More like this: great videos of Bishop Gracida, including a challenge to the faithful to call out heresy during Mass April 19, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, manhood, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I’ve admired Bishop Rene Gracida Emeritus of Corpus Christi since learning about him shortly after founding this blog. I was really pleased to learn that because of severe deficiencies he has observed in the Novus Ordo, he only offers the TLM anymore.
Michael Voris has done a good service in posting several Vortex episodes featuring Bishop Gracida. If the Church had far more shepherds like him over the past several decades (he actually excommunicated pro-aborts), the Church and world would be a far better place.
Some of the info below is biographical, some is timely, and some is inspirational. Take a few minutes and watch all the videos if you have not already seen them:
OK, I think he undersells matters a bit here regarding Vatican II, but this condemnation is much further than the vast majority of bishops would go:
Now, I really like the idea Bishop Gracida proposes in the video below. It would take rather weighty stones, but we’re in desperate need of calling a spade a spade in the Church today:
So what do you think of that? Should laity start calling out – even in the midst of the Holy Sacrifice- when priests or even bishops promote error, heresy, or abuse? Some might be aghast at the idea of interrupting the sanctity of the Mass, but I can say such interruptions did occur in the early Church, especially in the East. There were a large number of liturgies at Hagia Sophia interrupted by scandalized laity calling out the proclamations of heretical leadership, especially during the iconoclast heresy.
I can say, I’ve been tempted to do so in the past. I never assist at locales where heresy and abuse is taught from the pulpit anymore, but I think, at the point of extremis in which the Church finds herself, such drastic action should not be dismissed out of hand. You don’t need to go charging up to the altar mid-Mass if the priest’s maniple is not tied right, but if Father Dudebro starts waxing about sodomite “love wins” or that the pope has declared divorce to be A-OK for the universal Church………well, we have to push back at some point, don’t we? Of course, prudence must guide all and perhaps first attempts should be made at counseling the offender, but for those who recalcitrantly refuse to stop preaching the errors of newchurch, I think such an intervention could certainly be called for.
Always remember: shame works. There is very little that motivates like shame, and avoidance of it. I believe the collapse of shame as a motivator has played a significant role in the accelerating downfall of the West. Now, a strong adherence to ideology can insulate someone from shame, as can having a lot of support from a captive audience, but I have to believe a few public shamings of heresy would have a chilling effect on its being proclaimed abroad. An interesting experiment to conduct, at any rate.
Bishop Gracida continues to amaze and impress at over 90 years of age. He looks like he could go another 20. Ad multos annos.