Pope Mocks Traditional Mass

Pope Mocks Traditional Mass

It appears that a children’s book titled Dear Pope Francis [was] released on March 1. PopeFrancis children's book

Rorate Caeli obtained and posted a section of the book that is not only disturbing, but provides a snapshot into the mind of Francis concerning the ancient Mass of the Church.

This is the excerpt:

“Dear Pope Francis,
Were you ever near the priest as the altar boy?
Greetings from Alessio (Italy, age 9)”

“Dear Alessio, yes, I was an altar boy. And you? What part among the altar boys do you have? It’s easier to do now, you know: You might know that, when I was a kid, Mass was celebrated different than today. Back then, the priest faced the altar, which was next to the wall, and not the people. Then the book with which he said the Mass, the missal, was placed on the right side of the altar. But before reading of the Gospel it always had to be moved to the left side. That was my job: to carry it from right to left. It was exhausting! The book was heavy! I picked it up with all my energy but I wasn’t so strong; I picked it up once and fell down, so the priest had to help me. Some job I did! The Mass wasn’t in Italian then. The priest spoke but I didn’t understand anything. and neither did my friends.  So for fun we’d do imitations of the priest, messing up the words a bit to make up weird sayings in Spanish. We had fun, and we really enjoyed serving Mass.”

What, then, has Francis effectively taught this nine-year-old altar boy, and any youngster who reads the book?

1) The protestantized Novus Ordo is superior to the old, stodgy,“other-worldly” Tridentine Mass, where the priest faced the altar and not the people, and where the faithful allegedly could not understand what the priest said.

2) The Mass and things pertaining to the Mass can be the object of cheap amusement even by altar boys while they are serving. How contrary this is to the spirit of Catholicism.

The Gifts of Piety and Fear of the Lord, two of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost, instill in us a reverential fear of God, which recognizes God’s greatness and our littleness, and a deep respect for those things that pertain to God, which must be treated in a reverential manner. These Gifts do not appear to be manifest in Francis. There is also no sense of the supernatural when Francis speaks of the Mass.

Francis, the modernist Jesuit, boasts to a nine-year-old youngster, and thousands of other youngsters who will be given a copy of this book, that, “messing up the words a bit to make up weird sayings” is an acceptable practice for an altar server. What really matters, “We had fun…”. The excerpt from the book reminds us of the episode – captured on video – where Francis poked fun at the little altar boy properly folding his hands in prayer. “Are your hands stuck together?” asked Francis, grabbing the boys hands and moving apart and back.

For Francis, some of the most sacred aspects of Catholic practice can be the object of sport: “We messed up the words” of the Mass, “We had fun,” “Are your hands stuck together?”

Who is this vulgar little man that our contemporary Cardinals elected in 2013?

One month into his papacy, I stated publicly I would never allow Pope Francis to teach religion to my children. After almost three years of this tumultuous reign, I reconfirm that statement with greater intensity.

Francis’ vulgar mockery of aspects of the Mass (which reminds me of the Novus Ordo priests of the early 1970s trying so hard to be ‘cool’ and ‘one of the guys’), his public praise of the abortionist Emma Bonino, his guilty silence in the face of his duty to oppose Italy’s same-sex Civil Union bill (that passed due to his silence), his recent Situation Ethics approach to contraception, wherein he recently indicated that use contraception may be an option as a shield against Zika infection, and his countless scandalous words and actions wherein he sounds worse than a 21st Century combination of Cardinal Bernadin and Leonardo Boff, further and further erodes his moral authority. Faithful Catholics run for cover almost every time he opens his mouth.

This is why I am afraid when Francis appears ready to get his hands on anything else Catholic that I love, for he seems to subvert all he touches.

St. Alphonse Liguori tells us in a Letter of October 24, 1774, that it is possible for a Pope to be elected who does not have the greater glory of God as his main concern, that such a Pope will not receive the help from God that he needs, and that things will go from bad to worse.

St. Alphonsus writes at the time of a Papal Conclave, “As regards the bishops, very few of them possess genuine zeal for souls … So we have to pray to Jesus Christ that he would give us as head of the Church one possessed of more spirit and zeal for the glory of God than of learning and human prudence. He should be free of all party attachments and devoid of human respect. If, by chance, for our great misfortune, we should get a Pope that does not have the glory of God as his sole purpose, the Lord will not help him greatly and things from their present condition will go from bad to worse.”

We are now in a state where we have a Pope who seems to manifest some of the worst aspects of modernist Jesuitism, does not seem to be guided by the spirit of God, and where things are going from bad to worse. The Message of Fatima tells us to “pray a great deal for the Holy Father,” and likewise St. Alphonse Liguori urged Catholics to pray that the Lord remedy such a situation.

In the meantime, we continue to publicly resist the words and actions of Pope Francis that appear contrary to the Faith of all time, and promote the traditional Catholic Faith to all those in our sphere of influence.

We close by quoting the renowned Father Francisco Suarez, one of many who remind us of the need to resist: “If [the Pope] gives an order contrary to good customs, he should not be obeyed; if he attempts to do something manifestly opposed to justice and the common good, it will be licit to resist him; if he attacks by force, by force he can be repelled, with a moderation appropriate to a just defense.”  Source – Catholic Family News

Comment:

How can it be, that Pope Francis has come to detest the ancient Mass to the point where he would apparently seek to poison the mind of a child against it? This is one book I most certainly won’t be recommending to anyone, nor will I buy a copy as a gift for any of my nephews/nieces. – especially my 10 year old and 13 year nephews who serve at the Traditional Latin Mass.  What about you?

Comments (154)

  • Christina

    I’ve just seen this in the latest Ite Missa Est, and was very struck by this extract from a letter written in 1992 by Fr. Hervé de la Tour (SSPX) to the then District Superior of the U.S.A., Fr. François Laisney, quoting from an article about vocations in a 50s periodical for priests. It is well worth a read and certainly gives one to think in the present context, contrasting the full seminaries of the period to the emptying and closures of today.

    “We should explain the ceremonies of the Mass to children (and especially to our altar boys). In Summer Camps or Catechism Sessions, lessons about the Vestments, Sacred Vessels and Linens were alwas appreciated. Children enjoyed learning about the great mystery of our Faith. It is in doing this that we will plant in their hearts a love for the Mass and in some boys a desire to be priests.”

    Well I remember how primary school children (5 – 7 in those days) loved to handle the tiny model altar with all the little ‘vestments’, etc., that we used in lessons on the Mass, before they were taken to the church. Their wonder and interest were palpable. Children are so impressionable at this age, and the lessons and impressions they receive are of crucial importance.

    March 12, 2016 at 10:27 am
  • Athanasius

    Editor

    With respect to Fr. Arthur, he is becoming something of a nuisance. I have noted that he refuses to answer almost all contributions save yours, Christiana’s and Margaret Mary’s, and only then because he has led you all into the classic troll distraction of multiple exchanges over side issues while avoiding the more serious issues of the Mass, etc. I don’t mean this in a nasty way because I have been led down that road myself in the past, I’m just saying what I observe.

    What is the point of him being here if he refuses to engage in exchanges that actually matter to the faith and salvation of souls? Are you sure he’s a Catholic priest? I’m not convinced; he seems too indifferent to the really important stuff. I sure hope he’s not one of those liberals G K Chesterton referred to when he wrote:; “only dead fish flow with the current”!

    March 12, 2016 at 7:44 pm
    • editor

      Athanasius,

      I understand your frustration.

      I have no evidence that Fr Arthur is a priest beyond his own word, which, in charity, I have to take at face value. We’ve had some email correspondence today on the subject but he doesn’t trust me sufficiently to identify himself, so we must simply accept his word, at this time.

      He seems to interpret the comments on this blog as being uncharitable and abusive towards the Pope – while he may not support everything the Pope says and does, I suspect that he is of that school of thought which thinks we should keep silent about him. A sort of “loyalty” at all costs – now, that’s not what HE’s said, it’s what I suspect, reading his comments.

      I suggest that, at this stage, we simply respond if we choose to do so, in a particular topic, but only in short replies, and leave the readers to notice the unanswered questions and gaps, as I have noted, reading down this thread a few minutes ago.

      I’m going to have to disappear for a bit since I’ve had a hectic day and spent a fair bit of time catching up with emails, so I need a break. Oh for the days when I could rely on Columbo to rest my weary bones, so to speak. We’ll never see his like again… 😀

      March 12, 2016 at 8:32 pm
    • jimislander

      Dears Ed xxx I am surprised that “Fr.Arthur ” Has so much time on his hands to be here constantly to reply to any of his posts. i just wonder when he entered the Masonic lodge. Was it with JP2’s statetment that “Catholics must look too their “conscience” before joining “. Or was it earlier? If so How the hell did you ever get yourself into such a state? Give answer

      March 12, 2016 at 9:25 pm
      • editor

        Jimislander,

        I never wonder about anyone having time to blog, since I know from my own experience that it is the busy people who get things done. Always. So, that’s really not the issue.

        The issue is that Fr Arthur seems to be beyond Modernism. I really can’t understand why he blogs here because he clearly doesn’t agree with our concerns about the Church.

        I spoke on the phone this evening with a sometime blogger and she mentioned him… why? She said she now included him in her daily rosary. I suggest we all do the same.

        March 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm
  • Athanasius

    Editor

    Good advice, thank you.

    Now, whatever happened to Miss Marple? Have you traded her for Columbo? I had you down as a Hetty Wainthrop person myself!

    March 12, 2016 at 9:20 pm
    • editor

      Athanasius,

      I love them all !

      March 12, 2016 at 10:51 pm

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