At the Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception last week (HERE with VIDEO), you could tell that quite a few of the congregants were unfamiliar with the Traditional Mass by the fact that they sang the Pater Noster with the celebrant (at 1:29:30 in the video). (And the person who directed the choir also didn’t have a clue what to do either.)
I was struck by the large presence of the unfamiliar. It added to my growing suspicion that The Present Crisis of the Church in this pontificate is bringing more and more people to explore the option of the TLM rather than or in addition to the NO. It could be that the blatantly weird things perpetrated in Rome and elsewhere, especially in October, are starting to get to people. The phrase “red pill” is showing up more frequently these days. I am reminded of something I saw in a gun store a few years ago: a framed picture of Pres. Obama with various prize ribbons appended with the sign, “Salesman Of The Year”. Something like that is going on right now, it seems to me, in the Church as well.
My friend Fr. David Nix has a good piece today which touches on this. In reference to a podcast he heard with the author of Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging (US HERE – UK HERE), He cites the experience of the British during WWII, when the Blitz brought people together. Facing adversity together knit them together in a way that many would long for after the war. We in these USA also had a few fleeting moments of that after 9/11. Nix applies this to The Present Crisis with a couple of bullet points. Here they are. Go there for his fuller explication.
1) Stop blaming God for the crisis of bad leadership in the Catholic Church, even implicitly in your heart, since “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose.”—Rom 8:28.
2) Welcome the stragglers into traditional communities. Many neo-cons tell me they don’t go to the TLM because trad families are too judgmental. Now, half of this is an excuse (as there really are many humble families at the TLM) but half of it is true: Some TLMers reject neo-con stragglers as Johnnies-come-lately. Some newcomers are rejected from the TLM as “less-holy” for having come from the Novus Ordo.
On the point of “belonging”, I guide the readership to my ranting about how “We Are Our Rites”. Think about how the Novus Ordo has atomized Roman Catholics into smaller communities with hardly any points of contact. Think about how there is a Rite which cut across boundaries, cultures and even centuries into a common body of worshiping believers. That Rite produced the saints we venerate and many patrimonies which have been denied to so many for so long since the 60s.
I am also reminded of Anthony Esolen’s book Nostalgia: Going Home in a Homeless World. My post HERE. Nostalgia, as the Greek indicates, a pain (algea) we feel for our “return home” (nostron): “pain for the return, ache for the homecoming.” It is an essential longing. It has nothing to do with the wacky charge often leveled at those who desire traditional liturgy.
One of my frequent correspondents happens to be in Venice right now. As you may know, there was record flooding recently which shut down the unique city. I was sent the photo of a sign on a shop door.
Such is life. You fall seven times and you get back up eight. We need a few days to get back on track… with a smile and energy as always.
In the matter of birettas… some people ask me if seminarians can or should use them when in choir.
Yes, I think so.
It looks like those birettas have four, rather than three, points.
Please consider the ongoing BIRETTAS FOR SEMINARIANS PROJECT.
Next, if you haven’t seen it, check out a piece by George Weigel at First Things about a week ago. He offers a summary in the wake of the disastrous Amazon Synod (“walking together”), which clearly also involved veneration of a pagan, demonic idol. I wish we had in English as apt a word as the Italian smascherare… to unmask. That’s what Weigel does to the synodal rhetoric and the fawning gobbledygook from the papalotrous camp followers, in particular relentless tweeter and self-promoter Massimo “Beans” Faggioli.
Finally, read about an amazing little Chinese girl martyr who loved the Blessed Sacrament. HERE She inspired Fulton J. Sheen, who will be beatified in December.
This, in Spanish, from INFOVATICANA. A week or so ago in Madrid, some Jesuits had a conference at a parish in which members of REPAM participated. REPAM was a driving forcing behind the crazy stuff, and the pagan stuff, at the Synod (“walking together”). There were, at that conference, Pachamama idols. Some people who call themselves “Comando San Bonifacio… St. Boniface Commandos” took pamphlets and posters and dumpsterized them.
Also, Archbp. Viganò has issued at Inside the Vatican an essay about the danger of syncretism. He is especially concerned about the inter-faith project in Abu Dhabi.
“[T]he Temple of the world syncretistic Neo-Religion is about to rise with its anti-Christian dogmas. Not even the most hopeful of the Freemasons would have imagined so much!”