The reenactment of the One Sacrifice of Christ in an unbloody was in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica a couple of months ago and the reenactment of a Civil War battle in an unbloody way in Aiken, South Carolina in February of 2012. Which image is play acting and which one isn't and which one is deleterious to the Catholic Faith of the participant?
Actually this article in what WDTPRS description of it as Fishwrap or also known as the NATIONAL cATHOLIC REPORTER, and soon to be challenged to drop the word Catholic, or make it a little "c" cATHOLIC rEPORTER, is actually kind of good and tries to make some valid points, at least on the pastoral theology level. But that is where it also derails and veers off the true meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in any form that it is celebrated validly in the world. It is written by a Father Ron Schmit who is a pastor in California. Now I know a Father Ron Schmit who was my parishioner at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta, who was a widower with children, who sang in our very traditional choir and who became a Jesuit priest in the 1990's in the California province. I wonder if this is the one and the same Father Ron Schmit who was my parishioner in Augusta in the 1990's????????? You can read his article by pressing this paragraph.
Here are some excerpts from his article. This first paragraph makes me think that he did live in Augusta, because 16 miles away in Aiken, South Carolina, they do what he says about Civil War (I mean War Between the States) reenactments and it makes me wonder if he reads "southern orders?":
"Some people like to spend weekends reenacting the Civil War. They dress in period costume. They stage mock battles of Union and Confederate soldiers. It's a harmless hobby. I just figured that the people attached to this "extraordinary form" were the liturgical version of societies for anachronistic re-enactment."
Then Father Ron makes this incredible statement with a broad brush of paint:
"But, I have come to change my opinion. Those attached to the extraordinary form are not like Civil War re-enactment societies. At least those people know they are play-acting about a time that can never return. The people attached to the extraordinary form are seriously trying to enact a particular worldview and understanding of church. And it is an understanding that we left behind at the Second Vatican Council. It is a worldview that is incompatible with the council."
The above is rather incredible! All I can write is "REALLY?"
Now this is where a pastoral truth elevated to a dogma hijacks the Liturgy, which is precisely what has happened to the post Vatican II Mass or at least progressive Catholics perception of the post Vatican II Mass:
"The definition of who we are as church comes alive in the liturgy. Vatican II described the church as a priestly people called on a mission...The council's vision of a priestly people on mission necessitated a liturgy that could prepare disciples ready to take up their responsibilities. The council looked to the church's distant past to recover ritual elements that were instrumental in preparing the baptized to take active responsibility for Christ's priestly, prophetic and royal mission."
I would have thought, and this is in continuity with more than 1900 years of Scripture and Tradition, that the Mass is first and foremost the reenactment of the One Sacrifice of Christ in an "unbloody" way for us and our eternal salvation. And that our Communion in the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, is a share in that redemption wrought by the One Sacrifice of Christ when we receive Him worthily and in a state of grace! And this is true in the EF and OF forms of the one Roman Rite!
To say that the liturgy is first and foremost makes alive the horizontal aspect of the Church as a priestly people on a mission, really makes me want to puke. Let me join the Knights of Columbus for that! I would say that placing this emphasis and imposing it on the Mass is the single worst corruption of the theology of the Mass by post Vatican II Catholics!