Tuesday, November 11, 2014
CHILLING OUT OVER THE POPE AND LITURGY
Okay, lets say of the 2 billion Catholics, 88% of them don't go to Mass. How many of the 12% of Catholics who do go to Mass actually feel horror and disorientation over the pope and the liturgy?
There are those who say that I should disregard the wishes of the majority of my parishioners at any one given Mass on Sunday and make one of them exclusively extraordinary form. Of course they fail to point out that there are only about 75 people in my parish who would want an EF Mass every Sunday. In fact on the First Sunday of the month at 2 pm we only get about 40 parishioners for the EF High Mass and about 30 more who don't belong to the parish. Why in the world would I foist the EF Mass onto our 12:10 PM Mass and risk alienating that particular congregation and make them go to another Mass or stop going altogether?
But let's get back to the pope and liturgy and chilling out over both.
Liturgy is local and yes we need good role models for celebrating the liturgy properly. There is great latitude in the Ordinary Form of the Mass. But let's face it, we need local bishops and priests do celebrate it well and to make known in a good sort of critical way what isn't good. Papal liturgies and cathedral liturgies, even faux cathedrals named such on ancient post-cards should be role models for other parishes.
We ultramontanists also need to remain papal in our orientation not only when there is a pope whose focus is the liturgy but when there isn't. But we need to adjust our ultramontanist leanings and not be obsessive in watching everything a pope does in this internet world where we can overdose on papal acts and antics. We need to follow the pope in the areas of faith and morals alone. No pope has any secret information about God or the Church, that is called gnosticism. Catholicism's truths, the Deposit of Faith is out in the open and everyone has access to the truths of Catholicism not just the pope and bishops, although they have an authority in the Church that laity do not have. That must be made clear to laity who don't understand that.
The 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal in the Ordinary Form is a rich missal and when celebrated as it is printed and following scrupulously it General Instruction and rubrics can be very beautiful.
In a previous post I mentioned that the Ordinary Form Mass allows for more lay involvement in the liturgy's formal ministry especially for women in the areas of serving the altar, reading and assisting in distributing Holy Communion.
Someone commented to me that altar girls and receiving Holy Communion in the hand and widespread use of EMC's came about through disobedience that then became permitted.
But that commenter forgets that Summorum Pontificum is a result of the same thing but on a grander scale of disobedience by an archbishop of the Church who not only bucked Pope Paul VI and St. John Paul II on the exclusive use of the older form of the Mass which was not allowed at the time, but ordained bishops illicitly and incurred excommunication for it. This led to the current day SSPX.
St. John Paul II started the FSSP to counteract this disobedience by allowing what the SSPX wanted in terms of the EF Mass. And Pope Benedict kicked it up a notch to allow the EF Mass based upon local need. But all of this was a result of schismatic acts of an archbishop and his followers.
So regardless of how EMC's and altar girls and women in the sanctuary came about, it is now legal and approved for the universal Church and under legitimate authority! And keep in mind that parishes that were not disobedient either in terms of EF sensibilities or girl altar servers embraced both once they became allowed!
So chill out over the current pope and the state of liturgy under his reign, I mean term in office.