Just from the picture showing the front entrance to the parish church I knew there was a problem. The church is “1970’s Ugly.” Rather than a Catholic church which looks like a Catholic Church, it could pass for any kind of church or a meeting hall or for a pancake house for that matter. This video shows a few glimpses of the ultra modern interior which strips away any sense of the sacred. The ugly building and abstract aesthetics presage Kiko’s ugly architecture and art, making this an easy church to kiko-ize. Essentially this church, long before the kiko-priest arrived, had already stripped its altar and turned into a table, and got rid of any sense of a sanctuary.
For more on this read "Why a Catholic church should look like a Catholic church."
The relatively recent installation of a pastor from a foreign country (Tanzini is from Italy) is an indication that local vocations have dried up. A recent post on the parish website announced the death of the previous pastor: Fr. Eugene Hazewski, who died May 3rd, 2016. His obituary tells us that he was a New Jersey native.
Another part of the story tells us both why local vocations have dried up and why the parish was probably already in its death throes before Tanzini came along: the neocats are meeting in “the parish school that closed in 2012.”
In case after case across the country, this is the pattern. First the parish school closes and then the parish. It points simply to a lack of children which points simply to a Catholic culture which has simply been contracepting itself out of existence since the bishops themselves essentially gave the green light to do so only months after Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae.*
Human Life in Our Day, issued by the nation's bishops on November 15, 1968. The letter affirmed the teaching of Humanae Vitae but then went on to authorize dissent. And dissent is exactly what most American Catholics did - which a generation later has given us closed schools and emptying churches.
And then there is also this:
Angered, the parishioner — a layman who as a Eucharistic minister, helps administer Holy Communion — said he recently confronted Tanzini, telling him, “Your heart is not into the parish, your heart is in this ‘neocat’ way. It’s just destroying the church.”
I find this amusing. Obviously the parishioner identified himself as a Eucharistic minister even though there is no such thing. The proper name for a lay person deputed to help with the distribution of Holy Communion is Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. The Church insists on this wording because it wants to emphasize that the deputing of lay persons to assist with the distribution of the Sacred Species is NOT to be an ordinary thing.
On several occasions the Church has reminded us of this, and most specifically in its 1997 Instruction on the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained, wherein we are warned that laypersons may collaborate with the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion ONLY under specific circumstances. Yet, in parish after parish, "Eucharistic ministers" (sic) are a fixture even at daily Mass.
In other words, by our insistent and persistence ignorance or outright disobedience to the specific and urgent instruction of the Church we are no better than the neocats and it is we ourselves who are "destroying the church," paving the way for the insertion of guys like Tanzini who pave the way for Kiko's takeover of parish after parish.
And make no mistake. While the NCW is presented as simply an option, IT IS NOT AN OPTION. This message of "it's only a proposal" reminds me of the Nazi's assuring the naked Jews that they were only going to take a shower.
In a parish bulletin, Tanzini, attempting to sooth his rattled parishioners, apparently inadvertently tells them that their worst fears are well founded:
The transition our parish is facing at this time may cause uneasy feelings in some of you. I believe that we should look at the events that all that is happening now – as well as others that took place in the past months – with eyes of faith, open heart and clear mind. Most of the “suspicions” and “worries” that many are affected by are the result of hasty assumptions, misinterpretations and lack of information. I hope that this time of transition may provide the opportunity for sound and honest conversation, keeping in mind that the Lord has the power to dispel all fears and resolve any conflict or division that may arise.
Tanzini forgets that this is just a "proposal" and stumbles right off the bat into revealing that this is a full out "transition."
The real problem though is not Tanzini or his Kiko-agenda. The real problem is the same problem we have here in Guam and throughout much of the Catholic world (which is why the NCW is expanding so rapidly). The real problem is summed up in these words from an anti-neocat parishioner:
"I’m comfortable with how I practice my religion."
* The above picture obviously shows people waiting for Mass to begin. Rather than reverent prayer and solemn silence to prepare oneself for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is the roaming and chatting that we have become all too used to in our own non-neocat Masses, stripping away the sense of the sacred even before the Sacred Event itself - even without a flower-laden plywood table or menorah.