Low Sunday Update

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday is Low Sunday, otherwise known as Quasimodo Sunday, taken from the first words of the Introit.  To learn more about the history and customs of this Sunday please visit:

Also in Sunday’s Mass, as it has been for the past 8 days, is chanting of the beautiful Victimae Paschali Laudes Easter sequence,which Dr. Mike Foley describes in his weekly commentary:
http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/the-easter-sequence-victimae-paschali_01217123189.html

IMPORTANT: LATIN MASS RETURNS TO SACRED HEART MAY 2nd (NEW TIME OF 3PM): In this joyous season of Easter, we are delighted to share the good news of the long-awaited return of the Latin Mass to Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury, after an 13 month hiatus. Beginning Sunday May 2nd at 3pm, the 1st Sunday monthly Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish resumes; however it will be at a new permanent time slot of 3pm (instead of 4:30pm). This change will allow visiting priests to return to their home parish for any liturgies (e.g. Vespers or Mass)

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • New Traditional Latin Mass parish opens in Northwest Arkansas: Each March when we organize a novena to our patron St. Gregory the Great, we pray for full sacramental and parochial life in the Extraordinary Form. Yet what does that mean exactly? It means the Latin Mass faithful would have all their spiritual and community needs met in the Extraordinary Form (all sacraments), in one parish that exclusively offers the Latin Mass. There are different ways a diocese can go about achieving this, but one of the common ways is for a bishop to erect a personal parish that exclusively offers the Latin Mass. This past week, the bishop of Little Rock, Arkansas, erected a 2nd personal or Latin Mass parish in his diocese – this time in the beautiful northwest corner of Arkansas and the Ozarks. To learn more about how this Latin Mass community became a parish please see this article: https://fssp.com/new-fssp-parish-our-lady-of-sorrows-springdale-ar/

Traditional Catholicism vs. Modernism: The Vaccine Part IV

In the past week, the ongoing debate over the “supposed” morality of the abortion-linked COVID-19 vaccines that continues to “plague” the Church has now spilled over into the traditional world.  Noted traditional Italian historian, Roberto de Mattei, published a piece in 1Peter5 blog, promoting the Church’s modernist stance on COVID-19 vaccines. After receiving significant criticism for the post, Fr. Richard Cippolla, former pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, who has long offered the Traditional Latin Mass (and translated de Mattei’s piece into English), came to his de Mattei’s defense and issued an emotional-based critique of those who disagree with the modernist position on abortion-linked vaccines held by de Mattei.

This may seem confusing why two notable traditionalists who love the Latin Mass are embracing the abortion-linked vaccines (and the shaky “theology” behind it), but as we have discussed many times before (here, here, here, and here), the true fault line over the COVID-19 vaccine issue (and others) is rooted in whether one accepts the modernist naturalistic principles of atheistic evolution, theistic evolution, the Big Bang Theory and/or Darwinism or accepts the Church’s traditional doctrine of creation. The challenge here is many faithful Catholics are simply unfamiliar with the doctrine of creation, and fail to see how evolution and its related “theories” has permeated into all aspects of our life and thought – including science, medicine, liturgy, and theology. And believing in naturalistic thought gives Catholics a false view that “science” is the salvation to our problems (instead of God).

This is not the first time that debate has been seen in the traditional movement over science and theology. In fact, the traditional Society of St. Pius X (SSPX, whom we recommend prayers each Divine Mercy Sunday for full resolution of their canonical status) also issued a similar statement apparently embracing the moral permissiveness of abortion-linked vaccines, which was later criticized by a columnist in The Remnant. Also one SSPX priest has also been a vocal supporter of the problematic Big Bang Theory and a loose interpretation of Genesis – writing about it in the Rorate Caeli traditional blog (refuted here).  We hope these are merely isolated personal opinions.

Thankfully there is a way out. First, is to continue to pray for the bishops, priests, and fellow laity that they will see the moral dangers of abortion-linked vaccine and especially evolution. Second, learn the traditional doctrine of creation. The Charlotte Latin Mass Community was proud to co-sponsor the conference Evolution and the Culture of Death, which details the dangers of evolution, but also presents the beautiful doctrine of creation: https://sensusfidelium.us/evolution-the-culture-of-death-unmasking-the-roots-of-todays-abortion-movement/

Recent Catholic Statements on the Moral Dangers of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Additionally, we are also grateful that faithful Catholics, clergy and laity alike, are banding together to defend the Church’s traditional teachings in light of the COVID-19 vaccine. Often times, it’s simply just taking a deeper look at the science and applying the Church’s rich 2,000 years of theological, moral, and philosophical framework and principles to it, thus allowing one to see with better clarity the moral problems associated with abortion-linked vaccines. 

One may ask however, what do vaccine debates have to do with the Traditional Latin Mass? The Mass contains a theological outlook or perspective of 2,000 years that is vastly different from the modern theology that accompanies the Novus Ordo Mass, and as such, attacks on traditional theology (which today is coming from the embrace of abortion-linked vaccines) is also a veiled attack on the Latin Mass itself.

  • Bishop Athanasius Schneider – Resisting Abortion-tainted Vaccines and the Culture of Death (April 1, 2021): His Excellency (whom the CLMC hosted at St. Ann back in 2017), has penned an instructive piece on why the Holy See’s pronouncements on abortion-linked vaccines are fallible, too abstract, and stuck in a legalistic framework. He continues to argue remote cooperation to abortion is not applicable to vaccines, and represents a “spiritual blindness” to the Church’s long held opposition to abortion. He soberly notes that God may punish man if he uses cell lines from aborted babies: https://www.crisismagazine.com/2021/resisting-abortion-tainted-vaccines-and-the-culture-of-death
  • Catholic Philosopher: Why I Signed “To Awaken Conscience” – Dr. Michael Pakaluk, a professor of ethics at Catholic University of America wrote a helpful piece parsing the “remote cooperation” theory used to justify the abortion-linked vaccines. Most refreshing is his reliance on the doctor of moral theology, St. Alphonsus Liguori, and noted that “remote cooperation”, according to St. Alphonsus, would not apply to the abortion linked vaccines:  https://www.crisismagazine.com/2021/why-i-signed-to-awaken-conscience
  • A Priests Moral Analysis of Vaccines: Even more helpful is the following essay penned by a traditional priest who wishes to remain anonymous. Whereby he examines the moral dangers of the COVID-19 vaccines: https://sensusfidelium.us/a-priests-moral-analysis-of-the-covid-vaccines/  Specifically the dangers are:
    • Human Guinea Pigs: Per Catechism of the Catholic Church 2295 (modern version), it’s immoral for people or doctors to use the human subjects as “lab rats” without sufficient cause: COVID-19 vaccines are experimental and without sufficient animal trials. Additionally, there is concern about population control connection to vaccines.
    • Mutilation: The Church teaches its immoral to mutilate the body unless it’s to save the rest of the body. Tampering with the human genome (as mRNA vaccines could do) on healthy people would appear to violate this teaching.
    • Abortion: Hundreds of babies were murdered (born alive and then dissected alive) to make the cell line used to make or test vaccines.
    • Spiritual dangers: Abortion-linked vaccines are essentially just a modern version of diabolical potions or malefices used by pagans against early Church Christians. Since abortion is often a satanic sacrifice, partaking in abortion-linked vaccines may be communing with abortion, the diabolical and its evil spiritual effects. Those who willingly hope to benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine may be opening themselves up spiritual portals.
  • Request Masses of Reparation for Priests and Bishops: A traditional priest is asking priests to offer Masses of reparation twice monthly for the sins of bad priests and bishops. The laity are encouraged to request this and to attend Mass twice monthly for this intention: https://sensusfidelium.us/reparation-for-priests-and-bishops/