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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

After the Vatican Directives, What's Next in the Diocese of Arlington for the Latin Mass?

And so it begins. 

My bishop, Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, spoke about the Vatican directive that came out last weekend in his 12/20 podcast, a portion of which I've transcribed below. The bishop won't be issuing his own implementation document until the new year, but it's pretty clear that it will be bad news for those of us who attend the "extraordinary form" at diocesan parishes, even if only occasionally. 

The Latin Mass (TLM) will not be totally suppressed in the Diocese of Arlington -- yet! But Rome's directives move the Church toward the eventual elimination of the Latin Mass, because, let's face it, that's what Traditionis Custodes was written to accomplish. We all know that is exactly what Pope Francis wants! He attacks and demeans those who love the ancient Mass while he apologizes to and praises those immersed in sins of sexual lust and disorder. Is it just a coincidence that, at the same time the Vatican was suppressing the Latin Mass, they were apologizing to New Ways Ministry, an evil and heretical organization that preaches LGBTQ activism? Rome raises up sodomy and takes the hobnailed boot to Holy Tradition, and they wonder why there was a sex abuse crisis!

Sad to say, it is likely that most of the bishops will not resist Pope Francis no matter what questionable and canonically flawed decree he uses to molest and persecute the faithful. Bishop Burbidge makes it clear in his podcast that the Vatican directives "must be carried out." The pope's personal wishes take precedence over Holy Tradition and two millennia of liturgical worship. 

Ironically, the pope's cruel action is couched in terms of a false "unity" preached by our "papa" with meanness, ridicule, and lack of charity for those who embrace the liturgy of our ancestors. Why must the Mass of the martyrs of England; the Mass of St. Jean Vianney, patron of parish priests; the Mass of the Cristeros in Mexico be stamped out? Why must the Mass loved by St. Bernadette of Lourdes; the little shepherd children of Fatima; St. Faustina and St. Margaret Mary; of Maximilian Kolbe, martyr of Auschwitz; St. Francis de Sales and St. Damien of Molokai; of St. Anthony; the Mass of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church be suppressed? 

Were the martyrs of the Mass: St. Edmund Campion, St. Margaret Clitherow, St. Anne Line, St. Robert Southwell, St. Nicholas Owen, and all their hundreds of companions ignorant fools who should have embraced Cromwell's new Mass so similar to today's novus ordo? 

Why? Why, Pope Francis? 

Why is the Roman rite not allowed to have two forms when there is so much diversity among the rites permitted in the Church? I thought there was strength in diversity. Is that diversity only welcome when it brings Pachamama and shamans into St. Peters?

Why, Papa, why?

Carrying out the Vatican directives means that a parish with four Sunday Masses and two priests has a problem. Since a priest may not say both the ordinary and extraordinary Mass on the same day (He may not "binate.") that means if the parish has an extraordinary form Mass, one priest needs to say the three novus ordo Masses while the other priest says one TLM. The situation is even worse in a parish with one priest. He may not say both forms of the Mass on the same day. [Correction: The ban on "bination" applies only to weekday Masses... for now.] Even worse, no priest ordained after Traditionis Custodes may say the extraordinary form without express permission from the Vatican and no bishop may ordain priests using the ancient rite. 

So who will ordain the priests of the FSSP, the Canons of the New Jerusalem, and the other Latin Mass orders? The directives are clearly meant to guarantee the ultimate death of the Traditional Latin Mass. Can anyone believe that the pope will allow newly ordained young priests to offer the TLM?

This is all about a complete change in the Church. The suppression of the traditional contemplative nuns was a warning shot across the bow. This is just another step on the journey to make us a "new Church," an ecumenical Church, a modern Church, a global Church with a global religion that fits into the Great Reset. 

If you want to understand what's happening, watch the 1973 film, Catholics, from the book of the same name by Brian Moore, later released as Conflict. Martin Sheen plays a modern priest in the new Church and Trevor Howard as the abbot of the last site in the world  where the traditional Latin Mass is still offered. Fittingly the liturgy is celebrated on a "Mass rock" where Irish priests celebrated during the harsh penal laws of the 17th century. Protestants then tried to destroy the Latin Mass, today it is the protestantizers inside the church trying to complete the revolution Luther started. 

You can watch the film on-line at gloria TV. It's chilling to see how much our modern Church resembles the apostate Church of the post Vatican IV period described by author Moore in his modern "fable." The book ends without resolution. What will happen next the reader wonders? That is obviously a question for us as well.

The noose is being tightened. Bishop Burbidge made it clear that the Latin Mass in our diocese will be "more limited and restrictive." 

Think of how the persecution in England began and escalated until people were being hanged, drawn, and quartered for refusing to hear Cranmer's Mass and hiding priests who came to give them the Mass of the Ages. Think of the persecution and genocide against the Catholics in Armenia and the Jews in Nazi Germany. Restrictive laws preceded increasingly draconian and murderous policies. In fact, many of the Jews didn't flee because the persecution was gradual and by the time the writing was on the wall, it was too late. What is on the horizon for the Latin Mass and those who embrace it? Interdict and excommunication? 

Here's most of the podcast portion containing what Bishop Burbidge said about the coming diocesan directive. We all need to be on our knees and recognize that the SSPX may be our only refuge in the days to come. We need to begin thinking about what we will do when we are threatened with canonical penalties and excommunication looms over us. 

Pray for the bishop. Pray for the Church. Be wise and prudent and practice charity. When mankind was at the height of sin and malice, God sent His only begotten Son to save us. We will never be abandoned!

Here is the section of the diocesan podcast with Bishop Burbidge's discussion of the motu proprio and the Vatican directives:

When the pope first issued... the motu proprio regarding the celebration in the extraordinary form, there were some directives given to the bishops for expecting implementation ... There was some need, I think, for some further clarifications that the bishops were seeking to make sure we were being faithful to what was being asked of us.....That's why I haven't issued a formal document...anticipating some clarifications.... Over the weekend there was a response. It's a formal document by the Congregation for Divine Worship and it was very specific in responding to several clarifications to Pope Francis' motu proprio... basically eleven questions...and the answers to those questions, affirmative, negative, explanations....It's pretty direct. 

So after the new year, I will forward an implementation document draft to the pastors of our parishes that currently celebrate the Mass in the extraordinary form and allow for comments that may assist the implementation process in adherence to what we received.... I will also meet with my advisors and our liturgical commission and then issue a document to all the faithful. So again the clarifications that we received this week are very specific and they must be carried out. 

And so we will do so and I will be offering an official document to all the people and asking all of you at this time to pray to the Holy Spirit to lead us... to use this as a reminder, that we are known, as well we should be,  as a very faithful diocese. We are known for our faithfulness and our unity.... and must promote that faithfulness and unity and sometimes that means for us to trust and surrender knowing that the Holy Spirit is always at work in the Church leading the Church.....Both in the original motu proprio and the directives this weekend that there's a call too that as we celebrate the novus ordo, the ordinary form, we're doing it with great reverence.... For all of us...  our focus is on the Eucharist....the joyful belief in the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament ...We can be united in our prayers for unity and faithfulness as we implement what our Holy Father has asked....

What we have received certainly does allow for the extraordinary form to be celebrated in the diocese, but it will be more limited and restrictive than it is right now. But the extraordinary form of the Mass will be celebrated.

For how long, I wonder, and when will the Vatican target us with the next bombshell?

Christ the King, Lord of the Universe, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, giver of gifts for our strength and perseverance, have mercy on us.

God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, have mercy on us. 


P. O'Brien said...

I live in Denver, and we are waiting, hoping. The restrictive measures of a few months ago didn't make a dent in the four diocesan Traditional Masses celebrated here weekly, but the latest? We'll see. The FSSP parish is bursting at the seams; the SSPX is growing, as well.

"Bishop Burbidge makes it clear in his podcast that the Vatican directives 'must be carried out.'" No, Bishop Burbidge, just ignore Rome. And while you are at it, never mention Francis in your diocesan newspaper, never run his picture, never quote him.

M. Prodigal said...

My spiritual father wrote that already a bishop has dispensed his priests from following the cruel and illegitimate new directives from the false church occupying the Vatican. May other bishops do the same. A good and holy bishop is between a rock and a hard place as are many priests. I think the elimination of the priests--a satanic goal--has been at work for the past 60 years. To infiltrate Holy Orders with sodomites, etc. has been part of that path.

Aqua said...

I think it is important to note that what separates us within the Catholic Church is not just an attachment to Tradition on one side and a readiness to try something Nu®️.

The primary marker between both sides is in the essence of what happens at Mass:

1: A re-presentation of the Holy Sacrifice in the Mass of Ages.
2: A communal shared meal around the table.

The distinction can be seen in the externals of the beauty of one and the banality of the other. But the externals merely point to why there is a difference in the first place. Jesus in all His glory and power is at the center of one; attendees in all our diverse humanity are at the center of the other - indicated, most obviously, by the direction we face during our Liturgical ceremony - toward Calvary; toward each other.

The Bishop of Rome and his Vatican staff press this issue with such force because this is existential to them as it should be to us. It is the core issue of our Church: will Jesus reign on the Altar, or ourselves?

As far as I'm concerned, any edict that interdicts the Holy Mass of Ages, guaranteed for all time by Papal Bull of Pope St. Pius V is illegal and illegitimate on its face. I worship Jesus, through Mary, His Mother, in communion with all the saints who ever lived or will live. Period. Sacred Tradition binds us together, across time, with each other in Our Lord.

Elisabeth said...

I know this is hard, but Burbidge greatly expanded the TLM when he was in Raleigh, and even celebrated Confirmation under the older Rite. This won't be easy for him, either.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Elisabeth, thank you for that piece of information. I think I will order Dr. Peter Kwasniewski's book on obedience. We are not required to obey every statement coming out of Rome. The question is, has the Pope overstepped his authority?

It's interesting that he has made such a point of synodality and that he is the "Bishop of Rome," one among the bishops, but has truly shown himself to be a "Dictator Pope" who takes surveys from the bishops then ignores and distorts them. That's the same thing McCarrick did when he lied about Rome's letter concerning reception of Communion.

I pray for Bishop Burbidge every day and am having Masses said for him, but truly, it is time for bishops to stand up against Vatican tyranny.

Unknown said...

Wonderful post. One slight correction, unless I misunderstood it, the ridiculous rules from the Vatican only prohibit bination on weekdays. Therefore, Sunday Masses wouldn't be a problem (yet.)

UnamSanctam said...

It would be a positive mark of Election to be excommunicated by a sect of rabid heretics.

Fr. VF said...

The Vatican has been increasingly under the control of Satanists for many decades. Now, with the overt worship of the demon Pachamama, the repudiation of the Fifth and Sixth Commandments, the deliberate swamping and extermination of Christian populations worldwide, the relentless propaganda for the Satanic injections--the Satanic ape of the Church is fully out in the open. How many non-retired U.S. bishops have even hinted at the truth?

Name ANY non-retired American bishop, and you can be certain that he is a craven toady and a liar for Bergoglio.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

I hope you're wrong, Father. I hope there is at least one St. John Fisher among our shepherds.

Dad29 said...

The responses to the dubia are canonically deficient; they do not have the force of law. That's been made clear by at least one canon lawyer cited in Rorate Coeli blog. But that's how Francis operates as a Peronist. He issues.....stuff.....which SEEMS to preclude traditional praxis (making his iconoclast pals happy) but which, in reality, does not have the force of law. That's what he did with the death penalty and (except in Italy) with the translation of the Pater Noster.

Have faith. This, too, shall pass.

Susan said...

The excerpt below is from The Pillar at this link:

”The following sacraments can no longer be celebrated in the Extraordinary Form in a diocesan context:
* Confirmation
* Ordination
The CDWS does not oversee religious institutes, and thus its response does not impede bishops from performing ordinations in the Extraordinary Form for members of institutes which celebrate the Extraordinary Form, such as the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter or the Institute of Christ the King.”

—Mom of ICKSP first year seminarian.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Thanks for that clarification, Susan. We can hope and pray that we continue to see the Latin Mass institutes remain unmolested. That being said, the planned visitations by the Vatican to begin in February of the three institutes: the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and the Institute of the Good Shepherd is a source of worry. We know what happened to the orders of contemplative nuns. Can we hope that the Vatican will leave these institutes intact? Or will they be ordered to celebrate the novus ordo?

Maike Hickson has an excellent article at LifeSiteNews concerning the expected visitations and Rome's ongoing attempt to stamp out the Latin mass once and for all.

Aqua said...

Arbp LeFebvre was willing to receive the judgement of excommunication from the Pope himself in defense if his most cherished, deeply held belief. Ultimately, the Sacred Deposit of Faith prevailed over the incorrect view of the Pope.

Arbp LeFebvre essentially, like St. Paul, corrected Peter to his face.

And we all must now not merely admire such a hero … but be prepared to follow in his footsteps.

We must know our Faith intimately. And be prepared for White Martyrdom.

Unknown said...

Fortunately, members of the SSPX communities are not impacted by this outrageous act on the part of Pope Francis. But make no mistake about it, the pope’s principle target is neither the diocesan priests who celebrate the TLM, nor the FSSP and the other priestly organizations of the Ecclesia Dei. It is the SSPX.

The SSPX is the real target because it is that priestly organization—and only that priestly organization—that continues to profess all of the true teachings of the Catholic Church that were suppressed for modern Catholics following Vatican II. Pope JPII attempted to silence the TLM when he “excommunicated” Archbishop Lefebvre and the other bishops the Archbishop had consecrated. He failed, and Pope Francis will fail as well.

Indeed, were it not for the persistence of the SSPX, there would not be a TLM today. The FSSP was created by JPII in an effort to lure the SSPX priests away from Lefebvre, and it has only continued to exist for the purpose of drawing traditional-minded Catholics away from the SSPX.

Today the SSPX continues to grow, both in priests and in lay Catholics. No one knows what diabolical scheme the current pope has in mind to destroy the SSPX, but for sure he has a plan. But whatever it I may be it will not be successful. The TLM and the true teachings of the Catholic Church will continue until the end of time. How and where that may take place is unknown, but one can be certain she will continue.

turkeyridge said...

Where is Father James Haley?

Mike Smith
Chase City

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

In Northern Virginia, but not sure where. Keep him in your prayers.