Sunday, January 17, 2016
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF THE REFORM OF THE REFORMED LITURGY IN CONTINUITY WITH THE SO-CALLED UNREFORMED LITURGY HAPPENING? 100%
I am shocked that there has been so little written about this new missal which in many ways embodies what Pope Benedict desired when he issued Summorum Pontificum that the EF Mass would have a gravitational pull upon the revised missal and from that a new, third missal would emerge. It was approved and praised by Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship who said, why can't the rest of us have a missal like this?" Of course the Congregation for Divine Worship worked closely with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith headed by Cardinal Muller who also endorsed its publication. Most importantly it has the endorsement or imprimatur of Pope Francis himself, a wildly unreported but stunning fact!
The Ordinariate's missal is that vision fulfilled. It's template (apart from the particular Anglican liturgical patrimony) will be applied to the revised Roman Missal, meaning the look, the calendar, and the EF options (Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, the EF's Asperges, Traditional format for the Introit, the use of the Gradual and Tract, the Offertory Antiphon printed in the missal, the older form Offertory Prayers, the rubrics more in line with the Extraordinary Form Mass, kneeling to receive Holy Communion, clear permission for ad orientem and the Last Gospel). All of these could easily be applied (apart from the calendar) to our current revised Roman Missal. I could do it today if allowed.
And from my perspective as a seminarian in a liberal seminary of the 1970's, the fact that today in 2016 I can celebrate both forms of the one Latin Rite (that in and of itself the most progressive terminology of all) is absolutely stunning. Anyone doing what I am doing in a regular parish in the south in terms of both forms of the Mass and one of our Ordinary Form Masses ad orientem every Sunday and one of those once a month an Extraordinary Form Mass would have been thought to be impossible, just impossible. I would have been a laughing stock and my bishop would have clamped down on me and sent me to the periphery. Of course for many, what I do liturgically is on the periphery and thus very Pope Francis!
Like homosexuals who have redeemed the term "queer" in their lexicon, the term pre-Vatican II has been redeemed too since Pope Benedict. It no longer describes someone who is a heretic in light of Vatican II's spirit, a rigid throwback or someone to be despised and marginalized.
And no longer can those "spirit of Vatican II types" tell us that pastoral positions of the Vatican II documents are infallible dogma. Like the bible, we must read the documents of Vatican II using the historical critical method. We have to know what is dogma (and there is dogma in Vatican II's documents, but this dogma is pre-Vatican II as there are absolutely no new doctrines or dogmas in the documents of Vatican II, none.) There is theology, new theology, what one may call pastoral theology and there is a new direction given for the Church on pastoral matters that are important. But the critical historical method tells us that many of these pastoral initiatives are now dated in light of a new modernism and the affect of secularism on Catholics.
Look at St. Joseph's Christmas Midnight Mass below this post. This would have been anathema just 10 years ago. Today I can post it for worldwide distribution!
THE CHANCE OF A SUCCESSFUL REFORM OF THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS IN CONTINUITY WITH THE UNREFORMED MASS IS 100%--THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING, I MEAN THE MASS.