For decades priests have done all sorts of goofy things to Mass and bishops did little or nothing to safeguard our sacred worship.
Almost a year ago Robert Card. Sarah called for priests to celebrate Mass ad orientem more often, where possible, prudently and with catechesis. The left had a spittle-flecked nutty. In many places bishops and others came down on the heads of the priests who took up Card. Sarah’s call.
However, inroads are being made.
The importance of ad orientem worship cannot be over emphasized.
Also, many seminarians and young priests are deeply interested in our traditional sacred liturgical worship. They want it. However, in the present climate, which I sense is slipping back into the Reign of Lib Terror that many of us (now older) men experienced into the 80s, traditional priests and seminarians who are in that vector are concerned that they will be punished for their “legitimate aspirations” as St. John Paul II called them. Libs talk about “mercy”. To borrow a phrase, I do not think that word means what they think it means.
Today I got a note from a young priest in these USA. I’ve redacted it to protect him. He has been bullied from above and fears retribution (with my emphases and comments):
I was recently asked to serve as a sacred minister in a TLM. My initial reaction was to say, “no,” in fear of what some of the ramifications might be. But after prayer, and realizing that it is something I’ve always wanted to get involved with, I’ve decided to help. I’m nervous, I’m honored, and I’m thankful to you and your blog for giving me perspective on the ancient Mass. You know, I’ve heard so much recently about, “going to the periphery.” [In fact, the realm of the traditional he been turned into a periphery by the lib left. And far from going to the periphery in charity, they continue to abuse those who simply want to be Catholic.] And when I look at my [d]iocese, I realize that the group of people that seems to be at the farthest edge of a [d]iocesan periphery is the TLM community. The community was moved around but finally received a pastor to provide for them. There are tons of programs in our diocese for all kinds of organizations and groups. However, it has always seemed that the TLM community is passed around or constantly in flux.
Even though this might be the case, I’ve found that the level of devoutness, and sincere love, and understanding of the Church is manifested fiercely and sincerely by the TLM community in general. There is so much they could teach the majority population of Catholics here in my diocese! I suppose I’m writing this to you because I want to say, “thank you.” Thank you for being open and honest about your priesthood and how the TLM has sustained it.
It’s given me the courage to start this journey and I hope to offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form sooner than later… for my family, for the TLM community who sit at the periphery of my [d]iocese, and for the greater glory of God.
(Fr. Z, please do not use my name or [d]iocese. I’ve only been a priest for [a few] years, and my love for Tradition is a thorn in the side of those who run my [d]iocese. They have a lot of power and pull, and it has already impacted my assignments. You should have seen the uproar I caused when I offered the Mass Ad Orientem. I was threatened if I didn’t stop. … Thanks for all you do. And pray for me…its hard out here for a young priest.)
I assure you of my prayers, young Jedi.
I know that the readers here will stop and say a prayer to Mary, Queen of the Clergy, for you right now:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Priests and seminarians: I’ll always defend your anonymity.