Wednesday, December 5, 2012
FROM CLOWN MASSES TO LITURGICAL ICONOCLASM THAT MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE
The 1970's saw liturgical iconoclasm shift into high gear as liturgical theologians and liturgical consultants saw a goldmine available to them and the arts and crafts economy as splendid old and not so old churches went under major renovation to accommodate the new liturgy and its "dogmatic" needs.
To say that the iconoclasm of these churches caused needless heartache and the loss of once staunch, practicing Catholics is an understatement. There is absolutely no reason why the revised liturgy could not be celebrated in older churches without any renovation or even a free standing altar employed. Just imagine the money saved and the liturgical continuity maintained if liturgical theologians were shunned and told to butt out in the aftermath of Vatican II.
Yes, in this period, as hard as it is to believe, liturgical theologians were elevated to the stature of an infallible pontiff as they foisted a new liturgical theology upon the various communities they visited. Liturgical theology was dogmatized and all in the name of the "spirit of Vatican II" and the liturgy designed by post-conciliar bishops and theologians. Yet, not even this liturgical commmittee backed by the pope suggested that older churches should be gutted to accommodate new wine made in a back alley.
But not so the liturgical theologians who became a parallel magisterium with more infallibility and authoritarianism than the most clerical bishop, they thought you couldn't put the new wine of the manufactured liturgy in a vintage wine bottle, for they knew that would show continuity rather than rupture, so they put their back ally cheap wine into a square box with a plastic lining in it for easy access and storage.
I saw a bit of the installation Mass for the new Archbishop of Indianapolis at their historic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. What struck me was the iconoclasm of this Cathedral and the horrible "new and improved" free standing altar and ambo. Who thinks of these things and then has the gall to shove this sort of liturgical art down the throats of parishioners who worship in an historic Cathedral and then keep the older altar to remind them of just how dumbed down the new liturgy and its accouterments are?
There is absolutely no comparison in artistic value or majesty between the two altars you will note below.
Also note how the faux altar is placed on a stage like platform jutting out into the congregation causing the cathedral to lose seating. Please note how everything is on the same level also and compare it to the black and white vintage photo of what the Cathedral looked like prior to the iconoclasm and waste of money in doing what they did. I suspect it was millions of dollars.