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The Bubble Boy, Bergoglio, and the Liturgical Gold Standard

By Jeremy Dannebohm

When it comes to the desecration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I used to think I had seen just about everything.

Just outside Minneapolis in the suburb of Eden Prairie, the pastor implemented "communion-to-go" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Corpus Christi Parish in Aliso Viejo, California, the pastor, Father Fred Bailey, offered a "Halloween Mass". During the event the Eucharist was distributed by a woman dressed as a devil, canticles were sung from the pulpit by a witch, and some of the musicians were dressed in costumes. At the end of the Mass, Fr. Bailey himself appeared in a Barney costume to bless the attendees.

In Brazil, a drone monstrance, operated by a woman, was utilized as part of an Easter service, presumably for Eucharistic Adoration.

Then there are the "Clown Masses." Widely thought to be an urban legend, they do exist, and, for some strange reason, they are more commonplace than you might imagine.

I could go on, and on, and on.

Yes, I thought I had seen everything. Then on Monday June 6th, a gentleman named Jonathan Blevins issued a tweet that proved me wrong.

The tweet included a video clip of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (if you can call it that) at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, Illinois, a parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago. If the name sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because it’s the same parish where Father Terrence Keehan blessed the congregation with a guitar and the words:

"Loving God, rock with us as we roll with you. Affirm us, so that we may affirm others. Sing your song in us, that we may sing it with others.”

Blevins previously called attention to the guitar mass in another tweet, which managed to get the attention of Catholic News Agency. The tweet managed to catch the attention of Catholic actress Patricia Heaton who chimed in on the guitar mass that seemed to infuriate even the most milquetoast of Catholics.

I watched the first 30 seconds or so of the recent video tweeted by Blevins and wasn’t all that surprised. It was just some jackass standing in the sanctuary creating giant bubbles and laughing like a hyena. No biggie. I’ve seen much worse. At the one-minute mark, I must admit I was a little befuddled when the “homilist” shouted “Shake it, baby!” and the “house band” led the congregation in that classic Catholic hymn: “Celebrate” by Kool and the Gang. By the time I reached the 1:40 mark in the video, I was in a state of complete confusion as the priest and deacons got up and began to dance and sing. The rest of the video spiraled out of control quickly. The bubbly “homilist” took his sport coat off and began swinging it over his head as if he were about to toss it into the congregation. As for the congregation, there were some who remained seated, some who stood up and clapped, and others who were dancing in the aisles.

Recall the words of St. Peter Julian Eymard:

“Know, O Christian, that the Mass is the holiest act of religion. You cannot do anything to glorify God more, nor profit your soul more, than by devoutly assisting at it, and assisting as often as possible.”

It’s incumbent on me to point out that when he says “assisting,” St. Peter Julian Eymard is referring to assisting through our prayers, not assisting in the literal sense. He was most certainly not suggesting to “assist” in the manner I witnessed in the video.

The guest homilist in the video of the Solemn Mass of Pentecost at Holy Family Catholic Community was Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson, who apparently operates a “ministry” called Soul Play.

According to their website:

Soul Play is an experiential, theological, and educational enterprise serving congregations, families, schools, and adults. Our mission is to bring The Story of God to our stories of life, in the ultimate hope of bringing more surprise, joy, delight, and wonder to this endeavor we call faith.

Soul Play, founded by Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson, is a group of presenters, retreat leaders and spiritual directors. In addition to live presentations and one-on-one spiritual direction, we also provide printed and recorded products based on our work.

To be quite honest the description of Soul Play reminds me of the adage, “Consulting: If you’re not part of the solution, there is money to be made by prolonging the problem.”

On June 14th Traditional Catholics will observe the Feast of St. Basil the Great, who instructs us, “Do not consent to look lightly on, when, to your knowledge, God’s people are being subverted by impious teaching. … I cannot keep silence, when I see souls being thus destroyed.”

Like my patron, St. Basil, I cannot keep silent.

The acts committed on Pentecost Sunday in Inverness, Illinois by Dr. Nelson-Johnson were an abomination to the deposit of the faith, a reprehensible example of the defects of modernism, and a blatant desecration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

During the fiasco, Dr. Nelson-Johnson said, “I think this is the first time something like this has been done at the foot of the cross of new life.”

He is correct.

Nobody of good faith, much less good sense would ever venture so far as to do something so juvenile, so ignorant, so pathetically deplorable at the feet of the Pascal victim. In terms of desecration, his horrific actions were equivalent to a Satanic Black Mass. In short, he should face some sort of ecclesial admonishment.

For his part the pastor, “Father” Terrence Keehan, shares equal blame and appears to be completely unhinged.

Of the Holy Priesthood, St. Pius X tells us, "Christ himself, the model of priests, taught first by the example of his deeds and then by his words: Jesus began to do and then to teach. Likewise, a priest who neglects his own sanctification can never be the salt of the earth; what is corrupt and contaminated is utterly incapable of preserving from corruption; where sanctity is lacking, there corruption will inevitably find its way."

“Father” Keehan has brought scandal upon the Church more than once. He is corrupt, contaminated, and should no longer be permitted to publicly offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The sad reality, however, is that neither Dr. Nelson-Johnson nor “Father” Keehan will face any consequences for their actions.

In fact, such offenses are the gold standard for the Archdiocese of Chicago. You might recall that a similar abomination occurred on Christmas Eve when another controversial priest, one Father Michael Phleger, “celebrated” a rock and roll Christmas Eve “mass” that made the musical Jesus Christ Superstar look like sound theology. Phleger is another serial offender. The Archdiocese of Chicago has received numerous complaints about his liturgical abuses for years, and yet they have turned a blind eye.

Yes, freewheeling Masses that go from zero to $h!t show in a matter of minutes are considered acceptable, even encouraged forms of worship in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The traditional Latin Mass, on the other hand, is not.

In December of 2021, His Eminence, Blase Cardinal Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, issued harsh restrictions on Sacred Tradition in the Archdiocese. Last week Cupich, who finds Mass-a-la Kool and the Gang acceptable, was appointed by Pope Francis to the Congregation of Divine Worship.

I should be shocked that the Holy Father appointed such a man to such a position, but I’m not. Appalled? Yes. Shocked? Not by a long shot.

Padre Pio once said, “Every Holy Mass, heard with devotion, produces in our souls marvelous effects, abundant spiritual and material graces which we, ourselves, do not know. It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do so without the Holy Mass.”

This begs the question: what type of “marvelous effects, abundant spiritual and material graces” can one receive from a guitar blessing, a rock and roll Christmas Vigil, or a Bubble Mass?

St. John Chrysostom tells us, "When the Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels, who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar."

How can countless angels adore the Divine Victim when some putz is blowing bubbles at His feet?

Again I call to mind the words of my patron saint who said, “I do not recognize as bishop — I would not count among Christ’s clergy — a man who has been promoted to a chief post by polluted hands, to the destruction of the faith.”

I think it’s safe to say that the hands of both Pope Francis and Cardinal Cupich are indeed polluted.

The stark reality is that an increasing number of Catholics – modernist and traditional alike – are finding it increasingly difficult to count Jorge Bergoglio, Blase Cupich, and others, among Christ’s clergy.

The term “sede-vacante” is being tossed around a lot lately by Catholics who would have previously thought the very notion to be taboo. Perhaps this is because the mass at Holy Family Catholic Community in a small Chicago suburb was in a sense a timely reflection of the greater Catholic Church.

Less than a year ago the Vatican would have Catholics believe that papal dismay was just sour grapes among a remnant of rigid Catholics. Since that time we have seen Pope Francis and his cronies behave in a manner that is just as unhinged as “Father” Keehan, “Father” Phleger, and other pathetic examples of the Holy Priesthood.

Indeed, the modernists were either quiet or blissfully uniformed of most of the sacrilege that went on at the hands of Pope Francis during the Amazon Synod. Since that time, however, they have witnessed the Holy Father host audiences with leaders of the pharmaceutical industry, pro-choice politicians, pro-LGBTQ priests, Bill Gates and various other elites.

This has prompted more and more modernists to scratch their heads and begin to question, “Who is this man, what has he done with our Church, and is he truly of God?”

You would think these would be the sort of optics the Vatican would want to eliminate. However, like the Archdiocese of Chicago, it seems the dumpster fire isn’t being extinguished, rather its being fueled – with gusto. In the last few weeks alone, Pope Francis has not only appointed the controversial Cupich to a major position, but also placed other scandalous corrupt men in major positions of leadership and elevated more of the same to the College of Cardinals.

With all of this in mind, the gold standard of corruption for the Archdiocese of Chicago should come as no surprise. It’s the very same gold standard of the Bergoglio Pontificate. Indeed, men like Keehan and Phleger are not punished, they’re promoted.

It’s only a matter of time before the bubble boy comes for you.