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Monday, May 12, 2014

Why Does Bishop Lynch Hate the Latin Mass?

I would like to know more about why Bishop Lynch  hates the Latin Mass. Here is an article in Rorate Caeli which quotes Bishop Lynch's blog on his memories of how horrible the Latin Mass was.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Thank You to Our Religious

I just returned from a noon New Mass. As much as I not a fan of the New Translation, and as I am now in favor of a return to a Latin Mass, I must say it is still a wonderful experience to go to noon New Mass.

It occurs to me how grateful I am to our Priests and Religious for what they do for us. Without them, there would be no Mass. Without their sacrifice as a way of life. A sacrifice I do not think I could make.

I have, in my life, never met a Priest I did not like. They are extraordinay people, and we are fortunate to have them.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Obama's Attack on the Catholic Church: Bishop Lynch Fights Back - Will We?

I applauded after the reading of Bishop Lynch's letter this Sunday, as did much of our Parish. Our Priest omitted two paragraphs from the reading. I wish he would have read the entire letter.

"This is now a moral issue," the bishop wrote. "The timing by the president leaves me no option but to inform you of what is happening which I believe to be an assault on the sacred."
Our Bishop goes on to say:

"The President and his Secretary for Health and Human Services are willingly and willfully precipitating a constitutional crisis by causing this assault on the freedom of religion at the federal level. Their judgment cannot be allowed to stand. I am certain that our church will pursue both judicial and legislative relief in the days and months coming. I also believe that we will prevail in the end, most likely in the judicial approach. The latest action follows the denial of funding to a respected agency (Migration and Refugee Services) of the church to help female victims of sexual trafficking heal from the terrible wounds inflicted on them in this country. Why? Because the church agency refused to provide abortions and contraception as options for these women.
The lofty and hopeful words of the President at the time of his speech at Notre Dame three years ago about freedom of and respect for the religious conscience of all have been rendered questionable at best. What a tragedy and what a shame.
Those of you who have known and watched me over the sixteen years it has been my privilege to be your bishop know that I have until now refrained from engaging in political discourse. But this is now a moral issue and the timing by the President leaves me no option but to inform you of what is happening which I believe to be an assault on the sacred. I and my brother bishops did not choose this moment, the President and Secretary Sibelius did."
Here is Bishop Lynch's letter in full.

I spoke with a Priest at noon Mass today. I asked if this was the greatest attack on the Church of our time. He said yes - in America. The only thing that compares, he said, was what occured under Communism in the 1940's.

If has not been clear in the past, it should be clear to all now, we have a Communist - or something close - in the White House. He is not just the most pro-abortion President in history. It is not enough to promote the destruction of God's children in the womb. The goal is the destruction of the Catholic Church.

Many Catholics who supported Obama are now surprised and feel betrayed. How? Did they not read George Orwell's, "Animal Farm." If not, now may be a good time.

That Obama was the most pro-Abortion candidate - before he was the most pro-Abortion President in history - should have stopped Catholics from voting for him. It apparently did not, as he carried the Catholic vote. Now the snake has bitten the hand that nurtured him. Not the first time is it? I believe this occured in Genesis.

Catholics who voted for Obama have no one to blame but themselves. When it was the unborn, who could not speak for themselves, they turned their heads. Now, the ante has been raised. It is an assault on the Church itself. Let us hope they will learn from their mistakes.

In the meantime, we can be grateful we have Bishop Lynch making a stand. Let us all support him. Not with letters to politicians or a petition. But with whtat counts - votes against those who goal is the destruction of the unborn and ultimately the Roman Catholic Church.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bishop Lynch in Tampa Bay Times

Bishop Robert Lynch is again in the Tampa Bay Times: St. Petersburg bishop's letter against health law to be read, distributed at Masses Sunday.

I find it so heartening to see our Bishop's strong stand against the culture of death and its current weapon - the federal health care reform law, and its mandating of contraception services, which could include abortion inducing drug coverage.

I will be at Mass on Sunday and look forward to hearing his letter read. I hope my fellow parishioners listen to the letter as well, and think about its implications when they have the chance to make their voice heard in the November elections.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Jeff DeGraff: The New Mass as New Coke

Jeff DeGraff recently had this editorial appear in the Huffington Post: The New Mass as New Coke. I almost skipped it because: 1) it was in the Huffington Post, a very liberal publication, and 2) because I feared it may have had a sarcastic tone. But I read it, and here's my take.

Jeff's Editorial Draws an Analogy Between the Change to the New Mass and the Way "New Coke" Was Foisted Upon Consumers

Jeff argues no one in the public wanted "New Coke." This is understandable - you could sit in a lab for the next ten thousand years and mix up syrup flavors, but you'll never improve on the original Coke. The idea was borne by a small group of marketing types, not by the public at large. It's a interesting thought. In some ways, I agree...

As Was the Case with New Coke, I Have Found Newer Does Not Mean Better, Unless You Are Buying a Computer or Vacuum Cleaner...

Old things are often better - and irreplaceable. Compare antique furniture with the overstuffed, giant sized monstrosities you get at Rooms to Go today. Or watch a Fred Astaire movie and compare ballroom dance in the 1930's with what they have in Nightclubs today.

This goes for culture too. Look at the behavior of those on board the Titanic when it sank it in sank on 15 April 1912, versus that of the Captain of the the Costa Corcordia, which recently sank off the coast of Tuscany.

So What Is Wrong With the New Translation?

Some Traditionalists like the idea of the New Translation, as it follows the Latin more closely and directly. This is a good thing. But what is poetic in Latin can sound odd in English - and now the New Mass sounds odd, just like New Coke tasted odd. And as I have said before, the music is greatly diminished.

This is important: I am not critical of the Church over the introduction of the New Translation - negativity is detrimental and not helpful. I think they were trying to fix or improve the Mass by making it more true to its Latin or Tridentine roots. But rather than fixing things, the New Translation seems to have stirred up both old and new problems, and perhaps - will serve to create a crisis of sorts. A crisis that ultimately could have a positive resolution.

The New Translation was undertaken to fix the Novus Ordo Missae. Well, if the Church felt they had to fix the New Mass, it would follow they felt something was wrong with it. One buzzword floating around lately is "authentic." I think they were looking for authenticity. But if we want authentic, we should go to the Mass that was virtually unchanged for 600 years - the Latin Mass. What could be more authentic than the Latin Mass?

As we go through these difficult times, we can take solace in a happy precedent. Original Coke was quickly put back on the market after the New Coke debacle. Perhaps we even appreciated Original Coke more. Maybe the same will happen with the Latin Mass!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Latin Mass Article in the Tampa Tribune

Cathedral of Saint Jude the Apostle, St Petersburg, Florida
ATTRIBUTION.© by James G. Howes, 2010

Here is a Tampa Tribune article regarding the initial local response to the Summorum Pontificum in the Catholic community. Definitely worth a read for those interested in a Latin Mass in Clearwater:

A Dei Of Mass Appeal

Published: Sep 8, 2007

This article highlights the enthusiasm so many feel for the return of Latin Mass. I am happily surprised as I have been researching the return of the Latin Mass by how much interest and enthusiam is out there.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bishop Robert Lynch Blog Post on Chrism Mass

I enjoy Bishop Lynch's blog. Following is an excerpt from his post on Chrism Mass on Palm Sunday, 2011. Bishop Lynch addresses some of the troubles facing the Church today, and briefly mentions the Tridentine Mass:

"However, during these days of sharing and reflection some concerns were also expressed by our priests, more pastoral than personal, and always spoken in love, not in anger. At several of the sessions one or more of the fathers stated that “they did not know what was happening to the Church for which they were ordained” and by that they generally meant that there seemed to be a withdrawal from commitment to liturgical renewal, from active pursuit of social justice, from the sense of the Church as being relevant to the people to whom they were ministering, from real concerns about declining membership and declining faith practice. Additionally, concerns about a growing feeling of alienation of many of the faithful which can be occasioned when we bishops choose to draw lines in the sand of who is a good Catholic or a bad Catholic, an uneasiness stemming from deep questions and real concerns about the need for the new translation of the Roman Missal concomitant with the perception caused by the seeming support in certain sectors of the extraordinary form or Tridentine Rite, the priests of this diocese see steps backward from the headier days of ecumenical enthusiasm and lament the lack of timely responsiveness to requests by the diocesan pastoral center, from the growing sense of our inability to reach the youth of our parishes and diocese, fewer priests but greater expectations placed on those presently serving, uncertainty about retirement and the future, dramatically fewer Catholic marriages, fewer funerals, fewer confirmations and the list could go on and on."  (See full blog post here).

It seems to me Bishop Lynch is saying the going is tough right now for the Church, and also that the New Translation is unpopular in some instances. Also, Church membership, weddings, etc., are declining. I for one am disappointed in the New Translation. It seems if I am reading Bishop Lynch correctly, the New Translation has made things worse not better, at least in terms of morale.

The Tridentine Rite is mentioned as being seen by some as a step backword. But perhaps a step backward is what we need. I would respectfully suggest something a basketball coach once told me: "When the going gets tough, good teams get back to the basics. Great teams never leave the basics."

What could be more basic to the practice of Catholicism than the Tridentine Mass? The Tridentine Mass was in practice from 1570 to 1962. That is more than a few centuries. Perhaps the way to address this growing sense of alienation, the declining membership and faith practice, is to go back to what worked so well for so many long - to get back to the basics of the faith - the Latin Mass.