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Abuses in the Mass are still prevalent June 15, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, silliness.

Many traditionalists, the “rad-trad” type in particular, complain bitterly about the Novus Ordo Mass.  Some claim it isn’t valid.  Some say everything since Vatican II is heresy.  They’re wrong.  But, these complaints tended to arise due to a), a strong preference for the old Mass, which was virtually banned for many years, and b) abuses in the new Mass that made criticism much easier.  However, great strides have been made, and abuses are less egregious today, if perhaps still too common.  Since the pontificate of Benedict XVI, things seem to be getting even better, with the ability to celebrate the Extraordinary Form and a general increase in reverence at Mass.  Unfortunately, abuses still exist.  From the infamous “balloon Mass” celebrated by Cardinal Schoenborn in Austria to frequent craziness in the Diocese of Orange, CA, there are still some who can’t adhere to the simple guidance of Fr. Z, “Say the black , do the red.”

Since I always try hard to document everything I say here with concrete support, a sampling for your perusal.

First up, the always entertaining Fr. Fred Bailey of the Diocese of Orange, CA, with the Barney Mass:

That’s Fr. Bailey in the costume.  I don’t know what’s  more disturbing, the Barney costume, or the fact that everyone thinks it’s great. 

Next, the clown Mass:

I can’t think of a legitimate reason to make use of clowns at a Mass.  This seems mocking, even if done with good intentions.

The always popular liturgical dance:

I don’t think that dancing is covered in the General Instructions of the Roman Missal.

Call to Action is always known for their strict orthodoxy and rigid adherence to liturgical norms, so this next one is actually surprising.  Oh, wait, reverse all that.

What is it with leftists and papier mache?

And finally, a mass with “women priestesseses”. 

This is not a Mass.  No Sacraments are conferred here.  This is utterly false.  Women cannot receive the graces from God that make a man a priest. 

Why am I showing all this?  To demonstrate that while we have fewer Masses celebrated with everyone sitting indian style around a cardboard box, we still have a ways to go.  All of the above occurred within the last few years. This also demonstrates that things can always get alot worse, so be thankful for what you have, but always be willing to exhort in fraternal charity.


1. Agnieszka - June 16, 2010

Do you have any more info on that “balloon” mass?
The Cardinal Sh. has been on the news lately, and I’m worried that he’s trying too hard to be “cute”, or something…
How sad.

tantamergo - June 16, 2010

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