Thursday, August 23, 2012
LET'S GET REAL ABOUT VATICAN II AND THE REFORM OF THE REFORM OF THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS
Father Z has a post on his blog, "Elements of the Extraordinary Form in the Ordinary Form" which produced a number of comments.
Of course I've been clairvoyant about what the reform of the reform of the Ordinary Form of the Mass will look and feel like and many believe it will be more like the Extraordinary Form but not exactly. Father Z does not seem to think that most of us will see this new Ordinary Form Missal in our lifetime. I'm not sure about that though.
Of course many comments just focused on repudiating the Second Vatican Council altogether and simple restore the Extraordinary Form Mass as the Ordinary Form and suppress the current Ordinary Form. That, in my clairvoyance, won't happen.
However, Father Martin Fox, who concelebrated here in the Spring and has his own blog, "Bonfires of Vanities" offered the most sober comment of all and my clairvoyance tells me he is on target:
Fr Martin Fox says:
22 August 2012 at 12:07 pm
Well, we’re all friends here, so I’ll be the lightning rod. The reason not to scrap the Ordinary Form utterly is because there are questions of reform in the Mass, originally raised by the Council itself (please note I am distinguishing the Council documents from what came after, and then after that after).
I would argue that there are several reforms associated with the Ordinary Form, properly understood, worth preserving:
> Proclaiming the readings once at Mass, from the pulpit.
> Introduction of the vernacular as an option.
> Expanded lectionary and added readings (yes, I know some specifically dislike this; fair enough. I simply mean I think it’s worth defending).
> Prayers of the faithful as an option–properly done, you understand.
> Proclamation of Mass prayers aloud, and even sung as options. (Please correct me, but my experience has been that even with a Solemn High Mass, many of the prayers of Mass, currently proclaimed aloud, remain in a low voice, and are “overlaid” with other, sung prayers.)
Now, in no way am I dismissing the Extraordinary Form. But again, I think these are reforms that have merit.
And it all goes to the merits of the Council. I make a careful distinction between the Council itself and it’s misbegotten implementation, guided by an unclean spirit from who knows where. I take the Council seriously; it called for some reform. If you simply return to the older form, what becomes of that call by the Council? Is that not, in effect, a repudiation of Sacrosanctum Concilium?
I wholeheartedly concur with Fr. Fox, he is as wise as a...!