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Scott P. Richert

Pope Francis's Inaugural Mass: Simplicity, Dignity, Beauty

By March 19, 2013

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No one was quite sure what to expect from Pope Francis's inaugural Mass. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio had, to put it mildly, refrained from displays of pomp and circumstance in his liturgies, as in his personal life. The Vatican had already announced a number of changes from inaugural Masses of the past, the chief among them being that today's Mass would be that of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, rather than a specific Mass for the Inauguration of a Roman Pontiff. And in his first few days as pope, Francis has shown a penchant for going off-text, which could have led to some interesting lines in his homily.

In the end, though, the inaugural Mass was exactly what we should have expected it to be: simple, dignified, and beautiful.

My wife and I tuned in at 3 A.M. CDT, just in time to see Pope Francis entering Saint Peter's Square, not in the Popemobile but standing up in the back of a Jeep. The crowd, estimated at over one million people, was enthusiastic, and I suddenly sensed what has been lost since the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981. The desire to keep the pope safe has led to Popemobiles with ever-thicker bulletproof glass, surrounded by Vatican security; to see Pope Francis standing entirely in the open, with minimal security around him, brought not only a sense of joy but of hope.

John Paul II and Benedict XVI, I am sure, were not afraid of martyrdom, but for whatever reason they had not resisted the perfectly understandable increase in security. Pope Francis, one might say, is willing to take his life into his own hands—or rather, to place his life in the hands of Christ and the saints, and perhaps especially in the hands of Saint Joseph, whose role as protector of the universal Church was the central theme of the Holy Father's homily.

In his homily, Pope Francis did not go off-text, and so it lacked, perhaps, a bit of the charm that we have come in less than a week to expect from this pope; yet it built not only on the readings for the Mass but on the themes of journeying, building, and professing that have come already to mark this pontificate. Joseph was a carpenter, a builder, and he built a life to protect Mary and Jesus; and he did so "Discreetly, humbly and silently, but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand." Listening to that line near the beginning of the homily, and especially the last clause, I was struck by the sense that the Holy Father was applying it to himself: "even when he finds it hard to understand." Whatever gifts the Holy Spirit might bestow on the successor of Saint Peter clearly do not include omniscience; yet humility, discretion, silence, and faithfulness can make up for that lack. And those are virtues that we, too, can learn from Saint Joseph, as "In him, dear friends, we learn how to respond to God’s call, readily and willingly, but we also see the core of the Christian vocation, which is Christ!"

And it was Christ Who shone forth in the inaugural Mass today. There were so many little touches—always simple, always dignified, always beautiful—that reminded those of us who were there in body or in spirit what this Mass really meant. And what this Mass really means: because the inaugural Mass held in Saint Peter's Square held in every Catholic church in the world today, and every day.

Elements of the ceremony that had caused confusion when they were announced became clear when they were practiced. The Gospel was chanted in Greek, "as," the Vatican declared yesterday, "at the highest solemnities, to show that the universal Church is made up of the great traditions of the East and the West." Yet it was more than that: The Greek Catholic deacon came to the Holy Father to receive his blessing before proclaiming the Gospel, as is the practice in the Roman rite, but then the Gospel was also introduced as it is in the Eastern Divine Liturgy, with a second blessing and the words "Wisdom! Let us be attentive!" As at the Sign of Peace, when the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I was brought to the altar so that Pope Francis could embrace him, this was a poignant sign of the underlying unity of the Church, East and West, and yet also of all that keeps the two lungs of the Church from full communion.

The gifts of bread and wine were not offered by laymen, as had been the custom under the previous two popes; rather, they were brought to the altar by the deacons, which had been the practice in the Roman rite from the beginning. Pope Francis, we had been told, would not distribute Communion, and yet he did. But he distributed Communion to the deacons, rather than to the lay faithful—a return, again, to a traditional practice that has fallen to the wayside. And he gave Communion through intinction, dipping the Host into the Precious Blood, which required those receiving Communion to do so on the tongue, while kneeling.

Meanwhile, 500 priests made their way through Saint Peter's Square to distribute Communion to the faithful, each priest under a white umbrella to protect the Eucharist and to signal its presence—another return to tradition that has been practiced infrequently, at best, in papal public Masses over the last 35 years. The music was solemn and dignified, a mixture of Gregorian chant and classical compositions befitting the occasion. The pallium Pope Francis received as a symbol of his authority as bishop of Rome was the one most recently used by Pope Benedict XVI, and the crozier was (I believe) once again that of Pope Pius IX, which the Holy Father had used at the Mass that closed the papal conclave last Thursday.

For those who remember the inaugural Masses of previous pontiffs, today's Mass certainly felt simpler—and yet it had the same dignity and beauty. And at its core was the Cross of Christ, in the center of the altar, and the Eucharist, consecrated on that altar. And both remind us of the point of the papacy, and the source of its power, as Pope Francis declared in his homily:

Today, together with the feast of Saint Joseph, we are celebrating the beginning of the ministry of the new Bishop of Rome, the Successor of Peter, which also involves a certain power. Certainly, Jesus Christ conferred power upon Peter, but what sort of power was it? Jesus’ three questions to Peter about love are followed by three commands: feed my lambs, feed my sheep. Let us never forget that authentic power is service, and that the Pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the Cross. He must be inspired by the lowly, concrete and faithful service which marked Saint Joseph and, like him, he must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison (cf. Mt 25:31-46). Only those who serve with love are able to protect!

May God bless Pope Francis, as he serves the People of God with love—and teaches us to do the same. And may God grant him many happy years, as he faithfully preaches the Word of His Truth!

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March 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm
(1) Albert Cooper says:

A Tridentine Mass was too much to hope for I suppose,but where were the Roman Vestments and anthing associated with the traditional church

March 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm
(2) Albert Cooper says:

A Tridentine Mass was toomuch to ask for I suppose,but where were the Roam Vestments or any traditional outward element

March 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm
(3) Tom Piatak says:

An excellent reflection.

March 19, 2013 at 2:32 pm
(4) Kansas says:

Some people are never satisfied!

March 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm
(5) Bruce says:

For a Pope who is tossing aside many papal traditions so he can be betrayed as humble and for the common person, he missed the whole point of giving Communion to lay faithful, who are the Church and stuck with distributing Communion to the deacons, part of the higher ups. Seems this Pope decides when to be humble and when not to be to gain points for himself. He should have done the humble thing as our 2 previous Holy Fathers and distribute Communion to the lay.

March 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm
(6) Scott P. Richert says:

Tell me, Albert and Bruce, is there anything Pope Francis could have done that would have satisfied you?

And before you decide that I’m just some New Mass latitudinarian, my family and I attend a Traditional Latin Mass parish run by the Institute of Christ the King, and have for 15 years. I was amazed at the traditional elements that Pope Francis brought back—the ones I discussed in the post—that both John Paul II and Benedict XVI had moved away from.

But no, returning to tradition isn’t good enough. He’s got to return to your concept of tradition. How, exactly, is that different from Protestantism?

March 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm
(7) Salvy says:

This is kind of off the subject but I was looking at this Huffington Post article regarding the pope and communion to Joe Biden and you should read some of the comments
It’s filled with a bunch of these cranks who hate the church and use all kinds of profanity , a bunch of people you wouldn’t want your children around or living next door to you.

March 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm
(8) Yae says:

Your article has made me so happy. I will follow your fine commentary from now on. I too was moved by the beauty of the simplicity and faithful reverence with which Pope Francis celebrated the Holy Mass of his inauguration. I am glad too, that as you say, some ancient and very beautiful traditions were brought back such as communion to the Deacons.
I have been sadden by the attacks from many who claim to attend the TLM on our new Holy Father. I will pray fro them as I begin to pray the beautiful prayer you have suggested we all pray.
Thank you again and I look forward to reading more of your thoughts as we all venture forth with our new Holy Father. I am always aware too, of our beloved Benedict’s presence in the background. I read Papa Francis called him on this, his feast day as well as thanking him for having watched the Installation Mass on TV.
Thank you again and God bless you and yours!

March 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm
(9) Yae says:

Thought you might like this…
Sergio wrote:
There is a wonderful story about Francis in today’s online edition of La Nacion, Buenos Aires’s oldest and mot prestigious newspaper. It appears that Francis used to get the paper each morning at the same stand, near BA’s cathedral. Shortly before leaving for the conclave, the stand owner asked him jokingly, “so, Jorge are you going to Rome to grab the baton” (meaning the papacy)”? and Francis responded, “what baton,? it’s a hot iron rod!. Don’t stop the paper’s delivery, I’ll be back in 3 weeks” he ordered the man. After being elected, Francis called his friend at the newsstand to bid farewell and asked to stop the paper’s delivery.

I read that on another site and it made me smile. ^^

March 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm
(10) Br. Karl says:

Remember Pope Francis said. when somebody offered the Red Cape to him: The Circus is over!!!
How wonderful. Just a simple way to be a Pope.
Br. Karl SFO

March 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm
(11) Salvy says:

Man, it’s great to hear and read all these comments on Scott’s terrific news & commentary how most everyone loves Pope Francis. They couldn’t have picked a better vicar of Christ to fill the seat of the fisherman from Galilee

March 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm
(12) Mark says:

Thanks for the article Scott. It’s great to be able to read some detail and analysis of the inaugeral mass and its content, something missing from the mass newspaper reports. These are certainly interesting times for the Catholic Church, and like you, I think we’re all looking at just what direction the new pope will take in core message and how that will be reflected in practice. So far it’s looking quite encouraging.

March 20, 2013 at 12:11 am
(13) JoAnn says:

I already love Pope Francis! My wish is for him to stop the abuse of children by getting rid of the offending priests rather than just transferring them to different parishes or other roles within the Catholic church.

March 20, 2013 at 12:38 am
(14) Mark says:

B16 was knocked to the floor in St Peter’s at Christmas and security was increased. I was glad that he was able to get up and continue and was not hurt, at least that we know. I am sure this access will end hopefully before our new Pope is hurt.

March 20, 2013 at 2:12 am
(15) S_Jose says:

Very beautiful commentary, which serve the purpose amidst a lot of nay sayers and those who seeks imminent collapse of church. The faith and huge anticipation that was seen on the faces of people who gathered in St Peter’s Square during the conclave days, and the spontaneous cheer and eruption of joy for an unknown and non delcared Pope itself was a manifestation that many people in the world still wants the moral glory of the church to lead their every day life and that they still believe and have faith in the oldest institution of Christian faith.
Many around me believe, that just as some one rightly commented, that church should not protect the corrupted by covering up. But those who have erred shall be taken off frm the service as they represent black spots that taint the otherwise marvellous way of life. As the saying goes, that fish rots from the head, it is time we have a spiritual head who is brave enough to say enough is enough, and believe me this will not lead to dearth of numbers to priest hood but it would only increase the flow, that new generation would see it as more valuable than ever before. God Bless you.

March 20, 2013 at 2:37 am
(16) Samidoss Paulraj says:

A Pope lamented ” The Eucharist is not understood.” I had great expectation that through the inagural Mass Pope Francis is going to
make us understand the Holy Mass.I was greatly disappointed : Especially the ‘ ‘PREPARATION OF GIFTS ‘ part of the Mass.
‘ The people bringing the Bread & Wine ‘ was missing ! ‘ The people making a gift of themselves ‘ was missing. The Pope lifted and held the Bread and Wine for only few seconds whereas it takes 15 seconds each ! ( Did he share with us ‘ Peace be with you ‘ ?! )
The following explains the ‘ SECOND MAJOR PART OF THE MASS ‘
The Pope is requested to kindly issue guide lines that the Hymn should not interfere / distract our particpation in the ‘ Presentation of Gifts ‘
BLESSED BE GOD FOR EVER !!!
S.Paulraj, INDIA

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS

The second major part of the Mass begins with the preparation of the gifts that are to be presented to the Father.. Most importantly, this indicates the people are making a gift of themselves to be transformed with the bread and wine. This is a matter that is not at all understood by the people* and perhaps the liturgy needs to be modified to make it more .. ( * only by the people ?! ) The key moment is the Preparation of Gifts which tends to be a neglected part of the ritual. The bread and wine are brought to the altar and handed to the priest who then presents them to the Father.The way of transformation is to present ourselves along with the bread and wine to be changed.The failure to present ourselves for transformation has been a serious omission in our Eucharistic spirituality. It must be recovered so that the Eucharist has a practical effect in our lives.DON’T MISS THE MOMENTThe time of presenting ourselves for transformation is something we can easily miss. The moment can slip past unless we are alert because frequently the presider says the prayers quietly and often the singing .. Rev.Fr. FRANK O’DEA SSS

March 20, 2013 at 2:57 am
(17) SAMIDOSS PAULRAJ says:

*** I remember one priest who starts the prayer of offering ” Blessed are you……the Bread of life…….,…….our Spiritual drink.” only after the Hymn is sung,thereby enabling the people to be one with him and respond ” Blessed be GOD for ever.” bow with him in reverence.
Another Priest prefers the hymn ” Blessed are you LORD…….” to be sung along with him while he offers the Bread and the wine thereby oneness,togetherness and in communion is achieved,properly,perfectly and meaningfully.

WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND /be aware /recall to our mind / remind ourselves what the MASS is
1) the Mass is not merely the priest offering the Mass,but it is the people of GOD as a whole.
2) the people of God are the Body of Christ,and therefore,every gesture at the celebration of the LORD’s Supper
must indicate this fact and the lay person must respond wholeheartedly,both in words and in action.
3) the priest is acting in the person of Christ.
4) the Holy Mass can lend healing and joy to our body,mind and soul,if prepared for and participated by
offering our entire body and soul and each cell and emotions,our desires and all that we have along with the
bread & wine the priest offers.
5) the Eucharist is a great deal.We give humble gifts,our little sacrifices,imperfect good works,our needs and
our brokenness.In return we receive the LORD’S own life,busting with power to heal and transform us.
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compiled by S.Paulraj

March 20, 2013 at 4:44 am
(18) Erin Pascal says:

Wonderful reflection! Pope Francis never fails to amaze me. He really is very humble and sees the beauty of things in simplicity. May God bless our new Pope and the Catholic Church! :)

March 20, 2013 at 6:48 am
(19) Bruce B. says:

Scott,
Different Bruce here than (5). Some of the traditionalist websites are claiming that he did not bow or genuflect to the consecrated host. I have not watched the mass. Is this a valid criticism?

March 20, 2013 at 7:41 am
(20) Scott P. Richert says:

Bruce, from the video stream that I saw, it wasn’t clear to me. I thought that might be true, but Francis genuflected after elevating the chalice, so it seems unlikely.

In his other public Masses as pope, he has genuflected after both elevations, so even it it is true that he did not yesterday, I think, in charity, we need to assume the best—that, say, he was so overwhelmed by the circumstances that he made an error that he himself would be upset about.

March 20, 2013 at 8:37 am
(21) albert Cooper says:

Scott/6 your inference that I am no better than a protestant is pretty bad to say the least.For the last 40 years I and many other Roman Catholics have had to put up with the banal liturgy,and in some cases accesses of the Norvo Ordo,so hope to e=see a little light at the end of the tunnel.Why are the Bishops so apposed to the Tridentine Mass? in Norwich UK there is little or no chance to attend this Mass,has,nt the V2 experiment failed.All i would request is to have a Tridentine Mass celebrated to fulfill my Sunday obligation,and those who need the Norvo Ordo are well catered for

March 20, 2013 at 8:39 am
(22) joanes says:

Congratulations Scott for your commentry. I glued to My Tv in my house and i thought i was at the same place. The holy father made that day look enjoyable. i have never seen the enauguration ever before and this was wonderfull. I am going to pray for him and hope God will here his pleace as in Mt.25:31-46. He looks a very humble person and friendly. The way he was receiving greatings from visitors from all corners of the world. He could manage to stand almost three hours. May God give him strength. Amen.

March 20, 2013 at 8:48 am
(23) joanes says:

Scott, i think Albert did not understand what you meant. I got you clearly and i think you did not mean that he argues as a protestant. Albert i know you may want many things done as you wish but some of these things could not fit the current time and the church need to rejuvinate.

March 20, 2013 at 9:47 am
(24) Scott P. Richert says:

Albert, my point is that this inaugural Mass was very traditional in certain ways—ways that papal Masses by John Paul II and Benedict XVI weren’t. It was never going to be a Tridentine Mass, and given what we knew about Cardinal Bergoglio, simple vestments were to be expected.

The big surprise was the return of traditional elements—all of them, interestingly, related to the Eucharist—that had fallen by the wayside over the past 35 years. For that, we should be grateful.

As for access to the Traditional Latin Mass, Benedict XVI gave us—laymen—everything we need to make it happen. If a bishop stands in the way now, laymen can appeal to Rome, and the bishop will be corrected.

But too many traditionalist laymen aren’t willing to do what is necessary to take advantage of Summorum Pontificum. Instead, they expect the bishop to order his priests to celebrate the TLM. That’s not going to happen. You have to ask for it, to insist upon it as your right under SP.

You may find this post by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf quite useful: Dear Traditionalists,…

March 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm
(25) SAMIDOSS PAULRAJ says:

( 19 & 20 ) GENUFLECTION
Let us remind ourselves and recall to our mind
To genuflect [Latin genu flectere, geniculare (post-classic), to bend the knee; Greek gonu klinein or kamptein] expresses:
•an attitude
•a gesture: involving, like prostration, a profession of dependence or helplessness, and therefore very naturally adopted forpraying and for worship in general.
“The knee is made flexible by which the offence of the Lord is mitigated, wrath appeased, grace called forth” (St. Ambrose, Hexaem., VI, ix). “By such posture of the body we show forth our humbleness of heart” (Alcuin, De Parasceve). “The bending of the knee is an expression of penitence and sorrow for sins committed” (Rabanus Maurus, De Instit. Cler., II, xli).

The CHURCH recommends the least. CHRIST expects ALL the best.
The Church :- confession once in a year //… Mass once in a week.// Genuflection generally 3 times during Mass.
CHRIST:- frequent ……………….. Daily ……………….. not 3 times,but 30 times 3 …!!!

Blessed POPE JOHN PAUL II ,even in his last days used to observe ‘ GENUFLECTION ‘ with the help and support of
the priests next to him.!!! ( I read somewhere )

WHY THE PRIESTS SEEMS TO BE STINGY ABOUT GENUFLECTION AND IT IS REPLACED BY A BOW , WHICH IS ONLY RECOMMENDED FOR THE ‘ UNABLE ‘ ?!!!
AND WHY IT SEEMS THE WORD ‘ GENUFLECT ‘ IS NO MORE FOUND IN THE DICTIONERY OF MANY PRIESTS ?!!!
WE ADORE YOU OCHRIST !

March 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm
(26) SAMIDOSS PAULRAJ says:

THE CHURCH’S GUIDELINES

Genuflecting at Mass
ISSUE: What are the Churchs guidelines concerning genuflecting during Mass? What other guidelines does the
Church provide regarding reverence toward the Blessed Sacrament?
RESPONSE: Generally speaking, a priest makes three genuflections during Mass: after the elevation of the Eucha-
ristic bread, after the elevation of the sacred chalice, and directly before Communion (General Instruction to the
Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 233. If there is a tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament in the sanctuary, a genuflec-
tion is made before and after Mass and whenever anyone passes in front of the Blessed Sacrament (ibid; Ceremo-
nial of Bishops (CB), no. 71). However, during the entrance and exit processions, neither a genuflection nor a
deep bow is made by those who carry articles, such as the cross, candlesticks, and the Book of the Gospels (CB,
no. 70).
Even when not participating at Mass, one should always adore the Blessed Sacrament whenever entering a
Church, either by genuflecting toward the tabernacle or visiting the Blessed Sacrament chapel (CB, no. 71). If one is
unable to genuflect, a bow is an appropriate substitute.
LET US HOPE AND PRAY THAT POPE FRANCIS BE A MODEL !

March 25, 2013 at 11:22 am
(27) Bruce B. says:

Scott,
Some have suggested that bowing instead of genuflecting is part of the Eastern Catholic tradition and that Pope Francis might be following this tradition.

March 26, 2013 at 1:25 am
(28) SAMIDOSS PAULRAJ says:

(19) Bruce B. says:
Scott,
Different Bruce here than (5). Some of the traditionalist websites are claiming that he did not bow or genuflect to the consecrated host. I have not watched the mass. Is this a valid criticism?

March 20, 2013 at 7:41 am(20) Scott P. Richert says:
Bruce, from the video stream that I saw, it wasn’t clear to me. I thought that might be true, but Francis genuflected after elevating the chalice, so it seems unlikely.

In his other public Masses as pope, he has genuflected after both elevations, so even it it is true that he did not yesterday, I think, in charity, we need to assume the best—that, say, he was so overwhelmed by the circumstances that he made an error that he himself would be upset about.
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Pope Francis did not genuflect during PALM SUNDAY MASS !!!
Glad that people brought the Bread & Wine !
Glad that the POPE held the bread & Wine for at least 15 seconds each !!!

April 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm
(29) Jude says:

I find it interesting that you point out the use of the pope mobile, when in fact, Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II used the same exact open aired jeep for their time in St. Peter’s square. (Yes, JPII used the jeep even AFTER the assassination attempt.)
I’m overjoyed with our new Holy Father and his charism, but I do not like when columnists such as yourself use language that seems derogatory to previous papacies.
The papacy is not a political office in which one candidate tries to “out-do” his predecessor. It is a spiritual office in which each instrument of God brings his gifts to build and solidify the foundations laid by his predecessors to protect, defend, and pass on the Catholic faith. Your treatment of the office as a political one dumps you into the lie that the mainstream media tries to promote.

April 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm
(30) Scott P. Richert says:

Jude, you should spend a little more time reading pieces on this site before making such comments. Not only have I never treated the papacy as a political office, I have specifically attacked the mainstream media for doing so in the period after Pope Benedict announced his resignation. Nor would anyone who has read any of the things I have written about Pope Benedict since April 2007 (when I first started writing for About.com) ever be able to accuse me of being derogatory toward the Pope Emeritus.

April 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm
(31) Scott P. Richert says:

As for the use of the open-air jeep, you are correct that it was used by both John Paul II and Benedict XVI, but you seem to imply that it was always used when they were in Saint Peter’s Square. That is not true, and over the years it became more and more infrequently used, largely because of concerns (as I mentioned) over heightened security.

May 15, 2013 at 2:56 am
(32) Church Militant says:

JP II was the biggest heretic in conciliar church history. He allowed a statue of Buddha to sit on top of the Holy Tabernacle at Assisi – a blasphemy, indeed; and he asked St. John the Baptist to pray for and protect Islam – a religion that denies Christ as Lord and Savior. Both of these acts are an abomination. Peter, and other early Church popes, would never done such a thing. The conciliar church, indeed, is suffering a diabolical disorientation stemming from Vatican II, and it’s only going to get worse.

Oh, and as Bishop of Rome, Peter never would have bowed down to heretics for their “blessing”, just as Bishop Borgoglio bowed down to a protestant “minister” for his “blessing” an an inter-religious gathering; nor would Peter, Philip, Mark, or Apostles, whom were the other first Bishops, celebrate religious holidays with Christ-haters -the Jews. Such deniers of Christ call Jesus a “bastard” and “sorcerer”, and they say He is “boiling in his own excrement in hell”; and they say rather disparaging things about Our Blessed Mother, yet, Cardinal Borgoglio celebrates their hanukkah with them and attends their synagogue. This is another act of heresy. All of the aforementioned is the pink elephant in the room that conciliar “catholics” conveniently ignore or accept.

Furthermore, you attending the Latin Mass at Institute of Christ King only gives credence to the Novus Ordo novelty as the “primary” mass in the Roman Rite, which is actually forbidden because such new order mass not a Catholic Mass, therefore, there is no merit in your argument. Also, it is still not the same Mass from the Council of Trent, especially regarding the Good Friday prayer. It’s just a watered down version to appease apostate Christ-haters.

Continued…

May 15, 2013 at 3:05 am
(33) Church Militant says:

Part 2 (Continued)

Oh, and it’s kinda funny when you imply real Catholics are “protestants” because they are not obedient to heretics responsible for continuing the eclipse of the true Faith. Catholics are not obligated to follow error, heresy and apostasy. In essence, it is YOU and conciliarists who are Roman Protestants – that is, protestants in communion with Rome.

We must also remember there really is no such thing as “traditional”, “orthodox”, “conservative”, “liberal” or “progressive” Catholics, rather, there is only Catholic. Any deviation from the Deposit of Faith that lead up to Vat II Council is NOT Catholic. But, the real Catholics are forced to identify themselves as “traditional” in the world of labels, errors, people who lack the critical thinking, and people void of true understanding of the Faith. This goes back to so called “traditionalists” such as Summorum Pontificum Latin Mass attendees, and the FSSP, Institute of Christ King, etc., communities. They are not real (traditional) Catholics because they give credence to the heretical and non-Catholic novelties stemming from Vat II and adhere to the unfolding apostasy of Rome.

The true Catholic Faithful are the SSPX, CMRI, SSPV, and independents who reject Vatican II, yet love and live by the Councils preceding it, such Councils that reaffirmed, defended, and promulgated true Catholic dogma, doctrine, liturgy and spirituality.

May 15, 2013 at 3:25 am
(34) Church Militant says:

Part 3 …. Continued

The abominable insults written about the Lord Jesus Christ and our Blessed Mother is in the Babylonian Talmud, a collection of rabbinical discourse and teachings that Jews hold to as high esteem as the Torah. Why would any Bishop/Cardinal, such as Borgoglio, and Popes such as JP II and Benedict XVI, celebrate apostate holidays with these Christ-haters?

“By their fruits you shall know them” ~ Matt 7:16

Just look at the condition of the conciliar church regarding the abuses and increasing fold of fallen away and nominal “catholics” since Vatican II. Again, “By their fruits you shall know them” ~ Matt 7:16

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