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Will the Liturgical Mess go on in 2006?

Happy New Year! A very happy Sunday of the Octave of the Nativity!

Well, those who have been visiting this weblog know by now that I am an enthusiast of the current pontificate. But I have many reservations -- more reasons for despair than for hope, probably.

One of the most worrying signs of the current pontificate is the feeling that nothing, absolutely nothing, has changed. That as it happened in the years of Popes Paul VI and (less, but still predominantly) John Paul II, extreme-progressives get away with almost everything, especially in the field of the liturgy. The feeling that there are stern words, but no action. The feeling that anything goes -- except the Traditional Mass, which has taken more than a few honorable priests to conflicts with their superiors.

A few months ago, Catholic Church Conservation (link in the sidebar) and other outlets showed a few startling pictures of the Casa da Juventude ("Youth House"), in Goiania (Archdiocese of Goiania), Brazil, a foundation of the Jesuit Province of Mid-East Brazil, directed by Father Geraldo Marcos Labarrère Nascimento, SJ. The recent pictures of the "events" promoted by this evil place show that absolutely nothing has changed in the Ratzinger Pontificate. NOTHING. Actually, things seem to be getting markedly worse.

For instance, look at this picture of a "stealth-priestess" (not so stealth), taken from the page of the "Fourth Part of the Seminar on Liturgy", November 11-13, 2005 (others here):

Or this scene (I have no idea of what this is, probably another idea for "lay participation"), taken from the "Third Part of the Seminar on Liturgy", October, 2005 (others here -- both seminars under the direction of Father Laudimiro de Jesus Borges, CSS, a Stigmatine):

One wonders what they think of Pope Benedict. A weakling? A coward? "We do not care, he is too old"? Pope Benedict's position on the Liturgy is absolutely irrelevant to them -- they could not care less! They are probably, in human terms, entitled to feel this way, since there has been no action from Rome in forty years!

Groups like the Neocatechumenal Way probably also do not care much about the recent "edict" regarding their liturgical activities and choices. Who will make sure the rules are followed? No group fears Rome because they sense, in this pontificate as in the recent ones, that Rome has no teeth. The Mother and Teacher of Churches, the Holy Roman Church, is to them an old lady with no strength, no teeth, no willpower, nothing but irrelevant words, "sicut paleæ ante faciem venti, et sicut favilla quam turbo dispergit" (Job, 21: as chaff before the face of the wind, and as ashes which the whirlwind scattereth).

WHERE IS ROME? How can things like this still go on, eight months after the great Ratzinger became pope?


In this new Year of the Lord, I lift my eyes to Him (...levavi oculos meos...), and to His Vicar, and I ask, as in the Psalm, "Unde veniet auxilium meum" ? (Ps. 120. From whence help shall come to me?) Will we end this new year of 2006 with the same situation around the world? And meanwhile, what are we supposed to do about the souls being lost? What may be done about the "youth" corrupted in places like this perverted Jesuit "Youth House" (see more pictures here, including of bizarre seminars on "Sexuality"). Will this ridicule and disdain for the Lord and for His Church ever end? Will Rome ever take real action? Will the Roman Rite EVER be restored to its ancient glory, or will these pathetic scenes, direct descendants of the "experimentations" allowed and in some cases even approved by Rome in the 1960s, direct descendants of the performances of Abp. Annibale Bugnini and Abp. Piero Marini, go on forever?

They laugh and they scorn the "Lord and His Annointed"; we know that, in the end, and all the hierarchy must be reminded of that, "Qui habitat in cælis irridebit eos" (Ps. 2. He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh at them). In the meantime the prevention of scandal, of the loss of souls, and of scorn of the Lord is on the hands of the hierarchs.

Domine, non confundar, quoniam invocavi te. Erubescant impii, et deducantur in infernum. (Ps. 30. Let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon thee. Let the wicked be ashamed, and be brought down to hell.)

Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Benedicto.


  1. Our King is born, and despite the rage of the devil He is risen indeed. Do not listen to the temptor,but keep your eyes on Jesus.

  2. Those pictures are outrageous. And their "seminar" on sexuality? It looked like some kind of orgy, and then there was some dude in lipstick.

    When I see something like that, I think of "conspiracy theory" envisioned in Malachi Martin's Windswept House and I say: Oh, there's definitely something to it. There is definitely some malign power bent upon using the arms of the Church to pervert souls rather than to save them from the devil.

  3. Happy New Year, NC. I see you've jumped into the new year with both feet kicking! Should be an interesting year, to say the least. We're petitioning our bishop for a traditional Mass, for what it's worth, this year. We'll see where that leads.

    BTW, you may wish to set off your pictures and side bar from your text a bit more by use of the HTML alignment functions to enhance the aesthetics a bit. Otherwise, your site looks first-rate. Lovely. Best wishes, PB.

  4. I have to say that I believe we will see very little change but not enough. It is to bad traditionalism has to take the very "back seat". Keep praying because without our prayers we are powerless against Satan's intervention. It is important to have Faith and Hope

  5. Holy See Gives Guidelines to Neocatechumenate
    For Celebration of Mass

    VATICAN CITY, JAN. 1, 2006 ( The Holy See has sent a letter to the Neocatechumenal Way, establishing guidelines that the Way must follow in the celebration of Mass.

    The document was issued after a process of dialogue between the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, and the directors of the Neocatechumenal Way. Pope John Paul II approved the statutes of the Neocatechumenate with a decree in 2002.

    The Neocatechumenate has been described as a way of Christian initiation for the rediscovery of baptism.

    The new Vatican letter states that the catechumenal communities must follow "the liturgical books approved by the Church, without adding or omitting anything."

  6. NEW YORK, JAN. 1, 2006 ( The Neocatechumenal Way welcomed the Holy See's dispositions on the celebration of Mass within the Way's communities.

    The guidelines were presented in a letter, dated Dec. 1, signed by Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. It is addressed to the Way's initiators and directors: Kiko Argüello, Carmen Hernández and Father Mario Pezzi.

    To better understand the document, ZENIT interviewed Giuseppe Gennarini, a spokesman who is in charge of the Way in the United States.


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