When Cardinal Bergoglio was elected pope in 2013, many traditional Catholics were wary. Recently, their pessimism is being justified as “The Francis Effect” makes itself felt across the world and in America, notably in the Archdiocese of New York.
Traditional Catholics prefer to attend the Mass as it was celebrated before and during the Second Vatican Council (1962-5), before the liturgy was radically reformed and de-Catholicized in 1969.
Apart from his dive away from the traditional liturgical style of then-Pope Benedict XVI in papal masses, Pope Francis has dismissed Catholics who attend the older rites in Latin as ‘ideologizing’ and being guilty of ‘exploitation.’ He also banned the Franciscans of the Immaculate — a worldwide traditional Catholic order — from celebrating the old Mass freely. Not to mention ridiculing faithful and pious Catholics who observe and practice Traditional devotions, such as the Most Holy Rosary.
Apparently, the attitude of “Who am I to judge” does not apply here, only to sodomites and charismatics.
Rev Justin Wylie, a priest from South Africa who worked at the U.N. for the Holy See and who said regular masses both at Holy Innocents and at the third place of traditional worship — St. Agnes — compared the situation for Traditionalists in the archdiocese to Reformation England and Cromwellian Ireland. Wylie asked Traditionalists “why are you scurrying about like ecclesiastical scavengers, hoping for a scrap or two to fall from the table for your very existence?” and called on them to peacefully assert their rights as baptized Catholics.
This was apparently too much in the era of Pope Francis. Dolan has announced he will be closing and merging the only totally Traditional Catholic church in the archdiocese, Holy Innocents. Fr Wylie has been dispatched back to South Africa, faculties dispensed with as a visiting priest in the NYC archdiocese, for reasons that smell like yesterday’s diapers. Meanwhile the sodomite-friendly parish in NYC goes on business as usual, violating both Divine and canon law on a regular basis in the area of teachings and doctrines surrounding homosexual sin.