Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Why I’ve Tuned Out National Public Radio

Why I've Tuned Out National Public Radio
ON THE WORSHIP OF THE MOLOCH OF EQUALITY

By John Lyon | September 2019

One day recently, prompted by programming on National Public Radio (NPR), I undertook a penance I had often threatened myself with on similar provocation but had firmly resisted: I listened to an hour of Rush Limbaugh.

Since 1956 I’ve listened to NPR via various state affiliates from Pennsylvania to Minnesota, including 26 years of broadcasts from Madison, Wisconsin. Over those 63 years, I’ve witnessed the steady drift of NPR’s programming downward and to the Left: the expectable, inevitable, massive movement of most institutions in a democracy.

By some fey magic, NPR manages to continue providing valuable programming: classical music; the narration of vital books; generally useful because informative programs about agricultural, medical, and scientific matters; and even news of events. The slant of commentary about events, however, as well as the choice of topics and sociopolitical pitch of most of its talk-show sessions, is obnoxiously slanted and blatantly partisan. It is sheer “progressive” propaganda. And this is particularly dangerous in a republic degenerating into a democracy.

National Public Radio pleads the cause of radical feminism. (Why isn’t this a form of sexism?) It foments racism by offering outrageous examples of it, all designed to demonstrate that nothing white is right. I can’t recall the last time it covered a case of egregious black-on-white or black-on-black violence. Recently, NPR has been treating listeners to endless harassment over “reparations” — even poetry is called to take sides — because some of our ancestors were here when slavery was legal. How does this bring people together in our society? If genuine reconciliation is to take place, then truly monstrous behavior in the past ought not to be forgotten, but it ought never to be emphasized by public media.

National Public Radio plays about with socialism — a discreet, tentative, middle-class, pleading, speaking-in-euphemisms about what is, in fact, revolutionary. In NPR’s scope, policemen, policing, and, above all, any action carried out by ICE functionaries tend ipso facto to be in the wrong; meanwhile, NPR makes celebrities of chosen criminals.

National Public Radio turned the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh into a circus maximus performance, abetting the pre-judged, thumbs-down verdict of social media in the circus minimus. It played to the galleries about the bad, bad Covington High School students’ oppressing and threatening a poor, unarmed, tom-tom beating “Native American,” when it was, in fact, the tom-tom beater who was attempting to incite an outrage.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Tridentine Masses this week in metro Detroit and east Michigan


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* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

Tridentine Community News - Cardinal Burke to Celebrate Pontifical Solemn Mass at Assumption Grotto; Interesting British Church Fixtures; The Strange Case of the Palmarians; Tridentine Masses this coming week


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (September 8, 2018):
September 8, 2019 – Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Cardinal Burke to Celebrate Pontifical Solemn Mass at Assumption Grotto


This year’s Call to Holiness conference on Saturday, October 26 has the honor of having Raymond Cardinal Burke as its keynote speaker. On Sunday, October 27 at 11:00 AM His Eminence will celebrate a Pontifical Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Assumption Grotto Church in Detroit. This is a rare opportunity for our local readers to attend this most elaborate of liturgies. Further information on the conference and Mass may be found at: www.calltoholiness.com

Interesting British Church Fixtures

Recently two photos of unusual church fixtures appeared on Facebook postings by two churches in London, England:


The liturgical and musical powerhouse St. James Spanish Place posted the above photo of a paddle sign located next to the sacrárium (sink which drains into the soil) in their sacristy. The movable boards on this sign are titled after some of the Tridentine Votive Masses which a priest may celebrate. More likely they represent the optional Collects, taken from those Votive Masses, which a priest either is required to or intends to add to a Mass, after the principal and possible commemoration Collects. The English translations of the paddles are In Time of War, For the Celebrating Priest, For Any Necessity, Obligatory Prayer [e.g. as ordered by the bishop], Of the Holy Spirit, and For the Pope.

The second photo, from the Dominicans’ Rosary Shrine, depicts a Sanctus Candle permanently mounted to the wall. Ordinarily we are accustomed to seeing the (optional) Sanctus Candle placed on the altar by a server at the Sanctus and removed after Holy Communion, signifying the Real Presence of Christ on the altar during that portion of the Mass. Apparently the Dominicans consider this to be a more essential component of the traditional Dominican Rite.


The Strange Case of the Palmarians

One usually thinks of the Traditional Latin Mass as being longer and more elaborate than the typical Ordinary Form Mass. Many of the so-called independent [not in union with Rome], usually sedevacantist, “Catholic” groups take things a step further, using pre-1955 or older, often even lengthier liturgies. However, one independent movement takes the matter in entirely the opposite direction: The Palmarians, a group in Spain, have reduced the Tridentine Mass to a five minute liturgy, focused on the bare essential elements of Offertory, Consecration, and Communion. Their thinking is that this enables a priest to offer more Masses each day, each of which is a source of grace for the world. A more thorough treatment of this odd subject, including the entire text of the Palmarian Mass and a link to a video of one of their Masses, is here: https://magnuslundberg.net/2017/08/29/the-palmarian-order-of-the-mass/comment-page-1/

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 09/10 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor)
  • Sat. 09/14 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for September 8, 2018. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Tridentine Community News - Extraordinary Faith Episode 22 – Pittsburgh Part 2 of 2 to Debut on EWTN on Saturday, August 10


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (August 4, 2019):
August 4, 2019 – Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Extraordinary Faith Episode 22 – Pittsburgh Part 2 of 2 to Debut on EWTN on Saturday, August 10

EWTN premieres another new episode of Extraordinary Faith this week: Next Saturday, August 10, at 4:30 AM U.S. Eastern time, EWTN will debut Episode 22 – Pittsburgh Part 2 of 2.

For many years the largest Traditional Mass Community in the United States was Pittsburgh’s St. John XXIII Parish. With over 1,000 faithful attending Mass on Sunday, the group traced much of its success to a creative advertising campaign in the 1990s, involving radio ads, billboards, and signs on the sides of city buses. One of the organizers of that ad campaign, Bill Redic, tells us the history and thinking behind this creative use of publicity. Bill also tells us about the altar server training tape produced by the community that became known for its uniquely Pittsburgh-ian pronunciation of the Latin responses.




Pastor at the time of filming Fr. James Dolan provides more background on the St. John XXIII Parish and its then home, historic St. Boniface Church. Located on a hillside near downtown, St. Boniface was once threatened with demolition because of freeway construction but managed to survive.


A hidden gem in Pittsburgh, St. Anthony’s Chapel contains one of the largest collections of relics of Saints outside of Rome. Chapel docent Carole Brueckner gives us a tour and explains how the institution grew out of one priest’s personal collection of relics.


Previous pastor of St. John XXIII Fr. Kenneth Myers is well known for a talk he presents, A New Look at the Old Mass. As part of our ongoing series in which priests explain the Extraordinary Form, Fr. Myers shares his experience with what makes the Traditional Mass appealing and different.


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 08/06 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Transfiguration of Our Lord)
  • Sat. 08/10: No Mass at Miles Christi
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for August 4, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Tridentine Masses coming this week to metro Detroit and east Michigan


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* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Tridentine Masses coming this week to metro Detroit and east Michigan


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week

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* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

Tridentine Community News - Extraordinary Faith Episode 21 – Pittsburgh Part 1 of 2 to Debut on EWTN on Saturday, August 3


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (July 28, 2019):
July 28, 2019 – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Extraordinary Faith Episode 21 – Pittsburgh Part 1 of 2 to Debut on EWTN on Saturday, August 3

The rush of new episodes of Extraordinary Faith continues: Next Saturday, August 3, at 4:30 AM U.S. Eastern time, EWTN will debut Episode 21 – Pittsburgh Part 1 of 2. This episode was filmed at the Church Music Association’s Sacred Music Colloquium, held at Duquesne University.

General Manager of the Church Music Association of America Janet Gorbitz opens the episode with a history of the CMAA and an explanation of their annual Colloquia. She explains why these gatherings attract people of all levels of musical experience, from absolute beginner to seasoned pro.


When most people think of parishes devoted to the Traditional Mass, they think of communities led by the Fraternity of St. Peter and the Institute of Christ the King. Less well-known are parishes led by diocesan clergy. Fr. Robert Pasley, a priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, tells us the history of the church he pastors, Mater Ecclésiæ, the first and oldest parish in the United States led by diocesan priests which celebrates exclusively the Extraordinary Form. He also tells us about their annual Masses in the cathedrals of neighboring dioceses, including Philadelphia.


Just as the internet was gaining steam in the early 2000s, one particular choir director became known for hitting the road and training singers in Gregorian Chant. To this day, Scott Turkington remains an evangelist for choir members learning the Church’s timeless form of music. He tells us why it is so important for students at the Colloquium to strive to improve their home music programs as best as they are able.


Years ago, the only Traditional Mass in San Diego was held every Sunday in the chapel of a mausoleum. Today that community is led by priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter, has its own church, St. Anne, and offers a particularly ambitious music program. Former Choir Director Mary Ann Carr Wilson tells us how she inspired children to learn Gregorian Chant, particularly through their annual summer Chant Camps.


A rising star among parishes that embrace traditional liturgy and music is the Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Music Director Maria Rist tells us about the various choirs she leads there and how their music offerings have developed over the years.


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 07/30 7:00 PM: High Requiem Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Daily Mass for the Dead)
  • Fri. 08/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor) – Choir will sing Missa O Quam Gloriósum by Tomás Luis de Victoria. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament after Mass. Reception follows/
  • Sat. 08/03 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Saturday of Our Lady)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for July 28, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Tridentine Community News - Extraordinary Faith Episode 20 – New York Part 2 of 2 to Debut on EWTN on Saturday, July 27


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (July 28, 2019):
July 21, 2019 – Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Extraordinary Faith Episode 20 – New York Part 2 of 2 to Debut on EWTN on Saturday, July 27

EWTN will broadcast another new episode of Extraordinary Faith this week: Next Saturday, July 27, at 4:30 AM U.S. Eastern time, EWTN will premiere Episode 20 – New York City Part 2 of 2. This episode has a theme of beauty, in art, architecture, and liturgy.


In the first segment, Manhattan-based architect Dino Marcantonio tells about the Catholic Artists Society, a group he founded which seeks to build a community of Catholic artists devoted to using their talents to serve God and the liturgy. The society holds periodic lectures, Masses, and social events in Manhattan.

The internet abounds with stories of “wreckovations”, instances of older churches being renovated in bland, modern styles that no longer convey a traditional sense of the sacred. The pendulum is swinging back, however, as many churches that had once been wreckovated are restoring their interiors to their original sacred beauty. One of the most impressive examples of an un-wreckovation is Brooklyn’s Holy Name of Jesus Church. Pastor Fr. Larry Ryan tells us about the project which converted the 1980s “hockey stick” sanctuary back to a pristine, traditional arrangement, including a grand High Altar. Not surprisingly, the church now periodically offers the Traditional Mass.





One of the treasures of the Church not fully appreciated by many Catholics is her Calendar, and the gradations and structure of Feast Days contained therein. Baylor University Associate Professor of Patristics Dr. Michael Foley tells us about little-known yet profound aspects of the Extraordinary Form Calendar, such as Ember and Rogation Days.

We take a road trip outside Manhattan to a parish known far and wide for its exceptional liturgical and musical program: St. Mary in Norwalk, Connecticut. Music Director David Hughes tells us about the parish life there, including the choral program he leads and the architectural restoration overseen by architect Duncan Stroik.


Many of the aspects of the Traditional Latin Mass are not proprietary to that form of the Sacred Liturgy. Though not often seen, elements such as ad oriéntem celebration, use of Gregorian Chant, and kneeling to receive Holy Communion are available options in the Ordinary Form. Fr. Thomas Kocik, author of the book The Reform of the Reform, explains how the Ordinary Form of Holy Mass can benefit from employing these features.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 07/23 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr)
  • Sat. 07/27 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Saturday of Our Lady)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for July 28, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Monday, July 15, 2019

Tridentine Community News - First Traditional Mass Held at Solanus Center on July 13; Extraordinary Faith Episode 19 – New York Part 1 of 2 to Debut on EWTN on Saturday, July 20


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (July 14, 2019):
July 14, 2019 – Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

First Traditional Mass Held at Solanus Center on July 13


Readers will be delighted to learn that the first Tridentine Mass in almost 50 years was held at Detroit’s Solanus Casey Center, a.k.a. the Capuchins’ St. Bonaventure Monastery, on Saturday, July 13. It was a Low Mass offered for the Young Adults group which the monastery sponsors, and co-organized by an enthusiastic young Capuchin, Brother Joseph. The Mass was held in the Friars’ Chapel, the smaller chapel behind the High Altar of the main chapel, where Fr. Solanus was known to spend much time in Adoration and prayer. Further details about the Mass were not available at press time. We hope and pray that the Capuchins will permit additional Traditional Masses, the very form of Mass that Blessed Fr. Solanus knew and celebrated.

Extraordinary Faith Episode 19 – New York Part 1 of 2 to Debut on EWTN on Saturday, July 20

EWTN continues to debut new episodes of Extraordinary Faith weekly: Next Saturday, July 20, at 4:30 AM U.S. Eastern time, EWTN will premiere Episode 19 – New York City Part 1 of 2. This episode was filmed at the Sacra Liturgía Conference which took place in Manhattan in 2015.

The episode opens with an interview with one of the most widely known advocates of traditional liturgy of our time, Raymond Cardinal Burke, who was the celebrant of the conference’s Pontifical Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form. His Eminence discusses at length the significance of the faithful having solemn and reverent liturgy available, and the fruits that it brings to Catholic life.


Most of the liturgies for the conference were held at St. Catherine of Siena Church. Then-pastor Fr. Jordan Kelly, OP gives us a tour of the church and tells us about the significant Dominican presence in New York City at St. Catherine and its sister church, St. Vincent Ferrer, and in health care ministry.


One of the speakers at the conference, Dr. Margaret Hughes, at the time Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of Mount St. Vincent, explains how beauty in religion can educate and attract people to the Faith.

Arguably one of the greatest living scholars of the Sacred Liturgy of our time is Dom Alcuin Reid, Prior of the Monastère Saint- Benoît in France and organizer of the Sacra Liturgía conferences. From his authorship of numerous books, to his role as editor of Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described, the penultimate reference book for the rubrics of the Traditional Latin Mass, Dom Alcuin is the globally acknowledged go-to person for both historical and practical questions about all forms of liturgy. He tells us the reasons for founding the conference series, as well as some background about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Robert Cardinal Sarah’s statements in support of solemn worship.


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 07/16 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Our Lady of Mount Carmel)
  • Sat. 07/20 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Jerome Emiliani, Confessor)
  • Sat. 07/20 7:00 PM: High Mass at Ste. Anne de Detroit (St. Jerome Emiliani, Confessor) – First Tridentine Mass celebrated as part of the parish’s annual Novena to St. Anne. Celebrant: Msgr. Ronald Browne. Homilist: Canon Michael Stein. Music will be provided by Ste. Anne’s own Gabriel Richard Schola. Servers from the Oakland County Latin Mass Association and the St. Benedict Tridentine Community will assist.
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for July 14, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Tridentine Community News - Extraordinary Faith Episode 18 – London Part 4 of 4 to Debut on EWTN on Saturday, July 13


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (July 7, 2019):
July 7, 2019 – Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Extraordinary Faith Episode 18 – London Part 4 of 4 to Debut on EWTN on Saturday, July 13

Keeping up with EWTN’s airing of several new episodes of Extraordinary Faith over the upcoming weeks, this column will continue to stay one step ahead of the network in letting you know what’s about to be shown. Episode 18 is the fourth of four episodes filmed in London, England. It debuts on EWTN this Saturday, July 13 at 4:30 AM U.S. Eastern time.

Though London is the epicenter for England’s burgeoning Latin Mass scene, rural England is picking up steam as well. We venture far outside metropolitan London in the first segment, to charming Holy Trinity Church in the eleventh century historic village of Hethe, near Oxford. This ornate but tiny church offers the Extraordinary Form to a devoted congregation. Former pastor Fr. Paul Lester gives us a tour and explains the parish’s long tradition of solemn liturgy.


A popular place of pilgrimage in London is the Tyburn Convent, home of the Tyburn Nuns. Named after the once-nearby Tyburn Tree, where Catholics were brutally martyred after the Protestant Reformation, the Tyburn Convent contains a museum and relics of the British Martyrs who died at Tyburn. Known for their animated explanations of the horrible sufferings and death of those martyrs, Mother Xavier and Mother Marie Joseph give us a tour of their museum and convent. We also see the altar in the museum where Extraordinary Form Masses are periodically held and which sports a rarely-seen artifact: a surrounding curtain which is closed at the moment of consecration to veil the sacred.


Last week’s column mentioned that there are two organizations in England which promote and organize Latin Masses. The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, featured in the previous episode, is devoted solely to promoting the Extraordinary Form. The second group, the Association for Latin Liturgy, advocates both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Mass in Latin. ALL Chairman Bernard Marriott explains the work of the ALL, including the books it publishes and its famous web site, which lists and grades Latin Masses in England A, B, or C – a valuable service given the plethora of options, especially in metropolitan London.


After the Reformation, most Catholic churches in England were destroyed or expropriated by the Anglicans. One church managed to escape that fate, albeit with years of inactivity and other years of private use as an embassy chapel: St. Etheldreda’s, the oldest operating Catholic church in England. Hidden among brokerage firms along a private street in London’s financial district, St. Etheldreda is home to a professional choir and regular Latin Masses in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms. Historian and parishioner Anthony Weaver explains the long history of this survivor.


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 07/09 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Votive Mass of the Precious Blood)
  • Sat. 07/13 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Saturday of Our Lady)
  • Sun. 07/14 9:45 AM: Solemn High Mass at OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart (Fifth Sunday After Pentecost) – Guest celebrant: Fr. Stephen Wolfe, SJ. Reception after Mass.
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for July 7, 2019. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]