Defending Good Priests from the Papacy of Insults

Posted on 9th December by Liturgy Guy:

The papal hits just keep on coming. If you are a “rigid” Catholic these days (in other words orthodox and traditional) there’s a bullseye on your cassock and the Holy Father has taken aim. In this morning’s  homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis resorted once again to insulting “rigid” Catholics, this time priests.

The Holy Father began by first discussing the need for priests to be mediators rather than intermediaries. Yes, I am aware that those words (largely) have the same connotation, but regardless, Pope Francis classified intermediaries as being those awful “rigid” priests we keep hearing about. One wonders if by rigid he is referring to those unmerciful meanies who get so hung up on things like doctrine, truth, sin, salvation, etc.

Nevertheless, it was then that the pope recounted this odd anecdote:

About rigidity and worldliness, it was some time ago that an elderly monsignor of the curia came to me, who works, a normal man, a good man, in love with Jesus – and he told me that he had gone to buy a couple of shirts at Euroclero [the clerical clothing store] and saw a young fellow – he thinks he had not more than 25 years, or a young priest or about to become a priest – before the mirror, with a cape, large, wide, velvet, with a silver chain. He then took the Saturno [wide-brimmed clerical headgear], he put it on and looked himself over. A rigid and worldly one.

This has, unfortunately, become classic Francis. Note we have the elderly monsignor, who is both “normal” and “good.” In other words, the Vatican II generation priest is the good guy in our story. He just wants to buy a couple regularshirts.

He then encounters the usual villain in these papal admonitions: the young traditionalist. This one is extra young (not more than 25) and extra traditional (trying on a Saturno!), so we know that he is extra villainous.

For his actions, trying on the cape and Saturno, the young man is called “rigid and worldly”, which seems a bit extreme. After all, who are we to judge him?

Pope Francis went on:

And that priest – he is wise, that monsignor, very wise – was able to overcome the pain, with a line of healthy humor and added: ‘And it is said that the Church does not allow women priests!’. Thus, does the work that the priest does when he becomes a functionary ends in the ridiculous, always.

Ridicule. Always an effective tool for educating your (spiritual) children. As a father of five I can honestly say that insults and ridicules are horrible ways to correct our kids behavior. Of course, there really is nothing to correct here. The villain of the piece is simply a young priest who prefers traditional garb. Period.

This disdain for a certain group of faithful, both clergy and laity, who lean traditional in their preferences is par for the papal course these days. Whatever.

That a younger generation has rejected the scorched earth policy of the post-conciliar generation is beyond comprehension to them. We want ALL the truth and beauty of our faith. That a 25 year old priest might actually want to dress like priests have dressed for centuries confounds them.

As to the “joke”  by the normal and good elderly monsignor referencing the young priest behaving as a woman, this is standard fare for the self-loathing Catholic. It’s straight out of the National Catholic Reporter com box. It’s what heterodox Catholics resort to when presented with cassocks, capes, capa magnas, Latin, and lace. Those on the side of error always attack what’s true, good, and beautiful.

We must defend our good priests from this continued effort to demean and demoralize them in their vocation. The continuing insults hurled at so many good and holy men can take a toll. It’s the Saul Alinsky tactics of the Left: isolate and ridicule your opponent.

Many of our very best, orthodox, traditional priests will never ask for our help. They will perceive this papacy as an opportunity to grow in holiness through these insults. They’re not wrong of course.

We the faithful, however, must still defend. We must fortify them through our words of encouragement. We must reassure them in their vocation. And most of all we must support them with our prayers, most particularly to Our Lady.

And let us all consider buying our favorite priest a Saturno to go along with his glorious cassock while we’re at it.

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21 Responses to Defending Good Priests from the Papacy of Insults

  1. johnhenrycn says:

    PF’s anecdote doesn’t deserve anything aside from sadness and perhaps a few tears for low he chooses to stoop to conquer.

    But, with all due respect to the Liturgy Guy (whose postings I always admire) and without intending to in anyway disparage priests who prefer antique apparel and vestments, another angle on this little papal story which PF’s “elderly monsignor…a normal man, a good man…” , and indeed the Man in White himself, seems not to have considered is that the person they pillory may have been a flaming queen (the homosexual clergy love to dress up) rather than a rigidly orthodox priest. PF and his elderly “normal” flunky should have thought of that before reaching their knee-jerk verdict. How ironic: PF could have used that opportunity to lambaste queer clerics instead of old fashioned ones, if only it had crossed his mind. I don’t suppose dementia is a possibility? Let’s hope not.

  2. johnhenrycn says:

    Yes, indeed, Sauce for the gander. That last pic reminds me of a popular Novus Ordo hymn:

  3. Toad says:

    Balls -up. Try again

    “(the homosexual clergy love to dress up) “
    Oh really, JH?
    https://www.stpeterslist.com/5111/cardinal-burke-10-photos-of-this-wondrous-prince-of-the-church/

    And, as far as I can see (not very, to be sure) my reprinting of the outpourings of Ann and “Randy” has been dumped.
    How odd. And how Catholic.

  4. joe says:

    Its a bit unmanly for a young man to swirl in front of a mirror with a cape and fancy hat http://static6.tellymixcdn.com/ts/800/450/www.tellymix.co.uk/files/2016/01/the-voice-2016-hat-wars-uk-5-1.jpg

  5. johnhenrycn says:

    You don’t know what you’re talking about:

    …and this. Twit.

  6. johnhenrycn says:

    Er, please take note of the full stop after “…and this” (•) – and my next word, “Twit” (at 20:56) just in case anyone doesn’t know to whom I was referring when I ejaculated blurted out the word “Twit” in reference to my Pal, Joey.
    ___
    As for Twad and his low class dime-a-word hack attempt (18:38) at humour, His Eminence is a Prince of the Church, not an habitué of gay bars and bath houses in Toledo, Ohio. He wears ensemble like that for exactly and only for the same reason most monarchs and monarchs-to-be (inshalla) do: it is expected and appreciated by his subjects. Your predictable slur was one repeated ad nauseam by “Molybdinite” – the crone from Adelaide – on the old Holy Smoke blog. V. unoriginal

  7. Toad says:

    I don’t think it’s a question of being “unmanly,” Joe. Many “gays” are aggressively masculine.

    As to Royalty dressing up in soppy outfits, it hardly gives Princes of the Church carte blanche to do the same, JH, now does it?.
    And if you can’r see any difference between how sensibly Bing Crosby,* or the current Pope dress, and The Burke mincing about in a 25 foot satin train, well – look again.

    *Eat your hearts out, Beasite Boys.

  8. Toad says:

    Doh! Left out the link!

  9. kathleen says:

    That a younger generation has rejected the scorched earth policy of the post-conciliar generation is beyond comprehension to them. We want ALL the truth and beauty of our faith

    One sign of hope for the future of the Church is the growth of young (born post V2) orthodox Catholics who are in love with the Church’s treasure-house of traditions!…. Well, they were noticeably growing before the Francis papacy, and we may have to wait till this ‘hiccup’ of papal Modernism (and all his Kehoe-ish minions) is over, and these old destroyers of Christ’s Holy Church have gone to their judgement, before we see a return of this surge of vibrant true Catholics filling the ranks of the Church. once more.

  10. Toad says:

    “…we may have to wait (…) before we see a return of this surge of vibrant true Catholics filling the ranks of the Church. once more.”
    And it would be wiser not to hold our collective breath.
    …Because dear old Bing is dead.

  11. Tom Fisher says:

    One sign of hope for the future of the Church is the growth of young (born post V2) orthodox Catholics who are in love with the Church’s treasure-house of traditions!

    That’s true. But the undeniable devout Catholicism of many Catholics born post- V2, and their energy, can’t obscure the collapse of religious belief in that generation as a whole*

    *People should resist the temptation to say “all is well, we have Africa, Latin America, and parts of Asia”.

  12. GC says:

    Toad @ December 12, 2016 at 07:26
    As to Royalty dressing up in soppy outfits, it hardly gives Princes of the Church carte blanche to do the same, JH, now does it?.

    I gather Cardinal Burke only wears the cappa when specifically requested by others, and not always then. It is to indulge the populace, as JH said very accurately above, on solemn liturgical occasions. A bit of history and tradition of a 2000-year old religious society towards which her current members would show a legitimate interest. We don’t all have to be boutique socialists like Toad.

    A bit like this sort of thing, I suppose:

    Lord Patten looks splendid, don’t you think?

  13. Tom Fisher says:

    Chris looks adorable as always

  14. mmvc says:

    Perhaps PF would prefer to see this type of attire in our churches: http://66.147.242.160/~stumbli4/?p=9661

  15. GC says:

    Perhaps this is what priests and the Mass should be looking like again, maryla. No need of churches here.

    We used to call those long bready things “French sticks” when we bought them at the bakery. Subway Samwidges (Inc. New York) call them a “footlong”, I think.

  16. Toad says:

    Lovely ideas, all of them – particularly the ballet.
    Toad, “boutique socialist,” or not (he might be, but he doesn’t know what it is) – is not against a bit of dressing up – by Cardinals like The Burke.
    Because it’s funny and harmless.
    And, as GC rightly points out, it keeps the gaping, amazed, peasants happy.
    Like fireworks, balloons and paper hats, really.

  17. mmvc says:

    Blech! At least the Blessed Sacrament isn’t present at that kind of baguette-‘n’-coke-roleplay-in-the-lounge, GC, whereas it looks like Our Lord was not even removed from the tabernacle for that whacky Aussie fashion show. Lord have mercy!

    We tend to call those loaves ‘baguettes’ here in the UK and Upper Crust do excellent filled ones.

  18. GC says:

    I think this French breadstick coffee table Mass was in Los Angeles, Maryla, but it could have been anywhere Anglophone in the 70s. Currant buns were popular too. I don’t think that valid substance was a particular concern then, Maryla. I think what was essential was a “sense of community” and “relevance”.

    I’m just wondering if this is what PF (Bishop of Rome) is getting at?

    I just bet Subway would do well along the Camino these days. An outlet in Moratinos on every street corner?

  19. mmvc says:

    I’m just wondering if this is what PF (Bishop of Rome) is getting at?

    I sincerely hope not, GC, but then his Pinocchio and Tango Masses as AB of Buenos Aires didn’t exactly foster a sense of the sacred…

    Btw, that runner on the coffee table ties in nicely with Jabba’s ‘cat Melmoth’s eye(s)’ line on the Bishop Schneider thread. Having said that, I like Tom’s poem better without JP’s addition.

  20. JabbaPapa says:

    These comments by the Pope are indefensible — and not just because I too am a target for these insults, given my preference for traditional pilgrim garb instead of brightly coloured ultra-light hi-tech pro-hiker sportswear.

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