Tuesday, July 25, 2017
LOW CHRISTOLOGY AND A DESIRE FOR NOSTALGIA GONE BIZERK DAMAGED THE REVISED MASS BY THOSE WHO IMPLEMENTED WHAT SOME BISHOPS WANTED PRIOR TO VATICAN II!
In my previous post, I printed some comments of bishops throughout the world as to their desire for the liturgy prior to Vatican II actually convening.
One comment on the liturgy that really caught my eye and opened them to what I experienced in the 1970's seminary and in the first few years of my priesthood is this:
It should be allowed to celebrate Communion as the early Christians did, without all the extras – for example, an altar, fasting, altar cloths, candles, altar adornments, etc.
At St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, around the very early 1970's there was an actual "para-liturgy" (a term one no longer hears about today, praise God) where the high altar of the seminary chapel was stripped of its candles, tabernacle, altar clothes and other accoutrements and placed in a wheelbarrow that was then ceremoniously processed down the main aisle of the church and dumped somewhere.
Then a new free standing table was placed in front of the old altar with one candle and a corporal cloth for the celebrtion of the Lord's Supper.
When I was in the seminary in the late 70's we had small group Masses in priests' apartments where there was no altar, no vestments and the bare necessities needed (often these Masses were invalid).
I have been to Mass where there was no altar--simply a blanket spread on the ground. At the so-called consecration the bread was passed to all of us as the priest said the words of consecration and the same with the cup. There wasn't any species left for the rest of the made-up prayer.
In addition to this nostalgia for the early Church was the very early Church's low Christology prior to the last Gospel being written which has a very high Christology.
It was the use of the failed Protestant "critical-historical" method of studying Scripture developed by them during the Enlightenment which Pope Pius X eventually condemned as the Hersey of Modernism, that post Vatican II Scripture Scholars began to use hook, line and sinker coming up with some of the same heresies of the liberal Protestant movement which eventually led concerned Protestants to follow the Fundamentalist movement of the early 1920's in reaction to the heresies promoted by the liberal Protestant scholars.
Mark's Gospel, the most primitive would help us to get to the "real Jesus" just as stripped as our Liturgy had become. Jesus' prior to the high Christology of the other Gospels especially John's Gospel and subsequent organic development in doctrine and dogma developed by the Church over the course of centuries in an organic way and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit was seen as nought.
Will we ever recover from all of this stupidity? I am afraid not in our lifetime unless the SSPX is canonized by a future pope. Time will tell.