Let’s pretend that a young man goes to his doctor and describes to him the symptoms that he thinks he has. He says to his doctor that he thinks he has bromidrosis and halitosis. After his thorough examination of his patient, the doctor returns and say that his problem is that he attends the EF Mass and prefers Mass ad orientem or, as one bishop spells it, orientum.
What stinks is a Mass like this. Why would the bishop of the Diocese of Venice think that the problem with the Mass in his diocese is priests who celebrate the normative Mass ad orientem or as he spells it, orientum?
There’s a pathology in the Church today and it stinks to high heaven! The affectivity of all involved in this production from the person who introduces this Mass, to the folk group to the priest shows that Mass facing the people becomes an acting job for those acting.
There is nothing transcendent, prayerful or even approaching what the true art of celebrating the normative Mass entails. That we even have to use the term “art of celebrating” to improve the normative Mass tells you something.
If this Mass remained with its silly music but the priest ad orientem, what an improvement that would be!