6th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, and the Church reminds the faithful of two sacraments, Baptism and the Eucharist. Dr. Mike Foley explains further in his weekly column: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/07/the-palpably-agricultural-and-mildly.html

Latin Masses this week: No major feast days this week.  St. Ann will offer a 6pm Low Mass on Wednesday July 7, and St. Thomas will offer a 7pm High Mass Thursday, July 8, the feast of St. Isabel of Portugal, the great 12th century Queen. Friday St. Ann offers a 7am Low Mass, and St. Mark offers a 12:30pm Low Mass. Friday is a feria (no feast day), although in some calendars there is an optional feast for Ss. John Fisher and/or St. Thomas More (their feast day in the traditional calendar).   

Next Sunday July 11 12:30pm – Traditional Confirmations & Potluck: Msgr. Winslow, the Vicar General for the Diocese, will come to St. Ann parish to administer the traditional sacrament of Confirmations.  The CLMC will be organizing a special summer potluck for the occasion. We are inviting families to bring a potluck meal (e.g. sandwiches, salads, etc.) or desert to share – we’ll have tables (and hopefully tents) out in the plaza.  If you can bring something, please reply to this e-mail or contact Mike via info@charlottelatinmass.org

Summorum Pontificum anniversary: Wednesday July 7 is the 14th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, the 2007 Pope Benedict XVI initiative which provided greater access to the Traditional Latin Mass.  In your prayers, you may consider praying in thanksgiving for this (albeit imperfect) document, and for the future growth of the Traditional Latin Mass in the Church. You can find links to this and other Vatican documents on the Traditional Latin Mass here: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/tlm-documents/

Juventutem Event – Saturday July 17: The young adult group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be sponsoring a unique and special Latin Mass & pilgrimage for young adults to Old St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mt. Holly (NC 273 & Sandy Ford Road, Mt. Holly). The church, built by Irish miners in the 1840s, is one of the oldest standing churches in North Carolina. Latin Mass will be at 10am followed by a special tour of the church. For more information please contact Angela Kessler at juventutemclt@gmail.com or find them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

Photo Recap of the Cathedral’s Traditional Latin Mass: The CLMC is pleased to provide photos of the annual Traditional Latin Mass at the Cathedral this past Tuesday for the feast of Ss. Peter & Paul (courtesy of the CLMC’s Markus Kuncoro): https://flic.kr/s/aHsmW6YwS8

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Dr. John Rao – Roman Forum remarks “Troubles of a Golden Age”: This past week was the Roman Forum, the annual gathering of Traditional Latin Mass leaders (held in NY due to travel restrictions to Rome). St. John University Professor John Rao, one of the longtime traditionalists of our age, gives a helpful talk reviewing the history of the modernist movement from the 1850s – 1950s and dispelling the myth that there was a traditional Catholic “golden age” in the 1950s: https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/5449-dr-john-rao-the-troubles-of-a-golden-age

Mirari Vos and the Fourth of July: On Liberalism and Religious Indifferentism

The above article by Dr. Mike Foley highlights some differences between the traditional teachings and customs of the Church versus the modernist approach on how to reconcile our nation’s founding principles. Some conservative Catholics and modernists will try to baptize/Catholicize our nation’s founding saying it is in line with Catholic teachings and tradition. But as Pope Leo XIII, in his 1895 encyclical to U.S. Bishops, Longinqua (Section 6), wrote:

For the Church amongst you, unopposed by the Constitution and government of your nation, fettered by no hostile legislation, protected against violence by the common laws and the impartiality of the tribunals, is free to live and act without hindrance. Yet, though all this is true, it would be very erroneous to draw the conclusion that in America is to be sought the type of the most desirable status of the Church, or that it would be universally lawful or expedient for State and Church to be, as in America, dissevered and divorced.

Four years later, Pope Leo wrote again to the U.S. Catholic hierarchy, warning them about some protestant tendencies in the Catholic Church in America, often called the heresy of Americanism (a topic for another time). https://www.papalencyclicals.net/leo13/l13teste.htm

Sadly, Pope Leo’s message was forgotten in today’s U.S. Catholic Church, as each year around this time, Church leaders promote a religious liberty week that often seems to include non-Catholic sects or heretical religions (Protestantism, Islam, etc.) as sharing in this public right of the Church. This has received the attention of Bishop Athanasius Schneider who noted how this problem originated in the problematic texts contained in Vatican II’s document on religious liberty:

Several expressions in the texts of the Second Vatican Council cannot be so easily reconciled with the Church’s constant doctrinal tradition. Examples include certain expressions of the Council on the topic of religious freedom (understood as a natural right, and therefore positively willed by God, to practice and spread a false religion, which may also include idolatry or even worse);

That “constant doctrinal tradition”, Bishop Schneider refers to can be found in several documents throughout the ages, most especially in Bl. Pope Pius IX’s 1864 Syllabus of Errors, which declared the following modernist propositions of today’s “pan-religious freedom” as false:  

77. In the present day it is no longer expedient that the Catholic religion should be held as the only religion of the State, to the exclusion of all other forms of worship. — Allocution “Nemo vestrum,” July 26, 1855.

79. Moreover, it is false that the civil liberty of every form of worship, and the full power, given to all, of overtly and publicly manifesting any opinions whatsoever and thoughts, conduce more easily to corrupt the morals and minds of the people, and to propagate the pest of indifferentism. — Allocution “Nunquam fore,” Dec. 15, 1856.

But most forcefully speaking out on these errors of “freedom for all religions” was Pope Gregory XVI, who, writing after the French Revolution and various other masonic revolutions, tackled the issue of religious indifferentism in his 1832 encyclical Mirari Vos:

13. Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained.

14. This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. “But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error,” as Augustine was wont to say.[21]

15. Here We must include that harmful and never sufficiently denounced freedom to publish any writings whatever and disseminate them to the people, which some dare to demand and promote with so great a clamor.

16. The Church has always taken action to destroy the plague of bad books. This was true even in apostolic times for we read that the apostles themselves burned a large number of books.[23]

20. Nor can We predict happier times for religion and government from the plans of those who desire vehemently to separate the Church from the state, and to break the mutual concord between temporal authority and the priesthood. It is certain that that concord which always was favorable and beneficial for the sacred and the civil order is feared by the shameless lovers of liberty.

As we celebrate the independence of a nation that has given the Catholic Church and her members, as Pope Leo XIII wrote, the freedom to “live and act without hindrance”, we may consider praying that Catholics in this country, take to heart the rest of Pope Leo XIII’s 1895 message before it’s too late, which calls for the evangelization and conversion of all American protestants to restore the “mutual concord between temporal authority and the priesthood.”:

“[W]ith mildness and charity draw them to us, using every means of persuasion to induce them to examine closely every part of the Catholic doctrine, and to free themselves from preconceived notions.

If the spectacle of Christian virtues exerted the powerful influence over the heathens blinded, as they were, by inveterate superstition, which the records of history attest, shall we think it powerless to eradicate error in the case of those who have been initiated into the Christian religion?”

Today there can be no more powerful influence on American protestants, now fatigued by centuries of error, heresy and now cultural decay, than the Traditional Latin Mass, and the Catholic traditions, customs, and culture that accompany it. Inviting Protestants to it, when properly disposed, would be the truest act of charity and patriotism. Where are you attending Mass this Fourth of July?   

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