Skip to comments.Priest beaten up in front of his mother for celebrating the Traditional [ Latin ] Mass
Posted on 08/01/2011 7:21:27 PM PDT by Robert Drobot
Priest attacked, guilty of celebrating the Latin Mass
Tue, 26/07/2011 - 15:24
"You have been tough, but we will smash your head. Signed, Your friend Satan". That was one of several threatening messages sent to Father Hernán García Pardo, parish priest of San Michele, in Ronta [Mugello region of the Province of Florence, Tuscany]. His fault [was] that of celebrating the Latin Mass....
The warnings, which had been recurrent for some time, had not made the priest, who despite everything has continued to say Mass according to the ancient rite, give up. The last chapter [took place] last Wednesday, when he was beaten up by a 'faithful' in the town's rectory in the presence of his aged mother. The beating led to bruising on his back; having been sent to the emergency room of Borgo San Lorenzo, he was medicated.
The news item was published today in the Giornale della Toscana; the accusations made against Father Hernán are those of scattering the flock; above all, he is not forgiven for distributing communion in the mouth [to the] kneeling [faithful], instead of on the hand, in the same manner as Benedict XVI. For others, the Italian-Argentine priest has only brought back some sacred austerity to the parish, excluding guitars from the functions and bringing back to within the walls of the church the ancient Gregorian chant. ...
[Source: Il sito di Firenze]
[Other sources: Libero News, La Nazione; tip: Secretum meum mihi.]
I believe this story was posted a week ago and discussed then.
Twice told, twice contemplated.
Interesting. I always thought the switch from TLM was a really bad idea. TLM united all Catholics and had such tradition which connected all the geniuses of the Church throughout the years to the present. Such rich tradition and Latin is almost as beautiful as Italian. Children’s minds were expanded when hearing another language (even a dead one) and repetition meant they would eventually know it. Even a lot of English words esp. in the sciences and music have Latin origins.
I always thought it was an infiltration by the devil who whispered into Vatican’s ear to “change” such a fundamental traditional rich element to “modernize”—dumb down actually— and get with the shallow “pop” culture. Bad idea.
It divided all the different Catholic cultures more—gives them less in common. Now we have “Spanish Mass” and English Mass and not Chinese Mass or German Mass—a real slight to some and a divisive tool in communities. Very Marxist.
It also alienated the old from the young (because it split off from the past tradition) and the young (esp. in the 70’s and later) dropped out in droves because the Church seemed so casual and untraditional and New Age—which is so empty and devoid of historical depth and that direct connection to Jesus—who lived in Roman times. Latin was heavy with meaning, tradition and connectivity.
They should immediately change all Catholic services to Latin. I would if I were Pope. LOL :) (I am a little on the radical side and very opinionated and not extremely tolerant of Postmodernist ideas —like banish the past. It is important to remember the past and all the great ideas esp. to give meaning to future generations).
Some of us missed the previous post.
“Blessed are ye, when ye are reviled, and persecuted....”
I attended my first Extraordinary Form mass (what many call the Traditional Latin Mass) this year.
Since that time I have, when I could, made the thirty mile drive to the nearest parish that offers this mass.
The difference in grace that one feels from this mass is palpable. It is the difference between a soaking shower and a light drizzle.
I am firmly convinced that the abandonment of this mass was and is the root of the troubles in the church from 1970 onward.
I would never have previously considered myself a RAD-TRAD before, but having experienced this myself, I think you are right - the Evil One was very happy when most Catholics were denied (continue to be denied) this form of the mass.
There is a very good reason why these sorts of attacks are focusing on the (very few) instances of where this mass is available. It is anathema to the Evil One - and he fears its revival.
He has had forty years to run wild in this world. He knows the power of this mass, and fears it.
“They should immediately change all Catholic services to Latin.”
Every point spot on.
It was the abuses that followed VatII that were radical.
One cannot deny that the new mass is licit. Even His Holiness celebrates it.
However, in Latin or any vernacular, it is grossly inferior to the Tridentine Mass in all regards.
That's true: my suspicions to the contrary don't quite rise to the level of denial.
My gut feeling has always been extremely good....and I have always hated the change for some reason.
Now, studying Marxist ideology and the Postmodernist movement (God is Dead)....I understand why they want to destroy all history of the past—it is like destroying all the Classics from Universities, when they replaced their canon with “The Beats” and other vulgar tripe, which glorified dysfunction and degrades vocabulary, it changes the worldview and the perception of “what is important?”
The Classics teach the values of Honor, Courage, Duty and Wisdom. Now kids don’t get any of that—they have never heard of Socrates, Dickens, Milton, etc.—they get the Marxist “Feel Good, do it” beat into them and read about how bad white people are, instead of how the “ideas” through Western Civ created the Newtons, Bacons, Einsteins, concepts that led to wonderful inventions and the freedom of slaves and elevation of the status of women and children...unique to Western Civ. All other cultures still treat women like second class citizens and other ethnic groups and religious groups with hatred and still have slavery and rampant child abuse.
It seems to me that the Pope and Cardinals had missed the movie, “The Fiddler on the Roof”. It demonstrates so well what happens to the faith when you dump the rules and traditions. Short term it doesn’t seem so bad, but within several generations the practices will be forgotten and the religion will seem empty and then be discarded.
Thanks for the ping, RD. I did not know about this outrage!
Yes you are right - even I fell into the trap of allowing the V2 fetishists to frame the debate by using their term.
I don't reject the NO; I do, however, reject the typical NO parish.
After years of trying to roll the giant boulder up hill to get the tiniest of concessions (a little chant for the ordinary, maybe singing a few of the propers instead of "Gather" hymns) I'm punting. It's a lot easier to drive the 30 miles than to fight the NO love affair with mediocrity.
It also doesn't hurt that the FSSP priests aren't afraid to proclaim church teaching.
No FSSP here. I try to go to the early mass with the old folks. Sometimes nothing happens.
It would be more inclusive and Catholic to have all masses in Latin. The gospel should be in English if we are in America. The parish should supply English classes for those who need it —that is, if the people are here legally and going to become citizens...then they need to learn English. If they are visiting they can sit through Latin masses and understand and join in.
It is really disgusting that the Church treats immigrants like they are too dumb to learn English. It is also very discouraging to the older parishioners who are made to think that they are racists, that they will not accept people of other nationalities into their mass. It is really a slap in the face of the people and their families who built up the parish.
PC Marxism is understood by our German Pope. He should end this PC infiltration of our churches which is designed to destroy the Catholic Church just like the Marxism in the Liberation Theology Churches did in SA. Pope called that demonic and I know he “gets” it. Marxism divides and is incompatible with Catholicism. The Catholic Church needs to unite.
Prayers up...God knows how to bring much good out of bad and I expect there will be a cascade of goodness from the sufferings of this good priest.