Tuesday, February 24, 2015
FAITHFUL CATHOLICS ACCEPT THE MAGISTERIUM OF THE CHURCH TO INCLUDE THE POPE ALONE AND THE POPE AND BISHOPS ACTING IN AN ECUMENICAL COUNCIL
As everyone knows, I love both forms of the Mass and love to celebrate both forms. Why? Because Pope Benedict allowed it and now even Pope Francis has indicated that Pope Benedict's permission for this is a part of the post-Vatican II Magisterium and is not just to reach out to the schismatic groups that reject the Second Vatican Council and the newer form of the Mass but it is for those who simply prefer it. Thus the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is one expression of the two forms of the Latin Rite. How cool is that?
Both Masses though are Catholic. Both accomplish with different ecclesiolgies and ceremony the teachings of the Church on the Mass as an "unbloody sacrifice" and where "transubstantiation" takes place.
My father in pre-Vatican II times (in fact after also) preferred the Low Mass, no singing except for special occasions. He didn't denigrate a Sung or Solemn Sung Mass, but certainly preferred the simplicity and brevity of the Low Mass.
When we lived in Italy, my father was amused that Italians talked in Church, moved about and had a different mentality about piety compared to the more rigid American and Canadian approaches. One would never see in the pre-Vatican II times in Canada or the USA the antics of Italians in Italy during the same period.
I had someone tell me that they like the piety and hushed silence of the EF Mass and are distracted by all the goings on in the OF especially people talking in Church, etc.
That's okay. What's not okay is to say the OF Mass warts and all is not a valid Mass or is less Catholic. How could that be? The Church certainly doesn't teach that! Only Protestant Catholics would say such a thing and they would then be heretical, something that would be resoundingly declared so in the pre-Vatican II times.