Monday, May 19, 2014

Reply to the San Pablo Youth Commission ala Fr. Z

When priests leave the explaining be done by the youth, now what can be lower than that?

The Executive Secretary of the San Pablo Youth Commission issued a statement on May 17, 2014 regarding a supposed misleading and offensive blog post.

Nakakatawa, bakit siya, bakit sila? Nasaan ang mga pari na may sala ng Liturgical Abuse?

Pero pagbigyan natin ang mga bata. Baka kamag-anak ni Google Liturgist. Pagbigyan.

1. The pictures posted on the blog were given serious misinterpretation and some were even captioned with make-up stories.


BY THE WAY, IT IS NOT MAKE-UP STORIES. IT'S MADE-UP STORIES. Besides, if you will read the blog post, the word 'imagine' was used. Any grade school toddler would understand that it is IMAGINED for the sake of SATIRE.

Maybe you should read this article "Why can’t many Filipinos tell truth from satire?"

2. The author of the blog mentioned the supposed "ERRORS" in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist but did not give any explanation or reasoning on why it was wrong or what should be done.


Do you have any idea what is the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM)? Or Redemptionis Sacramentum?

Or more importantly, the SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL which said that
The celebration of Mass, as the action of Christ and the People of God arrayed hierarchically, is the center of the whole Christian life for the Church both universal and local, as well as for each of the faithful individually (Sacrosanctum Concilium #40)
Center of the whole Christian life, di ba? Yun sabi ng Vatican II. Kaya importante ang Misa. PINAKA IMPORTANTE. Pag importante, dapat MAAYOS ANG BIHIS. 

Ano sabi ng GIRM?
The vestment proper to the priest celebrant at Mass and other sacred actions directly connected with Mass is, unless otherwise indicated, the chasuble, worn over the alb and stole. (#337)
O sige, sabihin na natin na concelebrant LANG yung 2 pari na naka T-SHIRT LANG, pero ano ba sabi tungkol sa concelebrants?
(C)oncelebrants other than the principal celebrant may omit the chasuble and simply wear the stole over the alb. (#209)
Satisfied ka na?

3.  The intentions of the author were unclear.

UNCLEAR? Or you did not read the original post.

Let's ask these priests to wear the same thing when they go to the US Embassy for their visa application, or for a graduation ceremony or for an audience with the Queen of England or the Pope?

Aren't these events much much much lesser than the Holy Mass?

If you have priests, whose job is to make you aware that their job is about holy matters and not of this world, will you even sense that these priests take their job seriously, and SERIOUSLY think that what they are doing is worthwhile?

Stay away from these priests!

Pray for them!
4.  They were given high grades in their evaluation.

May sasagot niyan sa iyo.

The event may have been graded well by the participants or even by the Commission officials. But it DOES NOT change the fact that the priests were LOUSY at Mass.

5. The guidelines in set in celebrating the liturgy are very helpful in adding to the sacredness of the celebrations which should be observed and followed.  However it should not be the only standard to determine if the mass (small m for Mass!!!) was effective or not. If we are going by this silly and closed logic, then we're no different from the Pharisees who implemented their laws but did not understand their real essence.  Even Jesus labelled them as hypocrites.

May sasagot ulit para sa iyo.

The very same Church that Jesus Himself established established the rules I just quoted. Do you think Jesus will contradict His own Church? Foolish Google Liturgist now in Laguna. Nahawa yata ng taga Davao.


Why can YOU not follow the San Pablo Youth Commission Social Communications Ministry who had a BETTER ORGANIZED MASS with the Bishop?

Or better yet. WILL THE BISHOP APPROVE of the way that YES Camp Mass was held?


  1. I would like to offer excerpts of Pope Benedict XVI's reflection during the 2007 Chrism Mass which should certainly help our priests and the faithful, especially the young, in appreciating the sacred vestment of priests. This reflection is certainly well thought-of and comes from a true and deep understanding of liturgy and prayer.


    "Let us start with the amice. In the past - and in monastic orders still today - it was first placed on the head as a sort of hood, thus becoming a symbol of the discipline of the senses and of thought necessary for a proper celebration of Holy Mass. My thoughts must not wander here and there due to the anxieties and expectations of my daily life; my senses must not be attracted by what there, inside the church, might accidentally captivate the eyes and ears. My heart must open itself docilely to the Word of God and be recollected in the prayer of the Church, so that my thoughts may receive their orientation from the words of the proclamation and of prayer...."

    ALB and STOLE~

    "The texts of the prayer expressed by the alb and the stole both move in the same direction. They call to mind the festive robes which the father gave to the prodigal son who had come home dirty, in rags.

    When we approach the liturgy to act in the person of Christ, we all realize how distant we are from him; how much dirt there is in our lives. He alone can give us festive robes, can make us worthy to preside at his table, to be at his service.

    Thus, the prayers also recall the words of Revelation, which say that it was not due to their own merit that the robes of the 144,000 elect were worthy of God. The Book of Revelation says that they had washed their robes in the Blood of the Lamb and thus made them white and shining like light (cf. Rv 7: 14).

    When I was little, I used to ask myself about this: when one washes something in blood, it certainly does not become white! The answer is: the "Blood of the Lamb" is the love of the Crucified Christ. It is this love that makes our dirty clothes white, that makes our clouded spirit true and bright; that transforms us, despite all our shadows, into "light in the Lord".

    By putting on the alb we must remind ourselves: he suffered for me, too. And it is only because his love is greater than all my sins that I can represent him and witness to his light. ..."


    "Lastly, one additional brief word on the chasuble. The traditional prayer when one puts on the chasuble sees it as representing the yoke of the Lord which is imposed upon us as priests. And it recalls the words of Jesus, who invites us to take his yoke upon us and to learn from him who is "gentle and lowly in heart" (Mt 11: 29).

    Taking the Lord's yoke upon us means first of all: learning from him. It means always being ready to go to his school. From him we must learn gentleness and meekness: the humility of God who shows himself in his being a man."

    This beautiful reflection of BXVI provides enough materials for priests in putting forward conversion, radical change, transformation, transfiguration and other similar themes without putting aside the use of sacred vestments and disregarding the proper celebration of the liturgy.

    Lastly, I think it is a better teaching method to highlight the importance of things rather than blatantly taking them away then there would be no need to scramble in justifying things not done right.

  2. Actually isa po ako sa mga participants niyan
    And Alam kong MALI talaga ang ginagawa nila kaso altar server lang ako

    No to liturgical abuse