Thursday, December 21, 2017

CARDINAL LAW'S REQUIEM AT ST. PETER'S SHOULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR POPE FRANCIS TO INFORM ILL FORMED CATHOLICS AND THE REST OF THE WORLD THAT CATHOLIC REQUIEMS ARE NOT CELEBRATIONS OF LIFE WITH HAPPY CLAPPY MUSIC, EULOGIES THAT CANONIZE THE SINNER BEING BURIED OR AN ENDORSEMENT OF THE LIFESTYLE THAT THE SINNER LED OR THE SCANDALS THEY CAUSED, BUT A PRAYER FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF THE SINNER

When Catholics corrupt the true meaning of Requiem Masses which is the Church's prayer for the repose of the soul of the sinner and the commendation of their soul to God's mercy at their particular judgement and thus make the Mass not a Requiem but "The Mass of the Resurrection" or worse yet, "The Mass of the Celebration of the life of the Saint" then you get this kind of reaction!

I hope the Holy Father will seize upon this nonsense and set the Church and the world straight on what a Requiem Mass actually is:

Outrage over Pope's role in cardinal's funeral

CNN 3 hours ago

10 comments:

TJM said...

Cardinal Law handled the scandals very badly, but because he was a conservative the left-wing loon American media hounded him in stark contrast to Cardinal "Roger Dodger" Mahony who had a far worse record and who aggressively tried to stonewall law enforcement. Mahony got a pass from the media because he supported their pet causes like illegal aliens flooding the US.

rcg said...

TJM, either way he really messed up and kept on messing up. I hope it is charitable of me to think he just didn’t have a clue or the right help. But, dang, at what point would a person not look for another approach?

TJM said...

rcg,

Churchmen like Law were so consumed with the Church's reputation, they were not thinking straight. If Law and others had immediately turned the perpetrators to law enforcement Catholic parents would have cheered for them and maybe even increased their Sunday contributions.

Rood Screen said...

Bishops who reassigned known perverts should have been imprisoned, even if only briefly, and the Holy See could have imprisoned offending cardinals. But funerals are not about punishment.

ByzRC said...

True, this would have been a good opportunity to demonstrate the purpose of this liturgy - to plead for our Lord's mercy upon the soul of the departed particularly for their transgressions, both voluntary and involuntary. However, to me, the following weakens any attempt at providing such clarity:

"But critics have questioned why the Pope, who has previously broken with protocol when it suited him, has not chosen to do so in this case."

Mark Thomas said...

"But critics have questioned why the Pope, who has previously broken with protocol when it suited him, has not chosen to do so in this case."

Who are the "critics" in question? Do their opinions on the matter at hand carry more weight than anybody else's opinion in regard to the matter at hand?

I always get a kick out of the news media's employment of the term "critic."

Is His Holiness Pope Francis required to bow to his critics?

Critics. Oh, my. Critics.

Pax.

Mark Thomas

Anonymous said...

Bee here:

I read this CNN article (well, most of it...I had to stop reading at the vitriolic and hateful comment by one Robert Costello, a victim of priestly sexual abuse, "Chop him up and put weights on every piece of body part that he has and drop him in oceans around the world.")

They actually printed this bitter hate filled comment, and the story was about nothing more than vindictive bitterness of victims, and outrage over the type of funeral given to Cardinal Law.

When Charles Manson died, there were no stories reporting any vitriolic or bitter comments by the survivors of the people he slaughtered. There were only a sort of nostalgic obituary recounting (sympathetically, I thought,) his troubled family life as a child and his coming into a sort of guru status with certain groupies in the 1960's as a result of the rise of the hippie movement.

A long time ago a priest I admired greatly said something on the order of, "In Christianity, the sinner is encouraged not to sin, but if he should fall into sin, he goes to confession and the sin is wiped away, forgiven, and forgotten, and life goes on. In the world, sin is encouraged, but once committed, it is never forgiven and never forgotten: the sinner can never be redeemed. Such are the ways of Satan."

When I read an article such as this CNN article, I can see the ways of the world, and how destructive and hate filled they are. No one can get over injustices because they cannot and will not forgive. They do not seek forgiveness for their own transgressions, and they never seek to forgive those who transgress against them. That this is the major voice in our world, the voice with the loudest microphone, is a very bad turn of events indeed. But that this demonic voice would dare to tell the Pope himself not to act with charity and presume repentance on the part of a fellow Catholic, especially a prelate, is astounding.

And they say we're the ones with the problem....

God bless.
Bee

John Nolan said...

Law was not himself an abuser, and was not the only prelate to cover for abusing clergy. One of these was Rembert Weakland, who is still given a pass by liberals despite being a self-confessed pervert.

Weakland was also guilty of the worst of all abuses, that of the liturgy.

Isn't it strange that Ratzinger, who acted quickly and decisively when the whole sorry mess landed on his desk, is given no credit - indeed he was accused by a so-called Catholic journalist of offending 'gay priests' everywhere.

TJM said...

John Nolan,

We are talking about liberals who have no logic, deceny or honor. No suprise to me at all. In the US Bill Clintoon and and his aiding and abetting "wife" are still heros to the left

Henry said...

"Weakland was also guilty of the worst of all abuses, that of the liturgy."

I wonder whether liturgical abuse has caused more suffering cumulatively than sexual abuse in the years since Vatican II. And, indeed, whether the two go hand in hand, from dually abusive priests to the prominent examples of "liturgists" who turned out to be sexual perverts also.