Thursday, October 6, 2011

Where is the Catholic girl?

As my regular readers know by now, I have been having such a difficult task finding and keeping the Tridentine Catholic wife. Where is she? That is a good question, but the answer is very hard to compute.

Finding a Catholic girlfriend today who for the most part rejects Vatican II and attends only the Traditional Latin Mass and not the new is very difficult. While there are a bunch of young women at my parish church, they're either married or underage. While Canon Law says that men can marry and be a godfather at 16 and women can marry and be a godmother at 14, Massachusetts General Laws state that both the male and female parties must be 18 on the day they take out a marriage license. Okay, I can live with that.

But sadly, most marry because they only follow the minimum age requirement. Some don't recognize the insitution of a sacrament by Jesus Christ when they say "marriage." They don't understand that it is a sin to sleep with anyone other than their own spouse (before, during, and after marriage), to marry someone of the same sex, and for Catholics, they don't understand that it's an impediment to marriage to wed someone who is not Roman Catholic. Plain and simple.

Would I marry a girl who is not Roman Catholic? Of course not, and that's why I'm running this blog.

Would I marry a girl who is an Eastern Rite Catholic? Well, maybe. They are in communion with Rome, but when it comes to the Marriage Ceremony itself, it would be in the Latin Rite, since I am the bridegroom and future head of household.

Would I marry a girl who is a Vatican II "Catholic"?  Nope. They are not really Catholic as they say they are. They have no clue how to properly dress for Mass, no clue about the Latin language (maybe not even a word!), no clue on the true meaning of the Mass, no clue on what the real role of the priest is, no clue what transubstantiation is and certainly no clue that "Outside the Church there is no salvation." Most often, they will miss Mass (or for them the "cookie service"), won't confess their sins, don't have any piety to the Virgin Mary and the Saints, have no clue how to recite the Rosary, don't pray the Angelus at 6 am, 12 pm, and 6pm; and don't fast and absentain on Fridays, Ember Days, Rogation Days, and every day during Lent.

Would I marry a girl who was raised in the Novus Ordo Church but wishes to be a Traditionalist, but cannot attend the Latin Mass for one reason or another? This might be possible. Besides, I was raised in the Novus Ordo Church and received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation) there. This was all before I turned 18. Once I legally became an adult, I was not obligated (either civily or ecclessiastically) to attend the parish church of my parents anymore. However, I ended up volunteering and serving on that parish council to discover that it was not the Catholic Church! So, I became a traditionalist, but had to wait 5 months before attending my first Latin Mass because of conveinence, then I started to trek a round trip of 60 miles (either via bus, train, or a ride from someone) to the parish I now belong to. I still trek, but will hopefully (A.D.G) move closer to the parish church for professional reasons.

Please keep in mind that ever since attending my first Tridentine Mass, I have never gone back to the Novus Ordo, nor I never will revert back to the heresy that is Vatican II. The Tridentine Mass is the "Mass of the Ages" (Archbishop Lefebvre), and dates back to the founding of the Church. Every parish should have this Mass, but sadly, they don't, either because the bishop hates the Latin Mass (like the diocese I still technically live in) or the priests do (because they think they're hippie activists and/or social workers by running and worshipping soup kitchens).

Even though there is hatred for this, there is still hope. If you decide to date me, one of the first dates will be attending the Tridentine Latin Mass. If you have never been before, I would suggest praying to God beforehand for repentance. If we click, then Sunday Mass dates should become a weekly habit beside all other things.

What happens if I attend the Latin Mass and my family and friends dislike it? Don't worry, I'm the only one in my family who attends the Latin Mass. It should be about us, not them. If we would like to grow as a Traditional Catholic couple, then we should be vigiliant in the practice of our Faith, setting an example to other family members and friends (Catholic or not). This very same example shall be passed down toward our children if we marry.

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