Wednesday, June 11, 2014
PRAYWHINE STOOPS TO NEW LOW WITH AN INTERVIEW WITH A LITURGIST BORN IN THE 1930'S
The Praywhine, I mean, Praytell blog stoops to a new low in printing an interview with an esteemed litrugist, Jesuit at that, Father Robert Taft, SJ. I am sure he must have done some good for liturgy somewhere, I just don't know where.
You can read the entire interview at Praytell by pressing HERE. However here are a couple of snarky excerpts from that interview which tell a great deal about him and his disposition and unfortunately the disposition of so many progressive liturgists. How would you like to have him as your pastor?
Now if a sane person commented on that blog stated that those of Fr. Taft's ilk are left wing wackos, they'd be reprimanded. Of course there is a duplicitous hypocrisy there. At any rate, the interview is sad, very sad.
Pope Francis good for liturgical renewal or not? (My Comment:The poor soul even gets this wrong. Pope Benedict celebrated his first Mass in the Sistine Chapel on a free standing altar, probably due to the fact the floor is raised for the conclave. On top of that Pope Francis has since celebrated Solemn Mass ad orientem for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord at that the historic altar that cannot be tossed out because it is fixed and the historic altar of that chapel. The Holy Father has celebrated this way also in St. Peters.)
Papa Francesco is good for everything, including liturgical renewal. When he first celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel he had them toss out the altar facing away from the congregation that his predecessor had installed, and thereby gave the signal indicating how he rated the reformed Vatican II liturgy vis-à-vis the restored pre-Vatican II Summorum Pontificum “extraordinary form.”
Is the Vatican II liturgical renewal secure or endangered?
I think it is secure, because I believe the vast majority of Catholic people throughout the world confirm it by voting with their feet and going to Mass in the reformed rite, showing thereby that despite the right-wing neo-con wackos (hereafter NCW’s), most Catholics prefer the reformed rite.
But that does not mean that the NCW’s are not a threat, since it is said that large numbers of them now control the terrain in our seminaries. As Professor Massimo Faggioli, the Catholic point-man on these issues has shown, the Vatican II Liturgical Constitution was the fundamental document that led the way to the rest of Vatican II, so an attack against that key document is an attack against the guiding spirit of the Vatican II Council.
Anything good coming out of Summorum Pontificum?
Nope, unless creating unnecessary divisions in the Church and driving crazy our harried bishops who have too few priests to start with and now have to try and accommodate the NCW’s is considered “good.”