Friday, July 7, 2017
HAS SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM CAUSED THE DIVISION IN PARISHES? IT IS TO LAUGH--DIVISION WAS CAUSED BY THE POOR IMPLEMENTATION OF SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM AND THAT GOES ALL THE WAY TO THE VATICAN
At another humorous blog, there was a post on how much division SP has caused in parishes. It is to laugh.
Division in parishes and in families (liturgically speaking) began as soon as folk music was allowed to be used in the Mass, making music in the Mass the most divisive issue in parishes today bar none!
Not only that, but the idea of inculturating modern idioms of music set to religious words has made Catholic into consumers of the liturgy, each one demanding their favorite style of music, usually associated with the up and coming youth of the parish. What idiom is that today--the non-denominational "worship and praise" idiom presented in a rock concert sort of way.
Today, not only are parishes divided by music, but families to who see teenagers consuming one style of Mass and parents another. Everyone wants to consume their own style of Mass and demands that there be a variety of styles of Mass at different time to please the consumers, like groceries on a store's shelf!
But also the other most divisive issue is the language that will be used for the Mass. Each language group wants to consume the Mass in their native tongue. In our diocese, Spanish has divided parishes much more so than the EF Mass has done so, bar none.
All this could have been avoided if Latin had remained the liturgical language of the Church. And with today's technology, parishioners of a different language group could have had an ear device to hear a translation of any language homily into their own! Hand missals would have solved the other problems of translation of Latin into the vernacular.
Today, priests must be multi-lingual, an unrealistic expectation for most humble seminarians.
Yes, today is the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict's Summorum Pontificum. But the actual celebration of the Mass according to the precepts of the pope's Motu Proprio did not go into effect until the "Triumph of the Cross" on September 14th 2007--when I celebrated it for the first time as an ordained priest.
The greatest impact it has had on me is my more reverent celebration of the Ordinary Form and thus fulfilling a desire of Pope Benedict that the EF influence the OF. It has for most priests who celebrate both forms of the One Roman Rite.