Solid Stone House of Traditional Catholic Liturgy Built on Jesus

One of my all time favorite sayings of Jesus is: “Everyone therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they belt upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on rock.  And everyone who hearth these my words, and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man that built his house upon the sand.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof.”  Matthew 7: 24-27

Me gusta la Misa Tridentina-001When we do an in-depth study of the ancient Catholic liturgies for baptism, confession, confirmation, Holy Orders, Marriage, Holy Latin Mass, and Extreme Unction we see the sacredness and effectiveness of these holy sacraments that have been organically developed over centuries and centuries by the Holy Spirit.  They have truly been built by the Holy Spirit on the Rock of Jesus Christ, and they will last.

The Novus Ordo sacraments have been gutted of much of their power and sacredness in comparison with the ancient rites.  They were developed in a few years.  Much of the exorcisms have been eliminated from them.  Deep words about sacrifice, sin, hell, the devil, atonement, prayers for the dead have been removed to make them acceptable to the heretical protestants.

But all these New Order rites and the New Mass of Pope Paul VI (made in 1969) will not stand up against the storm of time.  Some day they too will pass away because they were speedily built on the shifting sand of modern man and protestantism.

Albert the Great_TOMMASO DA MODENASome people criticize me for going against the Holy Spirit because they claim that it was the Holy Spirit that gave us these quickly developed innovations.  But then I ask, where are the fruits of the Holy Spirit in the New Church since Vatican II?

Why is the church loosing so many members instead of converting new ones?  Why are there hardly any vocations to the priesthood and religious life?  Why was there the sex abuse crisis since then?  Where is the unity in every parish, every country, the whole Church?  Where are the Catholic missionaries in the world today who are converting pagans?  Where are the little children (most Catholics have 2 or less)?  Where are the Catholics who believe 100% in the Catholic teaching that condemns divorce, birth control, homosexuality and abortion?

The answer is that we have quickly built a house on the changing sands of human opinion.  We have stopped pleasing God and have attempted to please modern man.  And because of this the new Church of Vatican II is falling down.  Yet all the pope and bishops do is praise how great the Council was.  Please pope and bishops, show me where there are great blessings.  As a priest who travels around the world, I am sorry, but I absolutely do not see them at all.  And there are many priests like myself who are not blinded by modernism and see the writing on the wall very very clearly and in bold letters.

20550COne of those priests is Dom Mark Kirby.  He is the prior at Silver Stream Priory in Ireland.  He is one of the Benedictine Monks of Perpetual adoration.  Recently in his web site, Vultus Christi he writes about returning from the 30 year liturgy war.  Here is an exert from his article:

“Good Neighbours All the Same”

“I respect those priests and layfolk who continue to believe in “the reform of the reform”. I honour their devotion and perseverance but, from where I stand and at this point in my life, I think their energy misplaced. Life is short. I can no longer advise others to devote the most productive years of their life to patching up a building that was, manifestly, put up with haste during a boom in frenzied construction; it has shifting foundations, poor insulation, defective fixtures, and a leaky roof.  Right next door, there is another old house, comely, solidly built, and in good repair. It may need a minor adjustment here or there, but it is a house in which one feels at home and in which it is good to live, and it is there that I choose to live out my days. If others choose to live in the “fix–up” next door, I can only wish them well, confident that we can live as good neighbours all the same, with frequent chats over the fence in the back garden, exchanging insights, and perhaps even learning something from one another.

One of the things I have learned over the past forty years, and this amidst the taedium of much dura et aspera, is that monks (and nuns) who profess the contemplative life gained nothing from changing the forms, content, and language of the sacred liturgy“.

pic23Dom Mark Kirby is one of the most respected Benedictines when it comes to liturgy and chant.  I had the joy of meeting him here in Phoenix Arizona a few years ago when Archbishop Cordelione had the International Symposium on Rupture or Continuity in the Sacred Liturgy.  He used to be in the Tulsa Oklahoma diocese, but was asked to take over the Silver Stream Priory in Ireland by the bishop there.  So his Benedictine community moved to Ireland where they are sorely needed.

So this is good news to have an expert come out with such a strong assessment of the current situation in the Church.  And it is a joy to hear that he is moving back into the old house that the Holy Spirit build for us over these hundreds and hundreds of years.  It is so wonderful to be a traditional Catholic and live in such as sacred house.