@BishopBarron held a secret, “invite-only” meeting about the rise of “trads”. Wherein Fr. Z opines and invites (again)

As reported by Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter), it seems that Bp. Robert Barron highly-visible, media-prelate, Auxiliary of Los Angeles,

… hosted an invite-only meeting of Catholic media professionals last week to discuss “disturbing trends in the online Catholic world,” including the rise of “radical Traditionalist” movements that are often [?] marked by personal attacks and vitriolic commentary.

Personal attacks?!? He would do better to start with those site which manifestly, repeatedly, shamelessly undermine the teachings of the Church and cause scandal, such as the very Fishwrap reporting this non-transparent, secretive meeting!  They could start with the positively “venomous” Michael Sean Winters, who wrote that he wants to watch people with whom he disagrees die, he doesn’t think converts should have a voice in the Church, and tries to get people fired from their jobs.

Where is this coming from, you might ask.

The private meeting took place July 29 via Zoom and was confirmed to NCR by Brandon Vogt, content director for Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

Vogt said that the meeting was initiated at his suggestion and had a threefold purpose, to discuss:

  • A “culture of contempt” among Catholics online;
  • The rise of “tabloid style” news in the Catholic press, “often in service of accruing web traffic and video views”;
  • The influence of the so-called “radical Traditionalist” (or “rad-trad”) movements online.

“Rad trads” are often young Catholics who prefer traditional liturgy, including the Latin Mass, and subscribe to more conservative political beliefs and religious practices.

“All of these are major pastoral issues, which is why I proposed to Bishop Barron, in his capacity as bishop, to host a meeting with various Catholic media leaders to discuss these items,” said Vogt.

Interesting.

More from Fishwrap:

Vogt said the meeting of Catholic media professionals discussed the online behavior of traditionalists who “ruthlessly criticize the pope and bishops, and question the authority of the Second Vatican Council, often to the point of repudiation.”

While neither Barron nor Vogt specifically identified individuals or organizations responsible for targeted online attacks, much of the criticism directed at Barron has been fueled by fringe right-wing sites such as LifeSiteNews and Church Militant.

“Fringe right-wing sites”.   Let’s drill into that for a moment.

Alexa says that Fishwrap is #101,350 in global internet engagements.
Word On Fire is #122,959.
However, Lifesite News is #25,936.
Church Militant is #74,261.

Similar Web shows Fishwrap at a Global Rank of 53913
Word on Fire is 74513
Life Site News is 18673
Church Militant is 50595.

LifeSite and Church Militant are kicking Fishwrap‘s dissident backside in traffic and even more strongly outpacing the beige Word On Fire.

WHO’S THE “FRINGE”?

Brandon Vogt proposed this anti-“trad” closed-door meeting.  Vogt aimed the meeting at … whom?… the competition?

I wonder.  At any time, did someone ask, “How can we get rid of these troublesome trad websites?”

I wonder.  Did the anti-“trad” closed-door meeting include any “trads”? Were any who are considered by them to be “trads” invited to participate in that meeting?  What about dialogue?

There are trads of every stripe, of course.  I like Scott Hahn’s distinction of “mad trads”, “sad trads” and “glad trads”.

I offer two things for Bp. Barron’s consideration.

First, if you want to create a firestorm by trying to squelch “trad” (however you define it) sites, the “trads” have the matches.   Samizdat will will be redefined should it ever come to  action in that regard.

Second, if you want to demonstrate good will and work on your invite-only agenda in a positive way, I’ll help.

Here’s the first way:.

Your Excellency, Bishop Barron, please come to Madison to be celebrant for a Pontifical Mass in the Traditional Roman Rite.   I assure you that we, for our part, will pull out all the stops.  It would be massively attended.  It would be a terrific occasion for you to preach to “trads” (however you define them) and win them over and also to listen to them.

This is, again, a gesture of good will.   What say you, Your Excellency?

Please write to me.  I’m not hard to find.

Fr. Z

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4 August – Traditional Latin Mass – St Dominic – VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5)

Daily, I live-stream a Traditional Latin Mass at NOON Central Daylight Time (= GMT/UTC -5 and ROME 1900h).

Today: St. Dominic
Prayers Added: For enemies
After Mass: Daily Prayer for Priests

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  • NB: You can usually find an English translation of the Mass formulary HERE.  Scroll down. Use the 1960 setting.
  • We can say the Angelus together since the bells are usually ringing when the live stream starts.
  • I will say a Spiritual Communion prayer at the very beginning for those of you who cannot make a Eucharistic Communion. 
  • I will also recite in Latin the traditional  “Statement of Intention” (…a hint to priests).
  • After Mass and the Leonine Prayers, I will recite a prayer in Latin “In time of pandemic” followed by a blessing with a fragment of the Cross
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3 August – Traditional Latin Mass – Intention: Benedict XVI – VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5)

Daily, I live-stream a Traditional Latin Mass at NOON Central Daylight Time (= GMT/UTC -5 and ROME 1900h).

Today: Votive Mass For the Sick
Prayers Added: For the Pope
After Mass: Exorcism Against Satan and Fallen Angels

English translation of the Mass formulary “Pro Infirmis… For the Sick” HERE.

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  • NB: You can usually find an English translation of the Mass formulary HERE.  Scroll down. Use the 1960 setting.
  • We can say the Angelus together since the bells are usually ringing when the live stream starts.
  • I will say a Spiritual Communion prayer at the very beginning for those of you who cannot make a Eucharistic Communion. 
  • I will also recite in Latin the traditional  “Statement of Intention” (…a hint to priests).
  • After Mass and the Leonine Prayers, I will recite a prayer in Latin “In time of pandemic” followed by a blessing with a fragment of the Cross
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ACTION ITEM! Benedict XVI “frail” and sick with bacterial infection

UPDATE:

Ed Pentin at the Register:

Archbishop Ganswein: Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Ailment Is ‘Not Serious’
The latest news of Benedict’s condition came from his biographer, Peter Seewald, who visited the Pope Emeritus over the weekend.

VATICAN CITY — The health condition of Pope Emeritus Benedict “does not give cause for particular concern, except for a 93-year-old man who is overcoming the most acute phase of a painful, but not serious, illness,” his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein said Monday.

His comments, given through the Vatican press office this evening, came in response to a report in this morning’s Passauer Neue Presse (PNP) that Benedict XVI was “seriously ill” and suffering from facial erysipelas, a bacterial infection of the skin that causes a painful, red rash.

The infection, which mostly affects infants and the elderly, can cause fever, headaches and lymphedema and is treated with antibiotics. A form of herpes or shingles, it is not considered life-threatening.

[…]

Frail or not… Ill or not… Benedict deserves our prayers!

Let’s all pray for Benedict.


From CNA Deutsch:

“Schwer erkrankt”: Sorge über Gesundheitszustand von Papst emeritus Benedikt XVI.

“Seriously ill”: concern about the health of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

From CNA English:

Benedict XVI unwell since visit to Germany

Hmmmm… which is it?

By Hannah Brockhaus
Rome Newsroom, Aug 3, 2020 / 03:21 am MT (CNA).- Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is sick with a bacterial infection and “very frail,” according to a German newspaper report.

Citing Benedict biographer Peter Seewald, German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse (PNP) reported Aug. 3 that the 93-year-old pope emeritus is suffering from facial erysipelas, a bacterial infection of the skin which causes a painful, red rash. [Not viral.]

The infection can also result in fever, headaches, and lymphedema. It is treated with antibiotics.

Seewald told PNP that Benedict has been “very frail” since his return from visiting his ailing older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, in Bavaria in June. Georg Ratzinger died July 1.

Seewald saw Benedict XVI at his Vatican home in the Mater Ecclesia monastery Aug. 1 to present him with a copy of his latest biography of the retired pope.

The journalist said despite his illness, Benedict was optimistic and stated he might take up writing again if his strength returns. Seewald also said the former pope’s voice is now “barely audible.”

PNP also reported Aug. 3 that Benedict has chosen to be buried in the former tomb of St. John Paul II in the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica. The body of the Polish pope was moved into the upper part of the basilica when he was canonized in 2014.

Like John Paul II, Benedict XVI has written a spiritual testament which can be published after his death.

Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy in 2013, citing advanced age and declining strength that made it difficult to carry out his ministry. He was the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

In a letter published in an Italian newspaper in February 2018, Benedict said, “I can only say that at the end of a slow decline in physical strength, inwardly I am on pilgrimage home.”

 

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Concerning COVID-1984 masks

For your Monday reflection…

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2 August until midnight: “Portiuncula” Plenary (or Partial) Indulgence

From midnight tonight to midnight tomorrow2 August, you can gain the “Portinuncula” Indulgence.

This indulgence seems to have been granted directly by Christ Himself in an appearance to St. Francis.  The Lord them told Francis to go to Pope Honorius III, who, as Vicar of Christ, who wielded the keys, would decree it.

Catholic Encyclopedia

St. Francis, as you know, repaired three chapels. The third was popularly called the Portiuncula or the Little Portion, dedicated to St. Mary of the Angels. It is now enclosed in a sanctuary at Assisi.

The friars came to live at the Little Portion in early 1211. It became the “motherhouse” of the Franciscans. This is where St. Clare came to the friars to make her vows during the night following Palm Sunday in 1212 and where Sister Death came to Francis on 3 October 1226.

Because of the favors from God obtained at the Portiuncula, St. Francis requested the Pope to grant remission of sins to all who came there. The privilege extends beyond the Portiuncula to others churches, especially held by Franciscans, throughout the world.

A plenary indulgence is a mighty tool for works of mercy and weapon in our ongoing spiritual warfare. A plenary indulgence is the remission, through the merits of Christ and the saints, through the Church, of all temporal punishment due to sin already forgiven.

To obtain the Portiuncula plenary indulgence, a person must visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels at Assisi, or a Franciscan sanctuary, or one’s parish church, with the intention of honoring Our Lady of the Angels. Then perform the work of reciting the Creed and Our Father and pray for the Pope’s designated intentions.

You should be free, at least intentionally, of attachment to venial and mortal sin, and truly repentant. Make your sacramental confession 8 days before or after. Participate at assist at Mass and receive Holy Communion 8 days before or after.

BTW… the faithful can gain a plenary indulgence on a day of the year he designates (cf. Ench. Indul. 33 1.2.d). You might choose the anniversary of your baptism or of another sacrament or name day.

My friend the great Fr. Finigan, His Hermeueticalness, has some excellent points and suggestions in his post about the Porticuncula indulgence.  HERE

Also, HERE, Fr. Finigan wrote about the requirement that we not have any attachment to sin, even venial.  He offers quite a hopeful view of what sounds like a difficult prospect.  I warmly recommend it.

Regarding “the Pope’s intentions”, this means intentions designated by the Pope.  However, some people have wondered how strict this is, or what to do it the intention is… odd.   I wrote about this issue HERE.  Read that post.  However, here’s an excerpt:

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Because we are Unreconstructed Ossified Manualists, and we love our old dependable compendia of theology with its sober and thorough analyses, we can turn to the manual by Prümmer.

Prümmer says that the intentions of the Holy Father for which we are to pray have a tradition of five basic categories which were fixed:

1. Exaltatio S. Matris Ecclesiae (Triumph/elevation/stability/growth of Holy Mother Church)
2. Extirpatio haeresum (Extirpation/rooting out of heresies),
3. Propagatio fidei (Propagation/expansion/spreading of the Faith)
4. Conversio peccatorum (Conversion of sinners),
5. Pax inter principes christianos (Peace between christian rulers).

These five categories were also listed in the older, 1917 Code of Canon Law, which is now superseded by the 1983 Code.

However, they remain good intentions all.

 

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 9th after Pentecost (NO: 18th Ordinary) 2020

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday, either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

Also, are you churches opening up? What was attendance like?

For my part, I wound up – Surprise! – with Mass at the parish. So, this is what I was able to produce.

This was an EXPERIMENT! I tried to live-stream a recording (if that makes sense) of my sermon. Afterwards, I joined the stream live to chat and answer some questions.  It is also in another post, today.  Sorry about the redundancy, but I want to continue also this Sunday Sermon Notes series.

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2 August – Traditional Latin Mass – SERMON ONLY 9th Sunday after Pentecost – VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5)

Daily, I live-stream a Traditional Latin Mass at NOON Central Daylight Time (= GMT/UTC -5 and ROME 1900h).

Today: SERMON ONLY 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayers Added:
After Mass:

Today I was called at 7:00AM to take the 7:30AM TLM at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI. Here is the SERMON from that Mass.  Unusual situation.  This is an experiment.  At my usual time for Mass I will live stream a recording of only the sermon from the parish Mass.  Does that make sense?

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  • NB: You can usually find an English translation of the Mass formulary HERE.  Scroll down. Use the 1960 setting.
  • We can say the Angelus together since the bells are usually ringing when the live stream starts.
  • I will say a Spiritual Communion prayer at the very beginning for those of you who cannot make a Eucharistic Communion. 
  • I will also recite in Latin the traditional  “Statement of Intention” (…a hint to priests).
  • After Mass and the Leonine Prayers, I will recite a prayer in Latin “In time of pandemic” followed by a blessing with a fragment of the Cross
    For texts of Prayers before Mass for each day of the week, in versions for laypeople and for priests: HERE

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HORRIFYING: Cathedral priests reject for confession anyone not-registered, verified by their documented GIVING in the last year!!

I saw this nightmare on Twitter:

I was frankly horrified and more than a little frightened for the priests who did this. I was not alone. I shared this with a good canonist, priest friend. His reaction was:

That priest is on the way to hell. We should pray for his conversion. How awful.

On. His. Way. To Hell.

Ed Condon wrote, rightly:

Friends, make an act of reparation for this horrible abuse.

One of the things the bishop asks – during the ordination rite – men who are to be ordained is if they have the intention to hear confessions of sins and give absolution.

Also, another thing that this underscores is how malleable the concept of “parish” has become.  I think that last document from the Holy See really didn’t address it adequately.

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PODCAzT 183: Bp. Schneider’s call for a Crusade of Eucharistic Reparation – ACTION ITEM!

Bp. Schneider has called for a Crusade of Eucharistic Reparation. He released a text on his site, Gloria Dei, about sins against the Blessed Sacrament, offences against our Lord in the Eucharist, and the need of such a coordinated campaign.

Let’s hear what Bp. Schneider has to say in his text. I will try to set off in some audible way when he is quoting something at length. He has a few extended quotes and without a written text in front of you it might get a little confusing.

Tune your ear for his argument about how the Lord, though now risen and unable to suffer as we do, nevertheless is still wounded by irreverence toward Him in the Eucharist.   Also, carefully attend to the quotes from St. Peter Julian Eymard.

I read the whole text from Bp. Schneider’s site, make some comments after with some recommendations for ACTION! and then read also the PRAYER that Bp. Schneider attached for the same Crusade.

I pray that this offering may bear fruit.  The audio recording is offered especially for those who may find it hard to read texts or who, pressed with cares, can benefit from a reading.

https://www.wdtprs.com/podcazt/20_08_01.mp3
WE ARE OUR RITES!

 

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1 August: Feast of Blessed M. Stella and her Ten Companions, the The Martyrs of Nowogrodek – FOLLOW UP

Trying to get this under the wire.  Next year I will do better.

1 August is the Feast of Blessed M. Stella and her Ten Companions, the The Martyrs of Nowogrodek, in Nazi occupied Poland in 1943.  Now in Belarus.

I wrote about them HERE.

Our battle for the Church in these troubled time, The Present Crisis, has to be fought on many levels.

What might not be wrought through the intercession of these Eleven Sisters?

The artwork for the Beatification image painted by Jerzy Kumala (1998).

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Notes about how the relics of the Old Testament Maccabees martyrs reached Rome

This is an interesting day liturgically. It is the Feast of the Holy Maccabees, Old Testament Martyrs, and it is also the Feast of St. Peter in Chains associated with the Basilica of St. Peter ad vincula in Rome. The connection between the two is that the relics of the Maccabees are in a sarcophagus in the crypt of St. Peter ad vincula. Of all the relics of Old Testament figures these are probably the most important because of their weight for both Christians and Jews. It is fitting that the Basilica is one of the places most visited by Jewish visitors to Rome, because of the mighty statue of Moses by Michaelangelo, intended for the tomb of Julius II, is housed there in.

I learned a long time ago, that it is best to believe the claims that certain things are where they have for centuries said to be. However, in the case of the relics of these Old Testament figures, I have often wondered about how they got to Rome, or were even preserved.

Interesting things about this interesting feast.

NLM has an interesting article on the Holy Maccabees: HERE

Fr. Hunwicke, about the Maccabees, cites Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth, vol. II: HERE

I read a fascinating article HERE:  Margaret Schatkin, “The Maccabean Martyrs”, in Vigiliae Christianae Vol. 28, No. 2 (Jun., 1974), pp. 97-113.

Schatkin traces the Maccabee relics from interment after their death to their location in Rome. She uses Patristic sources as well as ancient Jewish writings. Some of the more modern scholarship she works with was, surprisingly, by Card. Rampolla, whose election as Pope after Leo XIII had been been infamously vetoed in the conclave to make way for the election of St. Pius X.

The place of the martyrdom of the Maccabees and preservation of their remains seems to have been Antioch, possibly at the Jewish Synagogue. Once Christianity was the official religion, Christians often seized synagogues and converted them to churches. The cult of the martyrs was well established in the East by the time of Sts Gregory Nazianzus and John Chrysostom and Augustine writes of their cult in Antioch (s. 300.6). It seems that Justianian translated the relics to Constantinople. However, perhaps some of the relics were moved from Antioch to Rome, which is why the Martyrologium Romanum on 1 August says that they were deposited in St. Peter in Chains during the pontificate of Pelagius I (d.561): Eorum reliquiae Romam translatae in eadem Ecclesia sancti Petri ad Vincula conditae fuerunt. It could be, according to sermons associated with or actually by Leo I, that there was a cult of these martyrs in Rome in the 5th c. The Leonine material says that the Feast of the Maccabees was joined to the Feast of the newly dedicated “Eudoxian Basilica” Sancti Petri ad vincula.

In 1867, a 5th or 6th c. sarcophagus was found under the altar of St. Peter in Chains. It had seven compartments each containing clothes containing ashes and bones which is consistent with what St. John Chrysostom said about them. There were also inscriptions on lead which indicated that also the their mother and Eleazar’s relics were included.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote a treatise about why the Maccabees were privileged with a feast equal to Christian martyrs. (He seems not to have considered the Holy Innocents.) He argues that they were making a confession of faith, which is how the early Christian martyrs died. Chrysostom suggests that, because they were before Christ’s redeeming Sacrifice, and the greater fear of death, their martyrdom was superior to that of Christians.

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Washington DC: young people chalk “Black Pre-born Lives Matter” on sidewalk and are ARRESTED!

This, in the nation’s capital:

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1 August – Traditional Latin Mass – Votive: Immaculate Heart of BVM – LIVE VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5)

I will LIVE stream a Traditional Latin Mass at NOON Central Daylight Time (= GMT/UTC -5 and ROME 1900h).

Today: Votive: Immaculate Heart of Mary
Prayers Added: Defense against enemies
After Mass: Prayer in time of Pandemic

TODAY’s TEXT: HERE

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  • NB: You can usually find an English translation of the Mass formulary HERE.  Scroll down. Use the 1960 setting.
  • We can say the Angelus together since the bells are usually ringing when the live stream starts.
  • I will say a Spiritual Communion prayer at the very beginning for those of you who cannot make a Eucharistic Communion. 
  • I will also recite in Latin the traditional  “Statement of Intention” (…a hint to priests).
  • After Mass and the Leonine Prayers, I will recite a prayer in Latin “In time of pandemic” followed by a blessing with a fragment of the Cross
    For texts of Prayers before Mass for each day of the week, in versions for laypeople and for priests: HERE


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Lammas – Loaf Mass Day – 1 August

Call it what you will, 1 August, Feast of St. Peter in Chains, Feast of the Holy Maccabees, it is also

Lammas.

Noooo…. not the big hairy sheep.

Lammas is Anglo-Saxon hlaf-mas or Loaf Mass.   This is a first fruits  harvest feast, for making bread and bringing it to church.  Sometimes the loaves were pretty fancy.  There were even processions.

There is a great post about Lammas at the wonderful blog of The Clerk of Oxford.

There are beautiful customs that help us link the spin of your planet around your yellow star with the mysteries of salvation.  What a beautiful rhythm, year in and year out.  Each year the mysteries don’t change, but we do.  Each year we are able to harvest something different from them even as they take root in us and form us.

Here’s a reminder about one that is coming up in August.  On 15 August, Assumption, it is customary to have  herbs and flowers and fruit blessed.  COVID be damned!  Get your priest to bless some of these things on the Feast of the Assumption!

I’ve written about the Assumption blessing HERE.

Today, however, if you are able to bake, how about baking a loaf of bread?  Perhaps something even fancy or decorated?  At least go and get a loaf of some really good bread.   Sometimes something as simple as a piece of good bread and a little cheese or some jam is pretty satisfying!

This Owl Bread I spied at wiki is pretty spiffy.

On a serious note, I think that Lammas is also a date for some pseudo-pagans who are into dangerous rites that summon demons… ’cause that’s what those idiot rites do.  When you eat your bread – whenever you eat anything – say your prayers!  Ask for God’s blessing as you thank Him.  And perhaps you might say a a prayer to your Guardian Angel to give you protection from all the demonic activity going on right now.

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