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New Tonight Show host failed in reversion because of bad Masses February 19, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, demographics, disaster, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, Spiritual Warfare.

Corpus Christi Watershed has a post today that includes an excerpt of an interview new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon gave recently.  In it, he relates how much he loved Mass and the Church as a boy, but that he then fell away.  he then says something else, which is pretty darned frustrating (emphasis in original):

INTERVIEWER: So you went to Catholic school when you were young.

MR. FALLON: Oh yeah.

INTERVIEWER: Did you have…

MR. FALLON: I wanted to be a priest.

INTERVIEWER: Did you really?

MR. FALLON: Yeah. I loved it.


MR. FALLON: I just, I loved the church. I loved the idea of it. I loved the smell of the incense. I loved the feeling you get when you left church. I loved like how this priest can make people feel this good. I just thought it was, I loved the whole idea of it. My grandfather was very religious, so I used to go to Mass with him at like 6:45 in the morning serve Mass and then you made money too if you did weddings and funerals. They’d give you, you’d get like five bucks. And so I go okay, I can make money too. I go this could be a good deal for me. I thought I had the calling.

[ … ]

INTERVIEWER: Do you still go to church?

MR. FALLON: I don’t go to – I tried to go back. When I was out in L.A. and I was like kind of struggling for a bit I went to church for a while, but it’s kind of, it’s gotten gigantic now for me. It’s like too … there’s a band. There’s a band there now and you got to … you have to hold hands with people through the whole Mass now, and I don’t like doing that. You know, I mean it used to be the shaking hands piece was the only time you touched each other.  [And we haven’t got that in the TLM]


MR. FALLON: Now I’m holding now I’m lifting people. Like Simba.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MR. FALLON: I’m holding them (Singing) ha nah hey nah ho.

(Speaking) I’m … I’m doing too much. I don’t want — there’s Frisbees being thrown, there’s beach balls going around, people waving lighters, and I go this is too much for me. I want the old way. I want to hang out with the, you know, with the nuns, you know, that was my favorite type of Mass … and the Grotto and just like straight up, just Mass-Mass.

 Sounds like what Mr. Fallon needs is a good old TLM, or a very reverent Weinberger NO.

It’s not just Mr. Fallon.  Gobs of anecdotal data show that men don’t like the overtly feminized presentations of the Mass in most parishes.  More on that a bit later.  But I know a lot of men who are very attracted to the TLM.  In fact, parishes where the TLM is offered often bring back a lot of men who haven’t been to Mass in ages.  That was a point made in that Catholics movie I posted about a few weeks ago.

Well, I pray Mr. Fallon finds Holy Innocents or any of the 2 or 3 other good orthodox parishes in Manhattan.  He has an enormous platform, it could do incalculable good, if he would only allow God to work through him.

But would his show last if he displayed obvious virtue and piety?



1. discipleofthedumbox - February 19, 2014


2. Baseballmom - February 19, 2014

No. It would not last…. But his eternal soul????? That might be a tad bit more valuable than the show…. I shall pray for him. Thanks for posting.

3. Kate - February 19, 2014

That is sad.

My husband converted instantly when he attended his first TLM. The masculinity is palpable. However, I must disagree that goofy NO masses are feminized, I find that a bit insulting. I prefer to think of them as neutered.

tantamergo - February 20, 2014

Many men find the NO effeminate. Perhaps that has something to do with the priest’s they’ve experienced, since the NO – as offered in almost all places- makes the Mass so much more about the priest than in the TLM. And we’ve had a lot of effeminate priests.

But I think it goes deeper than that. In most of Europe and Latin America, male attendance at Mass is abysmal. But when the TLM is offered, they often flock to it. Anecdotal, perhaps, but also revealing.

4. titaniumgirl - February 20, 2014

I’m with Kate, neutered is a better word! I’m so relieved that I don’t have to shake hands with people now that I attend the TLM!

5. TG - February 20, 2014

I liked his comment about can’t it just be the Mass. That’s how I feel when I travel and will attend an unknown parish. Fortunately, my pastor does not try to be an entertainer. However, when he goes on vacation, his replacement is an entertainer and that’s when I’m a traveling pilgrim.

6. David - February 20, 2014

Jimmy Fallon would probably return to church if he attended St. Peter Chanel in Hawaiian Gardens. It is a very reverent parish staffed by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary.

St. Mary Star of the Sea in Huntington Beach said Mass in Latin through the 1980’s, but that ended when a certain priest retired.

David - February 20, 2014

Jimmy Fallon, try St. Vincent Ferrar in Manhattan, or try the parish where Fr. George Rutler has been assigned in the Archdiocese of New York.

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