Tag: Extraordinary Form

The SSPX – when a church goes COVID cult

SSPX chapel quarantine notice, 25 March 2020

As a clinical virologist involved in the fight against SARS coronavirus 2 in South Africa, I advised 2 Catholic groups in Cape Town on how to manage groups of people (at Mass and otherwise) during the local epidemic. The Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Town shut down 12 days before the country shut down, and went online with video streams of congregationless Masses. Some in the SSPX congregation then advertised their chapel as the only Catholic church that was open, then crammed “very close to 100 people” into a chapel that seats 70-80 at most, and then made plans to continue underground Mass throughout lockdown, thereby recklessly disregarding the safety of the community.

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Adventist and Catholic News & Views 011 – 9 March 2020 – Coronavirus edition

Coronaviruses - electron microscopy

Key words: Coronavirus, Cryptic transmission, Seattle, Revelation, Crackpot, Doug Batchelor, Amazing Facts, Herbert Armstrong, COVID-19, South Africa, Zweli Mkhize, Vatican, Italy, Communion in the hand, Communion on the tongue, Extraordinary Form, Violet Harris

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Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

Icon of Christ Crucified, chapel of San Damiano, near Assisi

For some time now, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have been in the news. Marc Aupiais over at the South African Catholic News Service asked me to write something about them. In short, there is too much opinion and not enough fact out there – we don’t have all the details, and are unlikely to. I’ve expressed my own opinion in the op-ed on what may have gone wrong, and whether or not the action taken may be justified. Also worth discussing is whether or not this is a bad sign for the use of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass – which I don’t think it is.

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The Forbidden Rite

The Tridentine Mass, by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter

“In 2007 the Vatican made an unprecedented decision. After over half a century of bitter conflict within the Church, an ancient, almost forbidden rite was finally unleashed. For some it was the beginning of the end. For others the battle had finally begun.” – Reclaiming the Sacred Productions

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Youth and the Latin Mass

Tridentine Mass celebrated on Palm Sunday in the chapel of Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Photo by John Stephen Dwyer

The Latin Mass is growing in popularity around the world, and over the last few years I’ve seen several reports of how young Catholics are attracted to the ancient Mass. This is a growing movement that I don’t believe can be stopped.

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More photos from the Latin Mass training, 2013

Training at the altar, Latin Mass training course, 2013, Ratcliffe College

As mentioned previously, a priest, Fr Noel, from the Archdiocese of Cape Town recently attended the Latin Mass training course at Ratcliffe College in England, which was organised by the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. Fr Noel has kindly given me some photos to share.

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Liturgies – Catholic vs Orthodox

The Mass

The two videos below show the differences between some modern Catholic and Orthodox Masses / Divine Liturgies. Eastern rite Catholics are similar to the Orthodox.

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Training for the Traditional Latin Mass, 2013

Low Mass, LMS training course, Ratcliffe College, 2003.

A priest from the Archdiocese of Cape Town attended the recent training course for the Latin Mass in Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire, UK. More photos will follow, but here are a few from the organisers, used with the permission of Joseph Shaw of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales.

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Pope Francis, the Latin Mass, and elaborate ceremonies – updated

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio SJ, 2008

Will Pope Francis suppress the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, allowing us only the Ordinary Form, thereby reversing the much-needed liturgical reform? He has that authority. He can bind and loose with the authority given to Peter. But I don’t believe he will.

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One vernacular Mass on Sunday

Pope Benedict XVI in 2010

I am tired. Hence the long break between posts. I am do tired. And I wish the above comment would come true. Then I might have more energy. I dread the election of the next pope. What if he’s not another Benedict?

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