Most truly religious people voted for “Protestant” Donald Trump, including practicing Catholics:
Copied from the Deacon’s Bench:
Most truly religious people voted for “Protestant” Donald Trump, including practicing Catholics:
Copied from the Deacon’s Bench:
This certainly confirms our American bishops who have the prophetic wear with all to make a judgment on our Democrat “Catholic” President Joseph Biden and judging him ineligible for the reception of Holy Communion.
The Pope speaks (copied from the Deacon’s Bench):
The photo I post below, while a work of art and thus to be appreciated, conveys sentiments about the hierarchy of the Church as out of touch and not with much to do. It’s a princely life or at least a church caricature of it.
When I was a seminarian in the late 1970’s, I remember being scandalized when I learned that the retired Cardinal of Baltimore, Cardinal Sheehan had a chauffeur and a Cadillac limousine to boot.
And when I visited Philadelphia for the first time, I was shocked to see the mansion in which a lone cardinal lived in the most exclusive part of Philadelphia.
Both of these shocking images were a far cry from what I experienced of the Catholic Church in humble Augusta, Georgia and the Diocese of Savannah.
And thus this is what Pope Francis said three days after his election as the Supreme Pontiff:
VATICAN CITY — On his election to the papacy, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose to name himself after Francis of Assisi because the 12th-century saint "is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation," Pope Francis said Saturday.
Do you see how peculiar it is? The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated on a post-Vatican II altar cube! How do you tell the difference between the Epistle Side of the Altar and the Gospel Side of the altar and the middle of the altar? Peculiar indeed!
Later, though, there is a disclaimer by the pastor of the parish that the good Cardinal did not actually request this.
What is the truth?
Be that as it may, I am not opposed to local bishops supervising what happens during Mass or afterward as they are the primary liturgists of the diocese. They should not allow liturgical abuses and certainly would suspend and defrock a priest who consistently celebrates an illicit Mass that is more than likely invalid as well.
But it just so happens, that on Facebook, one can view last Sunday’s “Mass” from Saint Sabina Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago. I put “Mass” in quotations, because in no way does this “Mass” resemble the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church in the vernacular and with inculturation.
I don’t even think the Mass was valid. Fr. Celebrity had no Roman Missal on the altar and completely made up a “Eucharistic Prayer” that in no way resembles any of the myriad of Eucharistic Prayers that can be found in the Roman Missal of the latest incarnation of the 1970 version.
And yet, there is a complaint about the Prayer to St. Michael being prayed after Mass in one Chicago parish and absolutely nothing said over a more than likely invalid Mass in the same archdiocese where this has happened for decades.
Fortunately, St. Sabina was less than 1/3 full and mostly aging parishioners the majority of whom were women.
It seems the Italian bishops despised Pope Benedict snd eventually got their way. All this was foreseen in 2013 in this eye opening blog post.
Covid 19 has killed hundreds of thousands and made many more just plain sick.
Earthquakes hit the rich and the poor, Haiti comes to mind.
Volcanos spew destruction and death.
Is global warming man made or an Act of God?
I ask; you answer.
With Pope Benedict’s papacy being erased/canceled as it concerns liturgy and continuity, just who will replace Bishop-Elect Guido Marini? What changes will there be in papal liturgies? Will the Benedictine altar arrangement disappear?
And yikes, Bishop Elect Marino certainly has aged, but in his case, he doesn’t look well…is it stress over the canceling of Pope Benedict’s liturgical vision?
In an unusual Sunday announcement, Pope elevates (and moves) Msgr Guido Marini, 56 – his lead Master of Ceremonies inherited from B16 – to bishop of Tortona, at the peripheries of +Guido’s native Genoa; no successor named as Pontifical MC.
Ask any priest who celebrates both forms of the one Latin Rite, and he will tell you that it has improved his fidelity to the newer missal and makes him more conscious to show forth the prayerful aspect of the Mass in its orations whether he faces the congregation or not.
As everyone knows, I am in favor of ad orientem for the Liturgy of the Eucharist, but that position needs approbation from the bishop or else people are literally yanked around depending on the priest or the bishop.
For example, in my previous parish for at least three years if not more, one of our five weekend Masses was celebrated ad orientem. It was like all the other Masses except the Liturgy of the Eucharist was ad orientem. At that same normal Sunday Mass, once a month the EF Mass was offered. I really think that the majority in attendance thought the only difference was that the Mass was in Latin.
After I departed, that Mass returned to being like all the other ones, facing the people for its entirety.
Ad orientem for the 1970 Roman Missal must be explained and explained well, especially to my generation of Catholics who think that ad orientem excludes them and makes them feel as though the priest has turned his back on them. But isn’t that the problem, that my generation of Catholics think that when the priest faces them, they are being spoken to as though the orations of the Mass are like the homily, directed to them. Of course that is wrong thinking, isn’t it?
Whether or not EF Masses which have been in place for several years or months can continue is one question. But the second question is answered, no new ones will be allowed and most bishops are not giving permission to newly ordained priests to celebrate the 1962 Missal any longer.
THUS IT IS INCUMBENT ON BISHOPS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE LATEST INCARNATION OF THE 1970 ROMAN MISSAL BE CELEBRATED IN THE MOST FAITHFUL WAY POSSIBLE AND THE MOST PRAYERFUL WAY POSSIBLE.
HOW MANY BISHOPS WILL ENCOURAGE AD ORIENTEM FOR THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST AND KNEELING FOR HOLY COMMUNION? THAT IS THE KEY TO AUTHENTIC RENEWAL OF THE LATEST INCARNATION OF THE 1970 ROMAN MISSAL
AND IF THE BISHOP DOES NOT FEEL IT PRUDENT TO AUTHORIZE AD ORIENTEM FOR THE ORATIONS OF THE MASS, WILL HE ENCOURAGE THE BENEDICTINE ALTAR ARRANGEMENT SO THAT THE PRIEST FACES THE CRUCIFIX AT THE ALTAR WHICH THEN BECOMES THE SYMBOLIC EAST—FACING JERUSALEM, GOLGOTHA, WHERE CHRIST SACRIFICED HIS LIFE FOR US ON THE CROSS, WHERE HE WAS BURIED, WHERE HE ROSE, WHERE HE ASCENDED, WHERE HE SENT THE HOLY SPIRIT AT PENTECOST AND WHERE HE WILL RETURN AT THE CONSUMMATION OF THE WORLD.
The end of the present world and its renewal as the final conclusion of the work of Christ. As all enemies of the kingdom of God are conquered, he will surrender the overlordship to God the Father (I Corinthians 15:24), but without losing his own dominion founded on the hypostatic union. With the end of the world there begins the perfect sovereignty of the Holy Trinity, which is the object of the whole creation and the final meaning of all human history.
My comments: All people, including Christians, are in a terminal condition. We die daily either by some kind of tragedy related to war, violence, accident or suicide. People die daily due to terminal disease, age or injury. We are terminal.
But not only is all life in a terminal condition in one way or another and no matter what we do to mitigate that terminal condition and delay it, we and all created things to include this earth of ours is in a terminal condition.
That doesn’t mean that we don’t try to mitigate things to extend life. Healthy lifestyles, avoiding greed and gluttony, taking care of our environment and the planet are all a part of waiting the final consummation and the return of Christ at the end of time to judge the living and the dead and to enact the resurrection of the body to join the soul in her place of “just reward.”
Can we stop the destruction of our bodies and the planet on which our bodies are sustained? Ultimately, no, just as Christ did not stop (although He had the power to do so) the greatest suffering any human person as ever experienced and the death penalty for that suffering. But in His Divine Person, Jesus, with two natures, human and divine, brought out of His consummation the resurrection for Him and all who are a part of Him through the Church He founded and the Sacraments He instituted. There is no other way.
This young graduate of the Jesuit Boston College thinks abstinence from meat will save the planet in some way. No, it won’t. The planet is headed toward its final consummation no matter what mitigating actions we take to delay it. We have to stop being in denial about one of the most important aspects of Catholicism, the final conclusion of everything in order to share fully in Christ’s victory. Even “time” is terminal—ultimately as we fight the losing battle to save “time” we must accept the fact that “time” is coming to its final conclusion too. No green new deal will save us from this reality, only Jesus Christ!
Let’s go back to a stricter fasting and abstinence as was the case up until 1958. Not to save our bodies from its terminal condition but to save our immortal souls for the destination Christ has in mind for us, heaven, not hell, so that when the final consummation occurs, our bodies, recreated from the dust and clay of the earth may be joined to our souls wherever they may be.
Press the title for the excellent suggestion of going back to abstinence although he recommends it for the wrong reason:
God bless our troops placed needlessly in harms way by this debacle and eternal rest to all who are dying because of the president’s incompetence.
I never dreamt that a new pope following these two great popes would be able to reverse their trajectory. But has His Holiness Pope Francis actually reversed it?
As I mentioned, these two schools of thought are from the same dying generation and mostly held by septegenerians and octogenarians. I am very much of Pope Benedict’s school of thought. I appreciate much of what Vatican II wanted to accomplish. I despise its spirit of rupture though that is promoted subsequent to the Council and teaches that Vatican II wanted this, that and the other when there is absolutely no indication of it when one looks for it in the Council documents.
A retired archbishop in Argentina captures my sentiments exactly. TJM brings this to our attention:
There is an excellent article at Rorate by Archbishop Emeritus Aguer which I think you would enjoy reading.
Here is a snippet from his article:
The current Pontiff declares that he wishes to pursue even further the constant search for ecclesial communion and to make this purpose effective, he eliminates the work of his predecessors by placing arbitrary limits and obstacles to what they established with intra-ecclesial ecumenical intention and respect for the freedom of priests and faithful! It promotes ecclesial communion in reverse. The new measures are a regrettable step backwards.
My comments: With Pope Francis, I have always experienced a return to the radical days of theology that I experienced at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore of the late 1970’s. I really believed that everything that Pope Francis desires was to be implemented by my generation of priests by the turn of the century, twenty-one years ago. But because of the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict, that did not happen.
I thought it was a new trajectory and would continue, but we’ve hit a road block.
Let me be clear. I do not reject the perennial magisterium of the Church or Vatican II. I have studied all the documents of Vatican II and these seem traditional to me. It’s the spirit of Vatican II that I have difficulty with because you can’t nail it down, it shifts with the blowing winds, just as progressive Catholics do. That’s why there has been no successful attempt at schism because they are all over the place unlike the Eastern Orthodox and the SSPX (yes, I know they are not quite in full schism, but they are organized enough and all the same page to effect one!).
Once this aging group of bishops and clergy are gone (I am in this category) what do you think the younger generation of Catholics, John Paul II Catholics who also loved Benedict will do?
How many younger Catholics, even those well into their 40’s and early 50’s think Pope Francis school of retrograde theology is the way forward?
This photo of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass could just as well been 1863 at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta. But it was this past Sunday’s Traditional Latin Mass in 2021. How cool is that!
In the article I post below, there is sour grapes expressed by Rorate Caeli and the author of the article that some bishops, to include the pope, do not want a reform of the reform or to allow some EF sensibilities brought to the OF Mass as they were once called recently.
Thus, I would recommend to all priests who have been celebrating the EF Mass in their parishes to make that Mass time slot in the OF as EF as possible where allowable by their bishop. That means that the new Missal is celebrated in Latin with EF sensibilities but without forgoing the rubrics and General Instruction of the Roman Missal of 2011.
Where bishops will not allow an all Latin OF Mass, ad orientem, then have the Benedictine altar arrangement as seen at papal Masses to this day, chant the propers in Latin even if everything else is in the vernacular and make sure there is good choreography of all the liturgical participants and exquisite vestments. It’s not too hard to do this even if the bishop denies other aspects of EF syncretism.
BUT, AND THIS. IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BUT, IN BOTH EF AND OF MASSES THE ONE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST IS BROUGHT FORWARD IN AN ETERNAL AND GLORIOUSLY RISEN WAY, AN UNBLOODY WAY, AND THE GLORIOUS, RISEN AND SACRAMENTAL REAL PRESENCE OF THE BODY, BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY OF THE RISEN CHRIST IS MADE PRESENT.
Don’t forget that!
This is actually Deacon Greg Kandra’s EWTN adventure. But it is mine too! I was on for the full hour on “Mother Angelica Live” in 1998 to discuss the recent renovation/restoration of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta. After the show, I received emails from all over the world some asking me to become their liturgical consultant! It was to laugh. I stayed in the same house and saw all the places Deacon Greg Kandra photographs:
This new church is near Charleston, South Carolina’s Low Country coastal region is booming! No interior designs though. 😕
A rendering of the new St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church on Daniel Island shows it at nightfall and daytime . Franck & Lohsen Architects/Hord Architects/Provided: