Solemnity of the Feast of St. Joseph
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church
… You have dishonored Me (Jn. 8.49, from the Holy Gospel for the previous Sunday, First Sunday of the Passion)
Pope Benedict XVI had ordered the Novus Ordo “table” set up in the Sistine Chapel taken out. But his successor, Pope Francis, turned the Chapel again as if it were an Anglican/Episcopalian one for his first public Novus Ordo ‘Mass’ after his election.
The picture below shows the sanctuary of a Roman Catholic cathedral in Scotland long overtaken by the Protestant sectarians. They did not destroy the ornate high altar (obviously for the preservation of an artistic “relic” – the same put forward by the Novus Ordo authorities), background, but set up their “[l]ord’s table“, foreground, the new focus of the congregation. Mr. Mark Strange was presiding as ‘bishop’ (take a close look also at his vestment and compare it with the purple chasuble the newly-elect Pope wore for his second public Novus Ordo ‘service’ at the Sta. Ana Church).
Pope Francis donned in a ‘SIMPLISTIC’ purple Anglican/Episcopalian-style chasuble (compare with the presider’s at the St. Andrew’s Cathedral, first image above) at his second public Neo-Catholic ‘Mass’ in Sta. Ana Church.
In his first address to the College of Cardinals, the newly elected Roman Pontiff who happens to be a [Neo-]’Jesuit’ referred to the ‘Holy Spirit’ “IN the [Neo-]Church” as an “apostle” and “of Babel” at that. But we confess at THE Sacred Traditional Catholic Mass – “the norm [therefore, the ordinary] in perpetuity” (Pope St. Pius V): “Credo… in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum…!” The Holy Ghost IS Lord and Master! Though the Holy Father’s reference is by way of a comparison, this Neo-Catholic comparison is skewed. The orthodox Catholic Confession continues: “Qui locutus est per Prophetas” (“Who spoke through the Prophets“). The Word of Truth teaches us the office and function of God’s Prophet who stands in the place of God – to be His mind and heart, eyes [cf., our post “‘Find’ and ‘Prove’ One’s Self?“] and mouth – in the midst of the people: [to lay] open thy iniquity, to excite thee to penance (Lam. 2.14). The Word of Truth made flesh categorically teaches of the office and function of the Spirit of Truth(Jn. 14.17) speaking “through [His] Prophets”: And when He Is come: He will convince the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment (Jn. 16.8) [cf., our posts “Sin and Its Malice” Part I and Part II].
A Simple Pope?
Pope Francis wants “a poor Church.”
St. Therese of the Infant Jesus and of the Holy Face teaches us that “sanctity consists in being what God wants us to be” (Story of a Soul, Bk I, Ch. 1). Thus, St. Francis, guided by the same Spirit of Truth Who enlightened our “Little Therese,” never had the temerity of a Waldo to propose his example to be the ideal of the Church as a faithful witness to the Gospel when the Mystical Body of Christ is set to reign with her Lord and Master Who reigns majestically: The Lord hath reigned, He is clothed with beauty (Ps. 92.1 – Ch. and v. according to the Sacred Latin Vulgate Bible which Bp. Challoner’s revision of the Douay-Rheims Bible follows). The Eternal Word has prefigured how He would arraign His royal priests – to distinguish them from the priests serving at the altars of the devil – especially His Vicar, the “Summus Pontifex”: … He girded him [the High Priest] with a glorious girdle, and clothed Him with a robe of glory, and crowned him with majestic attire… He gave him a holy robe of gold, and blue, and purple… of twisted scarlet the work of an artist, with precious stones cut and set in gold… And a crown of gold [the Pope in his inauguration refused also the crown of the Sovereign Pontiff – the Papal tiara]… an ornament of honor: a work of power… No stranger was ever clothed with them, but only his children alone, and his grandchildren for ever (Ecclus., Sir. in non-Catholic versions, 45.9,12,13,14,16 – Ch. and vv. following the Sacred Latin Vulgate Bible).
The Lord has place[d] him with princes, with the princes of his people (Ps. 112.8), in fact the very prince among them. Humility, which makes one simple, is a supernatural disposition which inclines him to take his proper place before God and no other. Therefore, St. Therese says that “humility is truth.” To cut off what is superfluous is not the same thing as to do away with the resplendence of the divine majesty upon and through the Church, especially in her divine worship. Archbishop Fulton Sheen understood, in one of his works, “The Priest Is Not His Own” – even more so is the ruler of the House of God.