Thursday, February 4, 2016
ADORATION OR IMITATION OF CHRIST? IT'S NOT EITHER/OR BUT BOTH/AND (AND THE PROGRESSIVE CATHOLIC'S IDOLATRY OF VATICAN II WHEN THEY ACCLAIM THAT VATICAN II ISN'T IRREFORMABLE BECAUSE TO SAY SO TURNS VATICAN II INTO A gOD!)
Picking up on a theme of our traditionalist-leaning friends, what if we were to consider the Last Gospel. On a traditional Catholic site, I read a few days ago of a wish of restoring that element as part of the so-called mutual enrichment. What if, instead of John 1:1-14, the Last Gospel were Matthew 25:31-46?
Both passages draw us into a consideration of the Word Made Flesh. The TLM text invites reverence and awe. Matthew 25 hints at a different sort of encounter, a presence no less real, and one more intimately tied with the imitation of rather than the adoration of Christ.
My comment: Adoration of Christ in the "source and summit" of our Catholic life, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass leads us to the "Dismissal" and our "Imitation of Christ" in our real life wherever we find ourselves to include the church building and its premises.
However, it is intriguing to do what the Ordinariate Missal once again allows and that is the reading of the Last Gospel and adding a few others to it such as Matthew 25! In fact, I see no problem in adding the Last Gospel without ecclesiastic approval since it isn't a part of the Mass and could be viewed as a post-Mass hymn, such as the Regina Caeli or Salve Regina or other Marian hymns at the end of Mass.
At the same progressive liturgical blog another comment indicated the ongoing perpetuation of adoring Vatican II, a pastoral council, as some sort of god and thus turning it into an idol:
Those who want to go back to the early Liturgical Movement (prior to Vatican II in the early 20th century and with the Tridentine Mass) want to ignore the experience and growth and insights of about a century. And obviously, they reject the Second Vatican Council, which clearly did not want to go back to before WW2 and undo the previous 20 years, but called for a move forward. So the main question in all this, like in so many questions of liturgical reform, is: Does one accept Vatican II or not?
My comment: Of course this commenter wants to go back to the 1970's Missal and back to the dark ages of that same period when the Tridentine Mass now known as the EF Mass was supposedly suppressed. Of course it wasn't completely suppressed by Pope Paul VI who allowed it for certain situations and there was a more blanket approval of its use in England under the same pope. But only 10 years or so after the 1970 missal, Pope St. John Paul II expanded the use of its celebration and of course Pope Benedict released it completely from bondage and the "museum" of history to allow it to become a living organism in the Church again.
And now the Holy Roman Catholic Church in 2015 was given a new Roman Missal approved by Pope Francis, "Divine Worship, the Missal" which is truly a post-Vatican II work of art that takes into account what Sacrosanctum Concilium actually requested without the ideologies of Archbishop Bugnini and his excesses and iconoclasm of the classic Roman Liturgy none of which can rightly be seen as a product of the Liturgical Movement of the early 1900's!
Vatican II like the Church is not irreformable and the Ordinariate's Missal is a sign of that as is the blanket allowance of the EF Mass today by Pope Benedict! To say that Vatican II isn't reformable because it is a god is idolatry!!!!!