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.
Tag: Extraordinary Form
Mar 09 2020
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
Dec 15 2013
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.
Nov 29 2013
“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
Jun 30 2013
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.
Apr 19 2013
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.
Mar 14 2013
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.