Saturday, September 30, 2023
SCANDALOUSLY SMALL NUMBER OF THE FAITHFUL ATTEND THE CONSISTORY FOR NEW CARDINALS THIS SATURDAY MORNING AT AN OUTDOOR LITURGY PRESIDED BY POPE FRANCIS
On the eve of the first session on the Synod on Synodality, if there ever was a verdict on what is going on in the Church for the past ten years, this photo is it.
Normally these kinds of consistories are held inside St. Peter’s. Expecting this liturgy on the eve of the Synod on Synodality to attract a completely full St. Peter’s Square, the liturgy (not a Mass) was moved outdoors. The crowd, though, could have easily fit inside the basilica!
It is a beautiful Saturday morning—more than half the chairs are empty and the sections that seem to be full have many empty seats.
This is how the National Catholic Reporter says it:
Under a sun-drenched, though somewhat sparsely crowded St. Peter's Square, the pope tasked the new cardinals — his new orchestra members — to represent "the harmony and the synodality of the church."
This, a liturgy presided by the pope, fails to attract Catholics, non Catholics or tourists:
Throughout the video, due to good camera work, there is never a full shot of St. Peter’s Square, only close-ups of the small sections of seating with chairs, that makes it look like lots of people are there when there really isn’t. Embarrassing to say the least, and Vatican News knows it!
I am sure there was chatter among the new and old cardinals present at the spectacle of a liturgy like this presided by the pope to have attracted so few people, faithful or not! Certainly the roots of this will be discussed by the new and old Cardinals at the next Conclave!
Copied from Vatican News:
Pope to new Cardinals: Work for 'an ever more symphonic and synodal Church'
I LIKE CARDINAL PIERRE BUT HE DOESN’T REALLY UNDERSTAND THE SOURCE OF THE GREAT POLARIZATION GOING ON IN THE CHURCH NOT ONLY IN THE USA, BUT ALMOST EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD…
Below I link a Crux article and interview with newly minted Cardinal Pierre the Papal Nuncio to the USA.
The good Cardinal is diplomatic. While there has been polarization in the Church since Vatican II (caused, by the way, by the polarizing “spirit of Vatican II” changes shoved down people’s throats in a pre-Vatican II authoritarian way) both Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI did much to diffuse the polarization because of their clarity of teaching, opening the Church to the pre-Vatican II liturgies and being nice people whose rhetoric was calming not polarizing. They never resorted to verbal insults directed at one kind of Catholics.
Pope Francis, either intentionally or not, has opened up old wounds, especially as it concerns clarity of teaching, many issues once thought to be settled in terms of sexuality and Holy Orders, to include Holy Matrimony, and has poured gasoline on those whose old scars fires have been reopened. He insults people of an orthodox perspective.
Yes, there are radical traditional Catholics, who hate this pope. Hating anyone, even the pope, pure and simple is a mortal sin. But since Pope Francis wants to reopen what is a sin and isn’t and what mortal sinners can do while accompanied by the Church, I guess one could make a case for hating the pope. Maybe we need to listen to these haters and confirm their hate rather than make them feel excluded?
That’s where we are heading.
Nonetheless, that Cardinal Pierre felt the need to address the polarization in the USA indicates that he knows it is quite serious and depending on what Pope Francis approves as a result of the Synod on the Synodality, there may well be a worldwide schism, not only here but in Africa and other orthodox countries.
If the Pope leans towards orthodoxy as a result of the synod on synodality, the real problem for polarization will come from the heterodox—they will go into schism. If you want to see hate, go back to Pope Benedict’s papacy and how the heterodox reacted to him. They are the real polarizing and hateful clique in the Church. But I don’t think Benedict ever verbally insulted them.
It is a no win situation. If both the heterodox and orthodox are appeased, there will be a silent schism which has been going on since Vatican II now claiming about 90% of the worldwide Catholic population who no loner are practicing Catholics.
Rome we have a problem:
ROME – Cardinal-designate Christophe Pierre, Pope Francis’s envoy to the United States and one of his new red hat recipients, has rejected perceptions of a “great divide” between the Argentine pontiff and the Church in the United States.
Speaking toduring a Sept. 29 press point in Rome, Pierre said he would not describe the situation between the pope and the US Church as “a great divide, it’s not a great divide. I think it’s more correct to say that we live in a society which is divided, we live in a society which is polarized.”
Friday, September 29, 2023
BOMBARDED BY WORDS, SACRED OR NOT, OFFICIAL OR CHATTER, STRIPPED OF DIGNITY, SOLEMNITY, CHOREOGRAPHY AND TRANSCENDENCE, MORE AND MORE CATHOLICS FIND THE MASS BLAH AND A DISCONNECT BETWEEN GOD WHO IS PRESENT BUT PRESENTED IN A CASUAL PEDANTIC WAY…
This commentary isn’t about the TLM, but about the modern Mass, but reformed to be in continuity with the TLM.
Everyone has their own opinion about why so many Catholics, up to 83% of them, do not go to Mass and certainly don’t think anything special is happening during the Mass. It is social change, individualism, loss of faith, loss of confidence in the bishops and priests of the Church, to include the pope, loss of transcendence, dignity and reverence. Why go and be bored to death with blah and homilies that put most people to sleep or to a zoning out state of mind?
The Modern Mass is here to stay, but its form and manner of celebration is not set in concrete.
I am angered and frustrated that Pope Benedict did not create a “new Consilium” to reform the Modern Mass, which is in need of reform more so than the TLM at the time of the Council was reformed fixing things that weren’t broken.
Here is what needs to be done:
1. Restore the ancient order of the Mass. The Official Entrance Chant is required and in the form of the TLM’s but in the vernacular or Latin. The priest and ministers process to the sanctuary, but at the foot of the altar, after the chanting of the Introit, the priest begins in an audible voice with the sign of the cross and immediately introduces the Penitential Act with the prescribed words. The Confiteor is said by all with the modern absolution. The Priest ascends to the ad orientem altar as the Kyrie is chanted praying the TLM devotional prayers silently. The Gloria is chanted or spoken and then the priest turns to the assembly and says/chants “The Lord be with you.” Then he goes to the epistle side of the altar and prays the Collect.
All are seated for the Liturgy of the Word.
2. The lectionary is reformed to eliminate one of the first readings and to restore the Gradual/Tract. The Liturgy of the Word is carried out as it is now offered in the Modern Mass. Lectors are officially installed and wear the alb or cassock and surplice to perform their ministry.
3. On Sundays the homily is required and should be 5 to 8 minutes long and relevant to people’s life, not a theological discourse or repetition of the readings.
4. The Credo is prayed with the priest standing at the middle of the altar. The Universal Prayer is suppressed. The Offertory Antiphon is restored to the missal and always offered in the manner of the TLM’s.
5. The Offertory Procession is suppressed
6. The traditional offertory prayers are restored and prayed in a low voice.
7. After the prayer after the priest washes his hands, he turns to the congregation with the full “Orates Fratres” and then prays out loud the Prayer over the gifts.
8. The Roman Canon is prayed on Sundays and Solemnities. Eucharistic Prayer III is the alternative Canon, all the others are suppressed. The canon is prayed in a low voice with the TLM’s restored rubrics.
9. The Communion Rite is restored to the TLM’s format.
10. Holy Communion is distributed at the altar railing with reception on the tongue while kneeling. Only bishops, priests, deacons and formally instituted acolytes may distribute Holy Communion and the installed acolytes vested in alb or cassock and surplus.
11. The concluding rite recovers the TLM’s order. The last Gospel is suppressed.
Definitely my way will restore the vigor and health of the modern Mass and by its beauty and transcendence it will attract the laity to the Mass and inspire non Catholics.
Thursday, September 28, 2023
A SIMPLE RECOVERY OF THE TLM AND FOR THE MODERN MASS, AD ORIENTEM, KNEELING FOR HOLY COMMUNION AND ARTISTIC MUSIC, NOT KITSH, WILL TURN THINGS AROUND--BUT IT SEEMS OUR VATICAN LEADERSHIP HAS A DEATH WISH FOR THE LITURGY AND THE CHURCH TO CREATE A DIFFERENT CHURCH...
Our Sunday Visitor is reporting on the CARA study survey in 2022 just released:
(OSV News) — Almost two-thirds of Catholics believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, but only 17% of adult Catholics physically attend Mass at least once per week, according to a newly published survey from Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. The survey also revealed a high correlation between belief in the Eucharist and weekly or even monthly Mass attendance.
The 2022 survey of self-identified Catholics published Sept. 26 and titled “Eucharist Beliefs: A National Survey of Adult Catholics” found 64% of respondents provided responses that indicate they believe in the Real Presence, that the Lord Jesus Christ is truly present under the appearance of bread and wine in the Eucharist.
That conclusion was drawn from both open-ended and closed-ended questions respondents were asked about their understanding of church teaching about the Eucharist and additional questions to clarify their beliefs.
My comments and questions: What is not clear to me is 64% of respondents believe in the real presence as taught by the Church but only 17% of adult Catholics attend Mass at least once a week. What I am not clear on is if of the 17% who bother to attend Mass each week, is it 64% of them who believe what the Church teaches about the Real Presence?
At any rate, as is acknowledged in the article, we some 55 years into implementing Vatican II have failed miserably to do so. I don't see the Eucharistic Revival making much of a difference, although it won't hurt. What will hurt is the on-going confusion being sowed by the Vatican about the Church's doctrinal and moral teachings that will push more out of the Church and attending Mass. Even if the Vatican allows women's ordination, LGBTQ+++ "marriages" and people in mortal sin allowed to receive Holy Communion, even the non-baptized, these people, who have felt shunned by the Church will not return and more will leave who are put out with a Church ruled by the LGBTQ+++ political lobby and all that it represents.
Only a return to the Liturgical piety, rules and ethos of the TLM, even if in the vernacular, will make a difference. And in a completely Modern Mass, kneeling for Holy Communion received on the tongue and distributed only by a bishop, priest, deacon or adult acolyte will turn things around! How you pray and how your receive is the law of belief and devotion!
Only the TLM could motivate and inspire this kind of belief and devotion:
IN WHAT HELLISH DARKNESS DO THE LITURGICALLY ENLIGHTENED WALK IN THEIR OWN MANMADE LITURGICAL FETISHES!
MODERN MASS FETISHES THAT NEED JETTISONING AFTER EXAMINING?
FR. MICHAEL J. KAVANAUGH: My point is that, when something pointless becomes fetishized, liturgically speaking, it should be carefully examined and, if necessary, jettisoned. I would suggest that hem-lifting is one we could-and should-do without.
Just who decides when something liturgical becomes pointless? The pope? The bishops? God forbid, liturgical theologians?
Obviously, Pope Francis believes that more than 1,600 years of a particular order of the Mass, the TLM, has been fetishized and he examined it and in contradiction to previous popes, to include Paul VI, he is jettisoning it.
But let’s look at the once and for all, definitive for all time to come, the reformed Mass of Vatican II.
What has become fetishized? For some, it is the alb under the chasuble or dalmatic.
For others, there is a good case to jettison the offertory procession which has become fetishized, enhancing it with liturgical movement (dance) and prolonging the Mass. Today, very few actually bring the monetary offerings to the altar, because most send their offertory via mail or electronic means. And we have to protect the money from being stolen, so it is placed in a vault rather than in front of the altar.
It is time to jettison the Offertory Procession because, quite frankly, it is pointless.
The Kiss of Peace needs jettisoning too! Who really understands the kiss of peace anyway? There is a theology that is good, but in practice it has become something altogether different. The stylized version of it in the TLM’s Solemn Sung Mass is hierarchical and highly stylized.
The washing of the feet, speaking about fetishes—jettison it, please, please, please, especially kissing the foot after washing it—that’s a fetish gone way too far! Yuck!
And standing for Holy Communion is pointless and fetishized. The theological reason for recovering this posture (talk about going backwards!) has to do with the early Church practice that in the Latin Rite shifted to kneeling. Why stand? The fetishized reason is that it is a sign or symbol of being raised up in Christ, that standing, get this, is a symbol of the resurrection, as though simply being alive isn’t enough of a symbol of the resurrection, whether you are sitting, kneeling, standing, laying down or sleeping! Standing for Holy Communion need to be jettisoned!
Certainly Mass facing the congregation is a fetish and needs jettisoning. Anything else?
THE DUPLICITY OF THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER BACKFIRES AS ONE OF THEIR REPORTERS CONDEMNS THE LISTENING CHURCH OF THE SYNOD
Brian Fraga has a commentary in the NCR railing against orthodox Catholics who are complaining about the Synod as a way to create a different Church which, in fact, is another denomination.
Fraga indicates that Pope Francis sees the synod on synods as an act of God.
Creeping infallibility anyone?
All voices must be heard except Mueller, EWTN and anyone who has concerns about the synod itself. The left’s propaganda is to call their concerns “misinformation”.
It’s fine if the NCR wants to critique orthodox Catholics. But the NCR reporter simply states the facts. He can’t repudiate what these orthodox Catholics are saying, he can only go backwards to the 1970’s and shame them as being “orthodox” or “conservative” the political term, not the religious one, which is what out of control heterodox did in the 1970’s. Back then, the “N” word they used was to call the orthodox so “pre-Vatican II!”
As I have written before, shaming those who want an orthodox Catholicism, open to its past, present and future, is the way of the heterodox. Words like fundamentalist, rigid, conservative, traditional, become the new “N” words. They use these terms to manipulate and shame and ultimately marginalize.
They’ve lost not just the battle, but the war. The article below does nothing to show that the concerns of the orthodox is “misinformation”. Truth or misinformation? You decide.
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
A BISHOP OF A VERY SUCESSFUL STEWARDSHIP DIOCESE IS TAKING HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO BE THE PRIMARY LITURGIST OF THE DIOCESE SERIOUSLY WHICH WILL MAKE HIS DIOCESE A SUCESSFUL LITURGICAL DIOCESE TOO!
I will embed in RED, my comments to Bishop Kemme's excellent treatise on what he expects for liturgies in his diocese. But let me say a couple of things.
The Mass, since Vatican II, as we all know and have experienced, is more clerical than it ever was prior to the Council. Bishops and priests make up their own rubrics or dismiss the rubrics present in the modern Mass in a minimalist way--that's clericalism especially if the words of the Mass are changed to suit the priest or bishop.
Part of the clericalism is placed on steroids given the legitimate options in the Mass which include variations on the penitential act and which one is chosen and who chooses. The same with the Eucharistic Prayer, the Mystery of Faith acclamation. One can chant the propers, aka, introit and other antiphons, but other options allow something similar or completely different.
But the one thing that trumps all other problems with the Modern Mass boils down to taste! A variety of styles of music and instrumentation, which are all over the place, in terms of options, makes the chanting of the Mass based upon taste, not tradition. And whose taste? We all know what kind of music we all like. To demand that my likes be included and my dislikes be removed is the height of clericalism. But that's the modern Mass.
What is sung and how it is sung in the Mass has caused me more stress as a priest than any other liturgical issue.
Let's face it, many who have an opinion on music for the Mass, prefer kitsch to art. And they prefer it in a vociferous way!
Let's dig into Bishop Kemme's pastoral letter on the liturgy with my astute comments embedded in RED.
‘Let us sing with the Lord,’ Bishop Kemme urges in pastoral letter
Monday, September 25, 2023
Here’s a screen shot of the magnificent Church and the magnificent liturgy that teaches us how well Vatican II has been implemented as it concerns Ireland and Sacrosanctum Concilium. And just think that they have been able to accomplish this in less that 100 years!
Thank God that Pope Francis has canceled Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI’s going backwards. If they had their way, we wouldn’t have this well implemented Vatican II Liturgy, that took only about 55 years to establish, not 100 years!!!
This is not good…
From Catholic World Report: