Are you Australian justices him as a joke and a very destructive one at that. Here is how the High Court in that troubled country described the preposterousness of the charges against him and of which he was found guilty: "The assumption that a group of choristers, including adults, might have been so preoccupied with making their way to the robing room as to fail to notice the extraordinary sight of the Archbishop of Melbourne dressed 'in his full regalia' advancing through the procession and pinning a 13 year old boy to the wall, is a large one." May God have mercy on the so many malign agents in the destruction of a good man of God’s reputation. Cardinal Pell responded in Christian character by saying he bears them “no ill will”.
Holy Week will be different this year as families find creative ways to mark this most important phase of the liturgical year while sheltering in place at home to help ”slow the spread” because public Masses and other liturgies have been canceled. Slowing down a virus doesn’t have to mean stopping expressions of faith, however.
Some families will stage their own passion plays and Stations of the Cross as did one family this week in the Archdiocese of Washington.
Wherefore as by one man sin entered into this world, and by sin death; and so death passed upon all men, in whom all have sinned. - Romans 5, 12 And God chastises those whom He loves:
“And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us:
Looking on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who having joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of the throne of God.
For think diligently upon him that endured such opposition from sinners against himself; that you be not wearied, fainting in your minds.
“For you have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin:
And you have forgotten the consolation, which speaketh to you, as unto children, saying: My son, neglect not the discipline of the Lord; neither be thou wearied whilst thou art rebuked by him.
“For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Persevere under discipline. God dealeth with you as with his sons; for what son is there, whom the father doth not correct?
“But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are made partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons.
“Moreover we have had fathers of our flesh, for instructors, and we reverenced them: shall we not much more obey the Father of spirits, and live?
“And they indeed for a few days, according to their own pleasure, instructed us: but he, for our profit, that we might receive his sanctification.
“Now all chastisement for the present indeed seemeth not to bring with it joy, but sorrow: but afterwards it will yield, to them that are exercised by it, the most peaceable fruit of justice.”
You don’t want to be a bastard, do you? No, I didn’t think so.
As the screenshots show, a recent traditional Latin Mass, which you can observe at the link also provided on this page, reached over 1000 people, while hundreds are reached on a typical day. This scenario is being repeated all over the country and the world.
With public Mass cancelled people are watching the Mass of their choice on line. Exposure to the traditional Mass is no doubt increasing as a result of the Church’s response to the pandemic. Don’t forget that many tradition leaning Catholics compromise and go to the new Mass to keep “peace” in the family.