Saturday, February 20, 2016
STUNNING TALK ON CNN THIS MORNING ON THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS
But I was simply astounded that Carol Costello of CNN was so happy that the Funeral Mass would be a traditional Latin Mass. She said, if you've never been to one, go, because it is simply breathtakingly beautiful.
Then, believe or not, she derided the guitar Mass and spoke of Justice Scalia's love for tradition and not the novel stuff that came out after Vatican II.
We'll very soon know, but I suspect it will be a hybrid Ordinary Form Mass with Latin Parts including the Propers. I will also venture to guess that Fr. Scalia will preach the Word of God and the need to pray for the Faithful Departed and will not canonize his dad or eulogize him.
There was a long discussion on the Liturgy of the Church ON CNN! and you would have thought it was from my blog!
I like what John Nolan has to say about the traditional Requiem:
...aversion (to Latin) born out of ignorance is not rational. The Latin Propers of the Missa pro Defunctis were familiar to generations of Catholics, and replacing them with sentimental hymns hardly serves the cause of Truth. I have had the misfortune to attend modern funeral rites in both the Anglican and Catholic Churches and have found them to be mawkishly sentimental, lacking in theological content, and over-obsessed with the achievements of the deceased in this life rather than humbly offering the Holy Sacrifice for his or her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed.
In the traditional Rite the liturgy is the same for everyone, prince or pauper, TV celebrity or nonentity. Elaborate processions, magnificent catafalques, exquisite music might emphasize the worldly importance of the deceased, but the words and intentions are the same for all.