Saturday, January 28, 2017

Random thoughts on the second feast of St. Agnes

  • Remember the whole Anglican-use Catholic thing?  The Anglicans were told they could become Catholic and keep on using their lovely old rite at Mass.  Promises were made, trust was asked for and received and it's come to this: Bishop Garcia-Siler has ordered the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement, the first Anglican Use Pastoral Provision parish in the United States to step down. The bishop doesn't say what his problem with the pastor is but it is obvious that there is something about the priest or the parish that the bishop doesn't like and he's decided to fix it using the blunt instrument known as "time off to pray and reflect". Maybe it would be better to just convert and don't worry about bringing the entire parish and building with you. One day a new bishop and a new pope may come along who weren't part of your original deal and may decide that they are not bound to it. 

  • St. Agnes is one of the few saints who has two days of honor. Her feast day is on January 21 and today is  her second feast shared with St. Peter Nolasco.

  • Remember how "experts" told us to calm down about Pope Francis because he doesn't care about liturgy? Well, the pope has ordered a review of the Mass translation we currently use. Some people are upset. I am not. Constant change in the Novus Ordo Mass is not a bug, it is a feature. Every few years there will be something new and damn the complainers. That's just the way it is. Now, what if the New, New, New Mass comes with rubrics that are so heretical that they might as well be Lutheran with a dash of voodoo and a side a Pentecostalism, will regular lay Catholics do? For the most part, nothing.The folks who grumble will be told to shut up and they will. Some people will stop going to Mass, either completely or will be C&E and Ash Wednesday Catholics. Others who can do so, will go to the Eastern rites parishes or go Orthodox. A few, very few will go to a Christ the King parish or to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter for as long as they exist. An even tinier number will head to the Anglican rite churches or to the SSPX mission chapel.

  • On Thursday evening we had six seminarians who came for the March for Life attend Mass. It was great seeing them. They were all so young and they looked like angels.

  • Ann Barhardt is reporting that the Knights of Malta have been crushed because the Grand Master made a mistake which led to his forced resignation. As I've said before, if you want to be a public Catholic you must be clean. That is to say, that you must be above reproach. There must not be anything in your past or your private life that can be used against you. If you committed a mortal sin by yourself or have been an accessory to someone else in their mortal sin, go to Confession, do penance and resign your post now or make a public announcement  about what you did before an enemy finds it out---because the enemy will. The blackmailer is evil yes, but you brought in on yourself by committing the sin and thinking you could excuse it by all the good work you are doing for Our Lord and His Church.

  • Young men, did your girlfriend or the girl you've been wanting to ask out on a date go that so-called Women's March in DC last week? Take that as a sign and ditch her. Unless you want to play weakling Ahab to her Queen Jezebel get away from her now.  


newguy40 said...

There is SSPX chapel ~15 mins from our house. I'm still resisting my urge to go there. Perhaps God wants me to continue to go the NO Mass in a jacket shined shoes, kneel during Agnus Dei and unite myself to Him on the cross and suffer? A couple months back I noticed that one of the young men in the choir wore a knit hat thru out the Mass. After Mass after everyone left, I explained to him as gently as I now seem to be capable why men take off hats when then enter a Church and why some of the women still wear chapel veils. He took it well and told me he had never heard about reverence in this way. Heck, for all I know, he doesnt even understand what the eucharist is! Anyway... I've not seen him wear his hat during Mass since then...

Mark Docherty said...

So only the sinless are allowed to enter the battle? The faithful who are trying daily to conform their lives to the Divine Will... are guilty of further sin because they think their works cover up for the sin? This is what protestants accuse us of. Of course you are totally right about the blackmail, but if we can only have sinless soldiers, that's like enabling the bad guys.

Dymphna said...

No, Mark, we all fight the battle but if you want to be a public Catholic, with influence and maybe power you ought to be free from the potential of blackmail.

Lynne said...

This is why I'm glad that the SSPX did not go the personal prelature route with the Church. Until the sickness that pervades the Church is eradicated, the traditional societies like the SSPX, the FSSP and the ICKSP would not be safe.

I am so thankful that I'm able to go to an SSPX mission chapel.

Newguy40, an SSPX Mass fulfills your Sunday obligation and the Pope gave permission for their priests to hear confessions and absolve sins (although they had those facilities under supplied jurisdiction).

Does one need to wait till their faith is destroyed before they do something about it?

newguy40 said...

"Newguy40, an SSPX Mass fulfills your Sunday obligation."

I am not clear on that point. As it has been explained to me, the fulfillment of the sunday Mass obligation at an SSPX is ONLY applicable if another regular Mass is not possible to get to..." If you have info otherwise I'd be happy to see it.

Otherwise, were Peter IS there is the Church.

Anna Everskemper said...

I had a similar experience with different outcome; the young man told me he won't take his Jamaican hat off. We live in very sad times.

Lynne said...

Thanks for following up with your question, newguy40.

Here's a great link which might answer all your questions.


Every SSPX priest prays for the Pope and the local bishop in the (silent) Canon of the Mass. We all pray for the Pope's intentions during the rosary which is said before Mass.

At the end of the day, however, we each have to do what we believe will gain for us eternal salvation.

From, “the salvation of souls is always the supreme law in the Church.”

If you and your family can go to the weekly Novus Ordo Mass and not despair, that's good. I could not.

newguy40 said...

Lynne -- Thanks very much for the link. I will certainly scrutinize the info and pray for guidance on that matter. I see on Rorate Coeli, there is some hope for unilateral action/regularization by the Holy Father. We've all heard this sort of hopeful info before tho. The place we attend now is run by a small mens religious order. The NO is the NO but most Sunday Mass can be gotten thru without gross errors.
The provincial is a good man but he enjoys hearing himself preach. My youngest son (22!) still attends Mass with us. And, nothing heterodox or heretical is taught. It's the ONLY NO we could attend in the entire diocese!