The SHOCK! The HORROR!
Yes, truly. But not for Archbishop Bergoglio’s participation.
And not because there were puppets at Mass.
And not because the moderation queue of Holy Souls Hermitage comments box is jammed with the video I have placed in this post.
But because it was put there in the comments box by those, it seems, with the self-congratulatory spittle-flecked hatred of Pope Francis that is spawned not so much by fear or dismay, but with, it seems, the arrogance of those who, with a dance and a song, themselves play the puppets of anti-Catholicism as they exclaim: “Neyah neyah neyah neyah neyah! We’re right! You’re wrong! Because we’re sede-vacantists, and we are each of us a Pope, and so we are always right!” Sigh.
(1) Did Archbishop Bergoglio give prior approval to this Mass, or was he ambushed? Take a look at him in the procession out. He’s rather different from the others, don’t you think? Just, like, you know, a little?
(2) Were puppets a part of the liturgy, or was that something that went on beforehand, with the puppets relegated to the back top tier of the bleachers, as far away as they could be during the Mass itself? Beforehand and relegated to the back. Interesting.
Jumping to conclusions which foment hatred is not a good sign of being a good son or daughter of the Church, is it? No. It’s not.
Before we get started, let me say this. I think that there are very few in this world alive today, or who have died in the last forty years or so, who have suffered more on behalf of the promotion of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass than yours truly. I’ve heard lots of stories. Very few have surpassed what I’ve been through. That’s just the way it is. It’s a joy to be crucified for the Lord. Tough while it’s happening, to be sure, but well worth it, both personally and for the Church. And… and… I’m not bitter about it. One of these days the stories will be written in the autobiography, if the Lord so pleases.
Also, just to say, I’ve seen a thousand times over how bishops can be ambushed by a clergy which wants nothing more than to discredit their bishops. I’ve seen it and I’ve heard about it, not only in the multitude of countries and continents where I’ve worked as priest and taught in seminaries right around the world, but also in Rome, where I lived for decades, where horror stories came my way from members of the curia, whose stories were on their desks, from lowly still-on-probation “officials” to Cardinals. Archbishop Bergoglio was quite violently hated by a good percentage of the clergy of his Archdiocese, was he not, and for a thousand reasons? He despised the liberation theologians and gay-rights crowds, of which there are many. One should be careful to strike at the anointed of the Lord.
Now then, to the point. There are those who are terribly weak in faith who, over the next weeks, will try to prove that hating Pope Francis is justified because of whatever dirt they think they dig up. Whether that dirt is real or just conveniently perceived to be that way matters not. What matters for them is striking at the Lord’s anointed. This, they think, will justify them. But, consider these questions:
Why do you think it is that when a Pope is elected, any excommunications and penalties he may have had levied against him are dropped? So that he can start fresh? Yep. So that he will not be hindered? Yep.
Why do you think that the room where he vests in his new clothing after his election is called the room of tears? Does the elect of the Lord have a sudden realization of what has come upon him, much like Saint Thomas Becket did when he became Archbishop?
And what of those who will not give the Holy Spirit any leeway to work on any of us? What is to be said about them? Will they know wailing and gnashing of teeth instead of such tears?
I have no intention of turning the comments box of Holy Souls Hermitage over to the bitter, to the self-congratulating, to those who refuse to fight the fight of the Church Militant in union with the Vicar of Christ, who refuse to be crucified. No, no. I will allow just one But Father! But Father! …
But Father! But Father! You publicly criticized Pope Benedict XVI. So, what on earth are you talking about?!
Sure I did. Something about Genesis 3,15 in a certain thesis. I did that with the express blessing of His Holiness, a most gracious gentleman, a most humble scholar, more so than all others on the face of the earth.
The point here, instead, is that one is to give a newly elected Supreme Pontiff a chance. Honestly!
Let’s pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, gloriously reigning. Let’s pray with a spirit of goodness and kindness, not of despair and bitterness. Let’s be eager sons and daughters of the Church, eager to be crucified with the Lord Jesus and with the Holy Father.
I ask each of those who hate Pope Francis: Quo vadis?