Thursday, January 4, 2018
WHILE IT SHOULDN'T BE TRUE, UNFORTUNATELY MARC'S TAKE ON THE POLITICIZATION OF THE LITURGIES OF THE CHURCH, I FEAR, IS TRUE
Marc writes this comment on the post below this one:
I have seen expressed the opinion that moving from the Latin Rite to the Eastern Rite is a refreshing change because, among other things, it means that one's attendance at a particular liturgy is no longer a ecclesio-political statement.
In other words, due to the deliberateness involved, attending the traditional Latin Mass is almost necessarily a statement of one's affiliation with and support for a particular doctrinal-ecclesiological movement that is opposed to the "mainstream" situation in the Roman Church. On the other hand, one does not find that sort of thing inherent in the Eastern Rites. As you say, the liturgy simply is what it is and what it has been so without the strings attached.
I tried to fight this mentality at my previous parish in Macon. There the EF Mass was mainstreamed and did not have an ideological bent to it. i offered the EF Mass once a month and at a regular OF Mass time of 12:10 PM.
In addition we had an every Tuesday low Mass in the EF and we had the EF High Mass for special occasions such as our patronal feast of St. Joseph and the November 2nd Requiem.
In other words, the EF Mass became just one more way for us to make the Mass more solemn or more special and people appreciated that.
Because we celebrated the OF Mass with dignity, solemnity and high reverence, people did not associate the EF Mass a protest against the OF Mass, although many would say that the EF Mass seem more intrinsically reverent, not because of the Latin, but the other elements, especially the ad orientem and kneeling for Holy Commuion. In fact many said they would prefer the EF Mass to the OF if it could be in the vernacular.
Of course my homilies were always mainstream and orthodox and I did not cater what I would say to the EF crowd or the OF crowd. They got the same theology and doctrine at both.
Yes, the Liturgy in the Roman Rite to include both forms of the one Roman Rite should simply be what it is and what it has been without ideological strings attached.