Wednesday, May 20, 2015
LONGING FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE
I'm all in favor of unbelieving Catholics using the gift of free-will that God gave them to leave the Church if the Church doesn't live up to their own narcissistic expectations. Don't get me wrong, I don't want them to leave and I pray that the Lord will touch their heart in the same way he touched the heart of Saul of Tarsus and converted him to the Faith at which point he became Saint Paul.
I was happy to read that a columnist and commentator for the Macon Telegraph, Bill Cummings, who brags incessantly that he was in the seminary in Rome during the time of Pope St. John XXIII and eventually ordained a priest in the 1960's only to leave the priesthood and get married during that silly season, has finally "fessed" up to not being a Catholic anymore, he's simply a secular humanist of some sort who wants religion and the Catholic Church his way--another form of narcissism. But at least he has finally become honest in his self-designation. I wonder if he knows how many people in Macon are not Catholic (about 98.9%) and don't give a gosh dern about the Catholic Church and his longing for the Catholic Church of the good old 1960's. But that's the way it is way aging hippies.
But back to my point. If the Church were to suppress the Ordinary Form of the Mass, which is as likely as the Edsel as it looked in the 1950's returning as a competitor to SUV's today, there would be a mass exodus of Catholics from the Church and a lot of angry ones who will stay.
So, the hope of the liturgy being improved and equaling the majesty and reverence of the EF Mass does not hinge on the suppression of the OF Mass but rather the third Roman Missal organically developed from the wonderful and glorious liberalization of the once "suppressed" EF Mass and better celebrations in continuity with the EF Mass of the OF Mass.
Also necessary is the need to recover liturgically the unique ministerial role of the ordained priest and deacon and subdeacon, not to mention bishop.
So what will this revised Ordinary Form Missal look like?
1. It will still have options and still be primarily in the vernacular but some Latin will be required and my clairvoyance tells me that it will be for the chanted parts of the people, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Pater Noster and Agnus Dei and perhpas the Propers. This is the case at the Vatican even when all else is in Italian. I think this would be a marvelous and unifying solution to the babel and language division we have in parishes due to multi-vernaculars.
2. Only ordained bishops, priests, deacons and subdeacons along with extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion who must be formally installed acolytes may distribute Holy Communion at Mass. This recovers the priestly role of Eucharistic Prayer and the ministering of Holy Communion to the Faithful.
3. The Order of the EF Mass will be applied to the latest revised OF Roman Missal, with all the priest's private prayers, prayed quietly in Latin. However, the Eucharistic Prayers will be prayed in a normal voice, not loud and not silent with the lowering of the voice for the consecrations, but still audible. The other Eucharistic Prayers will be evaluated and some will be suppressed but there will remain more than just the Roman Canon.
4. Kneeling for Holy Communion will be the norm and Holy Communion under both kinds for special occasions will be by intinction, not from the common, unsanitary chalice where profanation of the Precious Blood is likely to take place. Kneeling for Holy Communion and receiving on the tongue will be the single most important reform of the revised Roman Missal and devotional practices that will correct the sacrileges either intended or unintended concerning particles of the Eucharist and the taking of the host outside of the Church for nefarious purposes.
5. The OF Roman Calendar will be slightly revised to include ember days, Septagesima, the Octave of Pentecost and the recovery of the full array of Holy Days of Obligation celebrated on the proper day and not transferred to Sunday.
6. Stricter guidelines concerning music and instrumentation, its tenor, theology and ethos will be given and followed.
7. The revised lectionary will remain in place but an adapted lectionary from the 1962 Roman Missal will be added as a year "D" that will preserve this treasure and its graduals and tracts.