Monday, June 9, 2014
ARE LITURGISTS IDOLATERS?
It depends on the liturgist. Yes a corrupt form of Catholicism turns liturgy into a false God. The form of the liturgy is what is adored rather than the One God in three Divine Persons which the liturgy is meant to enable the people of God to adore and worship.
Also, when faith in the liturgy is disconnected from the good works that should flow from those who worship God in spirit and truth, yes Liturgy has become a god and those who worship at this altar are idolaters.
Prior to Vatican II, most people understood the Liturgy as a given. True, some Catholics loved the High Mass (one step below the Solemn Sung Mass with deacon and subdeacon). But most Catholics attended a low Mass on Sunday with no singing or perhaps four hymns, but the Mass was not sung. They preferred a simple Mass that was over quickly. While they preferred not to attend a Mass with a lot of pomp and circumstance, they did not despise it and they realized that this type of Mass in most parishes was the exception and the low Mass the rule. For example in a large parish, there might be five to six Sunday Masses only one of which would have been sung as the principal Mass. The vast majority of Catholics in that parish would have attended a low Mass on Sunday.
Since Vatican II and all the tinkering with the Liturgy even beyond the official tinkering by the legitimate authority of the Church, Pope Paul VI and the Consilium he put together to revised the Mass as they understood Vatican II had asked, has led to a sort of liturgical idolatry in the Church. The greatest form of this idolatry does not come from the official texts and order of the Mass of Pope Paul VI. It comes from subsequent liturgists and faux liturgists. It flowed from diocesan offices and liturgical commissions and worse yet from local parish priests and their dictatorial liturgy committees who foisted upon the rank and file laity of parishes a corrupt experience of the Liturgy based upon novelty and creativity as well as a casual, man-centered form of worship. Yes this is idolatry too and of the most pedestrian type and is to be lamented for its deliterious effect upon Catholics and their spiral into true idolatry, the idolatry of secularism!
Now we have Pope Francis who has said very little about the Liturgy and has yet to confirm the Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship or name a new head. Liturgists in the Church thought for certain that this would be the first congregation that Pope Francis would address and they hoped beyond hope that the first Marini (Archbishop Pietro Marini) would be named the new prefect.That does not seem to be plausible now. On top of that the Pontifical Master of Ceremonies has been confirmed in his post, the much maligned by progressive liturgists in the Church and at the Vatican, Msgr. Guido Marini, my hero! If the Congregation for Divine Worship is suppressed and placed under another dicastery as a mere committee, I hope Msgr. Guido is the head. Praytell would then owe me a huge sum of money on a bet Fr. Anthony Ruff made last year!
Sandro Magister of the Blog Chiesa writes the following:
"No newly created cardinal, therefore, has been made a member of the congregation for divine worship, which until Paul VI was part and parcel of the congregation for the causes of saints, under the name of the congregation for rites."
A simple coincidence? Or [is this precisely where] the curial [dicastery is] on the verge of being "streamlined" and "consolidated?"
MY FINAL COMMENTS: Having watched Pope Francis closely in person and on Television as he celebrates the Liturgy of the Church, he models simply the Liturgy of the Church, and as I have said over and over again, praying in an ad orientem way while facing the congregation during his celebration of the Mass. He is not prissy or fussy about the Liturgy. He simply does it. He is elegant in his noble simplicity and uses vestments that are tasteful but certainly not flashy or archaic but modern in a classic sort of way.
If the Congregation for Divine Worship becomes as it was prior to the Second Vatican Council, simply a smaller dicastery within a larger congregation,such as the Congregation for Saints, this will tell us that Pope Francis is moving Liturgy back to the Pre-Vatican II level of interest on the Vatican level. The liturgy will be a given and the liturgy wars in the Vatican are over, at least under this pontificate.