The Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Place(E43rd Street)Conversations

1 Sep

I had a conversation with a Young Lady Convert to the Catholic Faith named Ann, originally from Dallas, TX, who started attending the Tridentine Latin Mass at St Agnes on East 43rd Street(Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Place).

St. Agnes has a huge population of The Young at the Tridentine Latin Mass. So does Holy Innocents, for that matter.

The Newer Traditional Catholics don’t just attend the Tridentine Latin Mass, but also the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom at Ukrainian Greek Catholic Churches, such as St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on East 7th Street in the East Village of Manhattan, Holy Cross Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Astoria, Queens and Holy Ghost Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on N 5th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, quite a Tony Area today. These three Parishes have a good number of Holy Innocents Latin Mass Attendees.

So Ann, her friend Josh and I spoke of The Young Traditionalists, who are currently being criticized by His Holiness, Pope Francis I, who doesn’t seem to understand that the Young hate being talked at, as if the Young Traditionalists don’t even exist. But, I did speak about my theory that Pope Francis I was influenced heavily by the Byzantine Rite Ukrainian Catholics, whose stories of Persecution at the hands of Roman Rite Archbishops, may be driving his thoughts currently. The fact that the Novus Ordo Missae is all he celebrated in the Roman Rite and the fact that as a Jesuit Priest, he had Bi ritual Faculties, has also celebrated the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgies of St John Chrysostom and St Basil The Great, means that he has more of a Preference for Eastern Catholic Church Liturgies.

Ann told me that she read about the 1054 Schism as a Tragedy, but I also pointed out that the Eastern Orthodox Christians reject much of Catholic Teachings. She did read about the Latin Rite Archbishops who refused to talk to the Byzantine Rite Catholics and wanted them to assimilate into the Roman Rite.

What Pope Francis I does not understand is that Today’s Young Traditionalists aren’t Yesterday’s Traditionalists. They go not for just the Tridentine Latin Mass, but also for The Great Traditional Catholic Liturgies of The Other Churches of Eastern Catholic Origin. I hope that His Holiness understands this.

Kyrie Elaison!

M

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