Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday: 25th anniversary of the passing of Archbishop Lefebvre

Abp. Lefebvre, pray for us!
Twenty-five years ago today, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre died. 

If it were not for the efforts of this (should-be canonized) saint, no layperson would be attending the Traditional Latin Mass nor receiving the unreformed Sacraments. No priest (whether diocesan or religious) would be saying the Traditional Mass today if Archbishop Lefebvre didn't start the SSPX. The priests of all traditionalist priestly orders (regardless of philosophical or political differences) would not have been admitted to seminary by most modernist diocesan bishops. 

Quite frankly, with the Belgian ISIS attack this past Monday shows that we are all lucky to be alive. If it weren't for the traditionalist priests and bishops: Our Catholic Clergy, the world would have ended a while ago. Their offerings of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every day are keeping the world existent. 

Ultimately, his decision to consecrate bishops without a Papal mandate near the end of his natural life was the right one, regardless of where you currently attend Mass. Without a doubt, he was holier than the post-Vatican II popes combined. I fear that no one as holy and pious as Marcel Lefebvre will occupy the throne of Peter anytime in my lifetime (that is, as compatible as Pope St. Pius X). In return no one decent will be consecrated to the episcopacy with a Papal mandate anytime soon. 

It is fitting that this anniversary happens to fall on Good Friday this year, where Jesus Christ died for the remission of our sins. The blood of martyrdom awaits all Christians. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Social media info image gets Sacred Triduum wrong!

Jonathan Teixeira and Melissa Keating have produced a chart for the Focus Blog entitled "An Illustrated Guide to the Triduum." Naturally there are quite a few errors associated with it. 

First of all, they state that the color of the vestments for the Good Friday Mass of the Presanctified are red. This is false as the priest actually wears black as the Requiem for Jesus Christ. 

The second error is for Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, the priest wears white throughout. This is false, since the first half of the Easter Vigil is the actual vigil service, where the priest wears purple. After the consecration of the Paschal Candle, the Prophecies, the Litanies, (and if so the Baptisms) the priest vests for the First Mass of Easter, which is separate from the vigil service. The reason why the Easter Vigil is not allowed to begin until after sunset is so meant to have the first Easter Mass beginning around Midnight (like Christmas). Often times it is shorter if there are no baptisms. After Mass the Great Lauds of Easter are sung (and therefore no Last Gospel). 

Finally, in the section for the Easter Vigil called "Live the Day," there's a picture of a chicken bone with the caption "Have a feast!" No one should not have meat until they have fulfilled there Easter Sunday obligation by attending Mass. (You have until Trinity Sunday to fulfill your Easter communion duty.) 

Typical Novus Ordo. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Please sign petition to stop dishonoring St. Patrick!

Please sign this petition sponsored by Mass Resistance and the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts to the Allied Veterans War Council of South Boston to STOP DISHONORING SAINT PATRICK! 

This year's parade, like last year's, will be LGBT inclusive at the request of Mayor Marty Walsh. This has caused Faithful Catholics to boycott St. Patrick's Day Parades all over the world. Additionally, this year's parade route has been shortened by two miles. 

Most persons in today's dark world, and many in the Church, have no clue that St. Patrick's Day always falls during LENT. This year's South Boston parade is scheduled for PALM SUNDAY, where there should be a procession of palms instead. Lenten feasts take precedent on the liturgical calendar, and St. Patrick's Day is only a commemoration on weekdays of Lent. 

Unfortunately, because St. Patrick is a principal patron of the Archdiocese of Boston, his feast day is a Double of the First Class, where white vestments and the Gloria are sung. Any parish named after St. Patrick (Natick, Stoneham, Watertown, Roxbury; Rutland and Whitinsville in the Worcester Diocese, to name a few local examples) celebrates March 17th the same way (unless it falls on Sunday or Holy Week). 

In my personal opinion, there should no parades for St. Patrick because his day falls during Lent for a reason. I've never been to one since I marched in one as a kid and have no future plans to continue. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Why I might not achieve my goal...

This past Sunday I got a hold of the flyer advertising the 2016 "Catholic" Appeal for the Archdiocese of Boston, and that next weekend (March 5-6) will be "Commitment Weekend", where parishioners will be asked to make their pledge to support the annual fundraiser. Unlike previous years, the flyer was printed in both English and Spanish. The front cover shows Cardinal Sean saying the Novus Ordo Cookie with several young adults kneeling at the cookie table.

Inside the flyer states under the headline of "Tribunal Ministry": 
Offering healing and closure for those seeking annulments through a more simplified process recently decreed by our Holy Father. 
Yes, that's right. The Archdiocese actually will embrace "Catholic Divorce" even more with your donations. And if Sean will preside over most hearings, then he will grant an annulment every time. Any Catholic couple who gets a civil divorce will get an annulment from Sean. No justice here.

Another factor is if a couple marries with the Tridentine Mass and for some stupid reason they get divorced. If they petition Boston's Metropolitan Tribunal, they will get an annulment based on "defect of form." No justice here.

Finally, these reasons could be direct reasons why I might not achieve my goal of finding my Catholic wife. Open to seeing a Novus Ordo female who wishes to switch now might never learn the full grasp of Catholic Tradition quick enough. Another consideration is that a young woman who attends the TLM at an "approved" location (like myself) now may be open to birth control because of Pope Francis. Anyone who mildly supports or admires Francis is not going to be a good fit, regardless of which liturgy they regularly attend. 

Specifically, in the Archdiocese of Boston under Sean, the parish priest no longer has the final say on the booking of a wedding in his parish. (This was discovered in an insert last year.) Couples who wish to marry in a parish church in this Archdiocese will not only have to wait for the Metropolitan Tribunal to approve your application, but will be sent to an unorthodox Pre-Cana program with cohabitation and condoms to boot. 

In order to guarantee a fully-Catholic wedding in Boston, you will have to have a visiting priest (perhaps of the SSPX) say your Nuptial Mass at a neutral site. This would be canonically correct under supplied jurisdiction to avoid heresy. Many women won't want to hear this, but this is the sad reality up here. 

For the record, if you support contraception, I'm not your guy. 

If you are sympathetic to the left, I'm not your guy. 

If you support "marriage equality", I'm not your guy. 

If you want to make some exceptions to justify killing a baby in the womb, then I'm not your guy. 

If you don't want to go to the Traditional Latin Mass from this day forward, then I'm definitely not your guy.