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The rumors have been swirling around for months that another round of attacks against the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) are imminent, and that they’ll most likely come during Holy Week. Maybe it’s just because I’m an old Navy guy, but I’m getting this WW2 inbound air raid type of vibe. The attack is coming. We need to be ready.
Those iconic images of Sailors in the Pacific fighting off wave after wave of kamikaze attacks…admittedly, the analogy (or is it a metaphor?) can only go so far.
It’s not like we can pepper the sky with flak and shoot down an incoming motu proprio like it was an actual torpedo bomber or something. No, my imaginary flak curtains can’t stop a diktat before it slams into us, detonating in the midst of that form of worship and belief we hold so very dear.
The only type of “barrage” we can put up is prayer. If we have a good bishop, one who fights for his people, we can continue to support him with prayers, and letters/emails/phonecalls of encouragement. If we have a not-so-good, weak, or outright hostile bishop, we should likewise support him with prayers and letters/emails/phonecalls of protest. Let him know that these vicious and unjust pogroms being launched by Rome hurt the Faithful. If “unity” is supposed to be the big deal, why is our senior leadership hell-bent on wiping us out?
If your particular TLM community is under threat, it’s not too late to start considering your options. If you’re kicked out, can you find a priest to say Mass for you in an “off-site” location? Conference Room 6 at the local Sheraton may be a big comedown from attending the Holy Sacrifice in a beautiful church, but we have to be ready to resituate ourselves in whatever catacombs we can.
If you’re paying any attention at all, you’ve seen it all too often. Video clips on Twitter, YouTube or other social media depicting some horrendous set of abuses taking place at a Novus Ordo Mass somewhere around the world. The clown masses, balloon masses, giant puppet masses, stand-up comedy routines, skits, and (of course!) liturgical dance-offs.
It’s hard to keep up with all of these Novus Ordo Oddities. One of the very best chronicles can be found at David L. Gray’s YouTube site. (You definitely need to check it out; just don’t do so immediately after eating). But even with Mr. Gray keeping us informed, how can we possibly determine which of these outstanding examples of Novus Ordo Innovation (all done in the highest traditions of the “spirit of the council”) are truly the best of the best?
Well, we here at Catholic Cyber-Militia have just the answer for you: The Novie Awards!
Filmed before a live studio audience at St. Silly’s parish, the Novie Awards recognizes the ground-breaking efforts of liturgical innovators around the world! Receiving a Novie award in recognition for your achievements in novelty, entertainment, and exciting reinterpretations of doctrine is what this show is all about!
And in this, our inaugural episode, we have a clear-cut winner for the first award!
See our entire series of videos (some of them humorous; some of them just tedious) at the Catholic Cyber-Militia YouTube Channel. If you like what you see, subscribe!
Traditional Catholics in San Diego have been kicked out of their home Novus Ordo parishes. Where we ended up was a pleasant surprise to us all.
Of course, the wounds inflicted by basic cruelty and injustice of the Motu Proprio itself remain. Regardless, San Diego TLM Catholics are grateful to Bp. McElroy for allowing us to settle at this new venue which we’ve informally dubbed “Our Lady of the Periphery.”