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Some local Catholic greatness November 3, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, priests, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.

Fr. Jason Cargo is pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Corsicana.  He is a good young priest and certainly one well disposed to the perennial practice of the Faith, as I think the photo below from yesterday demonstrates ably his connection to Tradition, as he led an All Soul’s Day Procession to a local Catholic cemetery:

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And even black vestments and a biretta!

No, Father Cargo does not offer the TLM nor any full Mass in Latin that I am aware of but he is known to mix in Latin prayers at times.  What a radical notion, right?!?  Using Latin in the Latin Rite! Wow.

But good for him and God bless him.  I’m sure he loves Corsicana and the people there surely need his pastoral care but it is interesting which priests tend to wind up more on the periphery than in the center of things.

Looks like a good crowd supported this public witness of our Faith and this most charitable act for the poor suffering souls in Purgatory.

Praise be to God, this is a hopeful sign. And may cremation of Catholics cease immediately.  For a very long time, cremation was seen as a denial of bodily Resurrection by the Church.  Cremation was quite specifically condemned.  Like so many other things, what is taught is no longer nearly so clear and many Catholics opt for cremation for various reasons…..reasons I do not understand in the slightest.  Let my bones molder in the ground, I care not, what I want is to demonstrate my trust in the Resurrection.  I’m sure God can raise up souls from even dispersed particles but it’s the message it sends that is concerning.


1. steve - November 3, 2014

One parish after another, certainly within the Dallas Diocese, promotes cremation.

This past weekend during his sermon, I heard a priest (Dallas Diocese) proclaim that he intends to have his remains cremated.

The promotion of cremation within the Church is another in the long line of examples of novelties that have replaced Holy Tradition.

The “New Orientation” is supposedly in perfect continuity with Holy Tradition…but everything is different throughout the Church.


At one Dallas (and throughout the Church) parish after another Cremation, all-vernacular Masses, every form of liturgical music except Gregorian Chant, altar girls, EMs, Communion in the hand, Mass versus populum…

But nothing has changed.

Okay. Sure.

At any rate, the practice of cremation is not about to cease within the Church.

Not as long as the “New Orientation” is in place.

2. steve - November 4, 2014

Father Cargo is known to “mix in Latin prayers at times”.

I have been to Masses offered by Father Cargo (when he was in Plano). He is holy priest.

Therefore, what follows is not in any way meant as an attack against Father.

I simply wonder how Latin Church priests, young and old, deal with the fact that one Latin Church diocese and parish after another ignores the Church’s teachings in regard to Latin.

When in seminary, the Church teaches that priests are to acquire training in Latin.

They don’t.

Vatican II commands that the Faithful are to be acquainted with Masses offered in Latin.

Only a relatively few parishes obey that teaching.

Vatican II commands that in regard to liturgical music, Gregorian Chant enjoys “pride of place” at Mass.

Rare is the bishop/priest who upholds that teaching.

Pope Blessed Pope Paul VI issued Jubilate Deo in regard to the bare minimum Latin prayers with which Latin Church Catholics are to be acquainted.

That document has long been a dead letter within the Latin Church.

Pope Saint John XXIII upheld the Church’s traditional teachings that pertained to Latin.

Therefore, what do Latin Church priests have to say in light of the above teachings?

Tantumblogo - November 4, 2014

Steve, it’s not always a parish level decision on this matter. One pastor tried to make the decision to offer NO Latin Masses without “approval” and he dang near got cashiered out of the priesthood. That was under the previous bishop but the same rules still apply, as Bishop F’s still public rejection of the plain meaning of Summorum Pontificum implies. You can imagine what effect some of the punishments, threats, or just pointed comments have had on others of a mind to interpret Vatican II according to its plain meaning. It’s a good way – the best way – to get into a whole lot of trouble real fast.

There are priests who would do more if they felt able. That’s all I can say.

3. David - November 4, 2014

I met a couple parishioners from Corsicana at an Aggie Catholic reunion last spring. Two of them told me that Fr. Jason Cargo was assigned there not long after a priest was either dismissed or reassigned. I don’t know if the bishop felt that Fr. Cargo was ready for an assignment as a pastor (and transferred Fr. Cargo from St. Monica’s in Dallas to Corsicana), and gave him his own assignment, or if the bishop wanted to send Fr. Cargo out to timbuktu.

Either way, I’ve heard that Fr. Cargo is thriving out in Corsicana, and has helped make the only Catholic Church in Navarro County a wonderful place to worship, as well as a united faith community. Before Fr. Cargo’s arrival, the parishoners I had met told me that the parish in Corsicana had been just a place where local people would attend Mass on Sunday and leave.

I have met Fr. Cargo several times, and IMHO, I find him to be a solid priest. He’s also an athlete, an Eagle Scout, and a “manly” man. I think he is a good role model for young Catholic men. Those with sons need to find more priests like him.

4. David - November 4, 2014

About cremation:

The Catholic Church does allow cremation. However, the ashes must be put into a sealed container, and the container must be buried in a proper place. A cemetery spot is an acceptable place.

What is not allowed is the “scattering of ashes”, like on a beach. It is also forbidden to divide up the ashes of the deceased. One instance that is newsworthy was the death of Gene Rodenberry. I recall that some of Gene Roddenberry’s ashes were launched into space aboard a shuttle flight, and deployed with a satellite. That would be unacceptable for a Catholic burial. It is also unacceptable to place say, your deceased grandmother’s ashes in an urn (even if tall he ashes are there) and place the urn on a fireplace mantel. The deceased must be buried in a proper place.

More information on this can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church or in Fr. Trigilio’s Catholicism for Dummies.

Tantumblogo - November 4, 2014

As I said in the post, the practice is allowed now, but for many centuries it was forbidden. There were solid reasons in place for that prohibition, the prime one being that cremation could indicate rejection of the concept of bodily resurrection. I do not know what scrutiny, if any, those who desire cremation are placed under with regard to their motivations in today’s Church. It is almost a certainty that some of those people do not believe in or understand bodily resurrection, but probably in most cases cremation is chosen with any intent of signaling rejection of the belief of the Church but is instead just done for more natural reasons.

Nevertheless, I have no desire to be cremated and do not understand those who do. I know some folks don’t like the idea of being worm food but I’m not sure how being in a vase is much better.

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