Sometimes I'll see a number ringing on my phone or a subject line in my emails and I'll say to myself, this is not good news.
And it seldom is.
A lot of times the email subject line will be "Have you seen the latest?"
Here's a link from one I received a few days ago.
Scroll down to the ordination.
See anything strange about it?
I never would have picked up on it but TTC readers are much smarter than I am.
“The abuse is reprobated whereby the sacred ministers celebrate Holy Mass or other rites without sacred vestments or with only a stole over the monastic cowl or the common habit of religious or ordinary clothes, contrary to the prescriptions of the liturgical books, even when there is only one minister participating. In order that such abuses be corrected as quickly as possible, Ordinaries should take care that in all churches and oratories subject to their jurisdiction there is present an adequate supply of liturgical vestments made in accordance with the norms.”
~ “Redemptionis Sacramentum,” # 126
Not to mention that the Cardinal should also cover the hood of his religious habit with an amice (or an alb that will cover the hood completely). The ordinandi did follow this, but not the cardinal...
“336. The sacred garment common to ordained and instituted ministers of any rank is the alb, to be tied at the waist with a cincture unless it is made so as to fit even without such. Before the alb is put on, should this not completely cover the ordinary clothing at the neck, an amice should be put on. The alb may not be replaced by a surplice, not even over a cassock, on occasions when a chasuble or dalmatic is to be worn or when, according to the norms, only a stole is worn without a chasuble or dalmatic.
~ General Instruction of the Roman Missal, # 336
One might ask, what's the big deal when a priest, bishop, cardinal or pope treats the edicts of the Church on the Sacred Liturgy and Sacraments like a piece of toilet paper he's flushed down the toilet?
Have you ever seen that commercial where a toddler is standing in his playpen and the dad comes into the room and apologetically tells him he's taking a sick day?
From the moment your child is born until the day one of you breathes your last breath, you are a teacher, a caretaker, a guardian of the body, mind and the soul.
Your actions are a witness to the veracity of what you teach.
A parent can teach their children all about the ramifications of drug abuse, but if they are getting drunk in their living rooms, what you teach about drugs is worthless.
A lonely single mother who brings home a cowboy and lets him sleep in her bed loses the ability to preserve the sanctity of sexuality of her children for the rest of their lives.
There are no days off. There is no time when you can go on a toot or have a good fling for yourself. You are a 24/7 witness.
Every priest, bishop, cardinal and pope that ever lived is a 24/7 witness.
If you give witness that you can disregard Church laws about the Sacred Liturgy and during the Sacred Moments where you put on robes to confer the mystical properties of a Sacred Sacrament - your witness subordinates every Church law to personal desires.
If you can't be bothered to be faithful to laws of Christ's Church in the Sanctuary, your teaching authority is as credible as an intoxicated father teaching what a gift sobriety is in the family.
All the cool cats in the Curia now are into public defiance of Church teaching and law.
Cardinal Burke recently said serving at Mass is a man's job.
Many do not possess the qualifications for the job.
If you take a look at the picture at St. Anthony's, there's enough estrogen there to power Edison through a month of Sundays.
It's very interesting that the author of the LA Times article sees feminization in the honor and royalty given to the Sacred Liturgy. Juxtaposed against the picture taken at St. Anthony's Shrine, perhaps the author doth protest too much.