Obedience and Diabolical Disorientation
I was invited to the wedding of a friend in Italy. Knowing that I only attend
the Latin Tridentine Rite of Mass, my friend advised me his wedding vows would
be taken in the parish church of his fiancée and the ceremony would be
the Novus Ordo, not the Tridentine Mass. He added that the priest is very elderly
(old enough to have been ordained when there was no Novus Ordo) and conservative.
asked my friend if he had requested the Tridentine Mass, he answered in the
affirmative and then said, “but the priest tried to discourage me by saying
very few attend this Mass and the many young people coming to the wedding would
be unfamiliar with it.”
friend asked the priest – “What if I insist?” The priest advised – “It
is not a good idea, the bishop will not be happy, he might give us a hard time.”
My friend asked – “What about the Motu Proprio?”
Priest – “Yes, the Pope said that but you know it’s also the bishop...”
last four decades many who have clung to the Mass of all time have been ridiculed,
falsely accused of being in schism, and most of all falsely accused of being “disobedient” to
the “magisterium, since the old Mass is outlawed”. Of course none
of that was true and the accused were aware of that. They did not need a Pope
to tell them that the Tridentine Rite of Mass was not abrogated or outlawed,
nor, in fact, could it ever be so, since there is an infallible definition attached
after 40 years of finger pointing, it was good to finally have a Pope come forward
and publicly exonerate the accused and indeed instruct the accusers in the truth
about the Mass, by issuing a Motu Proprio which set the record straight, instructing
all of the Church that the Tridentine Rite of Mass has never been abrogated
and then further declaring that any priest — without needing the
permission of his bishop (which has never been needed according to Church teaching) — may
offer the Latin Mass.
Motu Proprio one would think that there would be no further discussion, especially
since the Pope has spoken, and he simply established what has always been.
above-mentioned situation with my friend is not unusual. Similar scenarios have
been reported taking place in dioceses in different countries. It has been reported
that some bishops have declared outright that they will not obey.
but sad that some, who were so ready to accuse Catholics in the past of not
obeying because they were going to the Tridentine Mass or requesting the Tridentine
Mass, suddenly don’t recognize true obedience for what it is.
Lucy (one of seers of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima) spoke about the
diabolical disorientation in the Church. In line with this disorientation is
what seems to be a false idea of obedience. As soon as the Pope, or the bishop,
or the parish priest speaks, it doesn’t matter what is said, we have heard
and often still hear the words from the lips of many — “obedience,
we must obey, he has spoken”, without making a distinction or discernment
about what has been said.
after 40 years a Pope has actually said something that requires obedience, some
of the same finger pointing, accusatory proponents of obedience at all costs
suddenly seem to be intentionally struck dumb and completely ignorant of the
fact that here is something that really must be obeyed.
given above seems, objectively speaking, more indicative of a priest who perhaps
does not want to say the Tridentine Rite of Mass. But other stories reported
by Catholics are that many priests are still citing their bishops as the problem.
Either the priests themselves are so totally ignorant of what true obedience
is — a definite possibility given the lack of Catholic formation in schools
and in the seminaries since the 1970's — or perhaps they don’t want
to offer the Tridentine Mass, or they are so terrorized by their bishop that
it doesn’t seem to matter even if they understand what true obedience
and false obedience are two sides of the same coin. And the issue in question
pertains to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, that is, the Mass of all time, the
Mass that made great saints. It is a very serious issue to be ignoring. Disobeying
the Pope in this matter is not the same as some child refusing a parent’s
request to pick up his toys.
had better wake up before it is too late and help our fellow Catholics out of
bed, even if it means putting a stick of dynamite under their mattresses! The
crises in the world and in the Church, starting with the Mass, will not be resolved
without the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which God
Himself made clear is what is necessary for world peace and the salvation of
souls, which is what the Catholic Church is supposed to be all about.
more signs does the Almighty have to give to make people realize the annihilation
of nations Our Lady of Fatima spoke about is on our doorstep? Just as Our Lady
warned us at Fatima would happen if the requests made by God through Her were
ignored, God has allowed as punishment World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf
Wars, the war in Afghanistan and a multitude of other wars, Hurricane Katrina,
the Tsunami (December 2004), the Twin Towers, genocide and atrocious crimes
in various parts of the world.
that was not enough to wake us up so we would obey. So now the American economy
is about to collapse and the world economy will be right behind it; war drums
can be heard and smoke signals are rising in the Middle East with nuclear threats;
horrible crimes are being committed in Zimbabwe and other parts of the world;
the U.S. is being inundated by natural disasters of all kinds... What does it
pray for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which will not happen
until the Pope and bishops obey Our Lady of Fatima and do what She requested,
that is, the Consecration of Russia. And the Consecration of Russia will not
occur until the Church hierarchy obey Our Lady’s directives and reveal
the full Third Secret of Fatima to the world. And neither of these two things
will occur unless and until Catholic faithful obey and do as the Mother of God
requested: reform our lives, pray the Rosary daily, make the First Saturdays
Communion of Reparation, offer sacrifices for sinners, and pray a great deal
for the Holy Father. And what virtue is being practiced in doing this?
July 9, 2008