Tuesday, July 7, 2015

8th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the Papal Bull Summorum Pontificum by Benedict XVI, which upheld the fact that the Traditional Latin Mass was never banned and can be said by any priest without permission from a bishop or religious superior. 

Eight years later we have a different pope who does not care about the Church, but rather cares more about climate change than the global persecution of Christians and reverent liturgy. 

America is only ten days removed from nationalizing same-sex marriage, and the beginning of the end is near unless Divine Intervention is taken. 

The New England states, sad to say, are the worst places in the United States to be Catholic. In Massachusetts alone, despite having one of the highest percentage of baptized Catholics in the nation, the Church has become de-facto mission territory. The number of places where the Tridentine Mass is said in the Bay State on a Sunday is countable on one hand. One even started up but was eliminated due to lack of attendance.

Eight years ago I was a young kid who attended Mass at my neighborhood parish. In the diocese I live in, instead of granting a parish in the big city to a traditionalist order of priests,  several parishes have closed and were sold to anti-Catholic worshippers, except one to the Maronites. Now there are less than 100 parishes in this diocese, which will be gone once the Bishop dies or retires.

Because of the poor episcopal leadership in Massachusetts, I have not been able to find my Catholic sweetheart. With the exception of an Juventutem chapter in Boston (which is totally young adult-run, has mostly "private" night Masses, and has no support from the Archdiocese), there are no orthodox programs for Catholic youth or young adults (age 18-35). There has been no catechesis on marriage and family life for the most part. There might be social events for young adult Catholics, but what "Mass" do they go to? 

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