Friday, May 6, 2022


The Cincinnati’s synodal experience with conclusions seems not to be a manipulation of Catholic teaching in a gnostic way, but a desire to be faithful to the perennial magisterium of the Church. They don’t seem to want a Church frozen in the 1960/70’s mentality that has led to the wintertime the post-Vatican II Church is recovering since about 2013. 

Here’s a snippet of the report on this synodal process:

NEW YORK – Key findings cited in the first U.S. diocesan synod report available for public consumption highlight a strong desire from parishioners for the Church to better reach out to the marginalized, be more transparent, be more consistent in moral teaching, and focus on the “critical” need to re-engage youth and young adults in the faith.

Read the rest here.

My comments: What is sad for the aging current papacy and His Holiness aging advisors, frozen in the late 1960’s, is that the one movement in the Church with universal appeal to young clergy and laity, the pope is attempting to crush in the most ugly authoritarian way. This movement, known for re-engaging youth and young adults, if properly guided by bishops and all priests, could have led to a new springtime for the Church so desired by Vatican II and evidently desired by the faithful of Cincinnati. 

Incredibly, the Holy Father, incapable of understanding why young people today love the Ancient Latin Mass, criticizes them for their engagement in the Church, their enthusiasm and zeal for the faith and wants to crush all of that to make the Church more like dying religious orders, especially women religious orders, graying, balding and on medication and life support and with absolutely no new young vocations.



TJM said...

Father McDonald,

I was properly trained to participate in the EF in the early 1960s so I had no need for the “reforms.” I was drawn to the transcendence and beauty of the EF as young people are today. PF should be compelled to read The New Liturgical Movement because it would shatter his narrow perceptions. That website demonstrates that young people are drawn to the timeless and authentic, not the fleeting and contrived.

TJM said...

Father McDonald,

To lighten things up, I am sharing with you a draft letter Father Hunwicke suggested be sent to the local bishop when he is implementing TC. It is comedy gold:

"Dear Bishop

Thank you for your letter and the attached pro forma regarding use of the Missal of S Pius V.

Before going any further, may I just check with you what a pro forma is? I know what a form is; the thing, for example, one fills in for the tax man. But pro forma? How is that different from a form? The Latin phrase could in different contexts mean quite a lot of different things ... "For the sake of appearances" ... even, I think, "Because you're so pretty" ...

As to the Holy Father's questions ... thank you for passing them on so very promptly ... Frankly (ut ita dicam ... geddit?!) ...

(1) I have no trouble whatsoever reassuring you that I do regard the Second Vatican Council as a true, validly convoked Ecumenical Council. No ifs, no buts!

(2) As far as the validity of the Pauline Mass is concerned, again, no problem at all! As far as its liceity is concerned, I can robustly reassure you here too, with loads and loads of parrhesia.

It is not the first example in history of a maimed and unedifying Rite being 'legal', is it! Pistoia!! Spirit of Pistoia!!!

As far as concerns the views of those in the Old Rite Groups I serve: I cannot yet honestly say that I have checked up on all the views of every single member.

As I willingly take on for you this not inconsiderable burden, would you like me also to check that all of those who approach me for Holy Communion in the Novus Ordo have studied, understood, and internalised the Eucharistic teaching of the Council of Trent? And, concerning Novus Ordo married people, do I need to survey the degree of their adherence to the teaching of Humanae vitae? Should I do this by using a pro forma? Will you be circulating a draft? What percentages of compliance in these matters would you regard as the minimum for allowing such a Novus Ordo Group to continue to exist?

Can you give me any other hints on how to get Novus Ordo Groups closed down? I could do with some new ideas.

Having dealt with your questions, I would like respectfully to ask you, in the interests of symmetry in our collaborative ministry, to put my mind at rest too. Just as a pastoral formality ... a proformality!!

(1) Do you accept all twenty of the Church's Ecumenical Councils as valid? (There's no trick here ... honest injun ... I'm not going to expect you to make all the Jews in your diocese wear a Star of David just because some silly old Ecumenical Council ordered it!!! We know each other better than that! Simply cross your fingers behind your back and sign up! Just as everybody else does!)

(2) Do you accept ex animo the (pro!) formal Magisterial decision of Pope Benedict XVI that the Missal of S Pius V was never canonically suppressed, and, by the nature of things, never can be?

Come to think of it, it really would be terribly, terribly jolly if you were to impose these latter two questions on any of your clergy who, silly fellows, might send you a pro forma asking for faculties to celebrate the New Pauline Mass? Then we would all be happy, knowing that we were all in the same boat, and equally valued/unvalued; suspected/unsuspected; threatened/unthreatened; loathed/unloathed; marked down for elimination/unmarked.

Yours entirely pro forma,


PP, Parish of SS Promiscuus and Miscellaneus,

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