A photo to drive some in the Church to crazed distraction:
There is an article on Sacra Liturgia USA
over at Crux there is an article on a chant conference and the title of the article is:
Amidst what they see as the degradation of US culture, a vocal and especially young segment of the Catholic Church believes a return to traditional worship holds the answer (You can access the entire article by clicking HERE.)
For the purposes of my commentary, though, I want to focus on the following that I quote from the article above:
"Liturgical battles in the Catholic Church have been roaring for decades.
Those who prefer the old style believe modern worship focuses too
much on the congregation or the priest, what they call “horizontal
worship,” and not enough on Christ, or “vertical worship.”
Fans of the Vatican II style, however, say worship should include the
full people of God, and see in the Extraordinary Form a return to the
clericalism — emphasizing the supremacy of priests and bishops over the
laity — that Vatican II sought to eliminate.
Both camps can be equally strident in its insistence that God is on their side."
My Comments: It is a known fact that many priests formed in the pre-Vatican II seminary and model of priesthood decried by "fans" of the Vatican II style of the Mass, loss their priestly identity and thus their vocation to the priesthood in the aftermath of Vatican II many of them leaving to marry and many of them who left the Church altogether. There are several former priests (not all) in Macon who fall into this category.
Clericalism is when a cleric does his own thing, which is so, so common at the Ordinary Form of the Mass. This clericalist thinks he is the final authority in the liturgy and thus does not follow the ultimate authority of the Magisterium or of the rubrics of the Mass, since he thinks he knows better. The clericalism of this type of priest stems from the sad mentality that he can and should get away with whatever he wants to do.
When a priest in the EF Mass follows the rubrics of the Mass and scrupulously so, this is not clericalism as he is simply being obedient to what is required of him. He hasn't substituted his own clericalism over even style for the legitimate authority of the Church over the liturgy.
What the "spirit of Vatican II" corrupt catholics sought to do with the liturgy was to eliminate the categories of clergy and laity and they worked hard to do it with how the Mass is celebrated in rank and file parishes and radically so in some parts of Europe, Holland being a sad example.
This has led to a loss of identity of both of the clergy and the laity in so many parts of the Catholic Church and thus one big chunk of the reason for the decline and fall of Catholicism in so many parts of Europe, Ireland being the recent most stunningly noteworthy, but also in other sporadic places.
In a sense the "fans" of the "spirit" of Vatican II liturgy want to do to the clergy what Bruce Jenner has done to himself. Bruce Jenner "ain't" a woman no matter how hard he tries to be and the Clergy ain't the laity no matter how hard the "fans" try to make the clergy into what they ain't!