Wednesday, March 31, 2021
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ROCCO PALMA AND HIS NONSENSICAL TWEETS—CARDINAL CUPICH WASN’T THE ONLY CHRISM MASS WITH LAITY, THE DIOCESE OF SAVANNAH PROBABLY HAD AS MANY!
At US’ lone top Chrism with laity, Chicago’s Card Blase drew from Pope’s teaching on St Alphonsus (bit.ly/3ccPce5), to blast “the CDF. I think Rocco was dreaming or read to much into the good Cardinal’s homily. If that is true than it would appear, as unlikely as this would be, that the Chicago Cardinal is aligning himself with progressive cardinals and bishop in the Germanic countries and striving to get bishops here to join him in the German schism. Just saying.
And Rocco, during Holy Week, still has on his blog Pope Francis’ Christmas Mass at Night! What’s up with that whispered the loggia!
Yes, my new bishop, Bishop Stephen Parkes gave a far better homily than the good Cardinal in Chicago or any archbishop showcased in Palma’s tweets. No brag, just fact! And yes, our cathedral on Tuesday at 11 AM had just about has many laity as Chicago’s cathedral and we didn’t have to harass them about wearing their masks throughout the entire liturgy as they did in Chicago!
This is Chicago’s Cathedral:
This is Savannah’s Cathedral:
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
MAKING COMPARISONS AND VISCERAL REACTIONS TO THE HIERARCHY OF WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN A CATHOLIC CHURCH PRIOR TO VATICAN II AND AFTERWARDS
This is a still photo of the Requiem Mass video for Officer Talley. It was celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. This photo captures the so-called “pre-Vatican II Mass” celebrated in a Cathedral designed according to pre-Vatican II norms for the high theology of this Mass:
The altar is at the highest apex of the sanctuary. The Archbishop’s throne is three steps lower as is the chair for the priest/deacon/subdeacon. The pulpit is at an even lower point. That’s the hierarchy of design for pre-Vatican II cathedrals/ churches/ and chapels to accommodate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Immediately, one knows by what one sees that the altar is the most important piece of furnishings in a church according to this design.
I wonder what the non-Catholic mourners thought of the post Vatican II free-standing altar placed in the lowest and contrived location here? It looks so out of place and superfluous. The bishop’s and priest’s throne/chair are higher than it. And compared to the original altar, it looks insignificant.
Could it be that Catholics got the message—what occurs on the new free-standing altar isn’t as important as what happened on the High Altar? I wonder what practicing Catholics in this cathedral who have never seen Mass celebrated at the High Altar in either form of the Mass were thinking?
The law of prayer is the law of belief.
Monday, March 29, 2021
IN A TERRIBLY TRAGIC AND SAD EXPERIENCE, THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM REQUIEM DOES NOT WHITEWASH THE GRAVITY OF THE HUMAN SITUATION BUT MARVELOUSLY COMMENDS THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED TO ALMIGHTY GOD’S DIVNE MERCY BRINGING THE GRIEF OF SURVIVORS TRUE SOLACE BY LANCING THE GRIEF
No Eagle’s Wings; no Be not Afraid, no White Vestments; no Here I am Lord; no Alleluias; but a dirge like cathartic medicine for the soul of the Faithful Departed, tragically murdered and lancing the grief of family, friends and others in attendance or watching. The pastor of Officer Tally’s parish, acting as deacon for the Mass, preaches a stunning, absolutely stunning homily. It should be used to teach seminarians how to preach a homily at a funeral! The Archbishop offers words prior to the homily as well.
This is stunning! Thank you Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Denver for allowing the recovery of this magnificent form to the Mass. And thank you to the rector of the Basilica Cathedral for allowing this form of the Mass to be at the historic high altar. Very gracious to say the least!
PRAYTELL KEEPS PROMOTING IDOLATRY AS IT CONCERNS THE WORSHIPING OF VATICAN II, ECCLESIOLOGY AND ACTIVE PARTICIPATION! SAD, TRAGIC AND ABSURD
Praytell is complaining about Robert Cardinal Sarah’s missive to Pope Francis, a brilliant piece of apologetic for private Masses, because Praytell sees Cardinal Sarah’s missive as having a foundation on the true worship of God, God’s personal relationship with each of us individually and collectively and the grace that enables us to have a personal relationship with God as individuals and collectively, through Jesus Christ.
You can read the Praytell missive that quotes others who prefer to worship Vatican II, Ecclesiology and Active Participation—all of which support my thesis that Praytell and like minded progressives are the problem for the Church’s proper worship, not the solution.
You can read Praytell going down the rabbit hole (fortunately it also links to Sarah’s brilliant letter heads and above Grillo and Faggioli (Beans), but I digress:
I expect Pope Francis will hold firm. Let us hope that the current discussion, with all its confusion and contention, leads toward a greater understanding of the the Second Vatican Council and the reformed liturgy of the Catholic Church. That would be a great grace.
My final comment:
Let us hope that Pope Francis will heed Cardinal Sarah’s brilliant apologetic which will lead the Church to a greater understanding of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit so that the liturgies of the Catholic Church, all rites, as well as the two expressions of the one Latin Rite will make clear that the Church, clergy and laity, are creatures of the Most Holy Trinity and our worship is of God not Vatican II, not ecclesiology, not a particular interpretation of the Vatican II documents, not active participation and certainly not anyone who disagrees with God. That would be a great grace.
We don’t need more apostasy as in Germany and other progressive countries, religious orders and the like. That would be a great grace.
This article from the Wall Street Journal tries to link apostate, schismatic German bishops, priests and laity to the opposite spectrum in the USA which is not at all opposite. What is happening in the USA as described in this article isn’t apostasy, isn’t schismatic and isn’t post-Catholic. This article is absurd except for the reporting on the German schism and apostasy:
Pope Struggles to Contain Conservative-Liberal Tensions in Catholic Church
Sunday, March 28, 2021
March 26, 2021
A livestream will be available for anyone interested in viewing the Catholic funeral Mass for Officer Eric Talley on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:00 pm.
The Catholic Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver.
The holy Mass has restricted seating and the family has requested that they not be shown during the livestream of the Mass.
Officer Eric Talley, 51, a member of the Boulder Police Department, was killed on Monday, March 22, 2021, when he responded to an active shooter situation at a grocery store in Boulder, CO. Nine other people were also killed during the shooting.
Officer Talley has been described as a man of strong faith with a great trust in the Lord and a strong devotion to Mary. He was a loving husband and father of seven children, and a great servant to his community.
The Catholic funeral Mass will be a Solemn High Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr. Dan Nolan, FSSP. Other priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, along with Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila (Archbishop of Denver) will be in attendance.
A Solemn High Requiem Mass is a Funeral Mass celebrated in the Extraordinary Form (i.e., the Traditional Latin Mass) of the Roman Catholic Church. The funeral liturgy specifies that the Church “confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life.” Moreover, “Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the life which has now been returned to God,” and to offer prayers for the deceased and the consolation and hope of the living.
UGH, BUT IT MAKES A GOOD STORAGE ROOM TO STORE THE NEW ALTAR UNTIL A NEW CHURCH IS BUILT THAT MATCHES IT
While a vast improvement, the new altar and reredos simply don't fit this building. The building would be best used for something else.
Hopefully, that is the plan, to build a new church with architecture that will compliment the new reredos altar. In the meantime, the current church is a great storage facility creating excitement and anticipation of the day it will be placed in a new magnificent church building.
Our Lady of Grace in South Houston, Texas:
The second photo is like wearing a tuxedo or evening gown to a monster truck pull.
I am disappointed the papal high altar is still not be used, especially after the packed papal Masses in Iraq:
Saturday, March 27, 2021
WHILE THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER FOMENTS AND CELEBRATES SCHISM, THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER, MORE CONSERVATIVE, AND CRUX, MORE PROGRESSIVE, ARE WARNING OF SCHISM AND MANY IN ROME SEE IT COMING IN GERMANY
Crux has a very good article on the actual schism in Germany which makes Lefebrev’s movement look like child’s play. In Germany or the Germanic nations, we have cardinals and bishops, many priests and a goodly number of laity who are spinning off into schism.
If you’re seeking power and influence, the last standing institution (in Germany) that is interesting for the people, it’s the Catholic Church,” Schnabel said. “Less than one percent of Protestants go to church in Germany. Being a Catholic is more attractive. What they dream about already exists, but they don’t want to join a sinking ship; they would rather try to change the course of a ship that is doing quite well in comparison.”
Father Nikodemus Schnabel, from the German Benedictine Monastery Dormitio in Jerusalem, said he is not truly afraid of schism, though he sees many in his country adopting an “I’m Catholic but” attitude.
You read that correctly! Only 1% of German Protestants go to church. Yet the schismatic Germans don’t want to be Lutheran which is the dead faith of progressives and the faith that is dead, they want to make what success the Catholic Church has with Mass attendance just like the dead progressive Lutheran Church.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY ABSURD!
Then, I was on a tweet by Rocco Palma reporting what the Cardinal Papal preacher said at the Lenten Retreat for Pope Francis and the Curia:
"Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.
Who is Cardinal Cantelemessa speaking of? Which nation in the world is so traditional that it is a dead nation? Or is he speaking of the growing SSPX? Or the growing FSSP or traditional Masses which are seeing increasing numbers especially with young people and young married couples with many, many children.
Just who is the Cardinal speaking about and why did he not say one negative word about the dead church in Europe which is far from tradition and traditionalism. Why did he not call out the German Church and how progressivism since Vatican II has destroyed religious orders, caused a decline in vocations to the priesthood and left Europe decimated? Why not a word of praise for the USA, especially in more traditional dioceses, seeing growth and in conservative Africa, Asia and South America?
IT IS ABSURD!
The problem in progressive Rome and progressive Catholic media is they suffer from some kind of mental illness. Theology can’t help that, only Sigmund Freud!
Friday, March 26, 2021
In a word, YES! As I have mused over the years on this blog, the recovery of the ecclesial mindset of progressives from the 1960's and 70's under this pontificate is showing us now as this papacy will soon come to its conclusion, what a failure that mindset was in the 1960's and 70's and what a failure it is now. This is especially true now, that there are processes being set loose in the Germanic countries where Cardinals and other bishops may well lead an actual schism, similar to the Great Schism or the Protestant Reformation which will make the SSPX movement and its founder attempt at true reform look like peanuts. This will not reflect well at all on Pope Francis' legacy in Church history.
What is good about this, as I have mused over the years, is that a whole new generation of Catholics, completely clueless about the schismatic tendencies of "spirit of Vatican II elitist progressives" now know exactly what happened then as it is happening again. That's the formula and the formula produces the same results.
Pope Francis' papacy has been very much like Pope Paul VI's papacy, except Pope Paul VI while trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube had become very depressed, visibly shaken and aged by the events in the Church and very weak toward the end of his papacy. Pope Francis, producing and fomenting many of the same results that alarmed Pope Paul seems immune from experiencing psychological, physical and spiritual symptoms. In fact, he seems to relish the chaos.
It will take a charismatic figure who is a combination of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict, to recover the sanity that both popes heroics attempted.
Who will that figure be? Right now, only God knows.
IS SATAN AT THE HEART OF THE CONTRIVED CONFUSION FOMENTED BY POST-CATHOLICS TRYING TO DESTROY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND IS SATAN AT THE ROOT OF THIS MOTIVATION AND MANIPULATION?
I just read the full article at Crux about the great manipulation by the great manipulator that is taking place at the neo-synodal way in Germany, a country and nation which has caused untold tragedy and horror and suffering for the world and the Church for generations, fomenting wars, persecution, religious division and genocide nearly murdering all Jews, Gypsies and other declared by them, undesirables in their country
And these manipulators in Germany have the temerity, the audacity and the hutzpah to declare that their neo-fascist, neo-synodal path will create a “new springtime” for the Church in Germany. It is to laugh if not so very, very, very tragic. Mental illness describes it best!
But here are the two most important paragraphs, read the rest at crux:
As what’s come to be called the German “Synodal Path” begins forwarding its mid-term conclusions to Rome, many lay activists and bishops are describing the process as an historic and inspiring moment, a potential springtime of sweeping reform and renewal in Catholic life.
However, some believe that the Synodal Path is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. In reality, they charge, the purpose of the Synodal Path is not to bring the sexual abuse crisis to a close, but to use the actual crisis to justify profound changes in the Church, concerning Catholic teaching, identity, and tradition.
WHEN WILL THE USA BE ABLE TO USE COOL BLUE VESTMENTS FOR MARIAN FEASTS, NOT TO MENTION CLEAR FACE GUARDS AND REALLY NEAT MASKS? I WONDER IF THERE ARE PRAYERS FOR PLACING THESE LITURGICAL ITEMS ON THE PRIEST’S PERSON
Many parts of the Church in South America, Germany and the Philippines are allowed blue vestments for Marian feasts. Why not in the USA?
I have also in the past advocated dark, very dark, blue vestments for the season of Advent. In my former parish in Augusta, I had a lovely set. The next pastor tossed them because of a rigid liturgical color attitude, so unloving to dark blue loving priests and laity, so unloving!
New Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Jose Advincula:
THE PUSH TO BLESS GAY COUPLES NO MATTER THE GENDER THEY CLAIM OR NO GENDER, IS A PART OF A GAY CABAL LOBBYING GROUP WHICH INCLUDES HOLIER AND MORE LOVING THAN THOU HETEROSEXUALS PUSHING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH INTO THE ANGLICAN DIRECTION AND ELIMINATING NATURAL LAW AS A BASIS FOR SEXUAL MORALITY AND IT IS “LOVE” DISCONNECTED FROM SCRIPTURE, TRADITION AND THE HISTORIC MAGISTERIUM OF THE CHURCH
Of course people can be blessed. What isn’t blessed is their sin. Sin and evil are often exorcized as a foundation of a blessing. Just think of the exorcism even in the revised rite of Baptism, that takes place before the actual baptism.
Just think of Catechumens who are exorcised during the Scrutinies of the Lenten Season. People are blessed not sin.
This push to bless same sex unions isn’t about that, blessing people. It is about blessing sexual acts that these unions entail that are sterile with no possibility of procreation.
If a person goes to confession and confesses masturbation, or fornication (regardless of the sexual orientation of the act) or adultery or even impure thoughts, they are absolved and blessed, not their sins.
The current controversy is about changing the Church and making LBGTQetc unions, no matter who and how many people are involved, a sacrament of the Church on an equal footing with heterosexual marriage. It is also about changing the sacramental system of the Church to include the ordination of any gender of person, even those contrived genders.
And what is the basis of all this? Love. But it is not only the love of persons, but an infatuation and love of their sin. In fact it is a love of sin that eclipses the love of God.
And the love meme as a form of the enablement of sin and making sin a virtue is a grotesque form of manipulation by these clerics and laity doing it. It is truly sickening. It is also cowardice.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
First vaccine three weeks ago:
Second vaccine on Annunciation. Prior to this I had eyes dilated for eye procedure related to a detachment near retina but not a retina detachment, thus the celebrity sunglasses. May need laser procedure in three weeks or maybe not. I hope not.
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Today, 30 years ago, March 25, the Solemnity or First Class Feast of the Annunciation, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre died. He was an excommunicated Archbishop because he defied Pope St. John Paul II and ordained bishops for his Saint Pius X Society (SSPX).
He objected to the extreme make-over of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the aberrations of its celebrations. He objected to the Vatican Council’s document of religious liberty, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue and dialogue with the world, the flesh and the devil.
Yet, apart from rejecting non-infallible pastoral initiatives of an ecumenical council and defying the pope in ordaining bishops without papal approval, he was thoroughly Catholic in the classical sense. He wasn’t the flop that New Coke was.
Fast forward to the 2020’s and bishops and theologians today in various parts of the world advocating for same sex or binary sex marital unions in the Catholic Church, for male, female or any combination of self-declared gender or non gender married or not married priests, for sexual license and the negation of 2000 years of Scripture, Tradition and Magisterial teachings from popes to ecumenical councils.
Who are the true schismatics? Who are the true Apostates? Who are the heretics? Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and his SSPX or those advocating for a pagan church?
It is time to rehabilitate Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and canonize him.
And Massimo Faggioli as well as the NCR think the celebration of the Extraordinary form of the Mass is an assault on their favorite false god, the spirit of Vatican II. Press title for the NCR article fomenting Catholic schism and apostacy:
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY AT THE MASS SHOOTING IN COLORADO BELONGED TO AN FSSP PARISH
One of the ten victims of the mass shooting in Colorado was a Boulder Police Officer, Eric Talley, 11 year vet, 51 years old, husband, father of 7. He responded to the incident and he was killed.
Officer Talley and family belong to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Littleton, staffed by priests of the FSSP, which celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass
A Solemn Requiem Mass for Officer Eric Talley is on Monday.
MASSIMO BEANS/FAGGIOLI IS PRIVATE MASS PHOBIC; HE THINKS IT IS THE WORST THING IN THE WHOLE WIDE CHURCH! IT IS TO LAUGH IF NOT SO VERY SAD
During the Pandemic Shutdown which hit my parish and diocese exactly a year ago, we never missed offering daily or Sunday Mass although no one was in attendance, except the Church Triumphant, The Church Militant and the Church Suffering.
And the one Sacrifice of Christ was offered on our altars for the salvation of souls and the good of the laity of my parish and for the intentions of both the living and faithful departed.
How in the Name of God and all that is Holy could the Vatican or anyone denigrate something as beautiful as this?
WOW, PROFESSOR FAGGIOLI, BEANS IN ENGLISH, IS INTERVIEWED BY AMERICA MAGAZINE, A JESUIT PUBLICATION, AND SPILLS THE FAGGIOLI, I MEAN THE MEANS.
WOW, JUST WOW! Is progressive lay theologian, Dr. Massimo Faggioli, beans in English, OPENLY ADMITING that the Novus Ordo is incompatible with traditional Catholicism??? I post video, you decide. Of course, Massimo would more than likely endorse women priests or any variety of the LGBTQ descriptions of a person's sexuality. More than likely, he would endorse the bessing of LBGTQetc sexual unions. More than likely he would endorse the repeal of Humanae Vitae. Yet a small minority of Catholics who prefer the EF Mass is a threat to all of this. The absurity of it is palpable. What is Massimo and those who think like him afraid of? And he says Pope Benedict reevaluated his endorsement of Vatican II in an uncritical way, especially the liturgical reforms. I wonder why? Could it be because of the other chaos in the Church now on steroids? Could it be that only 10% of Catholics in progressive countries, states and cities, and sometimes much less, only attend Mass? Could it have been that Massimo, I mean, Beans???????
The city of Chicago recorded 774 murders in 2020, an increase of more than 50% from the 506 murders in 2019, according to a database maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. The uptick was felt across the city, as 20 of the CPD’s 22 police districts recorded more murders in 2020 than the year before. The number of overall shooting incidents skyrocketed, too, rising from 2,120 in 2019 to 3,237 as of Dec. 27, 2020.
That number of 774 murders in Chicago averages about 15 people/victims a week. Shooting incidents in 2020 were about 3,237.
Most of these murders and random shootings were black on black crime. It is a phenomenal number in a city and state with very strict gun laws.
On Monday, 10 people were murdered in a grocery store in Colorado. One was a policeman. I think the other 9 were white and the shooter was white with an automatic weapon.
The news coverage by the white elite news establishment has far outpaced anything we see weekly covered in Chicago, nationally.
CNN just did a heartbreaking story giving all the names of those killed, a bit of a background to them and tugged at our heartstrings that a man with an automatic weapon could cause such heartbreak and tragedy on people “who did not deserve it.”
Yes, the coverage of whites who are murdered, especially in mass shootings, while “minor” compared to what happens weekly in Chicago is racism on the part of the white networks.
Keep in mind, 774 people, mostly African Americans, were murdered in Chicago in 2020. Do you know any of their names and family backgrounds?
Racism is their name—the news media, that is. They need to be CANCELED!
We have a Church in virtual schism as it concerns Scripture, Tradition, the Magisterium and the Deposit of Faith. We have chunks of bishops and theologians advocating for gnostic principles as it concerns sexual and sacramental theology. And then we have the Pandemic, the shut-down and the loss of the “obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation.” What to do? What to do? Oh, what are we to do?
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
SCHISM IS COMING TO THE CHURCH UNDER THE GUISE OF HUMAN SEXUALITY; SHOULD WE SIMPLY LET THEM GO, OR SHOULD THEY BE EXCOMMUNICATED?
Should the pope simply excommunicate them all and let them go? Wouldn't that purify the Church for Catholics who want to be faithful but since about 2013 think the sands are shifting so dramatically that they really have no roots to claim this or that can't change as the God of surprises allows it or motivates it or the development of doctrine allows for the bastardization of Catholic defined moral and doctrinal teachings?
I think it is time now to play hardball and cut them loose? What say you?
Here you have it. The Church is well on the way to schism. A Jesuit priest thinks it is the cat's meow.
America Magazine, Jesuit run, prints the AP story. They are ecstatic.
I doubt that any of the 230 German theologians attend the EF Mass on a regular basis. I wonder if there is any connection.
This Schism will make the Lefebrve movement look like Sunday School of attempted schisms. Keep in mind, the laity simply need theologians who will back their ideology and bishops who will lead them and it appears Germany is ripe for bishops to go into not only the virtual schism they are fomenting but an actual one. Sounds so much like the Protestant Revolt of centuries ago, no?
Monday, March 22, 2021
While I have consistently said that the EF Mass, more than likely, will not replace the Ordinary Form Mass and primarily due to Latin—most Catholics, I dare say, a majority of Catholics would prefer the EF Mass if only it was in the vernacular, but without that, the ordinary form will be the go to Mass for the vast majority of Catholics.
The biggest problem with the OF Mass is that it produces Catholics who are in a virtual schism in many parts of the world when it comes to the defined moral teachings of the Church, the latest being Ordinary Form bishops, priests and laity criticizing Pope Francis over his reiteration that same sex unions cannot be blessed or recognized as the Church would be in apostasy for blessing mortal sin, inimical to God.
The worst influence on the Ordinary Form Mass and thus Ordinary Form Catholics is the cult of the personality of the bishop or priest foisted upon the congregation simply because the priest faces the congregation with the good, the bad and the ugly he brings to the Mass. The personality of the priest overwhelms the Mass especially his own personal antics during Mass not found in the rubrics.
Not so with ad orientem or at least it is reduced considerably. Thus this photo tells the story:
The celebrant of this Mass in Augusta for Passion Sunday was a visiting priest. I don’t know who he is. But he appears to be as tall as our tall and lanky bishop, Bishop Stephen Parkes. He is 6”4”.
Our bishop also has a very long reach with his very long arms and this is most evident at the elevation of the Host and Chalice at Mass. The celebrant of this EF Solemn High Mass also has very long arms as you can see in the photo above.
In fact, if you did not see Bishop Parks kneeling (as any lay person would do during Mass) to the left of the altar (Gospel side), you would think, or at least I would think, that the celebrant is Bishop Parkes.
Or it could be any pope, bishop or priest in the world. It doesn’t matter who, because you can’t see the face of the celebrant at this most important point of the Mass.
That needs to be recovered, no?