seems to be gaga over live-streamed Masses, but there’s something about it all that
doesn’t sit well with me. I’m not sure about it. Can you explain this? What’s your
ll of this came about because the
bishops were too cowardly to assert that the Mass is an essential service to Catholics.
They could have said that during the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic, Masses will
continue, but with reasonable health safety precautions. Social distancing could be
observed. With a minimal homily, and with Eucharistic Prayer II, the Novus Ordo Mass
could be celebrated in less than 15 minutes; similarly a traditional Low Mass could be
celebrated relatively quickly. Communion on the tongue could be mandated, and communion
in the hand could be forbidden because it is unsanitary. People could be told to leave
immediately after the conclusion of the Mass. Volunteers could sanitize the pews for the
next Mass. Crowding could be controlled by limiting the attendance to no more than 10
persons at a time, perhaps even scheduling things with a reservation
system. And with special
permission, priests could celebrate multiple Masses in a day, perhaps even every hour if
needed. All of this could have been done as a reverent mass production (excuse the pun).
But it wasn’t. The bishops slunk away with their tails between their legs, hiding the
truth that many of them were quite happy to comply with the restrictions because many of
them don’t believe the Eucharist is very important anyway.
And as they were slinking, they cried out,
“We will live stream our Masses!”
That was like throwing scraps to the
Technology can communicate information,
but God’s presence cannot be communicated by staring at pixels on a computer
By holding out the pretense of “live-streamed
Masses” the bishops have reduced the Mass to the insipid level of a Protestant service
where there is no real presence of God. Protestants don’t mind televised services because
to them prayer is all in their hearts—or to be more psychologically exact, in their heads.
But to a Catholic the Mass is all in the Eucharist, and a real Catholic has to be there
physically to be in the Real Presence of God.
Still, most Catholics today do not believe
in the Real Presence in the Eucharist, and many bishops take seditious satisfaction in
perpetuating this false belief that there is no Real Presence and that the Mass is just
about human fellowship. Thus the concept of live-streamed Masses has a diabolical
origin. Live-streamed Masses are scraps to the dogs. And demons gloat.
Nevertheless, if people want to participate
in this absurdity, let them do what they want. I, however, want nothing to do with it.
For me, Sundays now are days of lamentation with prayers of reparation and exorcism.
Prayers for Dire
1. This sounds like a good idea, but as
it has been developing as some restrictions have lessened, there is a dark side to
it. It’s a nefarious thing called Contact Tracing,
such that names and contact information of persons signing up for sacraments are collected
and reported to the government, all with the silent consent of the priests involved. Even
though the intent is to locate and contain individuals testing positive for corona virus
(COVID-19), still, if you don’t want the police to “reach out” to you with handcuffs
eventually, it would be best to avoid any parish activities that require you to provide
your personal information.
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Though Demons Gloat: They Shall Not Prevail
by Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D.
Though we are attacked by liberal activists from without and by apostasy
from within, the true Church—that is, the body of those who remain
faithful to Church tradition—weeps, and she prays, because she knows
the fate of those who oppose God.
Our enemies might fear love, and they can push love
away, but they can’t kill it. And so the battle against them cannot be
fought with politics; it requires a profound personal struggle against
the immorality of popular culture. The battle must be fought in the
service of God with pure and chaste lifestyles lived from the depths of
our hearts in every moment.