Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WDTPRDAD EXPOSE: Francis "Makes" Baby Cry; Zuhlsdorf Expliots Photo



Really. It was bound to happen. Young children cry in unusual situations. Being dressed all in white and handed off to strangers is certainly unusual for a child of any age.  It happened to Benedict, John Paul II, John Paul I, Paul VI, going back centuries I am sure.  

Most folkZzz just chuckled and laughed it off.  Father Zzzz and those of his ilk have made it an issue.  "If this were Benedict.... whine, whine, whine."  It is as if they can not accept the reality that Benedict has resigned, (I prefer the term retired, and I see no reason that a Pope can not retire.) that Francis is Supreme Pontiff, and that the Church continues to be the Church. 

For the record, I have a great admiration for Pope Benedict.  I think that he is a man of deep faith, prayer, knowledge and honor.  While many of my confreres, and a few very close friends, think he put the Church back fifty years, I disagree.  There were many disconnects with Liturgical Tradition after the revision of the Roman Rite following the Second Vatican Council.  Some insist on calling them "abuses" which, to my mind, implies that those priests that went beyond "saying the black and doing the red" lacked respect for the Church or have a deviant understanding of the Faith.  I don't believe this for one nanosecond.   I think that Pope Benedict XVI gave many pause in liturgical matters.  He held up both a picture to show us what we were and a mirror to show us who we have become.  He freed the older form of the Mass and he demonstrated by his actions that the present form (I hate the terms "new Mass" and old Mass") can be celebrated in accordance with the tradition and solemnity that has come to be associated only with the rite as used before Vatican Two.  

Benedict XVI was good for the Church.  Many of his devotees have co-opted his writings, as well as his examples in an attempt to render the reforms of Vatican Two and the present Roman Rite null and void.  They have done the very same things that they accuse "hippie liberals" of doing post council. 

The Barque of Peter is a BIG BOAT.  Surely if there is room for a variety of Rites, there can be room for various cultural expressions of those rites.   In the Byzantine Rite there are cultural variations among Greeks, Syrians and Russians.  Even under the Slavic Usage, there are variations among  Ruthenians, Carpathian-Russyns, Ukrainians, Slovaks, etc.  In the Roman Rite, there are traditional, folk, and charismatic expressions.  Even under traditional there are variations such as Gregorian chant and Poly-phonic.  They are all the same Holy Sacrifice of  the Mass, the Holy Divine Eucharistic Liturgy, the Lord's Supper. 

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is thriving in retirement, denies rumors of being pressured to do so, and explains why he wears what he does. (the answer may surprise you)

Pope Francis is the Pope of Christian Unity.

8 comments:

  1. The hatred for Pope Francis on RetRo-rate and The New Liturgical Bowel Movement, Harvesting the Fruitcakes, Mundohomobor, etc. is palpable and frightening. Sad. The Hermeneutic of Antiquarianism. Angry Trads. Their destination: Econe. ETA: sooner rather than later, we can only hope, and pray to Blessed Marcel Lefebvre.

    Meanwhile, my guess as to why Fr Zzzzz is so pissed off in his posting about the baby is that around the Supine Farm - when he's not off on another brain dead laity-funded gastric junket or giving workshops on manliness in dormant dioceses or celebrating Solemn High Masses for the Catholic Amish - Fr Zzzzz himself dresses just like that baby, only with red shoes and a velvet mozzetta. God knows he whines as much as that baby did, though he's nowhere near as cute.

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  2. I'm sure that there were times when Benedict kissed crying babies and they passed without incident in the media. As for Benedict himself, my main concern has to do with the outreach with the SSPX. I think that the Old Mass was restricted because it was associated with radicals who disliked Vatican II in its entirety, especially Nostra Aetate. I'm confused why Benedict didn't realize that the group was associated with far right politics and anti-Semitism rather than just being a group of grandmas seeking to preserve their liturgical traditions.

    I also think that Benedict's liturgical style could be very over-the-top and baroque. There seems to be an entire Catholic online subculture devoted to discussing papal vestments, altar arrangements, etc. It seems like these sites spend so much time discussing altar candles and other minute details that they lose the focus on God. I think that Benedict unwittingly fed into this, especially with the vestment choices. I actually think that Francis' simpler Masses put the emphasis back on God rather than what the pope was wearing today. Marini 2 is actually very good at his job when he is given firm boundaries by his boss. (I get the sense that Benedict didn't say no enough.)

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  3. In my opinion, some people read way too much into Pope Benedict's interest in wearing vintage liturgical vestments. He seems to be a person that is an avid student of history. The Vatican is the best keeper of historic artifacts in the world. Possibly, he was trying to show respect for the traditions that these vestments represented and, in general, demonstrating the history that the Church represents. I do not think that any of it was politically motivated.
    I notice that he wore just as many of the newer style liturgical vestments as he did the older ones. He was frequently pilloried by traddies for wearing the "wrong color" , carrying the "wrong cross", blah, blah, blah.

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  4. Any Father Z Blog with the phrase "mainstream media" automatically makes me suspicious.

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  5. You still write this blog? It must mean you don't have a real job.

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    1. Aloysius, I wish you a blessed Lent.
      If I have offended you in any way, I ask your forgiveness, and beg your prayers.
      Fr D

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  6. Sorry AG, your logic doesn't arrive at the speculation that this blog writer mustn't have a "real job". This blog doesn't hype over-priced mediocre coffee, it doesn't hawk holy cards nor does the owner of the blog direct us to an Amazon wish list.

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    1. I for one would LOVE TO SEE what Fr D's Amazon wishlist looks like . . .

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