Tuesday, February 16, 2016
BALKINIZATION OR INEVITABLE DIVERSITY WHEN IT COMES TO THE DIFFERENT WAYS THE LITURGY IS CELEBRATED
The Liturgy of the Church in the East and the West prior to the Great Schism experienced a legitimate Balkanization. The Liturgy for the most part developed under different cultural circumstances with different forms of language, chant and different spiritualities although remaining unified in what the Liturgy does.
In the west, Latin eventually replaced Greek and became the language of the Latin Rite Mass. The Latin Rite Mass though had various rites itself.
After Vatican II in the revised Mass, the differences in rites of the Latin rite almost disappeared but a new and more virulent form of balkanization took place, the diversity of languages in which the Mass could be celebrated even when avoiding experimentation of any sort and following the liturgical laws set forth in the new Roman Missal.
But almost immediately a further balkinzation took place with different styles of music for the Mass not only in Mass settings but also songs sung at Mass.
So today, there is a great balkanization of the Mass in the same city, not only in terms of language but also in terms of styles of music. Often in the very same vernacular Masses are more different from one parish to the next in terms of what is sung and the style in which it is sung especially as it concerns instrumentation.
The Holy Father's pilgrimage to Mexico highlights this ongoing balkinzation of the Liturgy approved now implicitly by the Magisterium. The styles of music from Mass to Mass as well as dialects of language differ greatly and all this balkanization is attributed to legitimate inculturation.
Thus, why in the name of God and all that is Holy would anyone complain about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass being added to this liturgical stew? What is wrong with recovering the diversity of rites with their differences in the Latin Rite as was experienced prior to the Council? What's wrong with the Ordinariate's Old English and EF and Anglican sensibilities with their new Missal?