Sunday, July 21, 2013
RETRO IDEOLOGUES OR MOVING FORWARD WITH POPE FRANCIS; THERE'S REALLY ONLY ONE SOUND CHOICE!
As I reflect upon the Thomistic Institute's conference this past week in Nashville, I am grateful to be able to attend a conference that looks to the future, that moves priests and the Church forward and based upon fidelity to the Church and what the Church is asking us to do today, not only liturgically but in every other way.
We can contrast this with groups in the Church, usually older, nostalgic for the hippy-dippy 1960's and 1970's and desiring the Church to go backwards to a time of the 1973 missal, ad libbed Masses and overall me, me, me generation.
There are still people debating the new translation and wanting to reverse what we have gained thus far. They want to go back to the "We" of the Creed, the "and also with you" of the greetings and an equivalent translation of the English from the Latin that leads to a dumbed down version of our liturgical piety and spirituality.
Thank God the conference I attended wasn't into these ideologies. Rather, they embraced with enthusiasm the new liturgy chanted properly and with the entire liturgy celebrated, including the Propers.
They support the Church's teachings on every issue there is even the most controversial, the parts of the Church's teachings that the retro crowd would like to eliminate, especially the natural law parts, such as the themes touched on by Humanae Vitae. This retro group, which has a few young people, like the dying orders of men and women religious, really think renewal lies in the direction of the recent past cut off from its more historic and distant past, its tradition.
So in the Church we have that dying breed that has a few younger adherents trying to move us backwards and we have a whole new generation that wants to embrace what the Church is doing today with what Pope Francis is calling us to do, to be faithful to the Pope and the Magisterium. This doesn't fit well with the retro crowd at all and in fact they tend to be in denial about the Holy Father's call to fidelity and tend to focus on his social doctrine and slight liturgical quirks as though he doesn't say the other things too about fidelity to the Magisterium. They seem to think his liturgical quirks are of the 1970's variety when in fact these are quite sober and minor compared to what the retro crowd would really desire.
Moving forward with the "I" of the Creed, and the "with your spirit" of the greetings is but the tip of the iceberg. The Holy Father is preparing us for fidelity to the Church and her Magisterium, which is not just the living Magisterium but all the Magisteriums that have preceded the living one.