It’s a game, a deadly game, for a few catholic conservative-but-only-by-way-of-political-correctness-bloggers, to scream and shriek and shrilly wail about “Novus Ordo Priests”, who, for them, are all Marxist-homosexualists, almost all of whom, they say, are effete. Using the stats of the John-Jay report, this ludricrous rant would have it that all “Novus Ordo Priests” are potential molesters of youngsters.
Just one of the many criminal effects of such rants, of these, ironically, Marxist-homosexualist rants, is that people who were about to make a good confession after many years of being away may now not do so. Nefas est.
“But Father, but Father,” the ranter protests, “you complain even about bishops who do the wrong thing!”
Yep. I do… about those who actually do what is wrong. And I always make this distinction for people: if Father So and So teaches what is wrong, don’t hestitate to tell people that what he says is wrong. If Father So and So ignores the rubrics and won’t read what’s written, don’t hesitate to take it up with him and/or the bishop and/or the Holy See.
But don’t be belitting Father So and So because of idiosyncracies (no matter how distasteful), or because of personality conflicts (no matter how terrible), or because you think you are holier (in which case you are not), or because you’re making a power-move among the power-groups of the parish (which only shows your weakness), or among those of the internet (which only points to narcissism), or because you… wait for it… condemn to hell priests who offer the Most Holy Sacrifice in the Ordinary Form, along with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, gloriously reigning, because he also is a “Novus Ordo Priest”… or because — and this is to the point– because you note what you think is a narcissistic trait in Father So and So, or a weakness in Father So and So, a bit of impatience, a bit of not-yet-saintliness…
“But Father, but Father,” the ranter protests, “why not belittle Father So and So? Shouldn’t he be belittled because he is a priest and therefore has a special obligation to get everything in every way right, especially in my own eyes?”
Be helpful to Father So and So, but don’t belittle him. And there is something more to consider because of the fact that he a priest:
Remember that Father So and So is able to absolve sin. People may hesitate and not go to confession and then not be on their way to heaven because of your words belittling him. You will have to answer for such words to our Lord. Perhaps He will give you one last chance to repent before you die, one last chance to go to confession, but there may only be one of those “Novus Ordo Priests”, one of those, in your opinion, “Marxist-homosexualist” “effete” ”Novus Ordo Priests,” who will be available to grant you a totally valid absolution. And then you may well refrain from being absolved, not being able to face your condemnation of “Novus Ordo Priests.” And then our Lord may well say to you, “O.K., then, so, just go to hell.” And you will, then, go to hell, blaspheming the whole way, and then for eternity, saying forever, “But he offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Ordinary Form and therefore is to be damned forever and ever and ever and ever and ever….” Meanwhile, you may well see Father So and So in heaven, especially because he carried well the cross of your belittling rants, and asked Jesus to forgive you, a forgiveness you may, however, reject, ever so sadly.
“But Father! But Father! Priests have even abused youngsters!”
Yes, they have, a few of them. Many who have gone to prison have also been innocent. Follow the Father Gordon MacRae case (about) at These Stone Walls. Instruct yourself about this along with Cardinal Dulles and Father Neuhaus. The problem is that vigilante Marxist-homosexualists do not consider due process for priests a viable course of action. Vigilante Marxist-homosexualists attack the Lord’s anointed just to do so: If there is an accusation, he’s as guilty as hell, no matter what, all in the name of, you know, justice. There is a hatred for the priesthood as priesthood. This has nothing to do with the Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form of the Mass. It has to do with keeping people away from Confession.
Dear readers.. What’s the response to be? Well, going to Confession, of course. Regularly, frequently. When there are penitents going to Confession, this very fact is also an encouragement to all priests, whatever Form of Mass they offer, to go to Confession themselves. And when that happens, you will noticably see how Mass is offered with a change for the better, in either the Ordinary or Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
Don’t be fooled. Rubrics can also be ignored in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Just ask some really old priests what also happened back in the day, if there was ever a priest who ignored the rubrics. It can happen. And, just to say, there are priests who offer both Forms of Holy Mass. And there have been heretics and horrific sinners who offered only the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. You see, this will be the next step of the Marxist-homosexualists. They will note that because this or that priest of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass committed this or that sin, that all priests of the Extraordinary Form are Marxist-homosexualists, most of whom are effete. Oh, that’s right… That’s already been done.
The point of all this? Help your priests of whatever Form, as it were, to be good, holy priests. Go to Confession.
Why bother to answer such a rant? Because the hermitage is dedicated to priests who are also undergoing the purgatory of this life. Because such rants condemning priests just to condemn them are unjust. Because such rants, as I’ve said, may make people hesitate to go to Confession.
So, then, a prayer for such ranters, for their conversion, and a prayer for priests to assist them on their way to becoming great saints: Hail Mary…