REC) organized and conducted by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but usually takes place (as it did this year) in the Diocese of Orange (near Disneyland) very close to Hollywood, the home of movie and television productions to enthrall, entertain an bedazzle!

This is a DisneyLand Liturgy, I won't call it Mass because it doesn't deserve the Holy Name of Mass, but I suppose it is valid and graces are given. It is meant to be a Hollywood-type production to enthrall, entertain and bedazzle. One wonders what the Mass would have been like if in Orlando near Disney World?

What a mess! This is exactly what Pope Benedict as Cardinal Ratzinger railed against. It is liturgical creativity run a muck.  This in no way resembles an Ordinary Form Mass prayed by the General Instruction of the Roman Missal and its rubrics. It is something else. It is a concoction. It is entertainment. It is  just horrible. It deserves to be shamed along with those whose creativity planned this travesty and the entertainer priest who looks like he swallowed the canary proudly performing it.  It's disgusting to me.


However, if one dared to wear Roman Vestments and required everyone to kneel for Holy Communion and chant the parts of the Mass in noble simplicity--there would be holy hell to pay from the progressive liturgical establishment.

Folks, this is 1970's on steroids.

Give me the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar and a priest who isn't there to entertain me. Tell him to turn ad orientem; it might chasten his pride.


Anonymous said...

Francis celebrated "Mass" like that all the time in Argentina.....giant puppets and all. Look at the YouTube videos. Who are you to sit on the judgement seat of Moses and condem others. You are building walls not bridges. You need to be open to the Spirit. Wait until October when Francis thanks God for the Reformation in a prayer service with a lesbian Lutheran bishopress. Maybe he will bless the Union of the lesbian bishop and her lover. I guess you would have a problem with that also. Wait until Francis has a Protestant minister preach in St. Peter's itself. You know it's going to happen. I guess you will have a problem with that to.

Mark Thomas said...

During a 2013 A.D. press conference, and in response to a Russian journalist's question, His Holiness Pope Francis said:

"In the Orthodox Churches they have kept that pristine liturgy, so beautiful. We have lost a bit the sense of adoration. They keep, they praise God, they adore God, they sing, time doesn’t count. God is the center, and this is a richness that I would like to say on this occasion in which you ask me this question.

"Once, speaking of the Western Church, of Western Europe, especially the Church that has grown most, they said this phrase to me: “Lux ex oriente, ex occidente luxus.”

"Consumerism, wellbeing, have done us so much harm. Instead you keep this beauty of God at the center, the reference. When one reads Dostoyevsky – I believe that for us all he must be an author to read and reread, because he has wisdom – one perceives what the Russian spirit is, the Eastern spirit. It’s something that will do us so much good.

"We are in need of this renewal, of this fresh air of the East, of this light of the East. John Paul II wrote it in his Letter. But so many times the luxus of the West makes us lose the horizon. I don’t know, it came to me to say this. Thank you."

Here is the frustration that I have in regard to Pope Francis' response. Our Popes for decades have offered statements akin to Pope Francis' above statement. We hear from our Popes (and bishops) as to how we in the Western Church should turn to the Eastern Orthodox to rediscover liturgical beauty and reverence.

By the way, why not simply turn to the Western Church's magnificent liturgical tradition?

Anyway, the bottom line is that our Churchmen sing the praises of Eastern liturgy but do little to transform their words into actions. Our Churchmen watch as the Novus Ordo continues to sink into nonsense...into oblivion.

I accept that Pope Francis' statement in question is sincere. That is, he did not offer such thoughts to appease the Eastern Orthodox. He didn't engage in Ecumenical Movement lip-service drivel.

Therefore, will Pope Francis translate his words into actions to help lift the Novus Ordo from its present state of collapse in almost every corner of the Western Church?

We have the Divine Worship Missal from Pope Francis. Fine. But what about his tending to the Novus Ordo? Of all things that he could have done in that regard, he decided to elevate a liturgical abuse (washing women's feet during Holy Thursday Mass) to a legitimate option.

We really needed that? Was it necessary to imbue the Novus Ordo, which is filled with novelties, with an additional liturgical novelty? Really?

What we've done to the Roman Liturgy is simply unbelievable. It is mysterious as to why we've wrecked the Mass. Something very, very mysterious is going on...and has been going on for decades...within the Church. Something is very wrong here.
Nobody seems able to break whatever it is...a mysterious force or whatever...that has gripped Holy Mother Church during the past 50 to 60 years.


Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas said...

"Wait until Francis has a Protestant minister preach in St. Peter's itself."

Would that be much of shock when the following is permitted by Rome?


133. "The reading of Scripture during a Eucharistic celebration in the Catholic Church is to be done by members of that Church. On exceptional occasions and for a just cause, the Bishop of the diocese may permit a member of another Church or ecclesial Community to take on the task of reader."

Popes have given episcopal rings and sacred Chalices to Protestant ministers. Protestants are permitted to read Sacred Scripture at Mass. Why not permit a Protestant minister to preach at Mass?

I am serious when I say that I wouldn't be surprised if the congregation applauded (a priestess would receive a standing ovation) should a Protestant minister be permitted to "preside" over Mass.


Mark Thomas

Carol H. said...

I don't know what is worse, this 'liturgy' with its warped wording, the fact that this display was concocted by a religious education congress, or that sisters in habits were actively participating in it.

Lord have mercy on us all.

John Nolan said...

Mark, is the force so mysterious? Didn't Paul VI refer to the 'smoke of Satan'? If previous years are anything to go by, there will be more than one bishop at the concluding 'liturgy'.

Looking at the age of the audience, I would guess that most of them are no longer actively involved with RE. I would certainly hope so.

If bishops condone this sort of sacrilege, they effectively leave it up to the individual to decide if he can in conscience attend such a spectacle. I could not, and would not.

Still, it's LA, after all. Evelyn Waugh would not have been in the least surprised.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Of course this was a liturgy for people at a convention and thus they wanted to be there I guess. I would not have attended or once I got there and experienced it, I would have left even if a concelebrant. In my way of thinking which has now been reshaped by the dignity and sobriety of the Roman Rite experienced in the EF and could easily be maintained in the OF, I could not put up with this kind of spectacle.

Unfortunately this is the way Religious do liturgies, especially what once was called para-liturgies. Creativity and showmanship is the name of the game and it is very narcissistic. While I understand that we had/have perverts in the priesthood, in no way were they allowed to manipulate the liturgy while manipulating those poor kids they abused. Now abuse of the liturgy has free reign. That's the post-vatican II way but in no way envisioned by Vatican II or even Consilium.

Rood Screen said...

Apart from the liturgical and theological concerns, I don't understand how any grown man could allow himself to be involved in something like this.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Even folks at praytell can't stomach this and that's saying something!

Mark Thomas said...

John, I understand about the "smoke of Satan". But Satan and his smoke have clouded the thinking of many Catholics since the dawn of the Church. But never, until our time, had the Church smashed Her Roman Liturgy into thousands of pieces.

What I find most astounding is that even though we're aware of the abject failure of the liturgical reform, "we" continue to promote novelty-filled bizarre liturgies.

I get the role that Satan has played in filling the Church with smoke. However, that has been the case for centuries. That is why I have a difficult time with the question as to why, only during our time, have we ripped the Roman Liturgy to shreds.

Something inexplicable, at least to me, happened in Rome, beginning with Pope Venerable Pius XII's Pontificate, that moved the Holy See to tinker dramatically with the Roman Liturgy. Whatever it was, I accept that the Churchmen in charge acted in good faith. That is, they believed that their liturgical revolution (and, for that matter, Ecumenical revolution) would benefit the Church.

But something happened that suddenly, beginning about the late 1940s, spurred Pope Venerable Pius XII to tap Father Bugnini to help reform the Roman Liturgy. It was about that time that Pope Venerable Pius XII opened the door to Catholic participation in the Ecumenical Movement. Something spurred a dramatic change in the Church of Rome's thinking. Something.

All I know for sure is that from that time to date, Holy Mother Church has, in many ways, not fared well.


Mark Thomas

John Nolan said...

Liturgical abuse is far, far worse than child abuse. It amounts to abusing God Himself. I suppose all the trolls will go after me having said this, but it's all true, every word.

Michael said...

Amazing how this priest (a young one, no less!) still has a nice Gothic chasuble. I wasn't expecting that at all.

davis Byrd Longsorth said...

He is a Francisican priest. I was going to watch the Mass on TV-EWTN.I had to turn it off.I want to home school my children from now on!

John Nolan said...

Given that the 'altar' (table) was not covered and the candles not lit, were it not for the chasuble this could have been just a wacky prayer service. Sadly it was the penitential act of a Novus Ordo Mass but protracted beyond all human endurance.

This anthropomorphic 'brother this' and 'sister that' represents one of the least attractive aspects of Franciscan kitsch - the fact that it is 13th century kitsch does not redeem it.

The young friar might have just been exercising humility and charity in going along with this nonsense (it was what the elderly audience expected, and if they had been deluded for most of their lives it might be considered cruel to disabuse them at this late stage).

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Given the fact that Praytell commenters on this Mass are equally aghast as are more tradition oriented Catholics tells me that most priests will not carry this penitential act back to their parishes and implement it, although I suspect some priests my age and older will do so.

But this is eye opening for younger clergy and laity. The way the Ordinary Form Mass came to be a disaster is precisely by clergy and a clique of liturgy committee minded laity going to workshops here, there and everywhere and immediately upon returning to the parish implementing all the cool things they were taught, saw and experienced in the liturgy, all the creativity.

I can remember doing it myself in the early 80's. I saw at a convention a Mass where the Opening Hymn was interspersed with the arrival of the priest at the altar and then him making the Sign of the Cross and greeting everyone while the instruments played the melody softly and then picked up with another verse of the hymn and then the Kyrie,followed by another verse of the hymn and blah, blah, blah.

Say the black and do the red is not a liturgical ideology; it is a mandate to save the Church from people like this who celebrate the Mass in this way.

The tragedy, as with the sex abuse scandal, is that the bishop in charge of the Diocese in which this occurred, which is Orange, California, not Los Angeles (next to it and where Disney Land is) did not come out with a statement about this horrid liturgy and saying it will never occur again in his diocese, this type of sacrilege. The priest, the committee that planned the liturgy and others responsible for it should have been publicly excoriated. Shaming can be put to a good end. The pope does it all the time with his cardinals, bishops and priests. It is effective.

Anonymous said...

Bee here (Have to post as Anonymous because my OpenID doesn't work)

Am I the only one here who noticed as Father is reading the, well, penitential prayer, the sound in the background is one of a rattlesnake? A snake? Really?

Maybe we should just have the priest start wearing a devil's costume with horns and a tail and get it over with already.

Wow, what we do to Christ. Com'on comet.... :-)