Who Needs Clown Masses?



Hattip to Pat Archbold at Creative Minority Report.

From the comments:

The showboatin’ priest is Fr. Tony Ricard, pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea parish in New Orleans. These kinds of stunts are standard fare for him. Archbishop Greg Aymond enjoys his popularity, earned largely by pandering to the vanity and worldly preoccupations of his flock. He’s not the sort of ordinary who would put a stop to these antics.

The number one problem in the Church today is that too many clergy and laity fail to give any evidence of actually believing the teachings of Christ and thus engage in this type of tripe to paper over the spiritual void that is eating the heart out of the Church.  God forgive them and God forgive us for putting up with it.

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  1. To Mr. Paterson-Seymour, Botolph and anyone else who wonders why I am critical of the Novus Ordo – Watch the damn video.

    Being from western Pennsylvania, it is hardwired into people here to be Steeler fans. I watch the Steelers. My grandmothers watched the Steelers. So do all the other grandmothers here. The brother of the Steelers’ founder, Art Rooney was a catholic missionary priest in China in the 1930s. Back in February 2011, the pastor of our church led a chant of “Here We Go, Steelers, Here We Go” at the end of Mass. I was turned off. Mass is for the worship of Christ and the church building is not meant for things like this. It was things like this that led me to the Extraordinary Form.

  2. For Penguins Fan and those who participate in TLM,

    If you think that we who participate in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite think this is ok etc in any way…..I think this horrendous, would have walked out and written a letter to the bishop. But just because there is adultery doesn’t mean holy matrimony is the problem.

    I also remember that at a certain time during the 18th-19th century the Church had to forbid the ‘performances’ of classical composers’ “Masses” at the Sacred Liturgy because of the over powering of the Liturgy by the music. Of the two of course I would prefer Mozart to this monstrosity we see above, but ‘importing the culture’ into the Liturgy is not something new.

  3. Ironic. Sunday, the Lords day, had become a day to worship football heroes in this country. Some enthusiast stopped attending mass altogether. They did make it to the alter of wide screen televisions to pay homage to their new God though.
    How nice that Father can bring that homage into Gods house. Not!

  4. These people are at least enjoying themselves, so I would actually put this N.O. Mass over the one that my family attended on Saturday (the one with the Champagne Band and “Comic-voiced” priest.) The parishioners were clearly b.o.r.e.d. and/or miserable.

  5. There are moments when I have a certain sneaking sympathy for Bishop George Hay, Vicar Apostolic of the Lowland District in Scotland from 1778 to 1805.
    He denounced music of any sort as “an innovation in the Service of God and the public discipline of the Church,” adding that he felt it to be “a mere whim of the Scottish Catholics to wish for music in their chapels; a thing which ought to be the last to be thought of.”
    Curiously, he was an accomplished violinist, who encouraged his seminarians to take up an instrument. He just did not like music in church.
    Scotland has an enviable reputation for episcopal eccentricity.

  6. It looks like a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. The only thing missing is people getting drunk and exposing themselves.

  7. Recall the liturgical practice of the Eastern Churches: only the human voice raised in song is suitable for the Divine Liturgy. No instruments. Period.

  8. African Americans in the deep south (ie., Louisiana) were historically protestant and their culture, including slavery, played a large part in shaping worship services which were traditionally informal, emotive, and charismatic; a sharp contrast with the Euro-centric, novus ordo Catholic mass.

    If many of Fr. Ricard’s parishioners are converts to Catholicism, he is tasked with blending the Catholic mass and the culture of the deep south in a respectful and prayerful manner which preserves the beauty and reverence of the mass while not alienating his flock.

    The change needs to start with Fr. Ricard himself.

  9. I see your point, slainte.

    I would like to make a counterpoint. The missionaries from Spain, France and Portugal evangelized the Indians of the American Hemisphere using a form of the Tridentine Mass. The same goes for the Phillipines, Vietnam and India (the ones who were evangelized by the Portugese, not the Syro-Malabar or Syro-Malankar Churches).

  10. Penguins Fan…I am a supporter of the Latin Mass as you are. I also subscribe to the proposition that the Church should demand much of man and encourage him to reach beyond his current condition.
    The Novus Ordo meets man where he is and that is satisfactory for some. The Latin Mass is richer, more mystical, and, in my opinion, more reverent in offering worship to God. It is, in my view, more God focused than the Novus Ordo which seems more man focused.
    Thus the subjective interpretation of The mass offered by Fr. Ricard is more likely to occur in a Novus Ordo celebration than a Latin Mass sacrifice.
    The notion suggested by some that Catholics cannot learn and apply Latin is not persuasive. Most school children learn second languages.
    Latin is the universal language that has historically united all of Catholicism and because of its “dead” status, its words are less susceptible to radical redefinition.
    All of the aforementioned submitted respectfully without intending to offend anyone who may subscribe to the Novus Ordo.

  11. Slainte,

    Good points all. The Novus Ordo is not going away. Pope Benedict worked to reform it. Pope Francis cares not nearly as much about liturgy, and his confidantes are in agreement with him. I attend a NO Mass on weekdays.

  12. It’s a little different down there in Lusiana. I was a bride of one month when I attended Midnight Christmas Mass at my husband’s home parish. It was celebrated outside in a lovely rose garden with the Stations and a lighted meandering gold fish pond. Many attendees were in cocktail attire and I thought how nice to make the extra effort; however I was startled when I saw them set down their hurricane glasses of milk punch and go up to receive Communion. I am hoping that Fr Ricard had finished the Mass when the circus began. I realize he was playing to the crowd, but it was way over the top. Ok maybe acceptable in the church parking lot AFTER Mass. I admire Archbishop Aymond in that he is very outspoken about pro life. When Planned Parenthood proposed building a 7 story abortion factory in downtown NOLA, he minced no words in reminding anyone who might be involved in the construction of it that they would be committing mortal sin; he might even have said excommunicated. As an aside Louisiana and southern MD are known as a source for adoptions because of their Catholic population.

  13. According to Sacrosanctum Concilium, “In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendour to the Church’s ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man’s mind to God and to higher things.”
    This has obviously fallen on deaf ears. The last time I heard a really first-rate organist in a Catholic church was Olivier Messiaen at the Sainte-Trinité in Paris and he died over twenty years ago.

  14. MPS

    Come to America. The organ is used at almost every Mass, whether we are speaking of the Ordinary or the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

    Of course the organists are not up to Olivier Messiaen [who is/was of my favorite composers and musicians] but you will hear decent organ music at least.

  15. alan kiernan: Jesus Christ is really present in the Catholic Church is the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.
    If you leave and do not come back you are the only one who has lost everything and your leaving gladdens the heart of the devil. but the devil has no heart.

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