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The Fun Church strikes again…

Crowd-Surfing of newly-ordained Dominican Novus Ordo Priest in Poland

Today the following video clip was posted on Twitter by the account @ParmeJeanne:

The text accompanying this brief clip reads: “How newly ordained priests exit the sacristy in Poland @Dominican_Order”. The location was indicated as Krakow, Poland. The actual tweet can be accessed here.

Although the ordination of the man in question must definitely be considered invalid (see reasons why here), that’s not the point. The point is that they all believe him to be a valid priest, “another Christ” (alter Christus), “a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech” (Ps 109:4).

Concerning the proper comportment of a priest, Pope St. Pius X (r. 1903-1914) said the following:

In order never to be guilty of any unedifying act, the priest must regulate his actions, his movements and his habits in harmony with the sublimity of his vocation. He who on the altar almost ceases to be mortal and takes on a divine form, remains always the same, even when he comes down from the holy hill and leaves the temple of the Lord. Wherever he is, wherever he goes, he never ceases to be a priest, and the serious reasons that compel him always to be grave and appropriate accompany him with his dignity everywhere.

Hence he must have that gravity that will ensure that his words, his bearing, and his way of working arouse love, win authority and excite reverence. For, the very reasons that oblige him to be holy make it a duty for him to show it by his outward acts in order to edify all those with whom he is obliged to come into contact. A composed and dignified exterior is a powerful eloquence which wins souls in a much more efficacious manner than persuasive sermons. Nothing inspires greater confidence than an ecclesiastic who, never forgetting the dignity of his state, demonstrates in every situation that gravity which attracts and wins universal homage.

If, on the contrary, he forgets the holiness of the sacred character which he bears indelibly impressed and engraved on his soul, and if he fails to show in his outward conduct a gravity superior to that of certain men of the world, then he causes his ministry and religion itself to be despised. For when gravity is wanting in its leaders, the people lose respect and veneration for them.

(St. Pius X, quoted in Marian T. Horvat, “Pius X on Priestly Propriety and Dignity”, Tradition in Action, Aug. 8, 2003)

No further comment is necessary here. We are once again witnessing the Novus Ordo Sect in all its glory.

Perhaps we ought to pity St. Justin Martyr, St. Augustine, St. Benedict, St. Bede the Venerable, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Joan of Arc, St. Francis de Sales, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Vincent Strambi, St. John Bosco, and St. Pius X — they never got to experience what the “Great Renewal” of Vatican II has to offer!