“The priest has his back to the people!” (Not.) VIDEO

From Joseph Shaw of the Latin Mass Society in England.

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  1. tgarcia2 says:

    Nice video!

    Went to my first Latin Mass Sunday with my sister. For it being new in El Paso, TX I was surprised that there was a full house. Got some of the “aloof” attitude from some of the greeters, but those who were Br. Knights were warm and welcoming.

    A couple next to me left since she couldn’t follow along, and my sister (who’s a linguist major) liked the direct Latin translation, and how it was more evident in Spanish.

    Looks like I’ll be attending regularly, and Fr mentioned that he might add a second Mass on Sunday’s.

    As to the critique’s of how there was still going to be a NO Mass for the “business community”, you’re quite literally surrounded by a Federal, State, and County courthouses with 3 major banks and lots of other shops downtown, so it makes sense to be balanced. These same “business” members are helping to form a KoC council there as well.

  2. Magpie says:

    Fr Rodriguez has been offering TLM in El Paso, TX for over a year.

  3. Dienekes says:

    Reference the Latin Mass–Our pastor has previously expressed a reluctance to offer one. The request was recently made again: ” Would you consider offering theLatin Mass? If there are people who want it, they have a right to it.”

    His reply: ” That they do. They also have the right to assume the responsibility of going where it is offered. I think there is one in City X (211 miles b y Mapquest) and one in City Y (157 miles). I am not trained in the Latin Mass nor do I have any interest in it.” In all fairness this pastor does give homilies much above the average, but!?

    However we most certainly do have all the tawdry sixties “reforms. Apparently the ability to attend a respectful Latin Mass more than once every fifty years or so is asking a bit much.

    If I have to hear “My way or the highway”, at least I’d like to hear it in Latin once.

  4. majuscule says:

    Went to my first Latin Mass Sunday with my sister. For it being new in El Paso, TX I was surprised that there was a full house.

    As I understand from someone I know in El Paso, the TLM isn’t new there, so there would be people who were longing for it. I was told that the priest who offered it was reassigned a couple of years ago. I’m glad to hear it is available again. Perhaps the new bishop…

  5. philologus says:

    Si voraciter condemnare eos oblationem offerentes ad orientem Sanctae Ecclesiae filios quidam catholicus velit, ab eodem ipso verisimile opinio habeatur, ut liberaliter amplectare oblationes sive orationes populorum totius mundi debeamur. Clarissimum est, saltem mihi, lapsum mente illum esse, qui priores condemnet sed alteros absolvat! Nam priores eiusdem Sanctae Eccclesiae fratres sunt.

  6. robtbrown says:


    What your pastor told you contradicts canon law.

    Can. 213 The Christian faithful have the right to receive assistance from the sacred pastors out of the spiritual goods of the Church, especially the word of God and the sacraments.

    Your pastor sounds like a a lot of other pastors who don’t want their boat rocked. Decent men, pretty good on doctrine, especially sexual morals, but with a certain attitude of indifference to whether his parishioners adhere to them. A friend, 30 years a priest, told me that many veteran priests reacted to the translation changes as if they had been told they had to celebrate the entire mass standing on their heads.

    If you have a decent size group, write a respectful letter to the bishop saying the pastor turned you down. Save all correspondence. If the bishop says no, send copies of all correspondence with a cover letter to the Ecclesia Dei Commission. Forward a copy of that cover letter to the bishop.

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