1. Pres. Trump will be credibly accused of several felonious activities before, in pursuit of, and during his Presidency by the Special Counsel, but will not be removed from office, as this will politically benefit neither party.
2. The Pleonasmic Porcelain-Peddling Priest will miss the point and continue to tout the brand of an inveterate pathological liar, associate of known criminals, philanderer of porn stars, and likely felon and traitor because hey, he puts men just like him (*cough*cavanough*cough*) on the Supreme Court.
3. The Diocese of Madison will get a new ordinary who would be relatively low on the terna Fr Z would have submitted, had anyone cared what he thought and entrusted to him the well-being of his brother priests, which of course they did not. Looking further ahead than 2019, it will come to pass that the new Bishop of Madison will either curtail WDTPRS or The 4P will relocate to avoid that fate.
4. The blog will continue to be wholly self-absorbed, Promethean, and neo-Pelagian, because such are characteristics which cannot be renovated from it without strong pharmaceutical intervention upon its author.
5. The number of places with Holy Mass in these United States, whether Novus Ordo or ad Apsidem, will continue to decline precipitously. Confer #7 in 2018 list which follows for explanation.
6. Cardinal Dolan will either be still in the cathedra of St. Patrick’s, or he will be in one of its sepulchers.
7. Cardinal Wuerl will be gone as Apostolic Administrator in Washington DC before the Maryland Attorney General calls him before his grand jury.
8. Holy See media policies and statements will turn Self-Absorbed Promethean Neopelagians apoplectic, but the Catholic laity will by and large welcome or ignore them.
9. A middlin’ number of priests will begin to use the Usus Antiquior, because they want to be more hostile.
10. Fr. Z will still not be a Monsignor.
How did your Deaconette do on last year’s predictions?
1. Pres. Trump’s obvious cognitive decline will be revealed to be related to a progressive neurological disease. [-0- Still officially unconfirmed, but many barrels of (digital?) ink have been spilled on the topic since.]
2. The criminal trial of Paul Manafort will begin. Indictments will be handed down for one or more of Pres. Trump’s children. [+0.5, Mr Manafort was convicted of eight felonies, pleaded guilty to a further two, and is facing further legal trouble. The noose has yet to be placed beneath the Trump family’s weak chins.]
3. The word “chasuble” will be used more often than the word “resurrection” at WDTPRS. [+1 but on a technicality. The referees were unable to determine a score. Both teams, Chasubles and Resurrections to wit, fought a well-contested and close game. Deaconette claims that the internecine offside skirmish that the Chasubles conducted at the Church of St. John Cantius in Chicago should not bolster the score because “Congregation of the Resurrection” is a compound proper noun unrelated to “the Resurrection” in almost every way. To include their particular charism and ministry, inasmuch as such is entirely devoted to the veneration of chasubles. Making that adjustment, she maintains that at the horn the score was 26-20 Chasubles. Deaconette will leave it you to adjudicate. Corrections welcome, as the tedium of verifying the manual count honestly got the better of her.]
4. Pope Francis–still Pope–will still make no material progress on what to do with Cosplay Ray. [+1, Deaconette was right about Francis living as “a coward in thine own esteem, Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would,” Like the poor cat i’ th’ adage,” as Lady MacBeth would have put it. Since 2017, Cardinal Burke is still rusticated as a mere member of the tribunal he once headed, the Apostolic Signatura. He has only one other responsibility, member of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, 2015. Quite a light workload for a bishop under retirement age. Perhaps he is retired?]
5. For no particular reason, several times throughout the year Vince Apicella will send the “Sudden Sweetness Gerber Daisy Thank You Delivery Assortment from Participating Network Florist” to Bob Morlino, with his heartfelt assurance of continuing prayers. [-0-, could not confirm either way. Bob did not return Deaconette’s phone calls for some reason.]
6. Viri probati will cause far less controversy among the faithful than priests on probation for probing virile preteens. [
+1, huge amounts of press on the shuffling of sexual offender priests by sexual offender bishops, with 20 more states promising grand jury investigations modeled upon Pennsylvania’s. In fact, Deaconette was so colossally right, she’ll award herself a +2 on this.]
7. The number of places in the United States with Holy Mass, whether ad orientem or not, will decline significantly. [+1, many more parishes, oratories, convents et c. closed than opened. Deaconette’s Kenedy Directory grows slimmer each year, largely thanks to the effective moral leadership of the nation’s bishops, past and present, in confronting sexual predators.]
8. From a likely source, we will learn much of value about pasta made with squid ink and almost nothing about alms-giving. [-0- Deaconette invites a methodology to track this, keeping in mind that we were very often reminded that the Tridentine Mass Society of Madison is a 501(3)c.]
9. Doctrinal evaluation of professors and theological writings will be devolved to local bloggers. [-1, though Fr. Z keeps trying.]
10. Fr. Z will still want to be a Monsignor. [+1, did not get the pretty buttons in 2018 and mentioned them again as a prediction in 2019.]
Five and a half points. Not a bad score, Deaconette thinks. Felicitations for the New Year and kindly, gentle readers, watch this space for upcoming notices concerning the future of this blog.