Saturday, April 7, 2012

Beware of Brazilian bishop

We, as traditionalist Catholics with a great love and respect for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, must be on our guard against the teachings of Bishop Sergio Machado of the Diocese of Sao Carlos in Brazil. He denigrates this official form of the Roman Rite in direct conflict with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, who has publicly ratified the celebrations of Mass in the form. Not only does Bishop Machado go against the words of papal authority but he classes those of us preferring this Mass as 'idiots'. He speaks against the Mass vestments. He even looks to science to discover "a device to open minds". I would have thought prayer to the Holy Ghost would have been more effective.

We see another concerning feature of our religious - whether secular or regular - when we hear of the appointment of Sister Nicoletta Victoria Spezzati being raised to Undersecretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Sister NEVER wears a habit.

Sad to say we also see this throughout the Catholic world where priests and religious wear lay clothing. They postulate that this brings them closer to the people. RUBBISH! I, personally, wonder whether they are ashamed of their vocation. Surely those chosen by God to be he ministers and adorers should be proud to proclaim their position and, equally, let themselves be known by the laity who may need their assistance in spiritual matters.

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