Sunday, December 16, 2007

I Finally Met A Roman Mormon
Not to be confused with a Roman Protestant

Due to inclement weather, Mrs. Caveman and I decided not to make our regular 250 mile pilgrimage to our Traditional Latin Mass. So we had to suck it up and roll the dice here locally. Allow me to state that even though I'd rather not attend a Novus Ordo Mass, I have been to ones that were reverend and respectful... well as reverend and respectful as you can get when if comes to the open-ended Novus Ordo. But anyhow, what an interesting Sunday we had. Our foray into becoming God; my buddy the bishop; and how we mere humans rate over God, went something like this --

We went to a "faith community" that I've posted about before (here and here), but there's a fairly new priest there and we've heard that he's half-ways decent... so we decided to check it out.

Besides the aesthetically steril surroundings and the roar of the crowd prior to Mass that made personal prayer difficult (Somethings never change. Different priest, same bullshit) it was your typical Gee-Aren't-We-Great-Fest Cult of Man orgy that's so typical of the "Spirit" of Vatican II mindset.

But the main outrage of the morning was the sermon. Good ol' Padre was telling the tale of how he had to make a stop at a nearby nursing home to visit a dying man. Padre made it clear that he was really tired, and wanted to make his visit as quick as possible. Poor Father. Rough week. How inconsiderate of this guy to be on his deathbed.

Anyhow, As Padre relates the story - He (the dying man) asked me, "if I take Communion, will I become Jesus?" All I could think of is what St Augustine said about 'you become what you eat'... and the man asked me again, "if I take Communion, will I become Jesus?" All I could say was 'Amen'! Then the man said that he was ready to recive Jesus.

What absolute and utter garbage. This priest didn't have the guts to tell that dying man The Truth. We don't 'become Jesus'. Rather, Jesus completely overtakes and consumes US when we recieve Holy Communion. We don't consume Him. He consumes us. But no... this priest would rather dance around heretical Mormon "theology" concerning "becomeing a god" drivel. Or then again, maybe he was big into that Cosmic Jesus tripe that was so big back in the 70's and 80's. Either way, this guy's a moral coward. He didn't tell that man what he needed to hear... he told him what he wanted to hear. I was standing up ready to walk out, but Mrs. Caveman soothed the savage caveman.

Then during the part of this Novus Ordo group-grope where the announced presider stated that we are in union with Benedict our Pope, Mike our Bishop, etc, etc. 'Mike our bishop', 'eh? I was stunned. Rather presumptuous, wouldn't you say? Personally, I consider that to be unbelievably disrespectful. If I ever see Bishop Burbidge again, I just might refer to His Excellency as "Bishop Mike". What the hell... why not? One of his own priests does.

But on second thought, maybe I do realize why this guy is so laid back. Just one quick look at his congregation said it all. Half looked like they just fell out of bed, and the other half looked as if they were on their way to a barbecue. After all, the flock is a direct reflection of the shepherd.

Finally, the end of this exersize in theistic masturbation was mercifully coming to an end. The last thing Father Feelgood said was "Let us go forth to love and serve each other". Shouldn't that have been "to love and serve The Lord"?

In all fairness, this priest does seem quite the affable fellow, but he just got so many of the basics wrong. And no one, especially a priest, should get away with that.

11 Comments:

Blogger paramedicgirl said...

Cavey, you better get a Hummer so you and the Missus can get to your TLM in bad weather. It does no good to the soul to have to sit through a Mass that makes you mad. Besides, it's FUN driving a Hummer!!!

5:29 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Vir S.C.--

Got caught like that two weeks back--still drinking heavily to destroy the memories

7:38 PM  
Blogger Vetus Melius Est said...

Caveman,

What happened two weeks ago?!?!

VME

8:59 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Cavey it'd be better for you to go to an Odox Church than sit through that. No you wouldn't be allowed to approach the chalice, but at least you wouldn't be approaching angry, and therefore unworthily. And the Pope declared that attending an Odox Divine Liturgy fulfills your obligation. NO Catholic should have to endure that. As my former pastor said, "Without authentic Liturgy, a Church cannot be authentic because it is through the Liturgical Rites that we are connected to Christ." Heresy is as heresy does.

9:50 PM  
Blogger tara said...

Sheesh, no wonder you don't like going to the Novus Ordo Masses. And why are there so many priests who take such liberties with the Mass? The reason the mr. feelgoods get away with this business of, "let us go forth to love and serve each other"--well the congregation he serves needs to slap this namby pamby milk toast upside the head.

10:50 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Vetus--

Was away from my dead orthodox parish and it's excellent standard of the Ars Celibrandi,went to mass at a dissenting parish with a very creative interpetation of the relevant documents.

12:08 AM  
Blogger Kasia said...

Out of curiosity, is your objection to "Mike our bishop" that he used the first name, or that he used a nickname? Would "Michael our bishop" have been better? 'Cause it's standard here to pray for "Adam our bishop" (in reference to Cardinal Maida), but of course Adam is not a name that it's easy to come up with a nickname for. If he'd said "Michael our bishop", I would've not even batted an eye. However, it goes without saying that I would never dream of addressing His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida as "Adam". "Your Eminence" and "Cardinal" are about as informal as I get.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Kasia,
It was the "Mike" that I found offensive and disrespectful.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Al said...

Cavey,

You have my deepest sympathy. I've sat through many a disaster like this unable to leave due to being surrounded by my fellow parishioners.

Although after 1 Mass a couple months ago, I did tell the music director that his choice of music was straight out of Hell. & most weeks, I still think a lot of it is. He thinks I'm joking when I say that the roof is going to collapse on the "goings on" some day. I'm NOT!!!!!!

So, don't be surprized if you read that my head has been found on a silver platter. Like John the Baptist, I am telling them exactly what I think God feels about what they are doing wrong.

There is 1 thing that surprized me about your adventure. Given how they addressed the bishop, I am surprized that they didn't say Ben our Pope.

As for the Novus Ordo in general, all I can say is with friends like this priest (& quite a few others), who needs enemies?

While my work schedule no longer allows it on Sundays, on Tuesdays I can go accross the river where there is a priest who does the Novus Ordo right & may soon regularly be having a TLM.

Meanwhile, can the Chastisement spoken of by Our Lady at Akita be very far off? I think NOT!

6:34 AM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

(sigh) I like to think well of my little mission parish, with its third world immigrant priest, but he pretty much skips the Confiteor or else expects us to do it interiorly in less than five seconds.
And, of course, the music is guitar stuff. We haven't the resources to to bring forth anything better for the Saturday vigil.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Unitas said...

"Cavey, you better get a Hummer so you and the Missus can get to your TLM in bad weather."

Haha, yeah, his wife could drive while he manned the 50!

Just keep him away from that priest, we don't need any 'friendly fire' incidents... :P

2:46 PM  

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