Sunday, November 5, 2017
IN THESE OF SIMILAR WORDS! O LORD, SPARE US!
The new papal nuncio to the USA gave a talk a few days ago spoke on Pope Francis' concept of synodality which is based upon subsidiarity. He said things should be delegated to bishops' conferences, local bishops themselves and then this bombshell, priests and pastoral councils.
Let's just take one issue where in the immediate aftermath of the vernacular Mass, priests took to heart with a vengeance this synodality or subsidiarity and started to use their own words for the Mass and even make up Eucharistic Prayers all in the name of the Spirit of Vatican II.
Yes, in the early Church, priests did this precisely. They knew the structure of the Eucharistic Prayer but could use their own words and ad lib according to a rough outline.
I was taught this in the 1970's seminary! I experienced it from the priest theologians who taught us and celebrated Mass and yes, we were encouraged to do it, make it up as we go to make it personal not only to the priest but the congregation too.
I fear, as with so much Pope Francis is doing, that we are being brought back to the heady days of the immediate aftermath of Vatican II and allowing every stupid thing to be repeated as we approach the 2020's of the 21st century.
And yes, within the first few months of my priesthood,(the flexible, non rigid, non doctor of the law and rubrics that I am) I celebrated a small group- outdoor, picnic Mass without vestments and wearing secular clothes and without a Roman Missal and only secular bread and wine and I made up the Eucharistic Prayer according to a structure of Eucharistic Prayer II. I knew then I was preparing this little congregation for the 2020's! (Of course I am a repentant flaming liberal and have no intention of going backwards again to the 1970's!)