IF YOU DIDN'T THINK WE NEEDED POPE BENEDICT'S HERMENEUTIC OF CONTINUITY AND REFORM OF THE REFORM AND IF YOU DIDN'T THINK THE THEOLOGY OF RUPTURE IN OUR TRADITION DOESN'T EXIST AND THAT THERE ISN'T LITURGICAL ABUSE TODAY OR IN THE RECENT PAST, THINK AGAIN!
If you thought the "photo-shopped" image of Pope Benedict was an insult to the reverence due our Lord in the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; if you thought some of the other photos I have posted, clown Masses, no vestment Masses, children Masses which trivialize the Cross of Christ and His great sacrifice, you will absolutely cringe as you watch this video. The vision of Vatican II, the spirit of Vatican II and the most liberal of reforms officially promulgated never, never, envisioned such an abomination of the celebration of the Mass as this video. But yet, these kinds of things happen over and over again. Those who promote these things are liberal in all ways except when it comes to the celebration of the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass, kneeling for Holy Communion and the new English translation of the Mass to be implemented by Advent of 2011. Go figure! It is sad indeed.
God have mercy on them for this rupture of Liturgy, faith and spirituality. Please note the age of the people--aging hippies from the 1960's who don't know it is the 21st Century! They don't know their agenda has caused nearly 80% of Catholics to stop attending Mass--would you attend Mass that was celebrated this way? You would think it was a joke! And it is! These aging "spirit of Vatican IIers, remind me of Japanese soldiers isolated on deserted islands for years after World War II who thought the war was still in progress and didn't know they had lost! What deserted island have these people in the video been living on, or what kind of a time warp?
THIS IS THE WEST COAST "CALL TO ACTION." THE LITURGICAL SPACE MUST HAVE BEEN IN THE ALZHEIMER UNIT OF A NURSING HOME, BUT I WOULDN'T WANT TO INSULT ALZHEIMER PATIENTS WITH ANY OF THIS. THESE PEOPLE ARE CULPABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS!
What is it with puppets and the west coast?--although these pictures and the Seattle cathedral are quite stunning. I'm sure the giant puppet has a purpose in the OF Liturgy just celebrated, although I can't find any reference to them in the GIRM, the rubrics or in tradition. Kind of reminds me of the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. But where is Snoopy and Underdog? But when it comes to peculiar accretions to the liturgy, I think the puppets in the OF Mass top the altar server holding the hem of the priest's chasuble in the EF Mass! At least the holding of the hem of the chasuble is dignified and rubrical and not made up as you go kind of rubric!
Now, I know that some people might think this image of the priest having his chasuble lifted is odd. But it is a rubric in the EF Mass. Is it more odd than the puppet above in the OF Mass? What rubric calls for this accretion, or do they propose that a rubric for puppets be added? I guess we should be flexible enough to allow the actual rubric in the EF Mass for the sight below and allow for the spectacle above even if it has no precedent in Liturgy nor rubrical backing. Flexibility is the name of the game I guess.