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Toxic Traddies, Take Note!

The traditional Latin Mass is really something special!

We “Traddies” know that.  We love our Mass in the Extraordinary Form, and we are pretty sure that–aside perhaps from Susan from the Parish Council or other folk of a hopelessly Modernist mindset–any Catholic would see the special value the Latin Mass has…if they only would experience it first-hand a few times.

And many “regular” Catholics are investigating the Latin Mass first-hand!  That’s great news.  At my parish, we have first-time visitors joining us each and every week.  This trend has picked up speed after the ignominious “Summer of Shame” broke last year, and as we slouch towards the imminent train wreck -called the “Amazon Synod” more and more Catholics will come to see the Traditional Latin Mass as an island of beauty and sanity in a world growing more dysfunctional by the minute.

When first-time visitors come to your traditional parish, how do you greet them?  Most of the time, visitors are made to feel welcome.  But there are other times…

Hank Igitur takes these “toxic Traddies” lurking in our midst to task in his latest video:

Did Pope Francis Wreck the Mass? No!

Three priests at altar performing New Mass. One has clown makeup.

The problems which plague the Catholic Church predate the rise of Bergoglio to the Chair of Peter by a generation at least.  Is the Latin Mass under threat?  Yes.  Is the Novus Ordo Mass beset with flaws and subject to all manner of abuse?  Yes.

Is it the fault of Pope Francis?  Nope.

Check out this very informative video by Michael J. Matt.  He lays out the problem very well…

It may not look like it, but we’re winning!

Recreational Vehicle with the words "The Traditional Roamin' Catholic"

From a vehicle storage lot in an unknown location, Henry (you can call him Hank) Igitur kicks off a new video series for CatholicCyber-Militia.com.

In his inaugural video, Hank gives a shout-out to the “scores” of subscribers (he’s an optimist, that Hank) and shares an article from Michael Matt.  What he doesn’t share is what may (or may not) be lurking in the contents of his coffee cup!

Like it?  Hate it?  Confused and/or bored by it?  Let us know what you think of this new feature!

Christ the King: A Feast Important Enough to Celebrate Twice!

Page from Latin Mass Missal. Christ holding the orb and scepter and wearing a crown.

Here’s a feast day so important, it’s worth celebrating twice!  The Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated in the Extraordinary Form (the Latin Mass) on the last Sunday of October, as it was throughout the Universal Church until Vatican II.  In the Ordinary Form (Novus Ordo) of the Mass, it is celebrated on the last Sunday before Advent.  There is a certain logic to the new date:  being reminded that Jesus Christ is Lord and King of the Universe just before the beginning of Advent is a kind of “reset button” that reminds us of just Who it is which we will be celebrating in four short weeks.

Pope Benedict XVI wrote the following concerning the feast:

Page from Latin Mass Missal. Christ holding the orb and scepter and wearing a crown.
The Feast of the Kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ – excerpt from the 1962 Roman Missal.

“Jesus of Nazareth…is so intrinsically king that the title ‘King’ has actually become His name.  By calling ourselves Christians, we label ourselves as followers of the king…God did not intend Israel to have a kingdom.  The kingdom was a result of Israel’s rebellion against God…the law was to be Israel’s king, and, through the law, God Himself.  God yielded to Israel’s obstinacy and so devised a new kind of kingship for them.  The king is Jesus; in Him God entered humanity and espoused it to himself.  This is the usual form of the divine activity in relation to mankind.  God does not have a fixed plan that He must carry out; on the contrary, He has many different ways of finding man and even of turning his wring ways into right ways…the Feast of Christ the King is therefore not a feast of those who are subjugated, but a feast of those who know that they are in the hands of the One who writes straight on crooked lines.”

Yeah, but still…

Two pictures. The left is of a priest at a traditional Latin Mass facing the altar and elevating the Chalice. The picture on the right is of a Novus Ordo Mass with the priest facing forward while four young women perform a liturgical dance.

Traditional vs Novus Ordo MassDuring the recent spate of dangerously high winds and unpredictable wild fires that threatened southern California, I wanted to stick close to home in case things got dicey.  So instead of going to my regular Latin Mass parish (which is about an hour’s drive from my rural home), I attended some masses at Catholic Church in our nearby small town.  One of them was reasonably decent, with some good traditional singing (they did the Gloria in Latin, which was a very pleasant surprise!) and a dignified rendition of their Novus Ordo liturgy.  That was on December 8th, and I thought to myself, “Well, that wasn’t too bad!  It certainly wasn’t a Traditional Mass of the Extraordinary Rite, but it was done with reverence.  Yeah, not too bad.”  When I wen t to the same parish for the regular Sunday Mass a few days later, I got clobbered by some full-on “Church of Nice” kind of stuff:  Whacky songs, applause, a platoon-sized contingent of Eucharistic Ministers, and an altar woman (she was far too old to be termed an “altar girl,” which is disturbing enough in its own right; but this alter server had a braid of partially greying hair traversing half way down her back.  It was just plain weird!).  At communion, I knelt to receive the Blessed Sacrament on my tongue, and it became embarrassingly evident that I had chosen the wrong line.  Eucharistic Minister Number Three of Five had no idea how to administer the Sacrament in the time-honored manner, and we came very close to having a Eucharistic fumble.

Following communion but before the concluding rite, therewas the inevitable parade of lay people to the pulpit, each with a vital announcement to make, each little speech being met with enthusiastic applause.  Sufficiently brutalized, I sought refuge in the side room reserved for the Blessed Sacrament (no tabernacle on or anywhere near the alter in this church, of course, built in the 90’s according to whatever liturgical-architectural whims were prevalent at the time).  My intent was to say a Divine Mercy chaplet there, with a little peace and quiet.  The tabernacle in this room was of heavy industrial design, looking as if it was meant to contain dangerous radioactive waste rather than the Real Presence.  As Mass concluded with a rousing “going forth” ditty, the inside of the church erupted into a cacophony of happy voices as the parishioners greeted each other heartily at the top of their lungs and caught up on important personal goings-on of a significance far too important for them to wait until they had entered the lobby area.

Was the Mass I attended valid?  Yep.  Definitely.  Was it, in my personal opinion, done in poor taste with less reverence than should be shown by faithful Catholics?  Yes.  Can they do better?  Yes, they can!  I’d seen them do a better job just a couple of days earlier.

May God bless those good people.  I wish them well.  And it makes me all the more grateful each and every time I step into my own parish church!

IMPORTANT CAVEAT:  The picture accompanying this article (the one with the liturgical chorus line) was NOT taken at the parish I visited.  It wasn’t that whacky..!

 

Traditional Catholic Haiku: “Attacking the Latin Mass”

 

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Defending orthodoxy and tradition doesn’t always have to come in the form of a grand essay which lays out our arguments and apologetics in long paragraphs of well-constructed prose.  Maybe every now and then a simple little poem might suffice.

And thus do I submit this bit of “Traditional Catholic Haiku” for consideration…

Ancient Rite sublime

Reviled by the “Church of Nice”

Benedict is missed.