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It’s Back…

September 17th, 2009, Promulgated by Dr. K

According to the upcoming Sacred Heart Cathedral bulletin, there will be yet another “African Mass” this year. The date and time of this themed liturgy will be October 18th at 11:15 AM.

With all the various themed Masses offered at Sacred Heart during Bishop Clark’s reign, has there even once been a Traditional Latin Mass? We all know that Bishop Clark likes to “celebrate” diversity, so why not celebrate the greatest liturgy our Church has ever known? Wouldn’t it be nice to see our bishop reach out to traditional Catholics in the same way he was tried to reach out to African-American Catholics in our area?

Anyways, if you do plan on attending, get ready for this:

And of course I anticipate a wide array of liturgical dance numbers for your entertainment.

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11 Responses to “It’s Back…”

  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    The Latin Mass is part of the tradition of our Church. This most clearly is not. This ceremony will be full of liturgical abuses, as always.

  2. avatar Anonymous says:

    The worst of these theme Masses was the Rainbow Sash Mass back in the late 90s. It was a celebration of all things homosexual, and the place was packed with people from Corpus Christi (weren't excommunicated yet).

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    As far as I know, the rainbow sashers are still presenting themselves for communion at the Rainbow Sash Mass held on Pentecost Sunday of each year at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Several years ago, it was only 6 or 8 people.

    A picture of Father John Mulligan giving communion to the he-she rainbow sashers was mailed out across the United States and to every address at the Vatican.

  4. avatar Gen says:

    Pentecost Sunday. Wow. That's appropriate.

  5. avatar Anonymous says:

    It would seem to me that a pseudo "African Mass" would be offensive to actual Africans. I mean it mostly consists of incorporating African stereotypes into the Mass.

  6. avatar Anonymous says:

    Who organizes/coordinates the African Masses? My guess is that it is a Caucasian, gray-haired Anglo-Saxon Sister of St. Joseph. This African Mass is nothing but racist. It's all how these organizers view black people and their culture, not what their culture actually entails. They are putting this Mass for their own entertainment, and for image to slap all over the Catholic Courier for their own visual pleasure. "Oh, look how nice it is to see all this diversity!" Hogwash. A bunch of racists are organizing this.

  7. avatar Anonymous says:

    It's just like Corpus Christi used African-Americans to create a phony image of diversity, this is the same thing we're witnessing here. They are trying to bring in African Americans so they can boast how diverse and inclusive they are. You know what would really promote diversity and inclusivity? Not having an African-themed Mass organized by white folks.

    I myself am a proud, professional African-American. Bishop Clark and his cronies make me sick. This is not our culture at all, but how they THINK we are. Our bishop is nothing but a new age racist. I wish he would stop these displays and concentrate on reaching out to black people with the holy Eucharist.

  8. Anon 3:20/3:23 — WOW!!! That was a very intense response. You expressed your thoughts so well. I had always thought it seemed like racism in reverse, but never said that. Thank you for saying it much better than I ever could. And please tell us more.

    I knew an African priest from Kenya, who said he would never celebrate a Mass that was other than the Roman Rite. His point was we are "Roman" Catholics before we are "African" Catholics, or whichever ethnic group you want to insert. He very, very reverently celebrated both the Novus Ordo and the Tridentine Latin Masses. His preaching was extraordinary.

    He remarked on how Anglos have a Western idea of how things are in Africa. He laughed at our naivete. He said he would never wear a dashiki or head dress at Mass, which he thought those American clergy wanted him to wear. He laughed loud and long about our stupid ideas.

    He actually just passed away in the past year. RIP.

  9. avatar Dr. K says:

    Anon, thank you for sharing your views on the African Mass, and thanks for reading. Bishop Clark and co. indeed have a skewed vision of Catholicism in Africa. Most of the priests that come here from Africa are in fact much more orthodox than the priests born and raised in Rochester. And they don't all love liturgical dance either!

    ~Dr. K

  10. avatar Anonymous says:

    Why can't we just worship God and leave all the African Masses, dancing, and bull at home?

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