Wednesday, January 6, 2016

CARELESS AND RECKLESS...ON THE LAST DAY OF CHRISTMAS

Obviously the Fiftieth Anniversary of something only happens once. And whether it is a marriage or an ordination or the close of the Second Vatican Council, an invitation to celebrate such an anniversary is usually given more than a couple days. 




Yet that is all Adrian gave it. I say "Adrian" because not only does everyone know that he is Apuron's puppet master (one of them) and is running this archdiocese (into the ground), but only he could be so careless and reckless with the treasures of the Church. 

The invitation to the January 6 event was sent out on December 31 which is not just New Year's Eve, but the day before a long three day weekend when few would check their mail.

So the pastor comes into the office on Monday, January 4, and sees Adrian's "invitation" to cancel their regularly scheduled Mass (Adrian used the lower case "mass") for January 6 and herd everybody down to the Cathedral for a staged photo-op that is sure to be more about Ad Gentes (or the neo-bastardization of it) than it is about close of the Council or even Jesus Christ.

IN FACT, IT WASN'T EVEN PRINTED IN THE LITURGICAL CALENDAR OF THE U MATUNA



Careless and reckless (aka "Adrian") is the only way to describe this.

There is no way for any pastor to get the word out to parishioners in two days that Mass for January 6 is cancelled other than to lock the church and leave a note on the door, a terrible way to treat faithful parishioners, not to mention the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 

But worse, what a slap in the face to the Holy Catholic Church and the historic place the Second Vatican Council holds!

Our Church's regard for the Council was emphasized in the pope's choosing the anniversary date of its closing (December 8) to both recognize this momentous anniversary and ceremoniously usher in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, promulgating the announcement on April 11,  EIGHT MONTHS in advance! 

Yet Adrian gives us two days. Heck, you can bet a neocatechumenal convivence gets more attention than what was supposed to be the participation of the Universal Church in a single celebration. 

And this guy wants to be bishop?

Switching gears for those who are still sane. Today, January 6, is the REAL feast of the Epiphany, and the day the Universal Church will celebrate it with the Pope. Since our diocese won't be celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany on the Feast of the Epiphany, you can participate with the pope by watching the live stream here

The movement of major feasts to the closest Sunday, when they fall on weekdays, is a bad habit of the American bishops who don't want to inconvenience their lukewarm church with an extra Mass during the week. Agana is not part of the U.S. Conference so we don't have to follow their pathetic lead, but then Adrian the Pathetic is running things, so what do you expect. 

Try to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany in some way. If Mass isn't cancelled at your parish, then by all means attend Mass. Tonight, our family will carry on our annual Epiphany tradition of the "chalking of the door" of our home with "20 + C + M + B + 16." You'll need blessed chalk and holy water. If you can't get blessed chalk at your parish, I know the Friary has it. Learn more here if you don't know about this beautiful tradition: Blessing of the Home on Epiphany

And, if you get a chance, feel free to read a couple of my own "meditations" on the Feast of the Epiphany that were published in my View from the Pew column in the U Matuna a few years ago (when it used to Catholic). As you might expect, they're a bit different than the usual:

LET US NOT GO BACK THE WAY WE CAME: CLASS WAR AND THE MAGI

JESUS GETS A VISIT FROM THE 1% 

May you enjoy this Last Day of Christmas. 

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