I don’t hold this against the Holy Father, because if there were videos of my children’s Masses especially at St. Teresa Church in Albany, Georgia, 1980 - 1985, people here would be horrified. But alas…
But…when I saw this video posted shortly after Pope Francis was elected pope, I had a sense of dread. There was clearly a contrast in the liturgical sense between the new pope and the emeritus pope.
The new pope was certainly formed in the same school of liturgy I was formed or malformed in the late 1970’s. Keep in mind, Pope Francis was ordained a priest in 1969, seven years before I entered the seminary in 1976. And the late 60’s was the pinnacle of the hermeneutics of discontinuity in the renewal and new springtime for the Church—a new Church, a new liturgy and a new reverence in that new liturgy.
But now, we have the new pope who isn’t so new anymore phasing out as soon as it can be accomplished the liturgy of the Church in its basic 1962 form that has existed in the Church for nearly 1,600 years.
Yet not a specific word about liturgical abuse in the new liturgy that is just as divisive, if not more so, than those hungering and promoting the old liturgy.
It makes you scratch your head and wonder where Divine Providence is in all of this, but God is there and time will tell what this will mean: