Wednesday, March 9, 2016
CONTEMPT FOR THE NOVUS ORDO, AKA, THE ORDINARY FORM, IS HETERODOX
Soon and very soon as the Council was concluding new idioms of music were imposed upon the four hymn sandwich of the Mass even in the Extraordinary Form as it is now called. Faithful orthodox Catholics knew that they could despise the music but not the Mass for to despise the Mass was a sacrilege even if one had to rely upon ex opere operato, so poorly was the Mass celebrated.
I think Catholics, orthodox Catholics are allowed personal likes and dislikes when it comes to the Mass. My father in pre-Vatican II times liked the low Mass that didn't take too long to complete and in the summer we all loved it when Fr. Quinlan told us it was too hot to preach and that he would dispense with the sermon. And yes, it was as hot as hell in the our low roofed church and giant fans made hearing nearly impossible anyway. We had no air conditioning and often in the summer even at 8 AM it was approaching 90 degrees for a day that would end up over 100 with the same percentage of humidity. But I digress (but I love summer in the south as I associate it with the carefree days of being out of school)!
The Novus Ordo Mass as Pope Benedict when His Holiness was cardinal stated succinctly, is more similar to the EF Mass when celebrated in Latin with Gregorian Chant and ad orientem and following the rubrics. Of course the legitmate option of receiving Holy Communion kneeling at an altar railing would close the gap between the dissimilarities of the two forms.
He said that where differences diverge isn't between the two forms celebrated by the book and in Latin but when creativity overpowers the vernacular version of the Novus Ordo and it is in its celebration widely different from parish to parish.
Orthodox Catholics have a right to dislike altar girls, standing for Holy Communion, receiving in the hand and access to the common chalice and a proliferation of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
Orthodox Catholic have a right to like altar girls, standing for Holy Communion, receiving in the hand and access to the common chalice and proliferation of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
In the Novus Ordo either position is possible depending upon the parish. Some would say this is a weakness of the Novus Ordo, others would say its flexibility is a strength.
I would go so far as to state that in theory, an orthodox Catholic could well like and advocate that the EF Mass allow altar girls, standing for Holy Communion, receiving in the hand and access to the common chalice and a proliferation of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. But for a priest who may advocate for these sorts of things, he doesn't have a right to do so under the norms and rubrics of this form of the Mass. But there is nothing heterodox about desiring it and liking it. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass would be valid but illicit to implement these things in an EF Mass.
Would an orthodox Catholic have a right to "hate" these things being implemented in an EF Mass? Yes! But an orthodox Catholic does not have the right to hate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass if valid only by means of ex opere operato!
The same applies to the Novus Ordo of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! Your are either heterodox or orthodox when it comes to the bottom line in terms of any valid Mass.