FSSP Latin Mass for All Souls, 6:30 pm (Eastern)

Sorry to be so late posting this but you “may” be able to watch a live All Souls Day LATIN Mass (perhaps three in a row, in fact) by linking to the “Live Mass” site (located in the upper left corner of the FSSP bulletin) beginning at 6:30 PM this evening, East Coast time.
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One comment on “FSSP Latin Mass for All Souls, 6:30 pm (Eastern)

  1. Pray for the souls in purgatory and ask them to pray for restoration of the true Catholic faith and Mass.

    Ross Douthat continues his debate on the direction of the Church here:
    “Catholicism for the Time Being”
    New York Times, November 3, 2015 3:55 pm
    Observations on liturgy:
    “It was the kind of setting that would annoy a liturgical conservative and give a real traditionalist the hives, and while there was no guitar (that I noticed) the style of worship fit the space: The music mostly came from the Saint Louis Jesuits, (“Be Not Afraid,” etc.) the crucifix was dark and abstract and there was no other iconography to speak of, and the priest was a great ad-libber and elaborator, working his own reflections in here and there throughout the mass.”

    His assessment is reminiscent of that of Garry Wills in the 1970s in Bare Ruined Choirs, or that of James Hitchcock, Michael Novak, Ralph McInerny and others in the 1980s in Catholicism in Crisis, highlighting the ambiguities and conflicts following the modernist Revolution of Vatican II when the damage from progressive modernism in the liturgy and seminary theology had led to an impasse and much confusion, while many lay Catholics still clung to the faith:

    “If I were asked to map the Catholicism visible at that shrine onto the theological debates currently dividing the church, I would probably peg the massgoers as loosely “conservative” — older John Paul II Catholics with a strongly Marian flavor to their faith, the sort of crowd that includes at least a few Medjugorje-goers and devotees of Catholicism’s version of Left Behind-style prophecies — while the priest I would classify as more “liberal,” based on his affect and style and age and a few asides in the sermon. But really the place and the people had the kind of “here comes everything” feel that defines a lot of precincts of American Catholicism — pre-Vatican II statuary on the grounds, post-Vatican II liturgy in the chapel, some ’70s Catholicism here and some JPII Catholicism there, some of it in tension and some of it working naturally together, but none of it suggesting divisions that the church could not necessarily struggle through for a while without actually dividing.”

    The equivocation of referring to whatever is going on in the progressive modernism and minimalist liturgy of the Novus Ordo in the institutional Church in the U.S. as “Catholicism” opens up for some confusion. The Catholic faith doesn’t change just because progressive modernist heretics would like to change it to fit this-worldly issues and trends in the modern world and secular culture, or to turn it into a this-worldly social justice ideology focused on economics and climate change to appeal to progressive liberal Democrats and the NPR demographic, something that has no basis in Catholic tradition and which was created by modernists who had lost their faith in the 1960s and 1970s. The distinction between the Catholic faith (i.e., Catholicism) and minimalist Americanist progressive modernism with its shifting Situation Ethics and ambiguous neo-Kantian theology should be maintained. At least call it contemporary American Catholicism. Everything essential for the Catholic faith existed before 1965 and 1959. The Novus Ordo folk guitar Mass is a neo-Protestant modernist innovation of the 1960s and 1970s, itself already woefully out of date and passé. That some people have the confusing experience of thinking that this is “Catholicism” adds to the confusion and hermeneutics of discontinuity of post-conciliar progressive modernism and its discontents. Catholicism never was a this-worldly social justice ideology focused on economics and climate change while pandering to sexual trends of modernity. That is a progressive modernist fantasy of the Spirit of Vatican II in the 1970s by modernists who were brainwashed by neo-Kantian theology, Bultmann, and Latin American liberation theology in modernist seminaries or in certain progressive modernist Jesuit and Maryknoll circles. This is not the Catholic faith. Bergoglio’s nostalgia for modernist hippie Catholicism is up there with a guy in his 70s wearing velvet bell-bottoms and using “groovy” in conversation, presumably on climate change. Johnny Bravo territory. We have been down this progressive modernist path before. Johnny Bravo Catholicism won’t save the Church or civilization, as it definitely did NOT in the 1970s.

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