Saturday, May 13, 2017

One Mass Away From SSPX

In my diocese there are two choices for those who seek the Traditional Latin Mass.  Either you venture into the inner city for Holy Mass at the diocesan indult parish, or you travel to the outskirts of town to the SSPX chapel.  Really there is only once choice if one wishes to be a member of a diocesan parish, but we are all one Mass away from the SSPX.

Recently I read a blog post at Unam Sanctum Catholicam where two anonymous priests complained about rigid traditionalist Catholics who would not become members of their parishes and who were generally more trouble than they were worth according to these priests - each of whom made multiple excuses for why they did not want to offer the TLM.

Is it pastoral to deny Catholics the Latin Mass though?  If my parish stopped providing the Latin Mass as it has for the past 25+ years I would immediately drive to the SSPX chapel which is 20 minutes farther away.  I am lucky that I have an alternative only 20 minutes farther than the 20 minute drive I already make, I know many are not so fortunate.

I had the opportunity to interact with a priest who shared the opinion of the anonymous priests referenced by Unam Sanctum Catholicam, and it was an eye opening exchange.  I learned that just because a priest is friendly to tradition doesn't mean he desires to offer the TLM to traditionalist Catholics.  On the contrary he finds these Catholics an undue burden and sheep that are not worthy of shepherding due to their unreasonable demands.

The question any traditionally-minded Catholic needs to ask themselves is, "What will I do if the indult parish in my diocese ceases the TLM?"  Most diocese don't have the FSSP or other scanctioned traditionalist orders because they were not allowed.  Thankfully the SSPX have chapels where no other options exist.  If the Mass I love became unavailable at my parish, my family and I would be at the SSXP chapel the very next Sunday.  We are all one Mass away from the SSPX, perhaps a good pastor or bishop understands.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Novus Ordo Enriching The Traditional Latin Mass - I don't Think So.

Let me tell you a story about something that might have happened.  A certain "ultra-conservative" yet Novus Ordo thru-n-thru parish had a priest who preferred following the rubrics.  Perhaps the Traditional Latin Mass was celebrated during the week now and then.  Maybe the pastor decided to do away with Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion?

Now imagine this priest retired and was replaced by a priest who was thought to have a similar interests.  But said priest no longer feels the same way he did maybe 10 years ago?  Maybe he has been transferred one too many times or maybe he is just gotten too old to rebel against the status quo?  Yet he still retains a blunt and rigid personality... what could go wrong?

Surely something as inconsequential as "enriching" the Novus Ordo with the idea that consecrated hands provide the Holy Eucharist as normative would not be rebuked by a priest who used to be pastor of an indult parish would it?  Surely it could - causing tumult among the most devout members of the "New Evangelization" movement.

My friends, do not take comfort in a Novus Ordo Mass celebrated by a priest who obeys the rubrics - his personality is why you have what you have.  When he is gone - which will be so much sooner than you think, what once was "enriching" will become "worse than the first."

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pagan Weddings

A priest I knew years ago referred to non-Catholic weddings as "pagan weddings".  I remember the phrase caught my attention and I found his perspective on the matter quite refreshing.  When I was younger I attended wedding ceremonies that were performed outside the Church.  I also attended my uncle's wedding ceremony even though he had given up his Catholic faith for the relationship.  Going to "weddings" is really the easy part - it's not going that can be very difficult.

The first wedding I intentionally skipped was my closest aunt's.  She was protestant when she married my uncle but after they divorced we were still very close.  She went on to convert to Catholicism which made it difficult when she decided to marry again, but outside of the Church.  Since the ceremony was to be at the reception hall I did not go or send a gift.  She didn't question me why and so I didn't tell her.

Next was a close friend who was raised Catholic but had joined a fundamentalist protestant religion.  This was very painful because he had actually been in my wedding a few years earlier.  His bride-to-be was a non-religious former Catholic who desired her homosexual friend to be in the wedding too of course.  He knew I wasn't going to be comfortable with the wedding but he was stunned I did not even want to attend.  I offered to be there for him at the reception but it was rebuked.  The friendship ended.

Now my brother-in-law who is not Catholic wants to marry a divorced fallen-away Catholic in an outdoor wedding/reception ceremony and expects not only his sister to attend but her husband and children - oblivious to the moral conflicts that exist.  For me if it's not a Catholic wedding it's a pagan wedding ceremony.  Catholic teaching is very clear about what constitutes a valid wedding for baptized Catholics.  Perhaps if more people understood Catholic teaching on marriage?  Explaining it hasn't helped yet.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Too Rigid For Television?

Within the past 10 years or so television has declined to a state of almost complete immorality.  A large percentage of content is now pushing the homosexual agenda including kid shows.  The problem is not just on cable, the same garbage is found on broadcast networks.  News reports, sports commentary, even the commercials are full of the same filth.  

In my household we have 2 televisions connected to a rooftop antenna and Nintento Wii game systems that provide easy access to Netflix and other streaming media.  The rooftop antenna captures about 30 channels of HD content from the local broadcast networks.  Children are not allowed to turn a TV on without parental consent and continuous supervision.

Most of the time the TVs are off in the house but they are on for video games, streaming content, and occasionally broadcast network news or other programming.  While this is not a perfect solution it is one that works for my family given the pervasive immoral content.  In this way I am able to teach my children about the content which they will surely be exposed to elsewhere. 

So I am not "too rigid for television" but I do believe it can be dangerous.  Sadly it is no more dangerous than what kids might experience in public.  For those who have decided to eliminate television I understand, but I do not agree with the sagacity of keeping their children away from families that allow TVs.  I knew kids who grew up without a TV in their home and it did not prevent them from spiritual harm as adults.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Psuedo Disciples of Vatican 2

Turn on your local televised Sunday Mass if you are looking for the fulfillment of all that Vatican 2 set out to achieve, the desolation of ecumenism.  Substituting glory due to God with the glorification of community, disciples of Vatican 2 practice their craft under the guise of "active participation".

Cameras pan over pews populated mostly by elderly women and mothers all apparently suffering from infertility.  Vein attempts are made to bring the few children present to a special "Children's Liturgy".  Singing takes center stage - literally.  No tabernacle but a legion of "Eucharistic Ministers".  Communion in the hand, where bowing to the back of the next person in line is standard.

The diabolical disorientation of Versus Populum worship is a hallmark belief by the disciples of Vatican 2 and one of it's more divisive aspects.  But like all the hard won protestant reforms implemented after the council, there will be no "turning back the clock".  The Vatican 2 euthanasia program is here to stay, and the practitioners will not be denied their subjective preference.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Novus Ordoland

It's a curious thing Novus Ordoland.  On one hand there is the new Mass which most Catholics will agree is lacking.  On the other hand there is the parish school, fellowship groups, and related events that serve the mainstream modern Catholic Church.

I will not - I cannot subjugate my faith or even the possibility that any of my children will grow up believing that the Novus Ordo with all it's social cliques, stamped with diocesan approval, in any way will inoculate against the acute condition of this world in decline.  When the cult of personality plays false I will not be undecided. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Why It Doesn't Feel Like Family

For the second time in so many years my parish is enduring unusual circumstances with their clergy.  Hopefully this is not the beginning of a pattern.  Instead of explanations we are again presented with a kind of clerical wall of silence.  Everybody knows something is wrong but few want to talk about it openly, most notably the clergy.  A Parish is supposed to feel like a family, but this does not.