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Father Peter Carota on why we love the Traditional Mass November 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, manhood, Our Lady, priests, sanctity, scandals, secularism, sickness, the return, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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The post on Father Michael Rodriguez’ involuntary sabbatical has attracted a great deal of attention, some of it from individuals who are either new to my blog or who do not share my love of what I consider traditional Catholic piety.  At least, they certainly appeared not to agree by some of the strongly negative opinions that have been given with respect to the Traditional Latin Mass or my preference towards it.

Being the model of charity that I am, however (heh), and in the interests of building bridges, I thought I would share Fr. Peter Carota’s recent recording of a talk he gave extolling the manifold benefits of the TLM and the traditional practice of the Faith.  I’ve never met Father Carota personally but I sure like him.  The video is actually part of a marriage prep class and while it does discuss the Mass it is not focused on it, per se’. It is also pretty long so after the video I content from another of Father’s posts, in which he discusses the apparitions at La Salette and their connection with the collapse of the active practice of the Catholic Faith, especially with regard to its liturgical aspects.  First, the video:

Now Father Carota on Our Lady’s discourse to the children at La Salette (emphasis in original, my comments). I find reading these warnings chilling, this is an obvious prophesy of our own times:

What I’m to say to you will not always be a secret; you can announce it in 1858. Priests, my Son’s ministers, priests, by their evil life, by their irreverences and their impiety in celebrating the holy mysteries, love of money, love of honor and pleasures, priests have become sewers of impurity. Yes, priests call forth vengeance, and vengeance is suspended over their heads. Woe to priests, and to persons consecrated to God, who by their infidelities and their evil life are crucifying my son anew! The sins of persons consecrated to God cry to heaven and call for vengeance, and now here is vengeance at their very doors, for no longer is anyone found to beg mercy and pardon for the people; there are no more generous souls, there is now no one worthy of offering the spotless Victim to the Eternal on the worlds behalf.”

[Father Carota interjects:] In this, you can see the importance of the Latin Mass’ focus on reverence when offering the Holy Mysteries.  The Latin Mass also emphasizes the offering of the Jesus to the Father for the salvation of souls and the world[One of my biggest concerns with the Novus Ordo is not that it cannot be reverently offered, but that it so rarely is, and that the rubrics and even the changed prayers of the Novus Ordo predispose it towards a less reverential offering than the Traditional Mass.  We are dealing with the holiest of holies with the Mass, many regard the Traditional Mass as the pinnacle of Western Civilization, it was, so to say, our best effort.  Why can we no longer give that best effort today, why must we instead see irreverence, closed circles of humanity with backs turned to God, the Blessed Sacrament handed out so casually, all manner of abuses…….I could go on for some time.  You get the point.  Back to Our Lady’s warning:]

God will strike in an unparalleled manner. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God will exhaust His anger, and no one will be able to escape so many evils at once. The heads, the leaders of the people of God, have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has darkened their minds; they have become those wandering stars which the ancient devil will drag with his tail to destruction. God will permit the ancient serpent to sow divisions among rulers, in all societies and in all families; both physical and moral punishments will be suffered. God will abandon men to themselves and will send chastisements one after the other for over 35 years. [Or 135…….]

“Society is on the very eve of most terrible scourges and greatest events; one must expect to be governed by a rod of iron and to drink the chalice of God’s wrath. [And in 1870 the Iron Chancellor, Bismarck, utterly defeated and occupied much of France. The response of the people of Paris was not to beg God’s mercy and turn to penance and prayer, it was to foment a godless communist revolution!]

“In the year 1864 Lucifer, together with a great number of devils, will be loosed from hell; little by little they will abolish the faith, and that even in persons consecrated to God; they will so blind them, that without a special grace, these persons will take on the spirit of these evil angels; a number of religious houses will lose the faith entirely and cause many souls to be damned[And faithful religious will be persecuted.  The collapse in numbers of consecrated religious is the largest seen in centuries, probably ever in the Church’s history.  Religious life has been devastated by the “reforms” of the past 50 years]

“Bad books will abound over the earth, and the spirits of darkness will everywhere spread universal relaxation in everything concerning God’s service: they will have very great power over nature; there will be churches to serve these spirits. People will be transported form one place to another by these evil spirits, and even priests, because they will not have lived by the good spirit of the gospel, which is a spirit of humility, charity and zeal for the glory of God. [sounds prophetic to me]

Civil governments will all have the same objective, which will be to abolish and make every religious principle disappear, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritism and vices of all kinds.

In the convents the flowers of the Church will putrefy, and the devil will establish himself as king of all hearts. Let those who are at the head of religious communities be on their guard concerning the persons they are to receive, because the devil will use all his malice to introduce into religious orders persons given to sin, for disorders and love of carnal pleasures will be widespread over the whole earth. [How many links could I find in 30 minutes regarding priests and religious given over to perverse disorders of sin?]

I address a pressing appeal to the earth: I call upon the true disciples of the God living and reigning in the heavens; I call upon the true imitators of Christ made man, the one true Savior of men; I call upon my children, my true devotees, those who have given themselves to me so that I may lead them to my Divine Son, those whom I bear as it were in my arms, those who have lived in my spirit; finally, I call upon the Apostles of the Latter Times, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in contempt of the world and of themselves, in poverty and humility, in contempt and silence, in prayer and mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering, and unknown to the world. It is time for them to emerge and come enlighten the earth. Go, show yourselves to be my dear children; I am with you and in you, provided your faith is the light enlightening you in these evil times. May your zeal make your famished for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ. Do battle, children of light, you, the few who see thereby; for the time of times, the end of ends, is at hand.”

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Lord, have mercy on Your Church.  Our Lady, pray for us!  Send us holy priests, and holier bishops and Supreme Pontiffs!  Do not give us the priests and bishops we deserve but those we so desperately need!  Great Saint bishops of the Church, pray for all our Church leaders and for laity that we may be holy and raise up great leaders like you.

One advantage of the TLM: readings that don’t appear in the NO November 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, sadness, scandals, secularism, Tradition.
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One of the advantages partisans of the NO purport it to hold over the TLM is the greatly increased number of Biblical verses that are used in the Novus Ordo’s three year cycle of readings as opposed to the perennial calendar of the Traditional Mass. But the reformers of the Mass were extremely selective in the verses they chose, deliberately some which had been in use for well over a thousand years because they were either insufficiently ecumenical or said things the reformers did not like.

One of the most famous of these is the exclusion of 1 Corinthians 11:27-29, wherein Saint Paul reminds us that receiving the Body and Blood of the Lord unworthily is sinful sacrilege.  The exclusion of that reading also undermines belief in the Real Presence, because it was exactly that condemnation of illicit reception that forms a powerful argument in favor of the Real Presence (even if the Gospels, and especially John 6, were certainly enough support for this belief that can be traced back to the earliest Fathers.  Unfortunately, the Novus Ordo excludes or relegates to early weekdays (Mon, Tues) much of John 6).

Another reading missing at least in part from the Novus Ordo selections is 1 Pet IV:13-19 (taken from the Feast of Pope Saint Martin I, according to the Missale Romanum of 1945):

Dearly beloved, if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice, that when His glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.  If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed; for that which is of the honor, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men’s things. But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in His Name. For the time is that judgment should begin at the house of God, and if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the Gospel of God?  And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.

——–End Quote——–

Now why might these verses included in such an ancient Mass be excluded from the Novus Ordo?  Could it have anything to do with the fact that it speaks of the damnation of those outside the Church, a most conveniently unecumenical thought by Saint Peter?  Bible verses that mention suffering and travail are quite frequently excluded, as were the many Collects and other Propers of the Mass containing such elements also either edited or replaced entirely.

The following is the the Novus Ordo Mass, but I think it merits inclusion, anyway, this is the Gospel from yesterday (Saint Luke XIV:26-33):

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: if any man come to Me, and hate not his father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, having a  mind to build a tower, doth not first sit down and reckon the charges that are necessary, whether he have wherewithal to finish it; lest, after he hath laid the foundation and is not able to finish it, all that see it begin to mock hi, saying: This man began to build and was not able to finish?………So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth cannot be My disciple.

———End Quote———-

Now Pope Saint Martin was horribly persecuted not by pagans but by fellow Catholics, or, rather, Monothelite heretics.  He died a martyr’s death. Thus the Church’s inclusion of this Gospel is so obvious and yet is also a clear warning, if we are to call ourselves Catholic and live the Faith truly we must count the cost beforehand, even to the point of death.  Very few katholycs do so today.  Once again, we see also a reading that stresses the suffering Christians must expect in this life.  That is quite different from the happy clappy never suffer a moment ethos that reigns in most parishes today.

I note in passing that the Feast of Pope Saint Martin I was reduced to an optional memorial in the liturgical calendar of the Novus Ordo and the readings were completely changed and utterly nonsensical from the point of view of the life of the great Pope and Martyr.

It can also be argued that the three year cycle undermines key Catholic beliefs because some critical readings are heard only once every three years (if at all), opposed to every year. Thus, opposite to decades ago when many Catholics knew certain part of the Gospels by heart from hearing them every year at Mass, today most Catholics know even less of the Bible, and what they know is often disconnected from the flow of liturgical seasons, as the three year cycle in the Novus Ordo completely divorced the readings from the liturgical year.

Diocese of Dallas training video: “Two greatest Commandments love of self and love of neighbor” November 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, Domestic Church, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society.
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Somehow, God got left out of the picture.  If I could reduce the past 50 years of the Church’s history into one brief sentence, that would be it.

I put up a post yesterday asking locals for their appraisal of religious formation in the Diocese of Dallas.  There have been some good responses, you should go read them if you have not, but I received another one, offline.  It had to do with Safe Environment training.

Now, I will state straight up, I have enormous problems with Catholic Safe Environment training in both concept and execution.  The Dallas Policy and the training it mandates basically takes a disaster caused by men manifestly unfit for the priesthood (and in most cases, this was obvious from their earliest seminary days) and makes complete innocents victims of their crimes.  This victimhood applies to both the adults and children who are forced into these programs.  Adults are victims because they are incurring the penalty, if you will, for crimes committed by others, and children because they are exposed to materials what are often not just inappropriate but potentially very damaging.  But Safe Environment is just one aspect of the collective bishops’ response to the boy-rape scandal that seeks at all turns to minimize the culpability of the episcopate for their own actions.  It is a training program forced on all that assumes all are potential abusers in order to meet a certain legal strategy and reduce their potential future liability.

There has been much ink spilled already about the problems with the Safe Environment training directed at children, which many feel introduces topics and ideas inappropriate for many age groups.  The adult training generally gets less visibility and fewer complaints.  But I happened to be informed of an egregious faux pas – at least I sure hope it was – in a Safe Environment video for adults produced by the Diocese of Dallas that is so severe it could cause one to question the reliability of the entire content of the video.

I cannot link the video, it is embedded without link and is not public on Youtube (or, at least, I couldn’t find it), so you’ll have to go here to see it. The offending comment starts at 3:59 and goes to about 4:03.  Again I will try to be charitable and assume the person who makes the statement didn’t mean what they said, and I quote “The two greatest commandments, love and self and love of neighbor……..” but how could this statement make it through editing and be used as a form of training – it could even be viewed as catechesis – in this Catholic Diocese of Dallas? My correspondent asks how a successor of the Apostles could appear and, one would think, approve of a video where this statement is made?  This isn’t just slightly wrong, it’s directly contrary to the entire ethos Christ gave us and is emblematic of the error at the heart of the crisis in the Church and culture: men have replaced love of self for love of God.

I must also say that this is why I am so leery of having half-trained lay people serve as heads of ministries and perform so many roles once assigned to priests and religious in our churches today, and which the comments from yesterday’s post indicate is evidence of a systemic problem in religious education.  But I want to stress I am certain the comment is not intentional, the greater problem is how this was vetted and a reviewed and still allowed to go public, as it were.  It’s just so revealing of the kind of shoddy product that bureaucracies tend to produce.  And the Church has been bureaucratized as never before in the past several decades.

Lest you think there is just this one comment I have a problem with, I assure you, that is not the case.  Another person in the video says child abusers go where the children are, so I must ask why those men who displayed such perverse tendencies in seminary and in service, like Rudy Kos (where there will literally dozens of warnings sounded) were allowed contact with children for  years?

Anyway, I’m not sure how long the video will stay up, so you may want to jet on over and see it while you can.  And another thing, I am reliably informed that at least two complaints about this video (and the offending comment) have already been made, privately, so I consider the lack of response makes this fair game for public airing.

Priest: Demoting Burke could turn out to be Pope Francis’ biggest blunder November 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, manhood, martyrdom, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, the return.
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I have seen good Father Ray Blake bend over backwards to try to find a happy reason for Cardinal Burke’s demotion, opining that perhaps the Pope was actually interested to see Cardinal Burke given more time to promote concern for true family life and the Traditional Mass and so gave him a position with the time and resources (the Order of Malta being very, very rich) to do just that.

Below, in a contrary viewpoint, Fr. Benedict Keily of the Diocese of Burlington, VT presents the matter in a different way, feeling that the demotion was a deliberate attempt to reduce Cardinal Burke’s influence in all respects, but that the Pope may have blundered in so doing.  If you are familiar with Fr. Blake’s argument, see which you agree with more:

Despite the image of Francis as a man of dialogue and compromise, he is regarded in Rome as the most authoritarian pope in decades. He is also a man known to settle scores. Immediately after his election as pope, he swiftly moved an Argentinian bishop known to have been his chief opponent when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires — another “downward” promotion — transferring him to an obscure position in the Vatican bureaucracy. In the space of just over two years, Pope Bergoglio has been removing, or not reappointing, many of the key men put in place by his predecessor, Benedict XVI……..

……In today’s Vatican, the courtiers have the upper hand. It is as a patriot, a man discontented with yet loving his Church, that Burke in his new position will enjoy a freedom that until now he did not have. He will be able to travel and to celebrate the ancient Mass all over the world. He can lecture, preach, and write. And the Knights of Malta are not, as left-leaning devotees of liberation theology might believe, relics from a Dan Brown novel. Not only are their ranks filled with members of the aristocracy from every nation on earth but, far more significantly, the newer members are often wealthy and influential figures in industry, politics, and the media. The Knights — and Dames — of Malta run hospitals and charitable organizations throughout the world. Their annual pilgrimage with the sick and handicapped to Lourdes is one of the largest the shrine sees. The men and women admitted to the Sovereign Order of Malta, a state that issues passports, are devout Catholics, who both love their faith and act with generosity and commitment. It is this highly influential arm of the Church that Cardinal Burke has been “demoted” to lead.

What does this apparently inter-ecclesiastical dispute matter to the wider world? In the first place, it shows how the only large global institution that represents what might be called the traditional view of the family and society is divided, and that division is clearly bad for those who care about the future of the family and civil society. On a more positive note: This could mark the last rally of a certain Sixties mentality in rapid decline. Unless they are weathervanes tilting with the wind of ambition, the priests and bishops ordained since Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict have nothing in common with the bell-bottomed theology that, at least for a season, has been revived in Rome. [And I think this is generally true, and I do think the radical progressive generation is slowly dying out, but how long can they continue to dominate events is anyone’s guess.  I fear it may be a lot longer than we might hope, for the progressive faction has shown itself a master of political maneuvering and the ability to dominate events with a relative few.  However, that hope remains, because there are essentially no replacements in the “pipeline” for that generation of progressives, their ideology having proven barren of vocations by decades of experience. Which has made me wonder, just what are these radical modernists of the Kasper Kabal gaming at?  OK, say they do implement their radical agenda, in a few years they will all be gone and who will replace them to carry it out?  Or is it just they are so blinded ideologically that they have to continue regardless of the long-term fruitlessness of their efforts, or do they secretly hate the Church and just desire to wound Her one more time?  I will admit to being stumped, what fires a man in his 80s to make this great push so late in life?  Is it pride, is it a final “victory” to prove that one was right all along?  Cardinal Bea, the architect of “ecumenism” and, some might say, the more egregiously indifferentist statements of VII, was the same way, he was practically given up for dead on the Council’s eve and suddenly became a fireball of energy for its 4 year duration, then died just a couple of years after.  He was well into his 80s at the time.  Very strange.]

There is one possible final irony. Some have speculated that Pope Francis, who turns 78 next month, will follow the example of his predecessor and eventually step down from the Petrine office, perhaps at age 80. In any case, Raymond Burke will likely be a significant figure at the conclave to elect his successor, and already some observers are predicting that the courtiers’ foe will end up as the next king……

Meh. I won’t hold my breath  Fr. Keily links to Taylor Marshall’s post of a year and a half ago, promoting the pious hope that Cardinal Burke might be elected pope.  Didn’t happen then and it is in some ways even less likely to happen now.  There are so many variable it is very difficult to predict who might be the next Pontiff but given Francis’ predilections towards enormous change, who knows what the college of cardinals might look like in even 2 or 3 years.

Of the two views, whether Pope Francis is giving Cardinal Burke free reign and more time to be a champion of the family and traditional piety, or if he was shoved aside and given an embarrassing position almost as an insult, my cynical nature tends to make me side more with the latter.

But who am I to judge?

Sorry, but like it or not, this pontificate will be defined by that tagline for decades.  It was just so exactly what the media and the world want to hear, it will never be forgotten.

Shoot I see Rorate beat me to the punch on this. I didn’t read a single blog yesterday.

I guess that is good I am generating my own material?