Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dolanism to result in loss of NYC Latin Mass parishes

Do-lan-is-m (v.) Selling the Catholic Faith out to the popular culture.  

Rorate Caeli is reporting that the Archdiocese of New York City, which covers the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Westchester County to the north, plans to close the Latin Mass parishes in Manhattan, including Holy Innocents Parish on W. 37th St., NYC's home to the daily TLM. (The boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens are the Brooklyn Diocese.)

The Archdiocese of New York City currently has 376 parishes, and it expected that about 50 of them are on the chopping block, including the TLM parishes. While no plan is yet etched in stone, I would not be surprised if the orthodox parishes would be cut, based on the attitudes of Cardinal Dolan when it comes to faith and morals.

If only 50 parishes are closed, then there will still be 326 remaining, which is better than the situation in Boston, where there are only supposed to be 135 parishes once it is all set and done.

While New York City (between the two dioceses) have more TLM's than Boston does, proportionally it comes to about the same since NYC is ten times larger. But the attitudes of the two Cardinals towards Tradition are the same: negative.

While Dolan is a wise-guy on TV and cracks jokes, Cardinal O'Malley goes into non-Catholic temples and actively participates. Both have never said the Traditional Latin Mass, and have no plans on doing so.

Thank God there are small SSPX chapels in both metropolitan areas (where the priests come from the Ridgefield, CT priory). All the Bishops in the Six New England States and New York State have refused to allow the FSSP or the ICRSP to set up shop in their dioceses.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pontifical High Mass next Sunday in RI

Fr. Jay Finelli, the "iPadre" and priest of the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, is reporting that a Pontifical High Mass will be celebrated by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Rochester, NY and formerly a priest of the Diocese of Providence, THIS COMING SUNDAY, May 4th, 2014, at the Cathedral of Ss. Peter & Paul, 30 Fenner Street, Providence, Rhode Island at 1PM.

This Mass is one of the special events that are commemorating the 125th anniversary of the consecration of the Cathedral, which was designed by renowned church architect Patrick Keely.

I highly suggest that all Catholics who reside in Rhode Island or Southeastern Massachusetts attend this Mass.  

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Opinion on tomorrow's canonizations

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II are scheduled to be canonized tomorrow. John Vennari of Catholic Family News explains in a very good article why John Paul II should not be canonized. The SSPX is formally protesting them. Maureen Dowd of the New York Times cites the Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal as the reason why John Paul is not a saint. Brett Decker of USA Today thinks more people won't embrace Catholicism because of this canonization.

But here is my opinion on the canonizations:

As a Traditionalist Catholic who has been so for the past five years and who exclusively attends the Traditional Latin Mass, I believe that the canonization of John XXIII might be less offensive to pious ears, despite calling the Second Vatican Council. Since Pope John did not live long enough to see the end of the Council, it would not be fair on his part to say that the events that happened after the Council were totally his own doing. Pope John did add St. Joseph's name to the Canon of the Mass, which is a minor, but merited addition. But since the second miracle normally required for canonization was waived by Pope Francis, such canonization should wait.

However, Pope John Paul's pontificate and some external acts, including the implementation of World Youth Day and the interfaith prayer meetings at Assisi, were troublesome for many. The Sex Abuse Scandal did not help, and if secular journalists are criticizing this canonization, then there is no reason why a Traditionalist Catholic should.

John Paul's canonization actually informally happened at his funeral. This ecclesiastical canonization is just a mere formality, which will bring millions of people to Rome and millions of euros in tourism revenue.

While as a member of the universal Church, I will not go around and say that these canonizations are done unlawfully, but I will say that any priest who says Mass and reads the Breviary according to the 1962 liturgical books will not be obliged to observe the feast days of both Ss. John XXIII and John Paul II. Unless an addendum is added to the 1962 Missale Romanum, the feasts technically do not exist liturgically!

If the canonization process continues to be trivialized, then we will never see the canonization of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. He actually deserves it. He did more to keep the Catholic Faith alive then anyone at the end of this life. If it wasn't for him, there would be no Catholic Mass today.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Catholic" Free Press lies again!

The Catholic Free Press has done it again! They have lied about the history of Worcester's oldest Catholic parish church, St. John's.

First of all, if you read Good Friday's (April 18, 2014) article on the back page of the paper, it shows that the restoration of the interior of the parish "is complete." What a lie.

While the picture shown in the print edition looked like it was when I left the parish, the photos on the website of Master Liturgical Design, the contractor, show the beautiful murals and designs that the parish originally had. They did a good job there. But the interior of the parish church is still incomplete because of three things:

  1. The table in the middle needs to be removed. It wasn't there when the church was consecrated.
  2. The altar rail needs to return. There was one when the church was consecrated.
  3. The Traditional Latin Mass and Sacraments need to return (to every parish, not just S.J.'s).
Until the three above requirements are fulfilled, then one cannot say that the restoration is complete.

The article also had several historical errors which I will not correct here; those are for another post. But I am going to say that it doesn't look like that #3 will come back (even without 1 or 2) because of several issues. But they have been inviting Professor Bart Ehrman of the University of North Carolina for "Bible Study" every other month recently. For more information on Professor Ehrman, please watch this Vortex:


Please pray for this parish, that it may convert back to Traditional Catholicism. Sadly, this was my parish until I defected to a Latin Mass parish.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter to all!

As I am walking out of the Easter Vigil this morning, I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Holy Easter! He Has Risen! Alleluia!

Additionally, I have an opportunity that I would like to share with all of you:

I am currently in dire need of a new computer and will not be able to conduct regular basic business nor be able to run this blog if I have to keep sharing a computer on a limited time schedule.

Since I don't have the money upfront to buy a new computer system for my personal and professional interests, I am asking you guys and gals to please consider donating to my campaign on Go-Fund-Me.com.

This campaign ends on May 17th, and if I don't make my goal, YOU WON'T BE CHARGED.

So please consider helping me so I can continue spreading the Traditional Catholic Truth on the internet.

God Bless,

Chris

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Boston is strong, but Archdiocese is not

Yesterday was a very somber tribute for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon victims, namely Krystle Marie Campbel, Martin William Richard, Lingzi Lu, and Sean Collier.



While the city, state, and BAA did their jobs for a dignified public memorial, the clergy of the Archdiocese of Boston refuse to offer a Requiem Mass for the repose of these Catholic souls.


Even one year later, the archdiocese nor any priest in the Boston area has offered a Requiem Mass for these poor souls. They are entitled to the Requiem Mass by the virtue of their baptism, assuming they were Catholics in good standing.


While the City of Boston continues to be Strong, the once Catholic city and the clergy who minister there are very weak at all levels, with a few exceptions.


While these souls were murdered by Radical Islamic terrorists, one could assume they all died as martyrs. But until we can even talk about sainthood for these persons, a Requiem Mass (either collectively or 4 individual ones) is required in order to validate any cause for canonization. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Holy Week

Today, Palm Sunday, begins the final week of Lent, Holy Week the holiest and most important week on the Church calendar. Palm Sunday begins with a triumphant parade into Jerusalem and ends with a sorrowful Mass dedicated to the Holy Name, where the Passion according to Saint Matthew is read. Mark's passion is read on Tuesday, and Luke's on Spy Wednesday, the day that Judas betrayed Our Lord. Spy Wednesday ends with the Tenebrae service, which symbolizes the darkness yet to come.

Maundy Thursday has two Masses: one in the morning said by the Bishop in his cathedral church to bless the holy oils (The Chrism Mass), and the Mass said at every parish in commemoration of the Last Supper, for which the ciborium is sent to the altar of repose and the high altar is stripped.

Good Friday, the most sorrowful day of the year, is when Saint John's Passion is read and the Cross is unveiled and venerated.

Holy Saturday is the day of the Great Vigil of Easter, where light shines in the darkness, the prophecies are read, where adult catechumens are baptized and confirmed, and where afterwards the First Mass of Easter is said.

While these events of Our Lord's Passion, Death, and awaited Resurrection take place, please pray that I find my future Catholic wife this week, so that I will have someone to accompany me to these events for years to come. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rejection of Tridentine Mass and public school prayer go hand-in-hand

This post addresses the broader spectrum of why America could easily fall through the cracks without Divine Intervention.

First, I found this Youtube video on the damning statistics that have took place ever since the Supreme Court struck down school prayer in Engel v. Vitale in 1962:


Secondly, in the Roman Catholic Church, the Second Vatican Council began in 1962. The 1962 Missal is the current Tridentine missal, which was used during the Council. (With the exception of adding St. Joseph's name in the Canon and new saints to the calendar, it is basically the same Missal originally issued by Pope St. Pius V.)

After watching the video, you can see the pathetic single mother rates, STDs, violent crime, and so forth. The Catholic Church started to go downhill in 1969, when the Novus Ordo Missae was published.

Today, most baptized Catholics don't go to Mass, don't go to Confession, deny the Real Presence, abort, divorce, and contracept at more rapid paces than their non-Catholic counterparts. During the 1960's and '70's, many Catholic dioceses and mainstream religious orders ordained gay-positive clergy and changed the liturgy to reflect their heretical beliefs. They are chiefly responsible for getting Obama elected and for the destruction of Holy Mother Church in the United States.

Our public schools have become one of the most dangerous places for our children to be, especially every time we hear about school violence. If God had a more of a presence in our public schools, chances are this immorality would not happen.

Until Our Lady's request at Fatima is fulfilled, there will be no  Traditional Latin Mass restored at every parish, no overturning Engel and Roe v. Wade, no repentance of homosexuals, and no world peace.

Until Our Lady's request at Fatima is fulfilled, there will still be American schoolchildren sitting down and not putting their hands over their hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, the moment of silence, Taps, at parades, and at the flagpoles.

If Our Lady's request is fulfilled, it will be sure for certain that the United States of America will actually live up to its billing: a nation under God. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Catholic" Family Festival anything but

There have been several advertisements all over the place about the 2014 Boston Catholic Family Festival to be held on April 26th at Boston College High School in Dorchester.

I have a warning for anyone who is considering to attend: DON'T!

With the exception of Leah Darrow, the speakers at the program are not orthodox. There is going to be "praise and worship" music during the program and liturgical dancing during the Novus Ordo they will offer. There is no way a good solid orthodox Catholic family can attend this event. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This will happen at my wedding reception...



As you can see in the above video, the clip is the beginning of a civil wedding ceremony, where the Pledge of Allegiance is recited.

As a Catholic, the only place that the Pledge can be recited at my wedding festivities is at the beginning of the wedding reception, since it is not part of the Roman Rite. At least we'll most likely do the National Anthem first and a moment of silence thereafter.

With the Pledge gradually disappearing and our nation turning pagan, we must take a bold stand in favor of a nation under God, and if this includes reciting the Pledge at a wedding reception, so be it.

I would not do for malice, but for love of the good things that the United States has to offer.