Praytell provocateur Fr. Anthony, OSB writes this:
And however much you esteem tradition, you have to acknowledge that the Council saw the preconciliar liturgy as inadequate and in need of reform.
Of course he provokes discussion then gets mad at those who disagree with him, castigating them with his own snarky comments or simply deleting the ones he doesn't like and banning others who make more sense than he does. So much for academic open-mindedness!
But what does he mean by "the preconciliar liturgy as inadequate and in need of reform?" This of course means that the laity weren’t actually participating in the Mass prior to Vatican II. They were either in a trance or praying other devotions.
But in this country nearly 90% of Catholics actually attended the Mass in need of reform in the 1950’s, to include Catholics on the fringes of the Church and society, those in immoral situations and others who might have disagreed with this, that or the other. The mafia attended. In the reformed Mass today some parts of the country see only 12% of Catholics actually participating in the Mass by simply attending. There is a small percentage from the fringes but not like the percentages we saw prior to Vatican II.
So 90% of all Catholics actually went to The Mass in need of reform because of its problems with so called clericalism and lack of verbal participation. Interesting, no?
But does Fr. Anthony acknowledge the areas where the reformed Mass is corrupt not only in attracting only 12% of actual participation but where there is lack of reverence, sacrilege concerning the Eucharistic elements, Hosts taken home, discarded, dropped and Precious Blood spilled, contaminated and gulped. And the supercreativity that makes Masses different from parish to parish and priest to priest.
What other problems with the new and improved Mass could there possibly be? You report your experiences.