This is the answer to the crisis of Eucharistic faith in Catholics today, not just better instruction!!! And I am not talking about returning exclusively to the 1962 Roman Missal. I am speaking about a return to the ethos of the 1962 Roman Missal, formal, ad orientem and receiving Holy Communion kneeling at the Communion railing and only from priests, deacons and liturgically vested installed acolytes. The vernacular is not the problem but some vernacular idioms or styles of music contribute to a lax theology of the Most Holy Eucharist.
It isn’t an academic issue. It is a loss of the sense of the sacred endemic to the manner in which the reformed Mass has deformed reverence, piety, wonder and awe! Start there, not just with poor catechesis! The bishops are clueless if they think the problem is catechetical!
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Eucharistic revival could ‘move needle’ on understanding of Real Presence
“I think it shows a lack of catechesis over at least two generations now of people,” said Bishop Alfred A. Schlert of Allentown, Pennsylvania. “Also, when we look at the amount of people who are not practicing their faith, who have left the church and really have become a nondenominational person in any respect, I think that would be really emblematic of why the number is so high.”
If the bishops were the board of directors of a corporation which has failed as miserably with their "product" as the Church has with the OF, they would either all be fired or they would withdraw their product from the market and correct their mistake. It appears after 60 years, failure is sacrosanct in the Catholic Church.
As long as the NO exists there will be clergy and lay people who want to experiment. There are no easy solutions.
The language of the reformed Mass (in any tongue) is a problem. By cutting out certain prayers or parts of prayers; by removing many of the gestures signifying holiness; by removing the veil of mystery - they removed the sense of the sacred. It was not a side effect; it was the planned effect. The culprits planned it, did and wrote about it the whole time: Jungmann, Bouyer, Bugninni and Montini
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