Reason #987680 for Summorum Pontificum

On this anniversary of Summorum Pontificum going into effect I share with you something from Tradition In Action.

There was on 28 August 2020 an ordination of a deacon in the Diocese of Wollongong.  As part of the ceremony, an Aboriginal performed pagan rituals beforehand.

That’s just a taste.


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  1. RosaryRose says:

    The emperor really does not have clothes.

    That poor lady in the front row looks very embarrassed. She probably wishes she could give him her jacket. It matches his…..pants.

    Praying hard for this to end!!! Praying for a restoration of faith, a cleansing of the putrid filth causing cancer in the Body of Christ. If you live in Australia, make your voice heard! Say “No”.!!

    Fast and pray, do penance. This shows me the Catholic leaders have LOST their belief in God. Have they forgotten what happened when the Israelites made a golden calf? Do they even believe. Pray, fast, do penance. Seriously.

  2. Father Flores says:

    Seems there is an extra space in the title. It looks more like Tradition Inaction.

  3. You want pestilences? Because that’s how you get pestilences.

  4. Kathleen10 says:

    That’s not Catholicism. Catholics need to be very discerning now and use that discernment in order not to be led astray. If you get that “uh oh” feeling, trust it, and get out. Ask yourself, would this have happened in my Catholic church 50 years ago? 100 years ago? If not, it’s no good now, most likely.
    Beware these deceivers, these men who talk more about cultures and immigrants and climate change than Jesus Christ.
    Paganism, in a Catholic Church. Jesus was there in the tabernacle while His priest and people welcomed demons into the church. No wonder the world is blowing up.

  5. Midwest St. Michael says:

    Oh look, everyone! Discernment, accompaniment and dialogue in action during an ordination!

    Isn’t it grand? How about a nice rendition of Sr. Dufner’s “Sing a New Church” about now, eh?

  6. Clinton R. says:

    None of this can really be considered Catholic, can it? No wonder the world is beset by violence, disease, wildfires, financial woes, etc.

  7. There is garbage everywhere. Check this out.

    On July 5, 2020, Bishop Oscar Solis denied a man and his daughter Holy Communion on the tongue at the Cathedral of Madeleine in Salt Lake City.

  8. Geoffrey says:

    The “General Instruction of the Roman Missal” for the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite does not approve of anything like this.

  9. jhogan says:

    When our leaders abandon their own rituals and traditions, they soon find wanting what is left. In their pride, rather than admit the abandonment was wrong and return their rituals and traditions, they seek meaning in non-Catholic traditions. They tried Protestantism for their meaning and failed; now they have gone further afield into paganism, which is even worse, and they will still fail.
    Unfortunately, I am not sure how much will be left of the (human) institutional church when they finally come their senses.

  10. NOCatholic says:

    I don’t think this shocking pagan outrage had anything to do with the Novus Ordo. Just because some — clerics — of the Catholic Church take license with the NO that they wouldn’t dare with the TLM, is not the fault of the NO.

    As Geoffrey so aptly pointed out in a different topic today, it’s not that the Mass of St Paul VI has been tried and found wanting, it’s that it’s been left untried.

  11. Midwest St. Michael says:

    Keep telling yourself that, NOCatholic.

    With all the options given for the NO Mass – what’s to stop outrages such as this? This nonsense has to stop and the *only* way it will stop is to take away the many options to the point that bishops(?)… bishops of the Church of Almighty God will *not* allow such sacrileges.

    How many bishops that attended V2 would say this is authentic worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with the new Mass Pope St. Paul the VI promulgated? (at an ordination?)

    Seems to me Pandora’s box not only has the door open – it has been blown off the hinges.

  12. Gab says:

    Father Z, you have no idea how badly the majority of bishops and priests here behave. This pagan dance called ”welcome to country” was developed in 1976 by an actor named Ernie Dingo. However the Bishop who presided over this pagan worship, invoking the ”spirits of the ancestors”, states that the ”welcome to country” is traditional and passed down through the generations. Rubbish. Regardless, what contract is there between the temple of God and this pagan invocation of spirits in the House of the Lord?

    There are around 33 bishops in Australia and I can name two who do not bow down to this sort of nonsense for fear of being labelled ‘racist’. The rest of them….pah!

    The Plenary Council in Australia will recommence in 2021 after taking submissions from Catholics and non-Catholics. We here can look forward to same-sex ”marriages” being conducted in Church, female ”priests” and more abominations. Seriously, they make the German Bishops look Traditional by comparison.

  13. WVC says:

    @NOCatholic – you obviously have some kind of reason for not liking the Extraordinary Form. Do you mind sharing? Having found the Tridentine Mass in my mid twenties and having attended it primarily for several decades, I find even the most reverent Novus Ordo Mass extremely jarring. This being a Novus Ordo Mass said ad orientem with no “passing of the peace” and “Ecuarhstic Prayer Number 1” and no altar girls and communion received kneeling, on the tongue, at an altar rail. This is the absolute best that anyone, I believe, can “try” the Mass of Paul VI. It’s still wanting. I’m not arguing that it’s invalid or whatnot – just clearly wanting when compared with the traditional Mass. What is it, exactly, that you find troublesome about the Latin Mass?

  14. NOCatholic says:

    @WVC: I was defending the NO, not attacking the TLM. There are reverently celebrated NO Masses, such as the Masses broadcast by EWTN.

    Some such Masses are celebrated better than others, of course. But I occasionally I have heard anecdotes that prior to Vatican II, the Mass now called the TLM or Extraordinary Form, were rushed through and celebrated less than reverently. That doesn’t happen now because TLMs are celebrated among a devoted subset of Catholics, by a devoted subset of Catholic priests. The NO now occupies the position of being the Mass widely celebrated, by priests of fervent and marginal (or no) belief, and assisted by laity with a similar range of beliefs — the position of the TLM prior to Vatican II. That is separate from the liturgical merits of each. (As for me personally, while the TLM is not my preference, I view it with great respect.)

    But all that is beside the point I was making — that incorporating pagan rituals into the Ordinary Form is a violation of the rubrics of that Mass (including its permitted options), as surely is it would be for the Mass of the 1962 Missal. What has that to do with “not liking” the TLM? But if you can produce a passage from the GIRM that would permit those rituals, I would modify my opinion.

  15. WVC says:

    @NOCatholic – I stand corrected. I’m happy to hear you have great respect for the traditional Latin Mass, your handle not withstanding. As far as the NO, abuses, and rubrics – true, the actual rubrics do not consider pagan rituals being incorporated. However, many bishops (like this one) have publicly celebrated NO Masses that included questionable antics, including St. John Paul II. It’s very understandable why many get the impression that such antics are part and parcel with the NO. This Bishop even defends this action by referencing that JPII received the same aboriginal dance.

    Personally, I’d welcome boring, rushed Masses said by the old Latin rubrics to half naked shaman dances, but I’m no liturgist.

  16. Mark William says:

    A similar ‘ceremony’ was incorporated into the recent installation of the new Bishop of Wagga Wagga (NSW, Australia)

  17. JustaSinner says:

    What the….oh, no comment.

  18. Benedict Joseph says:

    There is something about this picture that makes me think of the Vatican agreement with China…

  19. RosaryRose says:

    NO Catholic, yes, this shocking pagan outrage does have to do with the NO Mass. Even the most reverent NO Mass is people-centered. We are our rites. When we are moving in a direction (people-centered) we will come across things in that trajectory.

    If four things in the NO Mass could change, it would make a phenomenal difference:

    1. ad orientem (God-centered)

    2. Mystery of Faith response is a proclamation that Christ IS Truly Present on the altar. Not that He will come again, He is with us now.

    3. Communion received kneeling on the tongue from consecrated hands (the other ways are to be used only in emergency or special situation). Unconsecrated hands do not touch the Body of Christ. Our Jewish brothers and sisters do not touch the Torah, because it is sacred. Our rites truly form us.

    4. Tabernacle FRONT and CENTER on the altar. Keep silence in the church. It is a sacred space, not an auditorium, not your front living room. Moses removed his sandals before the burning bush, keep your mouth shut and your mind on God when in His house.

    Everything else can stay the same.

    If these practices were in place 5 years, imagine how horrified we would be at this pagan dance before the altar of God.

    The NO Mass is the same as the Episcopal Service. Why is that?

  20. NOCatholic says:

    @WVC: I am unfamiliar with the incident you cite that Pope St John Paul the Great presided at a Mass with pagan rituals. (Sadly, I’m all too familiar with such a Mass celebrated by our current Holy Father). Could you elaborate?

    My handle is intended simply to convey that I’m not a “traditionalist” Catholic, that is, not one who favors the Extraordinary Form. I’ve been to one EF Mass, which convinced me that learning to give worship to God in that form instead of the Ordinary Form, is a steep road. But the TLM has a deep history and continued approval from the Magisterium (including of course Summorum Pontificum), which commands respect from all Catholics.

    Interestingly, the Mass profaned by that pagan rite, was for the ordination of one deacon. Although it’s not stated whether the deacon is a transitional deacon bound for the priesthood, or a permanent deacon, either one points to a crisis of vocations for the Diocese of Wollongong. Every diaconate ordination in my local diocese has had multiple ordinands.

    Is anyone here surprised?

  21. NOCatholic says:

    @RosaryRose: Actually I fully agree that the NO can and should be celebrated more reverently. that is what I mean in saying that it was “left untried”. I very much agree with your points 1, 3 and 4. Those were not envisioned in the Mass rubrics or by the directives of the Vatican II Council fathers. (Point 2 is an explicit change to the liturgy).

    But having been to an Episcopal liturgy once, I can tell you the words of institution are different, nullifying the intent (even assuming the Episcopalians have a valid priesthood, which they don’t). That alone means it is not the same as the NO. Not at all.

  22. robtbrown says:

    NOCatholic Says

    There are reverently celebrated NO Masses, such as the Masses broadcast by EWTN.

    As a Swiss priest friend says: To say the Novus Ordo reverently, a priest must pretend he’s
    saying the TLM

  23. WVC says:

    @NOCatholic – You’ll have to check with the Australian bishop – he’s the one who invoked JPII as a defense of the above aboriginal dancing.

    Personally, I attended the World Youth Day back in Denver where St. JPII offered Mass. Let’s say it was a less than reverent ritual, and that at the end garbage bags (literal big black plastic bags) were used to collect unused but consecrated Hosts.

    Whether within the rubrics or not, there is something about the Novus Ordo that seems to have historically gone hand-in-hand with a loss of any sense of reverence. I’ve yet to go to a Novus Ordo Mass, even when celebrated reverently, where the people are not either chit-chatting before Mass or racing each other to get out of the door after Mass, all while chit-chatting very loudly. I’ve yet to attend a Latin Mass where there was not quiet reverence observed before and immediately after the Mass, usually with the majority of folks remain kneeling after Mass to offer prayers. One could argue all day about why this is, but the reality is that one can consistently observe this all cross the United States. It’s one of those “walks like a duck, quacks like a duck” situations.

    More and more, those sincere in their Faith are finding that the steep road to the TLM is worth the climb. Sometimes it’s only from the higher elevations that one can look out and get a proper view of the bigger picture.

  24. Between the pagan Synod a year ago and these demonic rituals taking place in _c_atholic “community worship spaces”, is it any wonder the chaos in the world today seems to have been kicked up a notch?

  25. Paulby says:

    No real surprise here. In fact, nothing surprises anymore. Shocks, yes; surprises, no. Catholic sensibilities have been worn away by two generations of heresy, blasphemy and stupidity. Each time, pushing the boat out that little bit further. Catholicism since the mid-1960s has been a laboratory experiment for how to make an entire people change its beliefs, behaviour, values and traditions while (in most cases) not really understanding what has happened. They (the hierarchy of the Church) have done a job on us and no mistake.
    I have little doubt but that Covid19 was a direct response from Heaven for the blasphemies of the Amazon Synod. The hierarchy will never accept that analysis because, insofar as they believe in God at all, He is not a God who punishes. He just accepts us as we are and is quite happy to be insulted by us as we venerate other strange gods. I suspect that until the thick-headed hierarchy wake up and convert, we are in for a very rough ride indeed.

  26. Kerry says:

    Were folding metal chairs used in the bout?

  27. I thought I’d die laughing at those photos, especially the video. In fact, I had to call my Prot husband to the screen so he could have a chuckle, too, at the fat tattooed guy with the big beard and the red loincloth prancing around the altar and waving his magic stick. He doesn’t even look like an aboriginal (most Australian aborigines, from photos I’ve seen, are ectomorphic in body type as well as darker of skin). As my husband put it: “He looks like a truck driver.”

    I checked out the “traditional” ritual he’s doing; turns out that it’s pure phony-baloney, invented by some Australian actor in 1976. As for the parish of St. Mary by the Sea, it’s one of those sad-sack “consolidated” parishes glued together out of three parishes that dwindled to so few members–not to mention priests–that they couldn’t support themselves (the lone priest alternates Masses among the three churches). You can tell from the pathetic collection of old folks who form the sparse congregation for the deacon’s ordination. I guess that the spectacle of middle-aged self-proclaimed “aborigines” in loincloths and hippie headbands doesn’t do much for today’s younger generation of Catholics.

    Australia is plagued with fake aborigines cashing in on government benefits for indigenous populations. There is also a huge problem with fake aboriginal art, which is apparently a multi-million-dollar business.

  28. robtbrown says:


    IMHO, I would list two:

    1. Latin liturgy: For the Church, precisely because it embraces all nations and is destined to endure to the end of time … of its very nature requires a language which is universal, immutable, and non-vernacular. Pius IX, quoted in Veterum Sapientia by John XXIII.

    nb: vernacular means local.

    2. Ad orientem celebration.

    And the Mysterium Fidei doesn’t just refer to Christ being present on the altar. It unites the Sacrifice of the Eucharist (produced by the double consecration) with Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross

  29. Semper Gumby says:

    Kerry: “folding chairs”- this does look like a scene from the latest WWE Summer Slam.

    Charlotte Allen: Good point, this is cultural appropriation by Philip Butler and the confused bishop.

    This situation calls for pagan festivals to be interrupted by scholas, Gregorian chant and so many thuribles that the incense cloud is detected by weather radar.

    A Lifesite article added a quote from Philip Butler, the pro-wrestler doppleganger:

    ““I asked for protection from the air, the earth, and then the ocean,” he explained when he returned to the ambo.”

    Isn’t that nice. One wonders if the bishop orchestrating that circus has heard about Calvary, A Better Way, and the Bible. By the bishop’s logic might as well replace, say, the Sacrament of Marriage with a stout club.

    God bless Abp. Vigano, Bp. Schneider and all the bishops and priests who are holding the line.

  30. Sportsfan says:

    It would be better if he was wearing a mask.

  31. NOCatholic says:

    @Charlotte Allen: Great catch!

    @WVC: I’m not concerned with what the Bishop involved says, it would be an excuse in any case.

    There are 2 issues that cloud an evaluation of the Ordinary Form, relative to the Extraordinary Form:
    1. Already mentioned: Those who prefer the EF are self-selected Catholics, more devout than average. The OF gets the average (and below average) believers, sadly including priests.
    2. Like many other things coming out of Vatican II, the liturgical reform was mis-implemented (in the name of the “spirit of Vatican II”) against the wishes of the Council fathers. This does apply to the OF itself, as Father Z has documented. But it also applies to how the rubrics are routinely violated. Other than bishops in limited situations, no one including priests is supposed to alter the rubrics, and yet it goes on, all the time. And no one directed versus populum, removal of alter rails, the current excessive use of EMHCs, Communion in the hand (supposed to be only by indult, but de facto universal now), and on and on.
    When the OF is cleaned up, we’ll really see. I heard a report once that in the diocese of Lincoln, the OF is reverently celebrated, and there is consequently little interest in the EF. I tend to believe that there is something to that. We agree that we want the Mass done reverently, as Our Lord deserves. When that happens people respond.

    Enough for now.

  32. Semper Gumby says:

    NOCatholic wrote: “Like many other things coming out of Vatican II, the liturgical reform was mis-implemented (in the name of the “spirit of Vatican II”) against the wishes of the Council fathers.”

    Or, with the wishes of some of the Council Fathers. Or, with poor oversight by some of the Council Fathers. Or, with tacit approval by some of the Council Fathers.

  33. Humphrey Pritchard says:

    Who are two Bishops who are sound Gab, or do you not want to out them?

    The welcome to country is especially unfortunate as it is possibly performed by a non-Catholic elder who is available for hire – lots of Indigenous Australians are sincere Catholics who wouldn’t like this sort of false inculturation.

    As an aside, the ordinand looks awfully elderly, in his 60s or 70s?

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