Thursday, August 16, 2012


Two forms of the one Latin Rite and two different emphasis, can you detect them?

None of these videos are meant to show liturgical abuses but each of them in their own subliminal way do. This first one shows too much hype and exaggerated gestures and diversity of rubrics. What strikes as the worst of it?

This video shows what happens when the focus is simply on the priest and the congregation, what Pope Benedict calls the enclosed circle, the horizontal to the detriment of the vertical. It is all to common today but passes as what "Vatican II wanted." Really?

This video shows the corruption of the Mass when facing the people. Just who is this ad libing, over-performing priest talking to, I mean, praying to? If there was ever a short video on the glory of ad orientem, this is it. This is the meal and warm fuzzy community theology that is way too prevalent today. Will the EF enrichment ever kick-in?

There is but one Latin Rite with two expressions of the Mass and evidently of the priesthood. Do you detect those differences in the two following two videos?

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This video certainly presents a different ethos, what many would call the Vatican II difference. What is it?

Pray God, that Cardinal Burke's liturgical vision and aspirations come to be:

Cardinal Burke is [in part]responsible for overseeing the Church's liturgy as a member of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship.

He is grateful to Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI for giving the Church "a font of solid direction" regarding worship, based on the Second Vatican Council's vision of a "God-centered liturgy and not a man-centered liturgy."

That intention was not always realized, he said, since the council's call for liturgical reform coincided with a "cultural revolution."

Many congregations lost their "fundamental sense that the liturgy is Jesus Christ himself acting, God himself acting in our midst to sanctify us."

Cardinal Burke said greater access to the traditional Latin Mass, now know (sic) as the "extraordinary form" of the Roman rite, has helped correct the problem.

"The celebration of the Mass in the extraordinary form is now less and less contested," he noted, "and people are seeing the great beauty of the rite as it was celebrated practically since the time if Pope Gregory the Great" in the sixth century.

Many Catholics now see that the Church's "ordinary form" of Mass, celebrated in modern languages, "could be enriched by elements of that long tradition."

In time, Cardinal Burke expects the Western Church's ancient and modern forms of Mass to be combined in one normative rite, a move he suggests the Pope also favors.

"It seems to me that is what he has in mind is that this mutual enrichment would seem to naturally produce a new form of the Roman rite – the 'reform of the reform,' if we may – all of which I would welcome and look forward to its advent."

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