The incredibly obvious… the problem in the Church today is …. THE LATIN MASS!

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  1. Andreas says:

    If I am not mistaken, I believe that this almost viscerally painful bit of video depicts an Easter celebration at a church in Omaha, Nebraska. I suspect that the video found at: shows a rehearsal for said Mass from this church.

  2. InFormationDiakonia says:

    All we need now is to see some clowns show up. Maybe some balloon making. No reverence by the priest as he leaves the Mass.

  3. Suburbanbanshee says:

    It’s cringey because the priest seems somehow self-conscious and smug, and because it’s not embedded in the Mass and in Jesus. If this were during some kind of devotional singalong in the parish hall, it would be fine. But nope, can’t save it for that. Hopefully it was just one of those things that seemed like a good idea at the time.

    I’ve gone to African-American parishes with choirs that put a little dance into it, but they moved together, naturally, and not in a way that drew attention to themselves. This choir is small and seems to have a lot of equipment impeding a unified sound and appearance, and their speakers seem to be set too loudly. They need to stand closer together, I think, because somehow that makes a big difference.

    I’ve also seen the local Rwandan immigrant community do a dance-style procession, and it was totally different from “liturgical dancers.” Mostly because they obviously regarded it as a formal religious style of movement, not as something “cute” or “fun.”

  4. ThePapalCount says:

    Introibo ad altare Dei

  5. Legisperitus says:

    Is that her ordination tambourine?

  6. Ariseyedead says:

    After watching that clip I have a certain radar sense that is screaming alarm bells, if you know what I mean!!

  7. Robert_H says:

    They make meds to treat those fits the priest was having. He should look into that before it’s too late.

  8. doghouse says:

    My eyes!

  9. Boutros says:

    I know this church. Sacred Heart Church in North Omaha. It houses the oldest altar in the archdiocese of Omaha (not the one shown). It’s a destination parish for West Omaha liberals who like to go down to North Omaha and feel better about themselves. There is a word for that that I won’t use here. The priest that was there previously is a good man although definitely not “rigid” to use the holy father’s favorite adjective. I don’t know the current pastor. but here he is taking an absolutely abhorrent song and making it worse

    Years ago I went to a wedding there. the choir director assured the groom they can do anything. The groom had been to another wedding where the choir sang polyphony. I think I may have helped the grooms get some of the music. Needless to say there was no pollyphony at this wedding. They did, however, sing an especially terrible version of “you light up my life.”

    It is the new springtime in Omaha!

  10. Dave P. says:

    Is it me, or is much of the congregation elderly?

  11. Kathleen10 says:

    Some people can’t let go of Woodstock.

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  13. ChesterFrank says:

    If this is the only Mass available, are we still obligated to attend?

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  15. Not says:

    Is this the” abomination of desolation” from Holy Scripture?

  16. RBill says:

    If you turn the volume way up, you can actually hear the Church crumbling.

  17. Archlaic says:

    No wonder the priest is wearing a mask!

  18. WVC says:

    Whatever this is – it’s not Catholic. Whatever the intentions of the folks in this video, they are heretics. There is much diversity within the legitimate liturgical rites of the Catholic faith – this insanity is not within those limits. It is more akin to slaughtering goats at a tribal fertility dance, only substantially less dignified.

  19. Chaswjd says:

    Seeing this was quite alarming. I thought Father was having a seizure at the end.

  20. PaulusFranciscus says:

    I’m not sure which is worse: that hot mess, or this one:

  21. Teresa O says:

    That St. Patrick’s “Mass” was a mockery. From the “Land Blessing” introduction, to the “woman preacher” explaining the readings *after* the homily, to the women dancing with feathers. Not to mention the turtle shell under the piano and the guy in the…. Band?…. Wearing the Seahawks jersey. Honestly, was it even licit?

  22. Fr-William says:

    I was raised Catholic before Vatican II. I am now a Priest in the Russian Orthodox church Outside of Russia. I could not attend Mass after my wife divorced me after an “affair” with a Jesuit Priest and subsequently moved 300 miles away from me with our children and a Jesuit seminarian.
    The Mass I offer each Sunday is an English translation of the TLM.

    The video in this article is beyond bad. I can think of no other way to express my sadness at seeing it. It is simply awful.
    When I was a child I often wondered what “lost souls” meant. This video is an illustration. God can help these people if they desire help.

  23. Semper Gumby says:

    This Stripping of the Altars cannot be blamed on Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Mormons, the sexual revolution, capitalism, street lighting, Americanism, Belgiumism, Zimbabweism, Liberalism, carnies, McDonald’s or unicorns.

    Nope. These are Catholics abusing the Sanctuary- it’s happened intermittently for twenty centuries- but now adult supervision from the Pachamama Vatican is highly unlikely.

    There is a parallel between the irreverent and narcissistic circus in the Sanctuary displayed in the video above and the “Broken Windows” theory of law enforcement. By law enforcement paying attention to the details, to broken windows and graffiti, city government can discourage violent crime and further urban decay.

    St. Paul provided detailed instructions in his Letters on behavior at Holy Mass. For example, men are not to cover their heads, women are to cover their heads and remain silent. St. Paul also made clear the importance of adhering to tradition.

    Obviously, since Vatican II (though things were not perfect before the 1960s) attention to detail is often dismissed with disdain, so is reverence. The current Vatican occupant, Jorge Bergoglio, has a problem not only with attention to detail, reverence, and Christianity in general, but with St. Paul specifically. In Bergoglio’s opinion, St. Paul was “rigid” and “fierce,” while upholding tradition is merely “sword-wielding.” Bergoglio says that “formal observation of religion” made St. Paul “rigid.” Bergoglio is known for his paganism but not his intellect. St. Paul’s “formal observation of religion” is reverence, it is attention to detail, it is putting away childish things and acting as a man or woman.

    As Abp. Fulton Sheen (who should be a saint) said, the laity must insist that their priests behave like priests. Equally important, the laity must act like laity.

    To illustrate lay misbehavior here is a photo of one Alessandra Bocchi from her social media account, with her caption:

    “*viewer descretion for trads who can’t see women read at the altar*”

    Vanity and obnoxiousness is an unpleasant combination. Bocchi, a journalist, had one of her articles published in the once-great First Things last year. A brief excerpt:

    “Living in ­London—an alienated and atomized city—inspired in me an aversion to modernity, so that Foucault’s critique of modernity as a system of control over the individual made sense to me. To some degree, I still agree with this critique.”

    Clearly her “aversion to modernity” does not include an aversion to electricity, air conditioning, dental care, fashion and hair care products, air travel or migrating from Italy to the United States.

    As for Foucault (Bocchi posted two pointless Foucault quotes on her social media account this week): he was a Communist who left the party only for its “homophobia,” he died of AIDS after years of often anonymous sado-masochistic homosexual sex, cut himself at least once in public (a razor to the chest), if he did not engage in pedophilia he publicly advocated for abusing children sexually, and at times mused on “suicide orgies” in which sex and death would “mingle.”

    A choice is to be made: the vanity and self-indulgence of the video above and Bergoglio’s narcissistic anti-Gospel, or Foucault’s decadence, modernism, alienation, sado-masochism, and child predations, or the Better Way of Jesus Christ, St. Paul and Eternal Life.

  24. excalibur says:

    Boogie-woogie. Yeah, what a mess.

  25. Dr. Timothy J. Williams says:

    This illustrates – in an admittedly extreme way – why I no longer attend the Novus Ordo, even when it is the only liturgy available, unless it is a funeral Mass for a family member. I am tired of trying to remind myself constantly “ecclesia supplet” while shutting my eyes and and stopping my ears to one sacrilege after another.

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