“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – …” A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
The Best of Times: No, my hubby and I were not here in 1999 when Fr. Jerry Pokorsky was assigned to St. Peter Mission. But we had already met him during his diaconate assignment at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax and when he was parochial vicar at St. Andrew the Great in Clifton, 1994-1995. He was a co-founder of the Adoremus Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy, and was a contributor to the Adoremus Hymnal.
We read his articles regularly in The Catholic Thing. His most recent article shows the thinking of a former St. Peter’s pastor during “the best of times”. (Please take the time to read the article Camp Concentration.)
Here are two thoughts from that article:
Thought 1: In Father Pokorsky’s view:
“We find ourselves increasingly ashamed of the normal. We oppose global warming and restrictions on immigration (because it’s popular and easy) rather than vocally upholding Christian marriage and the Church’s teaching on human sexuality (because it’s unpopular and hard).”
Thought 2: This is what Fr. Pokorsky thought when confronted with this:
“Please, please, young lady, I pleaded silently, sit down and torment us no more. But she just could not leave well enough alone.”
The Worst of Times: For two years in a row, our Pastor has attended the Association of US Catholic Priests (AUSCP) annual assembly. Words mean something. In this case the word “association” in AUSCP means “an organization of persons having a common interest“. So, I can presume that our Pastor has common interests with the AUSCP. – After all, “birds of a feather …” Just read the AUSCP list of working group topics (click here) and add a whole lot more crapola scattered across the dingy corridors of the worldwide, underground anti-Church where AUSCP is a participating member. (See International Church Reform Network.)
The feathers of the bird who is our radical Pastor, are colored with the imposition of unwanted, unneeded change. He has never asked. He takes away and never gives back. He gives no explanations. His reasons for change are inconsistent and illogical. It is either his way or the highway. (You Sheep in Exile know precisely how he achieves that end.) Openness, transparency, and care for what had been the legacy of several previous pastors like Fr. Pokorsky is of no importance to him.
Whereas, Fr. Pokorsky had to endure the imposition of the intolerance of the “Camp Concentration” while in the seminary, we must endure the radical modernist “Concentration Camp” at St. Peter’s. Now, indeed, are “the worst of times”.
As Fr. Pokorsky said:
“And at least I have some empathy for what many people now experience in the modern workplace. And a better understanding of why so many Nazi concentration camp inmates marched meekly into those gas chambers.”
So, while you are chewing on that. Consider this picture from Mass at this year’s AUSCP assembly. We can assume our Pastor attended. Do you think he was thinking the same things that Fr. Pokorsky was thinking during his uncomfortable seminary experience? – – – No, neither do I.
In anticipation of new, AUSCP-inspired changes at St. Peter’s, I have formed a small group to perform whenever Father wants.