Friday, March 18, 2011
SOME SAY I'M CLAIRVOYANT BUT MAYBE I'M NOT
I've blogged about this before, but I really wonder if down the road, in the future, if we could have two forms of the vernacular Mass,Ordinary and Extraordinary.
Many bishops, priests and laity who object to Pope Benedict's liberal allowance of the "unreformed" Mass, what is now called the Extraordinary Form, say that they object precisely because Vatican II asked that this Mass be reformed.
Well how about a reformed Extraordinary Form Mass based upon the following proposal:
1. The Mass in the vernacular using the reformed propers, prefaces, calendar and lectionary of the post Vatican II Mass.
2. But using the Order of Mass of the Extraordinary Form,including all of its General Instruction and Rubrics and keeping all the parts of this Order of Mass that are prayed quietly by the priest (including the Roman Canon, which would be the only one allowed for this option). Of course, we would maintain the post-Vatican II active participation in the verbal and internal ways with all the people's parts in the vernacular spoken and heard!
No one could say that this form of the Extraordinary Mass isn't unreformed. That argument would go by the wayside. More people would be exposed to the EF Mass in this form since most Catholics do prefer the vernacular for their parts and all the parts they hear. The fixed parts that are quiet would remain in Latin.
So what do you think of my clairvoyance?