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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Has the Toronto Oratory lost its Way?


A commentator to this blog, informed us that the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto has invited Fr. Mongeau S.J., as "guest preacher" for the Solemn Latin Mass for St. Philip's Day. 

This is, to put it mildly, very, very strange. I shall leave it to readers to draw their own conclusions. I shall only make one thing clear: St. Philip would not invite a priest to preach at his church who had been dressing in "liturgical" garb that promoted homosexuality, who staged Masses whose "antecedent" was the "Dignity Mass" that excused and pandered to homosexuality. 

He would not be inviting a priest to preach at his church who would display the "gay" Rainbow flag: a symbol of so-called "liberation", a symbol of revolt against Christ, a symbol of sexual perversion and depravity. 

The great St. Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church and Archbishop of Milan, (1007-1072) describes in his "The Book of Gomorrah" - in which he combatted homosexual infiltration into the clergy - the spiritual, psychological and moral consequences of this abominable vice:

"Truly, this vice is never to be compared with any other vice because it surpasses the enormity of all vices. Without fail it brings death to the body, and destruction to the soil. It pollutes the flesh and extinguishes the light of the mind, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, and gives entrance to the devil, the stimulator of lust. It leads to error, totally removes truth from the deluded mind...it opens up hell and closes the gates of paradise....  
 It defiles everything, stains everything, pollutes everything. And as for itself, it permits nothing pure, nothing clean, nothing other than filth. ..
 It becomes unmindful of God and even forgetful of itself...  
This plague undermines the foundation of faith, weakens the strength of hope, destroys the bond of charity; it takes away justice, subverts fortitude, banishes temperance, blunts the keenness of prudence. 
And what more should I say since it expels the whole host of the virtues from the chamber of the human heart and introduces every barbarous vice as if the bolts of the doors were pulled out".

Litany of St. Philip Neri
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us. 

Holy Mary,
pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, 
pray for us. 
Holy Virgin of Virgins, etc. 


Saint Philip,
Vessel of the Holy Spirit,
Child of Mary,
Apostle of Rome,
Counselor of Popes,
Voice of Prophecy,
Man of Primitive Times,
Winning Saint,
Hidden Hero,
Sweetest of Fathers, 
Martyr of Charity,
 Heart of Fire,
 Discerner of Spirits,
 Choicest of Priests,
 Mirror of the Divine Life,
 Pattern of humility,
 Example of Simplicity,
 Light of Holy Joy,
 Image of Childhood,
Picture of Old Age,
 Director of Souls,
Gentle Guide of Youth,
 Patron of thine Own,

Thou who observed chastity in thy youth,
Who sought Rome by Divine guidance,
Who hid so long in the catacombs,
Who received the Holy Spirit into thy heart,
Who experienced such wonderful ecstasies,
Who so lovingly served the little ones,
Who washed the feet of pilgrims,
Who ardently thirsted after martyrdom,
Who distributed the daily word of God,
Who turned so many hearts to God,
Who conversed so sweetly with Mary,
Who raised the dead,
Who set up thy houses in all lands,


Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, 
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, 
Have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
   Christ, graciously hear us.

V. Remember thy congregation.
R. Which thou hast possessed from the beginning.

Let Us Pray.

   O God, Who hast exalted blessed Philip, Thy confessor, in the glory of Thy Saints, grant that, as we rejoice in his commemoration, so may we profit by the example of his virtues, through Christ Our Lord. 

R. Amen.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was at mass at St.Vincent de Paul recently (spring 2017) and the priest during the sermon referred to Islam as one of the 3 great world religions. At that point I nearly fell off my seat, and I began to wonder what is going on there??

Anonymous said...

I'd certainly say they have lost their way. That's why I stopped attending the Oratory some time ago. Whether it was their refusal to confront the serious problems in society and the Church today, some of their blatantly effeminate seminarians, and just general lack of dedication to Tradition beyond mere lip service or externals, I failed to see the point of going all the way there for what was essentially no better than a Novus Ordo environment at times.

Chad H said...

I'm really hoping for the best in all of this. The Oratory was where I discovered tradition in my first year of university, and it's where I really started to 'get into it' three years later. It'll be a shame to leave if our appeals to the Oratorian Fathers aren't heard. A shame. At least I have options.

Anonymous said...

The poster is pink.

Pink!

Anonymous said...

It must be the "Francis effect"!

Anonymous said...

To the poster above, I see nothing wrong with referring to Islam as one of the three great world religions. It's not "great" in that it's "really good", but great in that it's one of the most prominent monotheistic religions.

Anonymous said...

To 20 May 2017 at 12:12-
Then why not just say, '...one of largest' or '...one of the most prominent monotheistic religions', when 'great' can be understood as 'really good'.

Barona said...

WHy not say: the Catholic Faith is the one true religion. Judaism is not the religion of Moses, but the religion of the rabbis: Talmudism. Islam itself is predominantly a Talmudic construct; basically the Talmud reworked for the nomadic culture of the time. The timing was indeed interesting as Catholicism was spreading .... I guess the traditional enemies of Our Lord knew they had to act quickly to stop Arab conversions. The poor Mohommedans now dwell in darkness; as do the Jews.

Anonymous said...

To Barron's:
Well said.

Jake said...

This is all because the Oratory is Officially under the Archdiocese of Toronto, and they therfore obey Cardinal Collins. Cardinal Collins had himself said that it "doesn't matter" if people are "born gay" or not. While those who practice homosexuality know that it was precisely their "born gay" idea that would allow them to have freedom to practice vice openly and create laws surrounding homosexuality.

Chad H. said...

Crisis averted. The Oratory saw sense on Saturday and officially dis-invited Fr. Mongeau. We can worship at the Oratory again. Laus Deo. Deo Gratias.

Barona said...

Chad H. Thank-you for your information. I do not have any information about an official disinvite. Do you have any link or official information? An official announcement etc.