Neo-Catholics, Water Carriers of the Revolution January 9, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, family, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, rank stupidity, Sacraments, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Quite a stinging, but very much timely and on point video from Michael Matt. A couple of people sent this to me over the weekend, but I’d already seen it – you have to get up pretty early to get the jump on ol’ Tantumblogo. Hopefully that doesn’t mean everyone’s already seen it – I hate to be redundant. But if it’s good enough to watch once, it’s good enough to watch again, amiright?
I have to say, I’ve never seen a “gathering rite” as Matt relates. I have, however, seen much abominable behavior prior to, during, and after Mass, including loud, rude conversation, total lack of prayer and devotion, wholly inappropriate attire, and various forms of roughhousing and grabass playing. Sometimes that latter involves kids, sometimes not. This complete lack of reverence, devotion, and seeming understanding of what is about to take place during the Mass is one of the major factors that drove me to seek out more orthodox, pious alternatives; first, a Novus Ordo Latin Mass, and finally, the TLM.
Speaking of, I assisted at a nuptial Mass in the Novus Ordo world over the holidays. The parish was abominable, liturgically. Tabernacle shunted into a literal closet (it sat 8 in cramped fashion!). The church itself was a huge circle with the altar offset far to one side and a large stage for the priest and other “liturgical actors” to prance around on. Felt banners abounded. There was naturally a huge hot tub baptismal font. For a little while, I thought I was in San Antonio, but, no, it was just the Diocese of Fort Worth.
I will never comprehend what weird – one might even be tempted to say diabolical – psychology is at play in weddings (and not just Catholic ones), where it seems like a contest among the young women invited to attend to be the most scantily, inappropriately dressed woman there. It almost seems like a passive-aggressive attempt by young, single women (and some not so young, or single) to upstage the bride by drawing attention to themselves through revealing clothing. The laughable part was, it was quite cold that night by Texas standards, about 33 degrees with a brisk north wind. My wife, always seeking the charitable explanation, opined that these fit-for-Tinder dresses might be the only ones they own. I’m tempted to call BS on that, but, then again, I’ve seen similar at more than a few funerals, so maybe there’s something to it.
Folks at the wedding Mass at least tried to keep the conversation down to a dull roar, but far louder than one might see in, say, a movie theater. That’s the worst part, these people have been deliberately and carefully formed to regard assisting at Mass, being in the Eucharistic Presence of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, to be of LESS significance, and deserving of less decorum, than one might find in a theater or upscale restaurant. It’s not just St. Paul – prior to an ordination Mass here in the Diocese of Dallas, when the Cathedral was jam packed, I got congratulated by a media photographer for being the only one of the thousand odd people there on their knees, praying prior to the Mass. He was Eastern Orthodox and blown away by the lack of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament and the unbelievably powerful transformation about to take place in men given a supernatural Grace beyond human comprehension, and by the boorishness of those in attendance.
I’m sure we all have similar stories. Too many to share. When we wonder how Francis could be doing what he’s doing, and all the long years of abuse, error, and even outright heresy committed by so many in the Church, including every one of his predecessors dating back to Paul VI, at least, all we have to realize is, they radically, cruelly, heartlessly changed the Mass. Heck, they upended it, turned it inside out, turned the sublime into the banal and showed a billion odd Catholics and the entire world that literally nothing at all was sacred in the brave new post-conciliar world.
Given that, nothing should really surprise us. The way from the Church as it was prior to the Council to where it is today, near schism and potential doctrinal collapse, was paved very carefully and deliberately. I think we have to recognize that even some of Francis “conservative” predecessors played a substantial role in that construction project. I am far from certain how we get back to the way things were, or some new reality based on the Church as it must be, but I do know the restoration of the Mass of Ages is absolutely central to that project, and, indeed, it cannot occur without the return of the TLM as the regular, everyday, normative Mass for the entire Church.