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YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS – UPDATED!

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Registered here or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read?

Continued from THESE.

Let’s remember all who are ill, who will die soon, who have lost their jobs, and who are afraid.

I get many requests by email asking for prayers. Some are heart-achingly grave and urgent.

As long as my blog reaches so many readers in so many places, let’s give each other a hand. We should support each other in works of mercy.

If you have some prayer requests, feel free to post them below.

You have to be registered here to be able to post.

I ask a prayer for myself.  I’m dealing with a lot of challenges right now.

Also, please pray for TF, who is facing serious – faith related – marriage problems.  Great suffering.

UPDATE: 13 Jan 22

I received this in email.

Message Body:
A good friend of mine, Joe H., went into the hospital two days ago after having contracted COVID and his lips turned blue.  His wife wasn’t allowed in but long story short the he’s in really bad shape. He has acute respiratory failure and if he makes it through will eventually need a lung transplant.  He’s 36 years old and was fighting fit when he got the disease. He’s a good man and a good Catholic. They have 6 small children, and that family needs a miracle.  His wife says they are asking Fr. Michael McGigivney to obtain one. This is the prayer they’ll be using if you could spread the word as best you can…

God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church.

Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present for the full and complete healing of Joseph’s body so he may return home to his family. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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There seems to be a spirit of discontent in Chicago these days

There seems to be a spirit of discontent in Chicago these days, evidenced in Catholic news, what with the harsh diktats about the Vetus Ordo and the wild sacrilege at St. Sabina.

It’s sad.  Such a great city.  So many problems.

Today I received a note that Chicago’s Archbishop was booed and heckled at at pro-life rally.  It’s hard to get your mind around that.  On the other hand, he’s not exactly the poster boy for defense of the unborn, who seem in his school of thought to be lower on the list than government spending for illegal immigrants and other aspects of the DNC platform.  It’s all part of that Chicago/Bernardin seamless garment thing.

Anyway, one fellow wrote today:

I’m a resident of the Archdiocese of Chicago. We currently have a funding drive by the Archdiocese. I thought I would give Archbishop Cupich my $0.02 by sending in a $0.02 check in honor of “Restore the Latin Mass”. A “funding drive” like this might be the way traditionalist can get their voices heard by the powers that be.

It would certainly get their attention, although the idea of “organizing traditionalists” made me smile a little.  Good luck with that.  Until they stop defending their own little wrinkle of turf and, with some humility and commonsense, put aside small differences that’s not going to happen.  I fear that the fallacy of the zero-sum game has many in their grip.  I digress.

Yes, drying up their funding would get their attention.  It would be negative attention, too.   I suspect they would rather see the city’s churches become depopulated smoldering craters than to see happy young people praying reverently in them during a Traditional Latin Mass.

That said, a priest friend of mine had an interesting way of showing his displeasure over being billed for the truly asinine and often downright heretical seminary formation he (we) received.  When he was sent regular bills with a return postage guaranteed paid envelope, he sent back checks so small that it cost more to process them than they gained and he once taped the envelope to a concrete block.   Eventually they stopped sending bills.

Brick by brick, differently.

Mind you, I’m not suggesting that anyone should anything like that.  It’s just that this frustrated Chicagoan’s note reminded me of that episode.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Holy Family Sunday (Novus Ordo: Baptism of the Lord)

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Masses for the Sunday after REAL Epiphany, Holy Family, or for the Novus Ordo’s Baptism of the Lord.

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I hear that it is growing.  Of COURSE.

Any local changes or news?

Those of you who regularly viewed my live-streamed daily Masses – with their fervorini – for over a year, you might drop me a line.

I have some written remarks about the TLM Mass for Christmas – HERE

 

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Be proactive! Learning opportunities: Augustine’s Confessions and Latin

One thing that COVID-1984 Theatre has done is accelerated the refinement of distance viewing and learning, for example of Masses/Hours (e.g., Saint-N-du-Chard., et al. including a rather cleric) and courses (e.g. Robert Royal’s Augustine’s Confessions – JUST STARTING – HURRY!).

In addition to the good course by Dr. Royal, I note with interest that Dr. Joseph Shaw of the Latin Mass Society is going to have some Latin language instruction online.  HERE

He is offering discounts for clergy.

FATHERS!  Have at!

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Do you follow the incomparable Eccles?

Do you folks follow the incomparable Eccles?  His latest is sheer brilliance.

He sends up a hyper-papalatrous site today, which he has restyled Where Pacha Is, and concludes….

No. You can read it yourself and laugh and laugh.  HERE

To Eccles, a message from The Great Roman™, to which I cordially and yet solemnly add my own invitation.

I want to buy dinner and lots of adult beverages for this guy.  Just sit there with my pint and listen to him going on and on.

And today on the Jesubots is excellent.  HERE

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LAWLER: “And then came Francis.”

At Catholic Culture, the perspicacious Phil Lawler makes a good point about the premises of the severely cruel Plessy v. Ferguson legacy document of the Era of Francis.

The backward logic of Traditionis Custodes

Insofar as Traditionis Custodes provides any explanation for its open hostility toward Catholic traditionalists, that explanation lies in the claim that traditionalist communities have caused divisions within the Church. Therefore, Pope Francis suggests (and the Congregation for Divine Worship even more sternly insists) traditionalism must be suppressed.

That logic is backward. It was not the traditionalist movement—much less the traditional liturgy—that exacerbated divisions within Catholicism. It was the current Vatican leadership—the very leadership that is now looking for a scapegoat to blame.

Exactly. If the anti-Tradition “leadership” in Rome and elsewhere want to get to the sources of divisions they need look no farther than their own mirrors.

I continue here with Lawler’s defense, and I associate myself with it, especially in his reference to The Wanderer (SUBSCRIBE!) and “we”, for I wrote for The Wanderer for many years.  This blog grew out of my columns.

For several decades after Vatican II, Catholics who might, for want of a better term, be classified as “conservative”—and I include myself among them—looked askance at traditionalists. Even The Wanderer, a newspaper never associated with liberalism, viewed the Trads as too negative. We defended the Novus Ordo liturgy, trusting that all would be well once the excesses of the 1970s, which were certainly not authorized by the Vatican Council—were eliminated. We balked at the notion that the Council itself had introduced problems; it was, we firmly believed, the deliberate misinterpretation of the Council that had plunged the Church into chaos.

Above all, we “conservative” Catholics longed and worked and prayed for the “reform of the reform” in the liturgy. We firmly believed that, once the fads and novelties and outright abuses were corrected, we could restore reverence and dignity to the Mass. We imagined—and if we were fortunate, occasionally encountered—a Mass actually celebrated according to the guidelines laid out by Sacrosanctum Concllium, and we found it beautiful.

This was the position of the late, great Msgr. Richard Schuler in St. Paul, MN. His mantra was, “Do what the Council asked.” He took over the helm of St. Agnes parish in St. Paul on the cusp of the Novus Ordo, in 1969. The previous pastor had been a peritus at all the sessions of Vatican II and he had begun to implement the liturgical changes actually mandated, as they were described in the documents, and NOT according to the feverish vagueries of the acolytes of the nebulous “spirit of Vatican II”. The result was a liturgical ars celebrandi that was decidedly Roman and traditional. Schuler had been an internationally known Church musician, and so he brought another level to the sound liturgical praxis in place. With his stable pastorate of over 30 years, there was at St. Agnes as close to what the Council actually mandated as one could effect. Leaving aside the ongoing debate about the soundness of the Novus Ordo and whether it truly reflects what the Council Fathers wanted, one might weigh the success of Schuler’s approach of fidelity in the 30+ 1st Masses celebrated at the parish during his pastorate, as well as the good preservation of a K-12 school, no mean feat in the post-Conciliar chaos.

Lawler then swiftly enumerates the collapse of Catholic parishes, doctrine, liturgy that resulted after the Council saying that, and some will demure for different reasons, the declines  “were not, we repeated, caused by the Council. The misinterpretation of the Council was to blame.”  Some think that the devolution in the Church across the board stems from the documents themselves, purposely sewn through with ambiguities which made what some would call “misinterpretation” inevitable, given that survival of so many modernists in key positions.  At the same time, one could choose to interpret them under the safeguarding and even correcting lens of fidelity and in continuity with our Tradition.

Lawler lauds the efforts of John Paul II and Benedict XVI to hold back the tide (St. King Canute’s feast was yesterday, by the way).

And then came Pope Francis.

Sapienti pauca.

You can go to Catholic Culture for the rest, but I will leave you with this.

Within the past week I have spoken with a half-dozen other Catholics who, like me, have begun regularly attending the Traditional Latin Mass. In every case, their movement toward the TLM began during the current pontificate. We did not move toward traditionalism because the Trads attacked the Pope; it would be far more accurate to say that we moved in that direction because the Pope attacked us.

That sounds right.

I am getting anecdotal reports from all sorts of people and places that attendance at Traditional Latin Masses is up.

It is going to stay up and go up.

As Tertullian noted with his characteristic flare, the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.  Persecution stimulates the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts and minds of the faithful, such that all that is good, true and beautiful flourishes even in the harshest clime.

In attacking, marginalizing, tyrannizing the faithful who desire reverent traditional sacred liturgical worship and doctrine (liturgy is doctrine), the powers-that-be are sowing and accelerating their own downfall.


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FOLLOW UP to “ACTION ITEM: Time Sensitive End of Year Giving Suggestions from Fr. Z”

Before the end of 2021 – GOOD RIDDANCE – I posted – HERE  – about some options for your end-of-year charitable giving.  Now that official churchy entities are doubtful or even hostile to what ought to be normal and mainstream Catholic life, it is harder to know where to apply our donations and be sure they will be used well.

I had a note from Our Lady of Hope Clinic in Madison, WI, which I suggested in that post.  They were trying to raise $10000 to obtain a matching grant.  You dear, dear readers should know what it said:

Thank you so much for plugging the clinic!  I noticed that you had promoted us before I saw your blog as I began receiving donations from all over the US.  We most certainly met our goal of $10k!  I am still doing the final tally but know that we greatly exceeded that $10k goal and were able to surpass our budgeted need for 2021!

Your supporters alone contributed over $5,000 of our end-of-year giving!  Thank you so much for all that you have done for the clinic and for being willing to spread the word of our work to your network.

I am so proud of you, I could burst.  Thank you for helping that great cause, which provides excellent, principled health care for the poor and uninsured.

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Verse 3:16 swag available … but not what you might be thinking!

I’m a fan of Scripture scholar Brant Pitre.  I wish that he had been our prof in seminary way back in the day instead of the profoundly deficient instruction we had both in these USA and in Rome.  I digress.

During one of the audio recordings of a course that Dr. Pitre gave – I don’t recall which – the verse John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world…”) and the fact that it is often seen on people’s cars.   Pitre joked that one day he would like to see license plates or bumper stickers with 3:16 on them… but NOT John 3:16, rather Leviticus 3:16.

So… I did it.  I created some Leviticus 3:16 swag, and it is available in my Fr. Z Swag Store.

Here are some samples:

This has English, Latin Vulgate, LXX, and Hebrew.

There are more sizes and shapes of mugs, various stickers and magnets, multiple clothing options… including, appropriately, “plus size”.

What’s up with this?

Leviticus is mainly concerned with God’s instruction about how to carry out rituals.  The first part of Leviticus, chapters 1-5 “Vayikra”, is about sacrifices.   3:14-16 reads in the RSV:

Then he shall offer from it, as his offering for an offering by fire to the Lord, the fat covering the entrails, and all the fat that is on the entrails, and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver which he shall take away with the kidneys. 16 And the priest shall burn them on the altar as food offered by fire for a pleasing odor. All [the] fat is the Lord’s.

I presently have the license plate frame on my car and I have had some fun reactions in parking lots from people who get it.

A little fun, with a tip of the biretta to Dr. Pitre.  o{]:¬)

One of his books, if you are not familiar with him, via my affiliate link (please use my links when you need to shop online):

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper

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And this one…. this one… is super.  Again, how I wish we had had this when I was in seminary!  I use this all the time now.

A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament

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This would be a great gift for a priest (make sure he doesn’t already have it).  A lot of priests are way out of their depth when it comes to the Old Testament Novus Ordo readings on Sundays.  This could really help them out.   And you would be helping yourselves, too, since you have to sit there and listen to them as they go to the zoo up there in the pulpit.

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Opportunity: Weekly online course on St. Augustine’s ‘Confessions’

Prof. Robert Royal, editor of The Catholic Thing, recently concluded an online course on Dante’s essential Divine Comedy.  I followed it and it was excellent.

Now he will have an online course on St. Augustine’s Confessions.   The online weekly classes begin on Wednesday 5 January.

As a student of Augustine, I look forward to Royal’s insights.

You can enroll…

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We need a “pandemic of prayer”! We need an “epidemic of enterprise”! We need a … SYNDEMIC!

At FNC my good friend Fr. Robert Sirico has some thoughts about Francis and the cruel attack on people who desire traditional sacred liturgical worship.

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My emphases and comments:

Pope Francis should let Catholics pray like Catholics

Too many spiritual shepherds want to contain traditional worship as if it were some kind of virus

A growing share of Americans—three in ten—identify as “none.” Or, none of the above when asked about their religious affiliation. Houses of worship are emptying, and those still left in the pews probably expect their spiritual shepherds to welcome more prayer, not less. [Even as the demographic sinkhole opens up under the Church many “spiritual shepherds” would rather see a smoking crater than a sheepfold full of happy Tradition oriented Catholics.]

It’s what makes Pope Francis‘s recent ruling to restrict prayer in the Catholic Church so odd[Maybe this is the same as what Minnesotans mean by “interesting”.] The current pope is known to some as the “Who am I to judge?” pope, but now seems to have no problem judging faithful Catholics who pray in ways he simply does not like[That’s it, isn’t it.  It’s not just the traditional rites that he doesn’t like, he doesn’t like the people who like them.]

Pope Francis told bishops from the Czech Republic in 2014 that he “cannot understand the younger generation” who flock to the old Mass. [What would a person versed in Jesuit spirituality say about moving dramatically and suddenly in way that affects a large group of people that you, self-admittedly, doesn’t understand?] A couple of years later, the pope wondered to an interviewer why so many young Catholics prefer to praise God in Latin on Sundays. “Why so much rigidity,” Francis asked. “This rigidity always hides something, insecurity or even something else.” And in 2019, Pope Francis ridiculed young priests who wear traditional cassocks along with the white collar—even suggesting they have “moral problems and imbalances.”  [As Yoda might say: “Working out our own problems, we are!  Hmmmm.]

Stereotypes may often be shortcuts to the truth, but not always. And certainly not in this case. In my experience, it is not just the elderly who like the smells and bells of the Church’s old rituals—a great many young people love traditional worship. I joke that my old parish’s Latin Mass is the “teen Mass.

Yet last summer the pope released a letter that restricted the use of that Mass. It marked a disappointing departure from his predecessors, and a peculiar use of the papacy—as if the pontiff were leading a new presidential administration that reverses executive orders of prior presidents from different political parties.  [Or one caudillo those of another.]

But popes aren’t presidents. [Neither are they caudillos.] The papacy is supposed to eschew politics and instead focus on the spiritual needs of the faithful. That was the late Pope John Paul II’s approach. As was Pope emeritus Benedict XVI’s. Both noticed an increasing number of faithful were spiritually enriched by the Church’s old rites and rituals.

Francis’s recent predecessors both generously expanded opportunities to believers who worshipped the old way—not simply because it is old, but because it is beautiful and true. “What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too,” the pope emeritus wrote in 2007, “and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful.” At that time only a little more than 200 Latin Masses were celebrated in the United States. Today, more than 650 venues reportedly offer the old form of worship in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia.  [I would say a lot more than that, because many have been quietly started and just continued under the radar.]

Perhaps the most draconian implementation of the pope’s restrictions on communities dedicated to the old Mass came just last week—yes, at the onset of Christmas festivities—from the cardinal archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich. A progressive on many things, Cupich is wont to align himself with many of campaigns of the left such as conflating intrinsic moral evil with prudential policy matters. [The typical lib/dem M.O.] No matter how you view it, no Catholic should give keeping the minimum wage just the same moral weight as protecting life in the womb. Of course, Cupich’s conflation gives cover to prominent pro-choice Catholics, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden.  [Merely for a fuller view of the picture, there’s a PETITION to get him to resign: HERE]

But that “consistent ethic of life” idea wasn’t Cupich’s. It originated with his late predecessor, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who was also a hero for political liberals—but who also happened to be the first to expand opportunities for Chicagoans to worship the old way. Priests at St. John Cantius Church on the city’s west side seized that opportunity to restore the sacred in all things, and then watched the faithful flock from all over to what had been an all but abandoned parish. It grew from merely 30 in 1988 to more than 2,000 families today. The church itself was even voted the most beautiful in the country, and perhaps that had a lot to do with its beautiful liturgies.

When I was pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we had a very similar experience. It, too, was on the verge of closing in 2012, but as we sought to restore the sacred in the liturgy (we, like Cantius, celebrate both the old and new Masses) our school grew from 68 students to about 400 today—and it’s still growing.

In this moment of the “nones,” some of the most remarkable growth in the Catholic Church seems to come from churches where the liturgies are “ever ancient, ever new.

Too many spiritual shepherds now want to contain that contagious growth as if it were some kind of virus. But perhaps what the Church—and our world—need most right now is a pandemic of prayer.

Fr. Z kudos.

Yes, a pandemic of prayer.  But also an epidemic of enterprise.

We need a syndemic, both prayer and strong action.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, whom I quoted elsewhere today told the men he was recruiting:

“All you who hear me, make haste to calm the wrath of Heaven! Leave off imploring His goodness with futile lamentations or mortifying yourself with disciplines, but rather take up your invincible shields. The clamor of arms, the dangers, difficulties and fatigues of war, these are the penances that God imposes on you.”

There is no way that St. Bernard would have wanted me to STOP with mortifications and INSTEAD take up arms.  He would have wanted BOTH.

Prayer and action.

Grace and elbow grease.

 

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I have good news and bad news

I’ve had some emails over the last months and weeks from deeply wounded, anxious souls who fear that, in regard to traditional sacred liturgical worship (TSLW), we have gone back to the 70’s and 80’s, all the gains from Ecclesia Dei and Summorum Pontificum wiped out by two strokes of a pen.

I have good news and bad news.

The bad news is, as The Fat Man’s Laws of the House of God affirms: VIII. They can always hurt you more.

The “House of God”, in the homonymous novel, is a hospital, in which it is always possible to make patients feel even more pain. So, too, in the Church. Bet on the fact that the powers that be, in their fear of TSLW, are even now thinking up ways to hurt people more. It is just a matter of time.

That’s the bad news. However, as I have seen online recently as well as in a brand new book by Kennedy Hall from good old faithful TAN, Terror of Demons: Reclaiming Traditional Catholic Masculinity, effeminacy is undermining and sapping the vigor from the Church and larger society. It is a tool and temptation from Hell and it must be resisted. Hall writes:

Effeminacy does not mean “femininity,” as femininity is a perfection, like masculinity. Effeminacy is a different word entirely, and in its etymology, we find a definition for things like “softness” in its Latin usage. The Greek word for effeminacy in the New Testament is malakia (μαλακία), which means “softness.”
St. Thomas defines effeminacy as a reluctance to suffer due to an attachment to pleasure. He explains that effeminacy is a vice opposed to perseverance. In essence, effeminacy is a vice that is opposed to the cross, which is an unfortunate characteristic that might explain the multitude of soft men who reject life’s redemptive sufferings in pursuit of temporal pleasure.

Effeminacy is not the jesuitical limp-handed lisping of a confused boy-man with a streak of sullen teen-age girl purple across his half-shaven skull full of mush.   Women can be effeminate, too.   We want women to be feminine, not effeminate.  We want men to be neither, but rather, both virile and masculine.  Get the distinction?

There is another kind of effeminacy, by the way.  It’s the sort whereby, in defiance of their wiring, they relate to others more as women might than men, thus leading to one of the wisest premonitory insights I ever received from a bishop about clergy: “There are old women of both sexes.”  Another analogy about how some of clergy with power work is: high-school mean-girls in the bathroom.

In any event, they can always hurt you more.  Get ready for another blow upon the bruise.

But that’s okay.  We have to have the fight.  When St. Bernard of Clairvaux (+1153) at Vézelay preached to men to raise troops for Second Crusades, he said

“How can you not know that we live in a period of chastisement and ruin? The enemy of mankind has caused the breath of corruption to fly over all regions; we behold nothing but unpunished wickedness. Neither the laws of men nor the laws of religion have sufficient power to check the depravity of customs and the triumph of the wicked. The demon of heresy has taken possession of the chair of truth, and God has sent forth His malediction upon His sanctuary.

“Oh, ye who listen to me, hasten then to appease the anger of Heaven. But no longer implore His goodness by vain complaints; clothe not yourselves in sackcloth, but cover yourselves with your impenetrable bucklers. The din of arms, the dangers, the labors, the fatigues of war are the penances that God now imposes upon you. Hasten then to expiate your sins by victories over the infidels, and let the deliverance of holy places be the reward of your repentance.

“If it were announced to you that the enemy had invaded your cities, your castles, your lands; had ravished your wives and your daughters and profaned your temples – who among you would not fly to arms? Well, then, all these calamities, and calamities still greater, have fallen upon your brethren, upon the family of Jesus Christ, which is yours. Why do you hesitate to repair so many evils; to revenge so many outrages? Will you allow the infidels to contemplate in peace the ravages they have committed on Christian people?

“All you who hear me, make haste to calm the wrath of Heaven! Leave off imploring His goodness with futile lamentations or mortifying yourself with disciplines, but rather take up your invincible shields. The clamor of arms, the dangers, difficulties and fatigues of war, these are the penances that God imposes on you.”

Tell that that doesn’t describe what is being done to the Church and wider society. We could use a little more of this spirit rather than the Starbuck cinnamon-chai mocha latté infused spirit of Vatican II.

So, the bad news is out of the way. They are going to hurt us more.

The good news is, 2022 is NOT 1982 or 1992.

Catholic media and information sources are no longer dominated by diocesan newspapers (insert eye-roll), the vile Fishwrap, the feckless bishops’ news platform. Just as Rush changed talk radio and provided an alternative to the mainstream media, and Fox News did on visual media, the internet has changed the whole vista before us.

In 1992, for example, working from an office in Rome, I wound up being the “wizop” of the Catholic Forum in ancient Compuserve: people from around the world were in immediate contact, with message boards having friendlier user interfaces and even by live chat. It was a whole new ballgame, and very quickly the sides were delineated. The point is, however, that the silent majority – still silent in many respects – had access to more and better information. Scales stared falling from people’s eyes. One of the things that Compuserve spawned was an occasional post from me about how the English translations of prayers on Sunday didn’t match the Latin,  I was asked the question “What Does The Prayer Really Say”? In turn, that was picked up by Catholic legacy print media, The WandererSTILL AROUND! SUBSCRIBE AND KEEP IT GOING! – and a weekly column lasted over a decade. Those columns were used in meetings of the Vox Clara Committee after Liturgiam authenticam changed the rules for translations, resulting in better English versions of the Novus Ordo prayers.

I remember furious hate-mail from people who saw my commentaries: “HOW DARE YOU question the translations!  They were done by EXPERTS!” and “YOU RUINED IT!  I can’t stand hearing those prayers anymore! Why couldn’t you just LET IT BE?!?”  That sort of thing.

De-scaling is painful.  As Augustine wrote, based on the medical practices of the time, about Christ the Physician of the soul, the doctor doesn’t stop cutting just because the patient is screaming for him to stop.

A chance to cut is a chance to cure, as a surgeon friend of mine once told me. They can always hurt you more.     But WHY?  To cure or to hurt for the sake of hurting?

Someone referred to the Church as a “field hospital”.   Fine.  Not original in the least.

Think about that image.

Field hospitals are places of wondrous horror.  Triage separates the wounded into categories and one of those is “no chance”.   While it is heart-rending for those to do triage later, it is icy at the time.  Screaming, ugly sights, terrible smells, fear.

Field hospitals are temporary: they exist to send patients elsewhere.   Some people don’t make it.

The Church is like a field hospital.  Some people will be damned.  Correcting and patching up the wounded – Original Sin is a wound, actual sin is a stiches-tearing blow upon the wound – hurts a lot.  It is not pretty.   Mind you, it’s beautiful in one sense, but it isn’t pretty.

There is nothing pretty about a really good, really needed, difficult confession.  There is nothing more beautiful.

Getting back to the point, these are NOT the 80’s or 90’s for people who desire traditional sacred liturgical worship (TSLW).  We have the insights from those times, from those who fought through them once before.  We have vastly more people involved.  We have years of new experience.  We have scores of young priests who want to day the TLM and, one day, some of them will be bishops.   Do the math. We have a huge advantage of tools, like vestments, books, videos even at the touch of a screen to show us how to do pretty much anything.

Do you have any idea how hard it was to get a 1962 Missale Romanum back in the day?

No, these are not the 80’s or 90’s.

Could we have in 1992 imagined an online petition, already signed by over 50,000 people calling for the resignation of Cardinal Cupich of Chicago?    In 2022 we don’t have to imagine it.  There is one.  HERE.  They are aiming for 75K signatures.

We might then have dreamed but we couldn’t imagine.  Now we can make happen all that we dream and imagine.

The enemy knows these are not the 90’s.  Therefore, they will hurt us more.

Good luck with that.  Their cruelty has forged their downfall.

 

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Daily Rome Shot 377

Caput malorum omnium liturgicorum…

Photo by The Great Roman™

Today’s Fervorino.

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OH THE HUMANITY! Overcoming a dire casearian lacuna.

There are serious problems in the world today.  For example, at the grocery store I was recently confronted with this dire turn of fate’s merciless wheel.

There is, it seems, a nationwide shortage of…

CREAM CHEESE.

Good grief… it’s like… like.. shopping at Moscow’s GUM in 1979!    Like Jimmy Carter’s gas lines!

This casearian lacuna was apparently brought about by a perfect storm: a supply chain breakdown (“Let’s Go Brandon!”) and a debilitating cyberattack (also probably Biden’s fault… or the Jesuits… or, given their proclivities, both) last October on Wisconsin based Scheiber Foods, which makes stuff from locally abundant milk.

So, bad is this problem that Kraft literally offered to PAY people NOT to use cream cheese desserts over the holidays.

What, I want to know, is the status of the Strategic Cream Cheese Reserve?  Was there no plan?   We have bagels to schmear!

When the going gets tough, the turophile gets going.  It’s time to make our own cream cheese, which involves the addition of salt and a bacterial culture to milk.

To start the project I’ll try to hunt up some lacteous caprine coagulant today after my rounds of Fight Club (weekly chess meeting), and give it a go.

Affinage to follow.

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Wherein Fr. Z recommends a new blog

I direct the readership to the blog of a good friend Fr. Cliff Ermatinger, a priest in Milwaukee.   HERE

He will be putting his reflections and other good items… which I assure you will be worthwhile.  You might bookmark it right away.

 

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