I Find this National Catholic Reporter article to be quite interesting in a “c”atholic newspaper that often promotes heterodox, schismatic and heretical ideologies. Nonetheless the article is middle of the road and good but why just pick on Catholics who prefer the Mass prior to its revision/reform?
I think that bishops should have oversight of the liturgy and quite frankly we all know the abuses over the years in the reformed liturgy which the article above shows where the foundations are, immediately following the first revisions to the Mass in 1965-66.
And flowing from that heterodox foundation of experimentation and disfiguring the 1970 Roman Missal, outright disobedience occurred with bishops, clergy, religious and laity with Humanae Vitae and often with no rebuke that had teeth like Pope Francis’ recent rebuke of traditionalism in the Church.
That has escalated to many parishes throughout the world celebrating the 1970 Roman Missal that this missal is unrecognizable as such with silly so-call “inculturation” and “make it up as you go” creativity. In many places in this country, what one experiences in the normative Mass of the Church is as different as the priest or bishop celebrating. There is little or no consistency. And options, both official and on the fly proliferate from which Eucharistic Prayer or Preface is used to the ad libbing of the priest to include several “homilies” during the Mass. I have experienced a mini homily during the introductory rite, then again as the Liturgy of the Word begins, the traditional place of the homily and something after the Post Communion Prayer.
We all know how diverse the music can be and is.
But the greatest issue with the priests and laity in so many parishes is that there is a rampant disregard for the Deposit of Faith of the Catholic Church meaning there is the promotion of women for Holy Orders, gender ideology which also has serious implications for the both the Sacraments of Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders and an undoing of Humanae Vitae and moral theologies reliance on natural law not to mention the Tradition of the Church in the area of human sexuality and the pursuit of chastity.
That is the greatest threat to the Church and we see it in Germany and other areas in Europe who are way ahead of anything happening in the USA, but it is coming and quickly to the USA and often with Pope Francis’ ambiguities and lack of leadership in these areas that allow it to escalate.
I did not foresee the complete elimination of Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum but an adjustment of it and a plea from the pope for liturgical and doctrinal unity in diversity from all Catholics. I thought that bishops rightly should have more authority over priests and parishes celebrating the 1962 Missal and allowing it in various areas of the diocese for easy access to all who would find it spiritually enriching. But that was not to be. And it appears for those celebrating the 1970 Roman Missal in an illicit way with liberal political ideologies rampant, little or nothing will change for them.
And then from a more strident right wing publication, Lifesite News, we have this balanced article: