Skip to comments.UPDATE: Rorate Caeliís diatribe against Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]
Posted on 03/14/2013 8:55:25 AM PDT by NYer
Rorate Caeli put up a diatribe against Pope Francis.
After their informant rants like all the fires of hell against the anointed of the Lord with all sorts of innuendos (and one should be careful about that), the ultimate statement to which everything culminates in all ferocious spittle-flecked fury is this:
“He has no manners to honor the Pontifical Throne.”
Really? That’s like me! I would be such a donkey, braying badly. Shucks.
It’s almost as if to say, it seems: “Damned be the Holy Spirit, who has no power to work on anyone, ever, and so we are in bitter despair!”
One should be careful about this knee-jerk reactionary rubbish. It does the Church and the salvation of souls no good, no good at all.
Let us pray! With enthusiasm!
UPDATE: Also, just to say, if a priest came to me with that much bitterness, he would be the very last one I would want for a face for the Extraordinary Form. Of course, I would know that that would make him all the more bitter, but that wouldn’t be my fault. I would want to have any priest who offers the Extraordinary Form be helpful and enthusiastic in every way. That makes things easy. But with this kind of attitude. Just. No. If we want the Extraordinary Form everywhere, don’t do something like Rorate Caeli just did, striking out right from the get-go. That’s just not the way to go about things. Really. I know. I’ve been in extremely difficult situations in Lourdes, etc., but got the TLM going there, also in the Josephinum. But these guys…? Just. Wow.
The comment was not meant as a criticism and I apologize if you understood it that way. As for placing myself in your shoes, I have been there. The RC diocese in which I reside has been run by one of the most progressive bishops in the US. In the 30+ years of his service, he has 'wreckovated' churches; those that did not comply, were closed. In my city, there were 6 RC parishes. The bishop announced they needed to review their finances and give him their recommendations for parish mergers. Despite several parishes being in the black financially, and without visiting any of these parish meetings, he ignored their recommendation, lowered the boom and closed 5 parishes and one school. These faithful catholics were so angry that many joined an Evangelical church. Insofar as priestly formation, when candidates presented themselves they were asked for their view on women's ordination. Those young men who cited the papal decree prohibiting the ordination of women, were turned away. As a result, the majority of priests in this diocese have continued to serve, well into their 80's. Some parishes have been turned over to "Lay Ecclesial Ministers" (in several instances, women religious). They now rely on a priest to visit during the week to consecrate a sufficient number of hosts for their Sunday 'priestless' service. One woman who occasionally drives 2 hours to attend mass in our church, just advised us that 5 of the 6 priests in the surrounding parishes where she resides, are retiring this summer. Believe me, you have my sympathy!
I live in a Rural area. There is ONE parish within 50 miles of my home, with about 150 members, most over 75. Due to it being a small parish, the bishop has dumped on us an incompetent and abusive priest that his previous parish demanded the bishop remove.
This is a painful situation. On the one hand, Rejoice!, at least you have a priest to celebrate mass on Sunday and not a nun or lay person leading the congregation in a prayer service. I don't know the situation with your seminary or how many priests are in your diocese to serve the needs of the catholic community at large. There are some options and, If you would like to discuss these, it would be better to do so via freepmail. I look forward to hearing from you.