Crux has an interview with a liturgist. Yes, a liturgist. They have caused more problems in the post-Vatican II Church than any other group of people, especially liturgists who think they are smarter than anyone else. You can read the full interview HERE.
Read this response about the Extraordinary Form Mass and then read my comments at the end:
My Comments: Please reflect on a few things on which he pontificates. He won’t celebrate the EF Mass because, he, unlike those who do, knows what Vatican II teaches and thus he simply can’t lower himself (humble himself) to celebrate it because it would make him look bad. (I wonder who those people are in his academic world who would denigrate him for doing so and maybe think less of him or mock him?)
Then he mocks the Baltimore Catechism and laments that children who use it won’t learn about the social teachings of the Church. Thus he can’t humble himself to visit children in a classroom after an EF Mass because they are using the Baltimore Catechism.
But does he speak of post Vatican II catechetical coloring book materials that don’t teach about transubstantiation, the Mass as sacrifice, the permanence of lawful marriage that is also a Sacrament, the need for frequent confession, the knowledge of sin, both original and actual and what distinguishes a venial sin from a mortal sin and let’s also ask about the devil, the eternal fires of hell, the need for reparation, penance, prayer and fasting and other ascetic practices. In other words, why doesn’t he look down his nose on what Vatican II Catholics, especially children, don’t know. And let me tell you it is plenty especially a lack of knowledge of the Church’s social teachings! They don’t know the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, the foundation of the Church’s social teachings which in fact the Baltimore Catechism teaches so well!
I might also add, that the very people that he looks down his nose at are the very people who are young, having numerous children and take the post Vatican II mandate that parents are the first and primary teachers of their children in the ways of faith and that the home is to be the domestic Church in all that this means. My experience of EF families or those families open to both the EF and OF and home school as well, are much more likely to be involved in the religious formation of their children at home and in a lived way. He says not a word about this. It is scandalous
Finally, he laments the EF Mass because it doesn’t allow for the clericalization of the laity which Pope Francis so deplores. Remember that Pope Francis himself has implied that the danger of the Ordinary Form, not to be found in the extraordinary form, especially before Vatican II, is that the laity turn their gaze at being active at the altar’s formal ministries, is like second class want to be priests.The pope says not to allow this to happen. In the pre-Vatican II experience of the Mass, in the sanctuary you only had a first class priest at the altar and altar boys assisting him. This model could be used in the ordinary form too.
This is a paraphrase of His Holiness' actual words:
"Move the (laity) away from the altar… They are the custodians of service (in the world), not first-class altar boys or second-class priests,” (His Holiness) added.
But prior to Vatican II, the acting deacon and subdeacons were actually first class priests! There were no permanent deacons, wrongly called in the 1970’s, lay deacons, which is a misnomer.
Finally, when he says that Catholics who prefer the EF Mass don’t experience or want to experience what Vatican II’s new and improved vision for the liturgy entails, he lies. Most reject what Pope Paul VI’s committee on the manufacturing of a reformed liturgy came up with. Yes, it was authoritatively promulgated by Pope Paul, but it entails a skewed vision and abrupt disruption in the organic development of the liturgy. What Vatican II actually taught in Sacrosanctum Concilium, which by the way is a pastoral document not a dogmatic one, is very conservative. It asks for maintaining Latin but with some vernacular. It calls for noble simplicity presumably directed at the pontifical Masses. It says nothing about lay ministries, but does ask for actual participation both internally and externally. Actual participation does not mean clericalizing the laity by making them lector’s and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion,
And let’s talk about extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and making them the ordinary ministers of the distribution of Holy Communion, especially the unnecessary unsanitary common chalice? The reason why intinction, as the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal allows, is not allowed by bishops and priests is because it limits the need for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion because the normal minister can offer both forms together. It also curbs Communion in the hand, a mortal sin for so-called Vatican II clergy and laity. You don’t need multiple stations for the chalice and Host especially if people stand or kneel along an altar railing with the ordinary minister going to the communicant in an actual procession with our Lord.
My take from this interview is my resolve not to listen to narrow minded, pompous priests who are arrogant and way too much full of themselves and into clericalism which Pope Francis so decries.