Saturday, June 14, 2014
RIGHT WING-NUTS IN THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM COMMUNITY AND SSPX?
Unfortunately and I fear what Ted K said on my Wacko post is true:
I suspect Fr Taft is highly influenced by the successful painting into a corner by the progressives in the academy of the lovers of traditional liturgy as so-called right wing fanatics.
Unfortunately there is some truth in that picture, where too many traditionalists would even make Ayn Rand blush. That is a problem for the true lovers of the traditional liturgy and they need to divest themselves of such gun-toting economic radicals from among their ranks. Why does the traditional liturgy attract such wackos, and seem to have little influence on their political ideas?
Indeed, one of the most memorable texts that Fr Taft has written concerns active/actual participation: "the contemplation of the liturgical rites leads the soul to the spiritual, mystical realities of the invisible world". (A History Of The Liturgy Of St John Chrysostom) [My comment: This can certainly be applied to both forms of the Latin Rite Mass and is spot-on!]
My comments: My own experience with those who belong to St. Joseph Parish and are content with the manner in which we celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass, although they may prefer the Extraordinary Form and would appreciate its celebration weekly on Sunday rather than monthly, is that they are relatively balanced. Now this doesn't mean that there aren't some reactionaries here and there.
However, I have personally tried to instill a love for both forms and loving each for what each is meant to do, and that is the same thing but in different ways, to worship God, thank Him and to experience from Him the graces that flow from His Son's one Sacrifice on the Cross renewed at each and every Mass in an unbloody way and where we receive our crucified and risen Lord in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
But I do tend to agree that the EF community members who are politically active are a bit more vocal in their gun-totting ideologies and their rigid antipathy toward the Church's very strong Social teachings that are encased in papal encyclicals and are normative for Catholics. I do see a disconnect here in terms of of the conservative nature of EF adherents who are very much like progressive leftist Catholics who pick and choose what they will believe from the cafeteria. Sometimes, though, the ultra right can be even more crass and vocal in their antipathy toward all that the Church offers and make no bones about picking and choosing.
I think the cafeteria shrillness of right wing-nuts in the Church has tainted Pope Francis' attitude toward the SSPX and those who have an affinity toward the EF Mass. In His Holiness interview yesterday he said this about antisemitism and right wing politics and I think their is a veiled reference to the SSPX Bishop Richardson in His Holiness's remarks:
How do you see antisemitism?
I cannot explain why it happens, but I think it is very linked, in general, and without it being a fixed rule, to the right wing. Antisemitism usually nests better in right-wing political tendencies that in the left, right? And it still continues (like this). We even have those who deny the holocaust, which is crazy.