Monday, February 5, 2024


 This is a Christmas Mass from St. Sabina’s in Chicago. It should start around 1:51:00, yes the so-called “Eucharistic Prayer” starts at almost two hours into the Mass! But it is made up and surely as Cardinal Fernandez points out, the Mass is invalid due to the free wheeling their narcissistic pastor and thinking the liturgy belongs to him and his congregation to do as they please. This is clericalism on steroids:

I am grateful for Cardinal Fernandez most recent document, which more than likely was written under Cardinal Ladaria, SJ. That document, Gestis Verbisque, basically tells bishops, priests and deacons what Fr. Z has been telling us for years and years and that is to “read the black and do the red.” 

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that reading the words given to us by the Church and its instructions or rubrics are the way to go. 

There are a few things, though, that I don’t think that the current papal magisterium gets. The Modern Mass has enabled a thorough free-wheeling by clergy and laity to the point of making the Roman Rite a mere shadow of its previous coherence worldwide and worse yet, catastrophic in fact, makes the sacrament invalid. 

I have seen the pastor of Saint Sabina’s in Chicago celebrate something that can’t be called the Roman Rite. It has to be invalid as he makes up his own liturgy and Eucharistic prayer and the words of consecration barely resemble what is in our modern liturgical books, yet Cardinal Cupich does nothing, nothing!

In Gestis Verbisque, Cardinal Fernandez says something that is also at the core of the corruption of the sacraments, yet he doesn’t get that what he says is why we are in such dire liturgical straits. 

He doesn’t want “rigid uniformity” or a rubricism that is scrupulous. 

My dear Cardinal Fernandez, the problem with the Modern Roman Rites is not scrupulousity in following the rubrics of the Mass. It is unscrupulousness that leads to a corruption of the Liturgy and invalidity! It is ignoring not just the rubrics but the words of the Liturgy and making up something completely different or “better” as the cleric believes. 

Let’s get back to clear and many more rubrics, as the TLM has it, but offered with style and flexibility but never, ever changing or omitting them!

Finally, the good Cardinal Fernandez seems to get that the Modern Mass lends itself and enables a clericalism on steroids based on superfluidity and individual and communal creativity that changes our Rite into something other than the Roman Rite and often makes the sacraments invalid and unintelligible. 

Here’s the money byte:

The document reiterates that “for all the Sacraments, in any case, the observance of matter and form has always been required for the validity of the celebration, with the awareness that arbitrary changes to either one and/or the other—whose gravity and invalidating force must be ascertained in each instance—jeopardize the actual bestowal of Sacramental grace, with evident damage to the faithful.”

That which is read in the promulgated liturgical books must be faithfully observed without “adding, removing, or changing anything.”

The art of celebrating

The liturgy allows for variety that preserves the Church from “rigid uniformity,” as read in the Conciliar Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium.

However, this variety and creativity which promote a greater intelligibility of the rite and the active participation of the faithful, cannot concern what is essential to the celebration of the Sacraments.

My astute final comments: God willing our future pope will be of the Pope Benedict XVI liturgical school of thought and he will create a new Modern Missal faithful to what Vatican II actually thought and removing the good things tossed out in the liturgical reform that has led to the crisis and liturgical castasroophe we are expericing today.

The reason why so many Catholics want the TLM and its related sacraments is that you know what you are going to get. 

With the Modern Mass, depending on the priest or the congregation, you never know what you are going to get from priest to priest and congregation to congregation from diocese to diocese. 


monkmcg said...

Three points: 1) The DDF points out that experimenting is OK and uniformity is not a goal (except it is the goal in TC); 2) The Mass of Paul VI and its unending "options" is the heart of the problem; and 3) even when faced with clear abuse, bishops do nothing.

So tell me again why we should be paying attention or $$.

TJM said...

The Novus Bogus is a recipe for disunity. The good news is that Father K Orwell is now been banned by the Vatican from “improving” certain prayers, a real feat for a priest who does not understand the original Latin text!

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

TJM - You'll have to read the document, which you haven't done, to understand why you are wrong.

I wonder if those priests who, in violation of everything good and holy, import elements of the so-called "TLM" into the NO are aware that they, too are invalidating the sacrament....

Or don't the regulations apply to them?

TJM said...

I read it along with Sacrosanctum Concilium which prohibits what you are doing. You are wrong as usual, including the way you vote

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

TJM - If - that's a BIG "if" - you read it, then your comprehension skills are lacking.

And are you going to attack viciously those who import elements of the TLM into the NO, accusing them of invalidating the mass? Of course you're not. So, the vacuity of your comments is exposed - again.

TJM said...

§ 3. Quapropter nemo omnino alius, etiamsi sit sacerdos, quidquam proprio marte in Liturgia addat, demat, aut mutet.

For Father K Orwell, a translation:

3. Therefore no other person, even if he should be a priest, may add, delete, or change anything in the Liturgy on his own authority.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

The Ordinariate’s Divine Worship combines not only the Modern Roman Rite with Anglican elements but also Tridentine elements and it is valid and licit.

Adding Tridentine elements to the Modern Rite without authorization is illicit but not invalid. A priest changing the words of the Eucharistic Prayer based on personal preferences that he makes up, that may well invalidate the Mass.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Fr. ALLAN McDonald - The Ordinariate's practices aren't in question.

As you appear to understand, but TJM chooses not to, is that GV does not support his opinion.

TJM said...

Fr K Orwell,

You expose your vacuity by voting for the Party of Moloch!

Unknown said...

"So tell me again why we should be paying attention or $$."

I suspect no compelling explanation will be forthcoming, especially as the one hand giveth (Gusty Vesty: no variations allowed, except for all of the allowed variations) as the other taketh (Traitors of Tradition: uniformity is the only acceptable course).


TJM said...

Father Corrupt Democrat is hiding behind an Abortionatorium with Dr. Mengele! Way less baptisms!

monkmcg said...

Fr K and TJM: take your little hissy fit elsewhere. Or: cite actual texts rather than snipe at who has read/understands. You argue like middle school children

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

TJM - That should be "Way 'fewer' baptisms!"

Jerome Merwick said...

I don't trust Cardinal Fernandez, but I would not underestimate his cunning and intelligence. We can expect documents like this because it gives him a chance to 1) show his chops as a scholar/liturgist and 2) give the appearance of moderation.

The current papacy and its administration is a train wreck and I strongly suspect that the next isn't going to be any better. But for all the posting about how "evil" Francis is, I'd be careful. He may be doing evil things, and it could be that he is being used by the Evil One for his purposes, but Francis seems to be a "true believer" in the "spirit of Vatican II". He believes he is completing the work of the Council. I would be very cautious in labeling the motivations of the pope as "evil". We just don't know.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...


Catechist Kev said...

Fr. Kavanaugh...

That was hilarious. 😄

Jerome Merwick said...

The more I think about this, I think we should have some concern about this "intervention" of the Cardinal. If we have learned anything about the way this pontificate operates, it has a consistent history of fake-outs, where we are led to believe that some practice or teaching is safe from interference, along with assurances, only to have the rug pulled out from under us later. I would not be at all surprise if this is part of the setup to introduce a new kind of "consecration" that is not a consecration at all.

Just thinkin'...maybe too much.

TJM said...

Fr K Orwell is a Democrat operative masquerading as a Catholic priest. Because Biden is an abject failure the Party’s entire election strategy is to promote baby killing to secure the immoral braindead vote. He will happily go along. Less baptisms to inconvenience his schedule. More fake Catholics have outed themselves on this thread.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

TJM - Again, that should be "fewer" baptisms, not "less."