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scott foresman said in March 10th, 2021 at 11:42 am

thank you! I highly respect Bp. Barron, but he needs to hear this. Thank you.

Faith Vasti said in March 10th, 2021 at 1:18 pm

Well said!
There are a few priests who say the traditional Roman Mass in
Their parishes. I hope the entire Church returns to it.
Thank you for your wise words.
Faith Vadti

Virginia Depicolzuane said in March 10th, 2021 at 5:14 pm

This is a very thought provoking letter. I am 77 yrs. old which puts me in the time frame, as far as liturgical experience, as Fr. Cipolla. I regret the changes to the beautiful liturgy of the past but do not consider myself a traditional extremist. I have great respect and appreciation for what Bishop Barron is doing and pray for his success and that he will learn from the guidance of the Holy Spirit the best way to proceed in his mission.
It seems to me that a person’s liking for a particular form of liturgy is connected, in part, with their education in the faith. If you have just a very basic understanding, you are happy with music that you understand and that makes you happy. If you have been fortunate to receive a good education, either formally or at home or both, you are better able to appreciate the profound meaning in the liturgy and music.
I am a enthusiastic proponent of a good and true Catholic education. Unfortunately, not all Catholic institutions are faithful to the magisterium.
In my small parish in a small country city we have been blessed with reverent priests. (I have recently read the book “My Brother the Pope” by Msgr. George Ratzinger. In it he describes a priest who they called Rocket because of the swiftness with which he said the Mass.) The present and recent past pastors have been slowly reintroducing Latin into the liturgy and the music although there are still some childish songs (not hymns) being played. The present pastor is in the process of moving the tabernacle, in one of our two churches in his care, back to the center and putting in appropriate chairs for the priest and servers.
I run a small, but growing, library by which I had hoped parishioners would learn and be inspired. Success has been modest. Of course, at present, it cannot be used.
I write all this to demonstrate that in some places there is change happening, slowly but surely. I look forward to the day when it will be widespread.
Oh, a small pet peeve of mine. As you know, it is the Mass, the re-presentation of our Lord’s suffering and death, not mass as in a mass of things.
Thank you for your wise words.

Stephen Matuszak said in March 10th, 2021 at 5:22 pm

Thank you Fr. Richard for this insightful letter to Bishop Barron. I hope that he will do as you suggest. In the meantime, I have a question:

There is a small SSSPX mission church close to where we live. It was the only place that I could receive the sacraments last year at Easter during the covid lockdown. I am deeply moved by the liturgy and the reverence of all who attend. The Pastor at our parish does not think we should attend because “they are not in communion with the bishop.” My thought is that they are in communion with the Pope and it is a great joy to attend the beautiful Latin Mass there. What do you think?

Thank you.

Peggy Zaffino said in March 10th, 2021 at 6:24 pm

Thank You some much father for the truth and only the truth
Satan is working over time with in the world and in our Catholic
Church – I’m a 62 yr old woman that added to the problems of our society – I have been back to church for several years now
And follow the laws and love the sacraments that Our Lord gave us . I’m am truly grateful to be a practicing Catholic living
my life as a child of God and being thankful for priest like you

Rose said in March 10th, 2021 at 6:58 pm

Wow! Brilliance! Thank you Father Cipolla!

Karen said in March 11th, 2021 at 9:47 am

God bless you Father for speaking the truth, a beautiful message to us all. The church has lost everything since Vatican II, We need to go back to the Roman Catholic Church that has been taught since the beginning of time. God help us all.

Kriscrake said in March 11th, 2021 at 11:00 am

Amen, Father Cipolia, Amen!

Joseph said in March 12th, 2021 at 10:30 pm

It is unfortunate how many Bishops and Priests are so blind to see the value of the Traditional Latin Mass. However, I have learned that it is not enough to love the TLM. If you have it, be grateful…but realize that you have been granted a wonderful gift and remember to thank God daily for. Also, be sure to share the Truth of Faith with Truth and Charity when asked about it. We never know when God wishes to use us as an instrument to bring others to know and love Him also and experience His mercy and compassion.

Aloysius said in March 13th, 2021 at 6:00 am

Brilliant analysis. We went from “together with God” to a “for you and for me” almost in a blink of an eye. I am in my 70’s. The foundation of my faith still smells of beeswax candles and incense.

Michael said in March 15th, 2021 at 9:30 am

Fr. Cipolla is too kind to Bishop Barron — who, in my opinion, is an advocate for what I would call “mamsy-pamsy” Catholicism — something driven by Catholic social teaching and feel-good theology. The idea that, perhaps, there are no souls in Hell, seems a bit outlandish to me, just based my own life experiences. And, frankly, I am tired of hearing about the “different” kinds of Catholics — it seems to me that anybody calling themselves Catholic adheres to ALL Catholic precepts and tenets. What is sorely lacking in the current Novus Ordo liturgy appears to be any sense of reverence on the part of many priests and congregants. I praise Fr. Cipollo for his willingness to speak out.

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