Loyola University, a Jesuit institution based in New Orleans, Louisiana, is extending an invitation to all for Bastille Day:
Holy Name of Jesus Church is celebrating Bastille Day with a Mass on Sunday, July 09, 2017, at Noon. This Mass celebrates New Orleans’ and Louisiana’s French Heritage and will count as your Sunday obligation. Bastille Day is French Independence Day. Please come and join us for this wonderful event. Our Pastor, Fr. Edwin Gros, S.J., will be our main celebrant. A special choir has been working very hard to lead us all in some wonderful French liturgical songs. We will provide bilingual Mass booklets “en Francais” and in English so that you might easily follow along. Bienvenue a tout le monde.
This (New) mass is apparently becoming a sort of annual tradition and has been going on for at least a couple of years. The question is, however, whether such an event is truly celebrating French Heritage.
Bastille Day is without a doubt being presented as a joyous occasion in this invitation. After all, it is being observed as a “wonderful event” celebrating the local French heritage and the independence of France. There are no disqualifiers even hinted at. But is Bastille Day something any Catholic should be celebrating?
Should we then celebrate the freeing of prisoners who deserved imprisonment for their crimes? An action that was taken to undermine France’s lawful Monarchy with the aim of then overthrowing it? An event that is recognized as the beginning of the godless, Freemasonic French Revolution, the effects of which are still buffeting the world and the Church? A revolution with principles that inspired the terrible novelties of Vatican II?
Whether this apparently ‘Catholic’ university is simply ignorant of history or actually knowingly supporting the storming of the Bastille could be asked, but it should be noted that as a modern Jesuit university, this institution certainly supports and promotes the Vatican II revolution. That revolution which spread the errors of Religious Liberty, Ecumenism, and Collegiality throughout the Church. Do those errors not sound exactly as those of the French Revolution? Both revolutions are thus steeped in the same Freemasonic ideology. They are different advances of the one, same battle.
The Modernists in the Church will then certainly celebrate this day of upheaval, the day that enshrined their principles they use to attack Our Lord’s Church. The most diabolical part of their attack is that they remain in the Church while spewing their poisonous venom. Let us respond by supporting priests who reject this conciliar revolution and pray the Holy Mass as the Church always meant it to be prayed.
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I conclude by proposing that Loyola indeed have a Mass on Bastille Day and invite everyone from afar to participate. Simply change the announcement, that this Mass will be prayed for those who perished as a result of Bastille Day. Now, since the world often needs enticing headlines, also spread the word that the Mass will be said exactly as the one our French ancestors attended. As the faithful are waiting eagerly in their pews, the priest will process out with a surpliced altar server and genuflect to the altar. “In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti…”
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION: NOTHING TO CELEBRATE(Written by James D. Madden and published in the July 1990 Angelus)
People think of the Bastille—the infamous prison in Paris—as a symbol of oppression. They imagine it to have been full of suffering peasants before the French Revolution. In fact, it was a fairly luxurious jail and detention center for unruly nobles.
Rooms were adequately heated and well lit. Prisoners could pass the time as they chose, plan their own meals, entertain guests and keep servants and pets. Some were permitted to make daily trips into town. Food was plentiful; each prisoner was given three bottles of burgundy or champagne every day.
There were only seven prisoners in the Bastille when it was “liberated” by the mobs of the revolution.
These seven inmates were criminals of one kind or another, and deserved some form of imprisonment. Four were common forgers, two were insane. Last but not least was the Count of Solages—placed there by his family for moral crimes and to escape the death penalty. One of the madmen was a crazy Irishman with a three-foot beard who believed he was God—a delusion that others, in the next few months, were to share.
The Bastille garrison consisted of 32 Swiss Guards and 82 pensioners, 17 cannons and an ample supply of muskets to defend the fortress. The governor of the Bastille was a humane nobleman, the Marquis de Launay. After some negotiations, the firing of one cannon, a short siege and much confusion, the fortress surrendered. Some of the pensioners were killed outright after “promises of protection.”
De Launay’s head was hacked off and placed on a pike—a scene that would be repeated throughout the bloody French Revolution. The Reign of Terror had begun. The rest is history or “mis-history” depending on what one reads and studies. Nearly 1,000 persons in Paris attacked the Bastille, out of a total population of 800,000. It was clearly the work of an organized minority.
The French Revolution gave full play to the basest instincts of mankind. If it also called out the noblest, the balance was definitely on the wrong side. The revolution corrected no wrongs that would not have been remedied without resort to the terror.
Before Louis XVI came to the throne, more than half the land in France belonged to peasants. It was a prospering country, not a poor one. The victims of the revolution were not just the royal family and high nobility, but people from all walks—including thousands of priests, monks, nuns and bishops. The Catholic Church never recovered from the onslaught of 1792-1814. Is it any wonder that the Irish-born British statesman Edmund Burke, a friend of true liberty (not license), called the French Revolution “that putrid carcass, that mother of all evil.”
If we want to celebrate the French, let us celebrate them for other reasons than Bastille Day. Let us celebrate them for their beautiful women and wonderful food (or is it the other way around?). Better yet, commemorate St. Joan of Arc and the other great Catholic and royalist saints, heroes and martyrs of old France.
~ Steven C.