Saturday, March 22, 2014
TWO EXTREMES IN THE CHURCH
It is no secret that there are two small extremes in the Church. On the one hand there are a minority of traditionalists who despise the Ordinary Form of the Mass, yes, despise it, despite the fact that it is the means to the sacramental experience of the One Sacrifice of the Cross and the Risen Lord's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity are given by God to us and received by us.
Then there are the small minority of progressives who despise the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, yes, despise it, despite the fact that it is the means to the sacramental experience of the One Sacrifice of the Cross and the Risen Lord's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity are given by God to us and received by us.
How did this ungodly spirit of Vatican II, with a small "s" develop in the Church in both of these extremes in the Church? As Pope Francis has reiterated time and again ideologies usually are inspired of an evil spirit, the devil. I'm glad he's preaching on the devil again because the answer to so many sins and ideologies in the Church is the devil, especially when division is brought to the Church. How much division have we had since Vatican II, beginning with the Liturgy, then to the bishops and priests and then to religious life and then to rank and file laity guided by divided clergy, religious and their bishops?
Isn't it time to do both forms of the Mass in the best way possible and wait for the Vatican to revise the Ordinary Form as they have done so for the Anglican Ordinariate? Only the pope can approve of any revisions to the Ordinary Form or make any changes to the Extraordinary Form as Pope Benedict did with one of the prayers in the Good Friday Liturgy.
It is time to focus on Christ, His Sacrifice, His resurrection, His ascension, His giving of the Spirit, His mandate to spread the Faith to all the world and His return at our death and the end of time. Is there anything more important or is bickering about the Mass the substance of Catholic Faith?