Saturday, February 15, 2014

Fashion Wars - Metalhead Priest Versus Latin Mass

Father Cesar Scicchitano, a priest of Buenos Aires, claims to be a close friend of Pope Francis.  I suppose this is quite possible since the Holy Father hails from Buenos Aires.  He's also the front man for a heavy metal band called "Sinners".  He claims that the Holy Father urged him "to keep rocking and reinforce his message from onstage".  He also claims that the former Cardinal Bergoglio asked him to perform at many of his masses.

A very telling quote from Father Sccichitano is "I'm a musician who happens to be a priest".  Doesn't that tell you just where this man's priorities are?  They are precisely ass-backwards.  He also wrote that "faith without music is boring."  Ladies and gentlemen, faith is a theological virtue; faith does not need music or other such trapping to be efficacious to our salvation.  If Father thinks "faith is boring", perhaps he's confusing something else for authentic faith.

Now hold that thought as we address a strange statement uttered by Pope Francis regarding the Latin Mass and those who love it.  From Rorate Caeli we read that Pope Francis "cannot understand the younger generation wishing to return to it (Latin Mass)".  He holds the desire for the Latin Mass to be a kind of fashion requiring "patience".

So on one hand there is an Argentinian priest who, after masses and baptisms, puts his leather jacket over his cassock (and dons sneakers and "funky glasses") and performs heavy metal trash, causing eardrums to bleed everywhere.  That is a "fashion statement" from which sane people run, shrieking in horror.  On the other hand we have the Latin Mass, a liturgy that has produced thousands of saints and featuring truly beautiful and uplifting music to boot.  Guess which one is truly beneficial towards eternal salvation and the glory to God?  By way of example, I post below some Gregorian chant, not to be found in the repertoire of "Sinners".

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