Thursday, March 14, 2013

Trads Gone Wild, But Not Everywhere, Thank God

Last night, I had to get off the computer lest one more diatribe of hatred and ridicule toward our new pope cause me to sin.  A traditional blog I link to, but will probably drop from the roll, went so far as to refer to our new pontiff as a mule, but in far less polite terms.  My youngest, reading such trash over my shoulder, remarked that this was as bad as the other extreme of the church that clamors for women's ordination and a wink and a nod at mortal sin.

Truth be told, I was hesitant to log on to the blogosphere today but I'm glad I did, because Father Z said what needed to be said in a way that only a man as gifted as he can.   Father MacDonald over at Southern Orders also had a brief but pointed reminder of the value of liturgy that is long on tradition but short on love.  Those of you who  have thrown some pretty uncharitable tantrums since the election of Pope Francis would do well to go read both of them.

Would I have preferred a pope with a known inclination toward the Extraordinary Form? I cannot tell a lie.  Of course I would have, but I am a sinful, weak human being who too often would rather see my own will be done than that of my Father in Heaven.  I have seen nothing but gentleness and humility in Pope Francis and I   feel assured that he won't compromise on the intrinsic teachings of the faith.  In the meantime, I still have a TLM to attend every Sunday and an orthodox pastor who offers a liturgically correct, valid and most reverent Novus Ordo each day.

For the love of God and all that is sacred, give Pope Francis a chance before you hang the crepe of mourning on your balcony or, worse yet,  disparage and ridicule the Vicar of Christ before he's even installed.

BTW, I just love that the Mass of Installation will take place on the Feast of the Spouse of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, the foster-father of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

That's all.


  1. I was astonished when I saw that blog you referred to! And not in a pleasant way.
    And I also love that the installation mass in on St. Joseph's day. :)

    1. Kelly the post in question has since been taken down because the author was ordered to do so by someone in authority over him. How sad that it was posted at all about a man who was not only ordained a priest but chosen as the next Apostolic Successor to St. Peter. Some folks have really flown off the handle but I think Father Z and Father MacDonald's response to such folks says all that needs to be said about them.
      God bless

  2. Taylor Marshal who considers himself one of those Trads also chastised them as well. If you didn't see it, it's here:

    Boy I didn't know there was such vehemence. Mark Shea, whose blog I don't like but I did see it, called them the "urine and viengar wing" of the traditionalists.

    I'm certainly conservative, but it never saw this side. This reminds me of the ultra orthodox jews who must have everything one particular way or no way. I would say I'm conservative in the George Weigel mold, conservative with reason.


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