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Thursday, February 29, 2024

DEMOS II BOMBSHELL ON THIS LEAP DAY!


IMO, Seems to be a sound program for the upcoming Conclave! What do you think?



The New Daily Compass is publishing an exclusive document in six languages, intended to circulate among cardinals in view of the forthcoming conclave and among the faithful as food for thought on the priorities of the Church. The text was written principally by a cardinal after he collated the suggestions of other cardinals and bishops. They have chosen to remain anonymous for the reasons explained in the letter.

The Vatican Tomorrow

(February 29, 2024) In March 2022, an anonymous text appeared – signed “Demos” and titled the “The Vatican Today” – that raised a number of serious questions and criticisms regarding the pontificate of Pope Francis. Conditions in the Church since that text appeared have not materially changed, much less improved. Thus, the thoughts offered here are intended to build on those original reflections in light of the needs of the Vatican tomorrow.

The concluding years of a pontificate, any pontificate, are a time to assess the condition of the Church in the present, and the needs of the Church and her faithful going forward. It is clear that the strength of Pope Francis’ pontificate is the added emphasis he has given to compassion toward the weak, outreach to the poor and marginalized, concern for the dignity of creation and the environmental issues that flow from it, and efforts to accompany the suffering and alienated in their burdens.

Its shortcomings are equally obvious: an autocratic, at times seemingly vindictive, style of governance; a carelessness in matters of law; an intolerance for even respectful disagreement; and – most seriously – a pattern of ambiguity in matters of faith and morals causing confusion among the faithful. Confusion breeds division and conflict. It undermines confidence in the Word of God. It weakens evangelical witness. And the result today is a Church more fractured than at any time in her recent history.

The task of the next pontificate must therefore be one of recovery and reestablishment of truths that have been slowly obscured or lost among many Christians. These include but are not limited to such basics as the following:  (a) no one is saved except through, and onlythrough, Jesus Christ, as he himself made clear; (b) God is merciful but also just, and is intimately concerned with every human life, He forgives but He also holds us accountable, He is both Savior and Judge; (c) man is God’s creature, not a self-invention, a creature not merely of emotion and appetites but also of intellect, free will, and an eternal destiny; (d) unchanging objective truths about the world and human nature exist and are knowable through Divine Revelation and the exercise of reason; (e) God’s Word, recorded in Scripture, is reliable and has permanent force; (f) sin is real and its effects are lethal; and (g) his Church has both the authority and the duty to “make disciples of all nations.” The failure to joyfully embrace that work of missionary, salvific love has consequences. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:16, “woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel.”

Some practical observations flow from the task and list above.

First: Real authority is damaged by authoritarian means in its exercise. The Pope is a Successor of Peter and the guarantor of Church unity. But he is not an autocrat. He cannot change Church doctrine, and he must not invent or alter the Church’s discipline arbitrarily. He governs the Church collegially with his brother bishops in local dioceses. And he does so always in faithful continuity with the Word of God and Church teaching. “New paradigms” and “unexplored new paths” that deviate from either are not of God. A new Pope must restore the hermeneutic of continuity in Catholic life and reassert Vatican II’s understanding of the papacy’s proper role.

Second: Just as the Church is not an autocracy, neither is she a democracy.The Church belongs to Jesus Christ. She is his Church. She is Christ’s Mystical Body, made up of many members. We have no authority to refashion her teachings to fit more comfortably with the world. Moreover, the Catholic sensus fidelium is not a matter of opinion surveys nor even the view of a baptized majority. It derives only from those who genuinely believe and actively practice, or at least sincerely seek to practice, the faith and teachings of the Church.

Third: Ambiguity is neither evangelical nor welcoming. Rather, it breeds doubt and feeds schismatic impulses. The Church is a community not just of Word and sacrament, but also of creed. What we believe helps to define and sustain us. Thus, doctrinal issues are not burdens imposed by unfeeling “doctors of the law.” Nor are they cerebral sideshows to the Christian life. On the contrary, they’re vital to living a Christian life authentically, because they deal with applications of the truth, and the truth demands clarity, not ambivalent nuance. From the start, the current pontificate has resisted the evangelical force and intellectual clarity of its immediate predecessors. The dismantling and repurposing of Rome’s John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and the marginalizing of texts like Veritatis Splendor suggest an elevation of “compassion” and emotion at the expense of reason, justice, and truth. For a creedal community, this is both unhealthy and profoundly dangerous.

Fourth: The Catholic Church, in addition to Word, sacrament, and creed, is also a community of law. Canon law orders Church life, harmonizes its institutions and procedures, and guarantees the rights of believers. Among the marks of the current pontificate are its excessive reliance on the motu proprio as a tool for governance and a general carelessness and distaste for canonical detail. Again, as with ambiguity of doctrine, disregard for canon law and proper canonical procedure undermines confidence in the purity of the Church’s mission.

Fifth: The Church, as John XXIII so beautifully described her, is mater et magistra, the “mother and teacher” of humanity, not its dutiful follower; the defender of man as the subject of history, not its object. She is the bride of Christ; her nature is personal, supernatural, and intimate, not merely institutional. She can never be reduced to a system of flexible ethics or sociological analysis and remodeling to fit the instincts and appetites (and sexual confusions) of an age. One of the key flaws in the current pontificate is its retreat from a convincing “theology of the body” and its lack of a compelling Christian anthropology . . . precisely at a time when attacks on human nature and identity, from transgenderism to transhumanism, are mounting.

Sixth: Global travel served a pastor like Pope John Paul II so well because of his unique personal gifts and the nature of the times. But the times and circumstances have changed. The Church in Italy and throughout Europe – the historic home of the faith – is in crisis. The Vatican itself urgently needs a renewal of its morale, a cleansing of its institutions, procedures, and personnel, and a thorough reform of its finances to prepare for a more challenging future. These are not small things. They demand the presence, direct attention, and personal engagement of any new Pope.

Seventh and finally: The College of Cardinals exists to provide senior counsel to the Pope and to elect his successor upon his death. That service requires men of clean character, strong theological formation, mature leadership experience, and personal holiness. It also requires a Pope willing to seek advice and then to listen. It’s unclear to what degree this applies in the Pope Francis pontificate. The current pontificate has placed an emphasis on diversifying the college, but it has failed to bring cardinals together in regular consistories designed to foster genuine collegiality and trust among brothers. As a result, many of the voting electors in the next conclave will not really know each other, and thus may be more vulnerable to manipulation. In the future, if the college is to serve its purposes, the cardinals who inhabit it need more than a red zucchetto and a ring. Today’s College of Cardinals should be proactive about getting to know each other to better understand their particular views regarding the Church, their local church situations, and their personalities – which impact their consideration of the next pope.

Readers will quite reasonably ask why this text is anonymous. The answer should be evident from the tenor of today’s Roman environment: Candor is not welcome, and its consequences can be unpleasant. And yet these thoughts could continue for many more paragraphs, noting especially the current pontificate’s heavy dependence on the Society of Jesus, the recent problematic work by the DDF’s Cardinal Victor Manuel Fern├índez, and the emergence of a small oligarchy of confidants with excessive influence within the Vatican – all despite synodality’s decentralizing claims, among other things.

Exactly because of these matters, the cautionary reflections noted here may be useful in the months ahead. It is hoped that this contribution will help guide much needed conversations about what the Vatican should look like in the next pontificate.

Demos 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

IS IT STUPIDITY? IS IT GENIUS? OR IS IT DEMONIC? TODAS! TODAS! TODAS!


The so-called inclusive Church and its promotion from the highest level of the human hierarchy of the Church has enabled the Holy Roman Church in the Archdiocese of New York to be used for demonic ideological purposes. This kind of inclusivity is dialogue and submission with and to the devil.

On the heals of the sacrilegious Funeral Liturgy at Saint Patrick’s Once Great Cathedral is followed by this:

Update: NY archdiocese arts center cancels ‘kinky’ sex workshops

1. The Archdiocese, as with the Sacrilegious Funeral, pleads ignorance and issues no apology for the incompetence of those who did not do due diligence to find out more about the ideological use of their Cathedral and now another property owned by the Archdiocese

2. There is no apology issued to faithful Catholics and others of goodwill who see the Faith and Morals, Scripture and Tradition of the Church and their own love and reverence for Holy Mother Church trampled upon in the most offensive ways possible. 

3. It is an insult and an outrage against God’s Holy People and all in the name of “TODAS, TODAS, TODAS!

LARRY CHAPP AND BISHOP JAMES CONLEY SAID SOME IMPORANT THINGS ABOUT THE REFORM OF THE REFORM, IN FACT THE VERY SAME THINGS I'VE BEEN SAYING FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS--MAYBE THEY READ MY BLOG?

Larry Chapp praises the latest document from the DDF, Gestis verbisque which confirms what so many have been saying, no one is happy with the Modern Roman Mass, no one and everyone wants to improve it because it is such a mess in a variety of ways. We can all agree on that, both traditionalists and heterodox. 

Larry says this, which I have said over and  over and over again: "...Gestis...emphasis [is] upon liturgical abuse as a manipulative form of clericalism." Here Chapp is referring to bishops, priests and deacons using the Roman Missal has their own creative guide, changing words and gestures according to their narcissistic pleasures. Think of the ad libbing prior to the Penitential Act, as though the celebrant is the host of the guests before him not realizing he is one of them who together belong to God and His Church, he is no owner or host who is the one who welcomes as no one who is Catholic needs to be welcomed to their own home!!!!!

In other words read the black and do the red, got it?

The ad libbing and manipulation of words and gestures according to the narcissistic pleasures of the celebrant has led to "a crisis of [liturgical] abuse and a crisis of sanctity! Just view the professional video of the sacrilege at St. Patrick's Once Great Cathedral at a politically motivated funeral for LGBTQ+++ ideologies. That could never have happened with the 1962 Roman Missal--not possible!

Bishop James Conley recommends, as do I, that we recover the "reform of the reform" that has lost steam because of the preference for the TLM that modern reformers of the 1970 Roman Missal prefer, thus they have given up on the "reform of the reform." That needs to change and orthodox traditionalists must once again take up the call to reform the Modern Mass which everyone agrees is a mess and needs a major overhaul in rubrics, ritual and sanctity and reverence!

BOMBSHELL BREAKING NEWS!


Pope Francis rushed to hospital following Wednesday Audience! Prayers requested.

UPDATE

Following the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis, who has been suffering from mild flu symptoms in the past days, visits Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on the Tiber Island for some diagnostic tests.

By Vatican News

A statement released by the Holy See Press Office on Wednesday said Pope Francis visited the Gemelli Hospital on Rome’s Tiber Island straight after the General Audience, where he underwent some diagnostic tests. Following the tests, he was driven back to the Vatican.

Some scheduled papal audiences were cancelled in the past days as a precautionary measure due to flu symptoms the Pope was experiencing.

On Wednesday morning, at the beginning of the Wednesday General Audience, he explained to those present in the Paul VI Hall that he still had a “cold”  and he asked one of his collaborators, Monsignor Filippo Ciampanelli, to read the catechesis for him.

Immediately after the audience, he was driven to the Rome hospital on the Tiber Island, which is very close to the Vatican.

On Sunday, he recited the Angelus as usual, appearing at the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square.

The Holy See Press Office meanwhile has confirmed the Pope will receive German Chancellor, Olaf Scholtz, in audience on Saturday, 2 March, as planned.

Monday, February 26, 2024

BOUNCE BACK POPE BOUNCES BACK AND FORTH WITH CRITICAL HEALTH ISSUES, OLD AGE PRIMARY AMONG THEM…


On Sunday, the Holy Father gave his normal Sunday Angelus. Crux called him the “bounce back Pope” and indeed he fits that description. But on Monday morning, the Vatican declares the following headline. Push title for article from Vatican News. 

As mild flu-like symptoms persist, Pope cancels Monday audiences as a precaution

Saturday, February 24, 2024

AN ENTERTAINING MUST READ! FATHER RAYMOND DE SOUZA HITS THE BALL OUT OF THE PARK IN A MOST ELOQUENT AND ENJOYABLE READ!

 



Dead Synodality
Fr. Raymond J. de Souza
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2024

POPE FRANCIS GRAVELY ILL?


Recently I had dinner with a priest who works in Rome. He said that Pope Francis is riddled with cancer which began in his colon. There are a number of other health issues. Many don’t believe he will make it through 2024. In addition to that, he is almost 88 years old. Saint Jude, pray for us!

Please pray for the Church and the pope who leads her!

Pope Francis cancels audiences due to ‘mild flu’

Friday, February 23, 2024

I HAVE WONDERED WHAT THOSE WHO PROMOTE “COURAGE” HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT F******S********* AND NOW I KNOW


Kudos to Cardinal O’Brien! I knew Cardinal O’Brien when he was just a lowly Army Chaplain at Fort Gordon, Georgia, recently changed to Fort Eisenhower, in Augusta, Georgia way back in the early 1970’s, a time we are currently reliving. He knows my name too! I ran into him many years ago inside Saint Peter’s Basilica and he remembered my name. 

This is what LifeSite News reports and it is good news:

 Retired American Cardinal Edwin O’Brien has signed his name to LifeSite’s petition urging bishops to prohibit the blessing of homosexual “couples.”

Cardinal O’Brien offered his support after LifeSiteNews had emailed the petition to the bishops and cardinals of the Catholic Church. Over 22,000 people have now signed.

In a brief statement sent to LifeSiteNews via email, O’Brien, who retired in 2019 after serving as the head of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Rome since 2011, emphasized that as one of the prelates involved in the founding of Courage – a Catholic apostolate formed in 1980 to aid those suffering from same-sex attractions – he is particularly disappointed with the Vatican’s document Fiducia Supplicans as it “seriously undermines their pledge to live a life of virtue.”

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O’Brien emphasized that Courage was founded to help those suffering with same-sex attraction to live “committed to a chaste life in full accordance with solid Church teachings,” and that such people are “ill-served” by the “ambiguous” Fiducia Supplicans.

O’Brien, ordained in 1965, had a lengthy career as a churchman, during which he served as the archbishop of the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA, as the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of New York.


BACKWARDISM, SCHISM AND PSYCHOLOGICAL MANIPULATION THROUGH PUT-DOWNS…O MY!


For manipulation reasons, many in the hierarchy want to paint the very, very small number of Catholics, quite vocal, but small in number, who are what politically oriented people would call “right wingers.” As individuals, these people easily go into schism either psychologically or by joining other Catholics who no longer follow the pope and bishops of the Church. Did I say their number is small, very small.

Yet, progressive/heterodox Catholics see this small number of Catholics as the greatest threat to the legacy of Pope Francis today. Yes, you read that correctly. The editor of “Where Peter Is” is really bummed  out by these Catholics and with crocodile tears he says he won’t engage them any longer. Good for him. I hope that makes him feel better.

Yet, the elephant in the room are the Germanic countries of Europe, Germany in particular, who as a nation and an episcopate are heading toward schism by taking Pope Francis’ vision for the Church and doctrine to its logical conclusion. Even Pope Francis is concerned and the Cardinal of Vienna has intervened claiming that schism is where the Germans are going.

The Germans are backwardists too. They want to go back to the ferment of theological currents of the late 1960’s and 70’s. They rigidly want  to return  the Church to that period of time. And they are going to go forward with or without Pope Francis, like Martin Luther did in the 1500’s with his Protestant revolution. So in a sense, the Germans aren’t just going back to the 1970’s, they are going back to the 1500’s too!

I just read an article where a victim, a former nun, of Fr. Rupnick, said that the Jesuit priest called her psychologically rigid and uptight when it came to sex. As her spiritual director, he manipulated her through put-downs that would lead to the flexibility he demanded that would enable her to give into his sexual advances, some of which are so perverted and sick, I don’t even want to think about it.

Pope Francis constantly tries to wear down those who prefer the 1950’s to the 1970’s which His Holiness prefers by psychological insults and manipulation. All Catholics should call that out for what it is: manipulation. He should call them out on their heterodox beliefs and nothing else. But what are these 1950’s heterodox beliefs? Is it daring to criticize the initiative of a pope which contradicts his predecessors? Is that it? Is it daring to call out pastoral initiatives based more on politics, sociology and psychology rather than the Faith and Morals of the Catholic Church, not to mention Scripture and Tradition? And to push "development of doctrine" as a traditional way to move teachings forward, nonsense! Development clarifies doctrine, never contradicts it or obfuscates it!

Catholics need not check their brains at the door of the Church. That leads to all kinds of abuse and manipulation. 

Let us realize that the small minority of “right wing” Catholics who are separating themselves from their bishops and pope are no match for the number of people involved in Germany’s heterodox way that even the Vatican recognizes is heading for schism. Let’s be more concerned about that!

And finally, what role does the Modern Mass and its deformed celebrations (as was the funeral liturgy at St. Patricks’s) play in leading Catholics into heterodoxy and schism? 

So often, we are told that the TLM and its ancillary liturgies lead to theological and psychological rigidity and schism, but is that the main problem in the Church today? Pope Francis and Cardinal Roche are suppressing the older Liturgy because they believe it is the cause of the anti-Pope Francis sentiments.

But shouldn’t they also then suppress the Modern Vernacular Mass, especially in Germany that is causing much greater damage to the Church and into an epsicopal schism? 

This is the UpsideDown Church today—the Twlight Zone!

Thursday, February 22, 2024

I AM NOT CONFIDENT THAT CARDINAL DOLAN GETS IT…COULD BE THE BIDEN SYNDROME AFFECTING ALL PEOPLE WHO ARE AGING WHICH INCLUDES ME…



On his Catholic Radio program this is what Cardinal Dolan said about the sacrilege and blasphemy in his once great Cathedral:

Five days after mourners filled the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York for an irreverent “homecoming” funeral for actor and author Cecilia Gentili, New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said he believes the “cathedral acted extraordinarily well.”

In a recording released Feb. 20 of the SIRIUS XM radio show “Conversation with Cardinal Dolan,” the cardinal praised the priests at St. Patrick’s for making a quick decision “that with behavior like this we can’t do a Mass. We’ll do Liturgy of the Word — the readings — and the sermon and prayers of petition and the Our Father.” The service “got worse with the eulogies that were very irreverent and disrespectful,” he added.

I think we should move on from this particular sacrilege and stop digging the Church deeper into the coprophilia that the cathedral was made to eat and the toilet paper used to clean it up was thin with breakthroughs. I personally hate when that happens.

Cardinal Dolan was and is silly to praise the celebrant of this Liturgy but everyone was made to react in real time without having policies and procedures in place for all liturgies of the Church, especially weddings and funerals and especially when others are using the Cathedral who aren’t members of the Cathedral parish. 

It was good that the Mass was canceled even as it began! But a Mass should have never been scheduled in the first place.

Cardinal Dolan has to acknowledge that while the Cathedral priests prevented an even greater amount of coprophilia to be eaten and enjoyed in the Cathedral if the Mass had been celebrated and God only knows what anti-Catholic communicants would have done with the consecrated Host offered to them, the cathedral was desecrated even while no Mass was celebrated. The Word of God was desecrated, pure and simple and in the presence of the tabernacle containing the Most Blessed Sacrament.

THE WORD OF GOD WAS DESECRATED IN THE LITURGY OF THE WORD OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND IN A ONCE GREAT CATHEDRAL!

CARDINAL DOLAN, PLEASE REPENT OF THAT ON BEHALF OF THE CATHEDRAL STAFF! DON’T PRAISE ANYONE—THAT ONLY MAKES IT WORSE!


AND MAKE SURE NO SUCH NONSENSE TAKES PLACE IN YOUR CATHEDRAL EVER AGAIN BY DEMANDING THAT PRIESTS STOP ACTING LIKE CELEBRITIES AT CHURCH LITURGIES AND TELL THEM TO READ THE BLACK AND DO THE RED! APOLOGIZE FOR ANY PRIEST IN YOUR CATHEDRAL WHO DOES’T DO THAT!

And to add to the Twilight Zone and UpsideDown Church that Pope Francis’ ethos towards the most disordered kinds of sexuality that has emboldened the insane to take over the asylum, read this:

The LGBTQ group that arranged the funeral said Feb. 20 it wants “accountability” from the cathedral for shortening the service from a full Mass to a shorter liturgy without the Eucharist.

“A public apology will also be requested from the Archdiocese of New York for the painfully dismissive and exclusionary language used in their recent statement,” said GLITS Inc. (Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society) in a news release announcing it will hold a news conference with political and religious leaders and community members about the matter at City Hall Feb. 21.



Wednesday, February 21, 2024

COULD NOT SAY IT BETTER MYSELF, AND THAT’S SAYING A LOT!

 This needs to be said about the Modern Liturgy’s disjointed and disordered celebrations. For me to say that is truly sad, very sad, tragic actually:



Tuesday, February 20, 2024

THE PROBLEM WITH THE SAINT PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL FUNERAL ISN'T WHO WAS BURIED, BUT LITURGICAL LAW WASN'T FOLLOWED AND PASTORAL FLEXIBLITY CREATED A CONSUMER'S APPROACH TO THE HOLY LITURGY OF THE CHURCH


Very early in the so-called "renewal of the Church and her liturgy" bishops and priests thought that the laity should be involved in designing liturgies, especially themed liturgies. All kinds of liturgical abuse came from this mentality. 

The worst thing, though, was that the laity were given the idea that they could pick and choose and creatively design their own funeral and nuptial liturgies.  

Thus all kinds and styles of music, sometimes even secular music, was demanded. They wanted this, that or another Scripture reading or substitute a Scripture passage for a poem or other reflection. 

They wanted non-Catholic and sometimes non-Christian family or friends to read the Scriptures and intercessions, which the family developed. Anyone was allowed to give eulogies and sometimes more than one person.

Over the course of my priesthood, I made many liturgical mistakes. Some notable mistakes, disgraces and scandals were:

1. I allowed a bride to play a tape of a popular song that was to thank her father. It was a Nuptial Mass and horrible. I cringe to this day. But I was pastoral.

2. Within the first year of ordination, I planned a Catholic funeral Mass for a motorcyclist who had been murdered. He was Catholic but not practicing, although his family was. I did not realize he belonged to a motorcycle gang, like Hell's Angels and their criminal activity and feuding lead to his murder. The Church was filled with this motorcycle gang and the procession to the cemetery included about 100 motorcycles. In hindsight, I should have simply offered a funeral home liturgy outside of Mass or just a graveside, but no Church service. 

3. For most of my priesthood I allowed a family member or members to speak at funerals about the deceased. This took place after the Prayer after Holy Communion. While some were beautiful, focused on the good works and Catholic Faith of the deceased, some were just awful, rambling, emotional and a source of venting for the person giving it. The worst one was the son of the deceased bragging about his dead dad's sexual encounters. Finally, I simply did not permit these reflections any more in the Church, period! 

I never had a situation like the one Saint Patrick's had. My suggestion is to follow current Church liturgical law as it concerns the funeral liturgy.

1. No flowers or mementos in the nave of the Church or near the sanctuary. The Cathedral funeral was cluttered with artifacts, and I suspect some pornographic. No images of the deceased and certainly not depicted as a canonized saint!

2. The parish provides all liturgical ministers from their parishioners--no substitutions

3. No reflections by any family member or friend. Period! No canonization of the deceased by the priest or deacon at the homily!!!!

4. The music is planned by the parish music director with some options available. No musicians or singers can be used without approval of the Music Minister and his/her supervision. 

5. No prelude entertainment

6. Scriptures are chosen by the priest/deacon celebrating the Funeral liturgy

My problem with St. Patrick's funeral liturgy isn't so much who the funeral was for or who came (although the Cathedral should not have allowed scandalous dress that exposed butts and other body parts).

My problem is that someone in the family organized and planned the whole thing and all the scandalous creative parts of it.

If the Cathedral had been in complete control of that liturgy according to what I recommend above and doing only the black and red, I don't think there would have been the outcry there has been. That funeral would have gone unnotices, no anti-Catholic ideologies promoted nor a political agenda or striving to force the Church to eat the "pork" of mortal sin.

Catholic funerals are not the celebration of the life of the deceased. It is the celebration of God and what He does for us in His Son and by His Divine Mercy.

Yes, bury the dead, but don't let the dead bury themselves or plan their funeral or anyone not under a formal ministry of the parish.

It really isn't that hard!


Monday, February 19, 2024

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, SACRED HEART CHURCH, SAVANNAH, GEORGIA…

 











FROM A FUNERAL MASS TO A FUNERAL LITURGY OUTSIDE OF MASS AND HOW THE DECISION TOOK PLACE


 I watched the beginning of the Funeral Liturgy Scandal again. The priest, who Cardinal Dolan should hold responsible for the sacrilege and blasphemy in his cathedral, is dressed in a Chasuble which is used solely for a Mass, not a Liturgy outside of Mass. Outside of Mass a cope may be used, or cassock, surplice and stole or alb and stole. 

After blessing the body of the deceased at the entrance of the Cathedral, the procession arrives at the altar. A priest wearing a cassock but with his surplice off and over his arm, speaks to the priest whose microphone is on. This priest, who may be the rector, I am not sure, says to him that this is not going to be a Mass but rather the Liturgy outside of Mass.

Thus the decision to change it from a Mass to a Liturgy outside of Mass was done after the Liturgy began, not before. 

I can’t watch the full liturgy as it turns my stomach, but when it is time for the eulogies to take place, the same priest, perhaps the rector, is miffed about the eulogies and tries to intervene, but the celebrant priest, who should be disciplined by the Cardinal, waves him off and more sacrilege/desecration takes place in the sanctuary publicly videoed for all to see and hear. 

God help us.

The Church is a hospital, but the mentally and physically ill should not run the institution, they should be treated, restrained if necessary and given bitter medicine which will help them in the long run. They should receive treatment, to include discipline and sedation if needed. They should not run the Church, I mean the hospital, or overrun it!

The Church, which is a “hospital” for the mortally sinful and spiritually dying, cannot be run by those whose sinfulness is highly contagious and corrupts the healthy if they aren’t quarantined. They can’t take over a sterile environment meant to cure their contagious and thus compromise the treatment the Church offers, which is God’s grace that convicts us of our diseased sinfulness and enables us to repent and believe God, not our own sick truth. 

God help us!

Sunday, February 18, 2024

THE DENIGRATION OF TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC REVERENCE FOR A FAUX SECULAR CATHOLIC ENTHUSIASM

What happened in this post-Vatican II Liturgy…

Would never have happened in this form of a Catholic liturgy:

Very early in the implementation of the Modern New Mass in the early 1970’s, and maybe a few years earlier in some places, complaints were made that traditional Catholic reverence was being overturned.

Here are some of the complaints:

1. People encouraged to talk to each other prior to Mass and afterwards in the nave of the church.

2. Moving the tabernacle away from the central axis of the sanctuary and sometimes outside of the sanctuary altogether.

3. Standing for Holy Communion, receiving in the hand and on the move

4. Eucharistic Ministers dressed in secular clothing and casual in the manner in which the Sacred Species is handled to include an affectivity in gestures while distributing Holy Communion

5. The introduction of applause during Mass

6. The Kiss of Peace a moment of romantic love rather than platonic sign of the love and peace and unity experienced in heaven

7.  Cat calls, whooping and secular applause for married couples at the conclusion of a Nuptial Liturgy als though one is at a sporting event or an entertainment venue

None of these things occur in today’s celebration of the Pre-Vatican II Liturgies, even when non-Catholics attend because even non-Catholics who attend a pre-Vatican II Mass, Nuptial Liturgy or Funeral Liturgy, experience the awe and reverence that the older rites exude and how these rites form Catholics and even non-Catholics who attend. 

The pre-Vatican II Church and her liturgies could not be hijacked by ideologues who have an amoral and political agenda as they would not be allowed to promote these in the planning of funeral and nuptial liturgies. 

The clown Funeral Liturgy at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the result of the rotten fruit that the revision of the Liturgies of the Church after Vatican II has caused. It is more the revision of reverence, awe and respect in God’s house and during liturgies that has spoiled the fruit of what Catholic Liturgies should bring forth here and in the afterlife. 

I would suggest that if the liturgy for the LGBTQ+++ ideologue at St. Patricks had been a Pre-Vatican II Funeral Liturgy, even with the same crowd of non-Catholics or post-Catholics who attended, it would have been reverent and respectful. 

Pope Francis and the bishops of the Church need to revisit what post-Vatican II Liturgical revisions did to Catholic reverence, awe, wonder and fear of the Lord! They are to be blamed for the sacrilege during Catholic Liturgies that are all too common today!