Archd. of Chicago: bubbles

In Chicago, the Traditional Mass is being suppressed.   No.  The people who want the TLM are being suppressed: lots of large young families of committed Catholics, etc.

But this…

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  1. Kathleen10 says:

    This is not an isolated event friends. Think about it. Absurd things are happening everywhere, right in front of our eyes. There are no retractions, there is never a reversal, it just moves unrelentingly forward, into what we would call insanity or absurdity. Cupich isn’t going to do a thing, if he stays true to his mission, and nobody is going to do a thing. No apologies will be forthcoming. No changes made. I don’t mean to be grim, but we need to learn something, I’m not sure what, but it’s late. It’s two minutes to midnight, it seems, and we are still not grasping something big. We can’t believe our eyes. We are astounded, and every day now is Groundhog Day. But it’s not to them. They know exactly what they are doing, or at least, they know they are in control and we are not, so even if they make it up as they go along, the ball is theirs, to kick out of the way or throw it at our heads, no difference.
    We can do not much, but God can do all. Maybe that is why it has gotten this far, I don’t know. I wish I had answers, but only God has answers.
    These men are evil. They take the pearls God has given us and trample them underfoot. They are brutes, and can only destroy. Satan has no creativity, he can only imitate badly.
    Come soon, Lord. Maranatha.

  2. InFormationDiakonia says:

    All I can do is shake my head. Incredible that ANYONE thought this was good and proper.

    Cupich won’t do anything to this parish except maybe make the pastor a monsignor.

  3. ThePapalCount says:

    What a disgrace.

  4. eamonob says:

    I don’t understand how anyone could do that without being completely embarrassed. I’m embarrassed just watching it.

  5. PatS says:

    This embarrasses me as a Catholic.
    How can this church exist/aligned to Catholic dogma, traditions, and morals? It is as if a vandal came by and graffitied, glitter bombed, and TP’d the facade of our Church and then epoxy’d it all in place.
    How do we remove this absurd heresy?

  6. jdt2 says:

    Not one dime do these….men…get from me. Not. One. Dime.

  7. Macarius says:

    That’s really bizarre.

  8. redneckpride4ever says:

    Lefebvre was right.

  9. Charles E Flynn says:

    I thought there was supposed to be a short net across the width of the table with the red top.

  10. Suburbanbanshee says:

    It would still have been cringey, but… if the guy just wasn’t standing on the steps of the altar. If he had been doing his “visual aids” in the aisle. At least it would have been somewhat defensible.

    You don’t go stand on the altar steps in front of the altar in the middle of Mass, just because you’re short; and you don’t play with giant bubbles inside the church, when there’s a perfectly good outdoors.

    But he’s so proud of himself. Look, I don’t care how much you love bubbles; that was over the line for anybody in church to be laughing uncontrollably for a zillion cringe years.

    It’s also improper to have the sign language interpreter standing right in front of the altar, in the actual sanctuary. If height were really needed, they could have brought some boxes or platforms to stand on, down in the aisle.

    I also notice that the young kids are not impressed, whereas some of the adults act like they’ve never seen bubbles before. Come on, people.

    And then we go into dancing in the aisles to a secular song, “Celebration.” And I like that song, but come the heck on. I feel like those two poor embarrassed kids in the front, staring at each other to avoid looking at a crowd of adults acting like idiots. The camera operator swings away from them fast.

    But then, we see that the priest and deacon, who should know much better, are also doing stupid things in their vestments, while the Easter candle burns.

    Ugh. On the bright side, at least it’s not a raisin bread simulated Eucharistic host.

  11. I couldn’t watch it for too long… but in that short time I did peruse those videos, I noticed this. Most, if not all, the people I saw had to have been in their sixties, seventies, or older. As you have said time and time again Father, this type of “catholicism” (if it can be called even that) is fast burning out. It has no future, only the fleeting present. But that comes as no surprise any longer that I still haven’t seen young people in all the reports of craziness over the last couple years.

    I’m surprised that you kept “Bubbles” and “You’ve already lost” as separate posts.

  12. sjoseph371 says:

    What in the literal did I just witness. I feel like I just became dumber for having to watch that – thanks Fr. Z! I suffered second-hand cringe. When the obligatory wedding reception song came on, I just had to stop the video.

  13. Brian64 says:

    “Wherefore, my dearly beloved… with fear and trembling work out your salvation.”
    Even if we want to pretend that all men go to Heaven, the sacrifice of the Mass deserves more respect than this! This is not a Catholic Mass, this is some sort of weekly “worship service”. These poor, misguided people. Their shepherds will learn to regret this – if not in this life, then the next.
    I agree with the comments above about the embarrassment, disgust, and cringing, but I also feel sorry for these people. They have no honest understanding or appreciation of the Mass. A church is no place for pagan, oversexualized “pop” music. For the price of that full band, couldn’t they find one organ player?

  14. Dave P. says:

    Keep praying for Bishop Perry. Life can’t be easy for him right now.

  15. Suburbanbanshee says:

    The traditional art meaning of a soap bubble is not “new life” or anything to do with the Holy Spirit.

    It means the transitory things of this world. It means the fragility of life. It means the fragility of the bubble of a good reputation, which rumors and lies can pop.

    So what does it mean when you show off a soap bubble in church?

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