Monday, June 09, 2008

Father Finigan Nails It
Now THAT'S "multicultural"!

The good Father from Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Blackfen, UK, has absolutely nailed it. Multicultural Youth Mass at Lourdes
While at Lourdes, we saw a number of groups of girls and young women, supervised by sisters in the habit of the Dominicans. The berets and sensible skirts did not look at all frumpy - as one lady in my group observed: "Trust the French! They even manage to make school uniform look chic!" Naturally curious, I asked once or twice "Where are your from?" and was told that they were from the "Ecoles Dominicaines". On the Saturday before we left, I saw a large group assembling outside the St Bernadette Chapel. This photo shows just a small section:

The gathering piqued my interest even more and I began to realise that the assembly might be related to the Society of St Pius X - one of the young men helping to steward the Mass confirmed this.

Inside the chapel, I saw everything prepared for High Mass and realised that this was a major photo/video opportunity, so I rushed back to the hotel to get my big camera. Together with another couple of priests, I attended the Mass and was greatly moved by the devotion of the large congregation. The front section of the large chapel was taken up by the schoolchildren and the sisters. The rear section was taken up by families.

Below is a video that I made up of the photos I took and the clips I managed to film. No soundtrack or recording has been added - the singing is all recorded by my tiny camera microphone and therefore not of best quality - although if you hook up a couple of speakers it is not at all bad.

Now I know that this is an event of the SSPX and that there are problems there. I know that Bishop Williamson has said some silly things and I certainly do not agree with them.

Nevertheless, I was struck forcibly by the extent to which this celebration of Mass fulfilled so many of the genuine demands of the Second Vatican Council (hence the rather "tongue in cheek" overlay quotations.) I wondered why anyone would want to stop this kind of celebration.

I also reflected on the many times I have been told to "feel the pain of disunity" when attending ecumenical services. I have never felt that pain as much as when I saw these good people celebrate Mass, receive communion and kneel down to make their thanksgiving after Mass. Why are we not doing all we can to foster the unity of the Church? Why do we continue to ignore the SSPX chapels and schools in our dioceses? If only we could be fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with these good people pro felici statu Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae (for the good estate of the Holy Roman Church).
That the SSPX was even allowed to celebrate Mass on premises speaks volumes concerning the attitude of The Holy Father towards them.

And speaking of Bishop Williamson, I recently read that he said (along the lines of the rampant anti-God, pro-homosexual "lifestyle" that's ever so prevalent in Western culture): "if The Lord doesn't do something soon about this, He's going to owe Sodom and Gomorrah an apology."

Love, hate or indifferent towards Bishop Williamson, you gotta admit... he's got a point.


Blogger deb said...

I am only now, after nearly three years of being a Catholic, learning about the differences between NO and the Latin Mass(is that the correct term) Most of my education has been done on your site! So, can you provide links for those of us who are newbies in this area and would link to learn more?

12:15 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

And a Damned good One, at that!

I know some people, who are quietly building hidey holes for scripture and missals, etc. and more than some who are starting to stock up, for the chastisment they feel is comeing.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Here's just a few ---

Hope this helps!!

PS, and of course, attend the Latin Mass Mass at either Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rocky Mount, the cathedral in Raleigh, or Sacred Heart in Dunn

2:10 PM  
Blogger paramedicgirl said...

"if The Lord doesn't do something soon about this, He's going to owe Sodom and Gomorrah an apology."

Oh, that's a good one!

12:47 PM  
Blogger deb said...

Thank you for the links.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Moretben said...

The Sodom and Gomorrah quote was, I regret to inform you, pinched from Billy Graham. As with so much else percolating into SSPX-US, cherchez les fundamentalistes.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

No need to regret anything. After the prompting from you that said quote very well may have originated from Mr. Graham, I've researched it a wee bit more.

I regret to inform you that Mr Graham pinched it from his wife (

I do question your characterazation of the SSPX as cherchez les fundamentalistes. I find descriptions of such often the mindset of the post Vatican II-European amoureux de nouveauté. Which often times has percolated into The Church in America.

6:08 PM  

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