Reason #8573 for Summorum Pontificum

A priest friend sent a video of a Portuguese priest, Fr. José Cruz in Moita dos Ferreiros from Easter 2014.

I can imagine statues of Our Lady of Fatima weeping at the sight of this.

Enjoy more of Cruz HERE.

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  1. rwj says:

    A man doesn’t behave this way, ever.

    This thing brings to life Carey Landry’s “And the Father will Dance” song pretty well, though.

  2. Sandy says:

    My thought also, rwj, especially not a reverent priest in the presence of God’s altar. I couldn’t stand to watch all the way to the end; I just finished lunch and I hope it stays down!

  3. pseudomodo says:

    At least it wasn’t a blue vestment…..

  4. Luvadoxi says:

    He looks like he’s wearing one of those zombie disguise capes from the Walking Dead.

  5. benedetta says:

    Kind of a Richard Simmons in a flowy alb sort of a groove, no?

  6. CradleRevert says:

    Oy vey…

    Perhaps a fear of this sort of thing is the reason that fiddle-back chasubles are so popular among the more traditionally inclined. :)

  7. andrewo says:

    The bro isn’t even wearing a stole…

  8. Chumly says:

    Look, this is not a problem. The pope says we have to worry about the fundamentalist Catholics. This little guy is A-OK.

  9. CatholicMD says:

    St. Peter Damian and his Book of Gomorrah come to my mind.

  10. Semper Gumby says:

    rwj, your first sentence spoke volumes. I couldn’t agree more.

    Isn’t that the Dance of the Midian Daughters in Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments?

    This video also shows one priest who would probably never don tactical clericals if the going gets rough. I also thought the parishioners waving white flags was fitting, considering the advance of Islam.

  11. JohnE says:

    Well we know where the center of attention is at this Mass, if it was a Mass. Cue the Frank Sinatra parody music… “It had to be me, wonderful me, it had to be me…”

  12. John Nolan says:

    Perhaps he has embraced Islam and become a whirling Dervish.

  13. TWF says:

    If my only choice on a Sunday was between a mass at the above parish and an Orthodox liturgy, I would take the latter with a clear conscience. I doubt that parish celebrates anything remotely celebrating a CATHOLIC rite. There has to be a point where the Sunday obligation is abrogated if the only option is a mockery of the holy sacrifice. The above may be a religious celebration, but that religion is not Catholicism.

  14. ASPM Sem says:

    Want to clear your head and watch a better liturgy? Here’s an ordination on YouTube:

  15. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    You should have posted a warning label, Pater.

  16. tianzhujiao says:

    Bad, but this is worse (watch what happens at 02:28):

  17. Massachusetts Catholic says:

    Looks like he’s getting ready for a bull fight.

  18. iamlucky13 says:

    @ tianzhujiao – I was going to say that at least in that video the attention seems to be on the Host – but then the priest started dancing with the monstrance…

  19. stuart reiss says:

    But father, but father, you hate VII…and the lovely liturgy that is so conducive to active participation…

  20. mysticalrose says:

    I think we could summarize this priest’s approach to Mass simply: “ME!”

    Is this a neocat Mass?

  21. The Cobbler says:

    “I can imagine statues of Our Lady of Fatima weeping at the sight of this.”
    I see what you did there.

  22. kurtmasur says:

    Although I am not one to condone the word of seers on this blog (or in general for that matter), when I see videos like these, I can’t help but think of the prophecies of the late Argentinian seer, Benjamin Solari Parravicini…he was something like Argentina’s own version of Nostradamus. He communicated his predictions through drawings called psychographies… Anyways, back in the 30s/40s he did a few predictions about the Church, including that “the Catholic Mass will become protestant without actually being so”…and indeed look at what happened to the Mass after the liturgical changes of the 1960s/70s. You can see the relevant drawing here, but the text of the prophecy is in Spanish:

    Parravicini also wrote in a different drawing that the “Catholic Church would err and that her very leaders themselves would be the ones to corrupt her” (… in the case of this prediction, it’s enough to look at the happenings of the recent Synod, and at the current generation of “mercy” bishops/cardinals, especially Marx, Kasper, Cupich….and yes, Francis himself (never mind his “who am I to judge” and his anti-fundamentalist stance), but I digress—-to borrow Father Z’s phrase :-)

    You can make of it what you will…I just couldn’t help but think of the prophecy in these drawings in light of the current happenings in the Church, and of Francis’ papacy in general.

    Anyways it is a testament to the lack of catholicity in “liturgies” like in the above video that makes it compelling enough to remind people of why they should attend the TLM, a truly and very Catholic liturgy hands-down.

  23. KatieL56 says:

    Massachusetts Catholic, you read my mind. I too, when viewing this ‘gem’, immediately thought, “Bull”.

  24. gloriamary says:

    What in tarnation?????

  25. wanda says:

    Ugh. Only made it to 14 sec. mark.

  26. Maltese says:

    I second that a man doesn’t behave in this way. He seemed a little light in his loafers for my taste. Also, I didn’t see many men in the audience (err, I mean congregation), cheering him on…

  27. MouseTemplar says:

    Like a medieval serf, the best shot I have for a dose of meaning and beauty for the entire week is two hours at Mass each Sunday.

    How ’bout for the Year of Mercy they knock this stuff off and give us poor chump laity a break?

  28. benedetta says:

    What we are seeing here is sadly played out in many places where congregations are in the death throes of EF Deprivation Syndrome (EFDS). The command, lord of the dance, performance, with matador accents, the “It’s My Party” altar hijack, the invocation to pagan hysteria, the conga camp elements with many certain aged women donning silk scarves in harem formation and flag waving serpentining throughout the sanctuary at the male pagan ritualist’s incantations, these are the indicators of advanced stages. There is a cure, but it must be swift to be effective. The women followers will at first experience waves of withdrawal when the dance lord is separated from their number, but eventually, after burning their flags, banners, and liturgical silk scarves, they will have closure and then slowly be able to regain the senses they took leave of while under the spell of their charismatic group leader. With careful triage in the form of immediate establishment of a mission by the FSSP or the Institute of Christ the King, the local ordinary may still have a short, ever closing window of time. There is hope.

  29. Geoffrey says:

    Santo Cristo, tende misericórdia de nós.

  30. jflare says:

    Perhaps he’s lucky we don’t believe in assassination?

    On a somewhat less caustic note, I’m suddenly reminded of why I struggled as much as I did about 14 years ago with faith. When you have a choice between what comes across as a Mass for an idiot, but which the local bishop has blessed, and a Mass that seems serious enough to tackle life, but which the local bishop doesn’t recognize, you feel jammed hard between a rock and a hard place.
    Spectacles like this do not help the Church remain united.

    tianzhujaio – OW!!! Were you unlucky enough to witness this, or did you find this on the ‘net?

  31. Fr. Reader says:

    Please don’t watch the video of Tianzhujiao. Zhende, buyongle. Really, too much.

    This brother of us, fr Cruz needs friends. Some other brother priests who can accompany him, invite him for a beer or two, listen to him, pray for him. A different kind of “audience.”

  32. Mariana2 says:

    I made it to 33 seconds and now have a headache. A good thing he hadn’t a tambourine as well.

    Seriously, brocade, stiff with embroidery and trimming, would make this impossible.

  33. Matthew says:

    Tianzhujiao, your video is rightly titled profanation of the Blessed in Portuguese.

    Is everyone in Brazil on acid?

  34. kbf says:

    @Fr Reader:

    “This brother of us, fr Cruz needs friends. Some other brother priests who can accompany him, invite him for a beer or two, listen to him, pray for him. A different kind of “audience.”

    You forgot to add….

    “….then take him around the back of the building and robustly explain the error of his ways with as much character building physical encouragement as is required until the point is well and truely accepted.”

    At least that’s how our Sgts used to deal with us errant Young Officers in the British Army anyway.

  35. Father K says:

    I actually feel very sorry for this priest. I haven’t seen anything quite like that but I have come to see and understand that when priests start doing way out things, and this is pretty way out, his priesthood is in serious crisis. For a priest to do this during Mass indicate he is desperately seeking attention, however inappropriate. Of more importance than the blatant liturgical abuse, and that is bad enough, is the state of mind of this poor man and his mental health. I suggest we pray for him and that his bishop/superior gets him the help he clearly needs, rather than getting hooked up on rubrics.

  36. jdt2 says:

    Mother of God, please help us.

  37. Grumpy Beggar says:


    Dr. Edward Peters says:

    “You should have posted a warning label, Pater.”

    I agree Dr. P.

    I’m thinking maybe something along the lines of:

    “Best Before 10,000 B.C.”

  38. Sonshine135 says:

    Sarcasm on: We need not worry about Father dancing when people are poor and sick and hungry. First, we must make sure that all are rich, well, and fed. Then we can worry about Father’s dancing on Saturday….or something. Sarcasm off.

  39. KateD says:

    I’ll second that, “Oy Vey!”

    Is it wrong to hope for the Parousia of Our Lord Jesus to come sooner rather than later? I may not be perfectly prepared, but boy, am I ready.

  40. tianzhujiao says:

    The title at the end of the video, Fr. Cruz’ “performance” states that it is from an ” Easter Sunday Mass… April 20, 2014.”

    Kyrie eleison!

  41. taffymycat says:

    will his bishop ask him when he stopped saying his Office

  42. Sue says:

    My priest just told me the other day that Brazil is losing Catholics by the thousands regularly to Protestantism. This video might explain part of the reason.

  43. That Guy says:

    Someone needs to file a Fathers Acting Girlishly Report to Cdl Sarah.

  44. TWF says:

    Sue: I believe this lord of the dance fest was in Portugal not Brazil. But yes, Brazil is on track to become a Pentecostal nation… The Catholic Church across Latin America is plagued by a horrific priest shortage (far, far, far more severe than North America- in my wife’s native DR it’s one priest per 10 000 CAtholics or so), horrific liturgy, poor catechesis… And the evangelical and Pentecostal churches are growing like wildfire.

  45. Michael_Thoma says:

    If I went to the church expecting the Easter Mass and was forced to do whatever the heck this is, can I sue the diocese for spiritual rape? After all, it is forced upon me against my will, and all my ‘stop’ and ‘no’ shouts are being ignored. In addition to the spiritual violation, these abusers want me to take out my wallet and pay for it. It’s even worse than prostitution, where at least right party gets paid.

  46. ChesterFrank says:

    Massachusetts Catholic : Sadly there is no Bull to the rescue.
    andrewo : I noticed that missing stole too

  47. JerrytheYTPer says:

    What is this? I don’t even…
    Hence the reason why I have been going Byzantine

    [A wacko in Portugal does this stupid stuff and… therefore… you “go Byzantine”. Ummm….]

  48. Fr. Reader says:

    @kfb Thanks for the laugh… but that is not my style. Not yet.

    @Father K. That is what I wanted to say.

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