Dec 18, 2005

L.A. Masses

Mass at Judge Memorial Catholic High School

The reprobated flagon and the bevy of dancing girls would suggest that this is an L.A. Mass. It is not. This photo was taken at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. The prelate in the photo is Bishop George Niederauer, a former L.A. priest and seminary classmate of L.A.'s Cardinal, Roger Mahony. The Holy See announced last week that Niederauer will be succeeding yet another former L.A. priest, Archbishop William Levada, as archbishop of San Francisco. Levada now heads the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

More pics HERE, HERE and HERE.

And we were hoping that Mahony's stock was falling in Rome.


Blogger Scarlette said...

I can't figure out what's going on up there, but that glass of beer worries me.

5:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the Camarillo mafia made another hit.

8:59 AM  
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9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Save, O Lord, and protect us ...

10:31 AM  
Blogger bobnd said...

Well some of the blame falls on the prelates. Fire the damn liturgists the church does not need them. Enviroment should be done by the laity and it should be done with reverent care. You should never decorate during a time a silent prayer either. It sounds like this hogwash called dancing needs to be in the parish hall rather than on the altar of the Lord. Well people can reform and change. I was told of a story of a very very liberal priest once. He treated the mass as a show rather than a mass and he was in a severe automobile accident. He seen the blessed mother and she showed him what hell was and then she showed him what heaven was and then sent him back to his parish where he became a holy and orthodox priest.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Quo Vadis said...

Yep, looks like he also comes from the Mahony school of "Redemptonis Sacramentum does not apply to me".

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if this sort o thing were litugically acceptable, who WANTS to see modern dance, in any context?! Are there fans of this sort of thing? It seems so goofy to me. I just don't get it.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone musta been lying to B16

11:06 AM  
Blogger John Hearn said...

The guy is 70 and will make no waves in SF - a place holder.

I think that BXVI is waiting for the LA County DA to fix his Mahony problem for him before making big any real changes on the Left Coast.

1:03 PM  
Blogger John Hearn said...

The guy is 70 and will make no waves in SF - a place holder.

1:05 PM  
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1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is time to say what I often said during Pope John Paul II's tenure: The Pope is infallible, not indefectable.


1:16 PM  
Blogger JWY said...

Well, if he picked the dancing girls himself, they are rather beautiful, so that might be a good sign about which team he's batting for. And they are dressed very modestly, with full-length dresses and no bare arms, so that's probably an indication that he is a friend of Tradition. And the flagon was probably forced on him by some usurping liturgical director. You see, my friend, if you only look on the bright side, you'll realize the wisdom of the Vatican's appointment. ;)

1:36 PM  
Blogger OrthodoxWarrior said...

Oh thats just great more liturgical dancing! What the Hell is going on down in CAL! Seriously, I thought my bishop was bad and he is, but these guys are turning the Sacred Liturgy into the Barnam and Bailey Circus. I wonder what Christ thinks of the sacrifice he made on the cross as nothing more than just entertainment?

4:51 PM  
Blogger GLF said...

The L.A. (past and present) crowd can't even be original in their deviance. I'd swear they flew L.A.'s choreographer in just for the occasion.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At Mass this past weekend one of our intentions was that all priests are obedient to Rome - I see I will have to pray harder!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will you look at all of that wine!! The quality of the photographs you have is rather stunning.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

Whats your beef with liturgical dance? Everyone knows that as Jesus raised the chaliace at the Last Supper, Saint's Andrew and Peter started doing intepretive dance/swan like movements. That was the whole point of the tranfiguration, to practice these slick moves. John, the beloved apostle was doing the splits, Judas and James were grapling down from flowing linnen etc. Maybe you don't know this because it was all covered up in a power grab by Constantine and further supresed in the Council of Trent along with all the records of Women Bishops. Ha ha. This is a great blog, even if the pictures do make me want to punch my monitor somtimes!

1:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well hopefully San Francisco will only have to deal with him for 6 or 7 years. Then hopefully he will retire.

5:18 AM  
Blogger OrthodoxWarrior said...

Is that a beer mug he has up there, or a Pepsi in that mug?

4:54 PM  
Blogger CS said...

That is weird, it looks awfully watery and light-colored to be wine. Maybe he stopped in at 7-11 for a 78-oz Coke on the way into town.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Tito said...

FD is right, St. Peter and St. Andrew starting busting out their popping and breaking moves 2000 years before it hit the US.

I'm amazed the MTV Music Awards hasn't awarded a Lifetime Achievement award to these two breaking brothers.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Quo Vadis said...

Oh thats just great more liturgical dancing! What the Hell is going on down in CAL! Seriously, I thought my bishop was bad and he is, but these guys are turning the Sacred Liturgy into the Barnam and Bailey Circus. I wonder what Christ thinks of the sacrifice he made on the cross as nothing more than just entertainment
I know what you mean, I get upset when my Bishop limits the TLM to one location and bans the Novus Ordo in Latin even though Rome canon law and Rome tell him he can't. Then I think of California and remind myself things could be worse. Pray for the Church every day.

11:13 PM  
Blogger bobnd said...

He has 5 years and 2-3 months. I do know Roger Cardinal Mahony is going down. Pray and be patient because B16 will have to replace Mahony and his cronies because they are going to blow the lid off the church. LA and SF will get decent prelates in time, but you have to give it time orthodoxcy will return to the west coast. It is going to take solid Midwestern prelates to do it

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, speaking from the Oakland Diocese, this appointment is something of a dissapointment. He's gone out of his way to show his "open-mindedness" on the issue of SSA and that he isn't a "meddler" in liturgical issues. This move from Rome is probably in direct response to the concerns of local clergy (many of whom are quite active in the SSA community and given to liturgical excesses), and, yes, the local clergy all have Vatican officials they meet with when they visit Rome. At best, His Excellency will be a comfort to the Bay Area clergy as they approach retirement.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as our own lives are lived thoughtlessly and cheaply, I have no doubt that our celebration of the Holy Eucharist will be thoughtless and cheap.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are those ladies concelebrating with the bishop?

Their hands are extended in the same manner as priests do at the Consecration of a concelebrated Mass.

3:44 PM  
Blogger John the Mad said...

I asked my sister why she stopped going to mass back in the early 1970s. She said she was at one of these masses with the vestal virgins prancing around the altar. It gave her the willies. She said it struck her as demonic. She may well be right.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Looks like the new AB of SF has removed the incriminating photo from the web.

It was great while it lasted.

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are certainly getting somebody's attention.

Keep it up!

2:27 AM  
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1:46 PM  
Blogger Prodigal Son said...

Where are the poles?

11:25 AM  

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