I am still puzzled, though, why the Vatican obsesses on the tiny number of EF Catholics who desire the older liturgical books, but makes no such obsession on liturgical abuses (which are in abundance) by those who prefer the Modern Liturgical Books. It is bewildering.
But the Papal Canonization of ten saints is a beautiful Modern Roman Missal Pontifical Mass celebrated primarily in Latin. Pope Francis managed to stand at the altar and walk around it but with some difficulty.
I still notice, though, that when His Holiness elevates the Host and Chalice, he does so with his right arm alone. This indicates to me that there is more going on than just knee and hip issues. It seems to be spinal also, since the movement with his left arm is compromised.
Well, I had first hand experience yesterday with what an absolute fraud Traditiones Custodes is. I was in the Archdiocese of Chicago yesterday for a wedding and it was officiated by a monsignor who is high up in the Archdiocese. He is around 72 years of age.
He ad libbed the Mass and used texts that are reprobated. He substituted "all" for "the many,"
among other little "goodies." The icing on the cake was he invited all, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, to receive Holy Communion. He even tried to force the Host into my wife's hand but she was having none of that! He scowled when he put the Host on her tongue. Quite the guy!
Where is the "unity" in the Roman Rite which was one of the bases for the issuance of TC? This Mass was an abomination, although a more toned down abomination than the "Masses" at St. Sabina's. Given the selective enforcement of liturgical law I could very well appreciate a tradition minded priest simply shrugging of TC.
I do plan to write to the Liturgy Office there and inquire whether they will begin to crack down on abuses such as I witnessed. I don't expect a response, but it will show them that someone is onto their fraudulent game.
Yes, this Mass was dignified and well done. Two things struck me. The quality of the Vatican choirs has improved dramatically over the years. No more operatic warbling. I also noticed the bells at the consecration. Perhaps I have not noticed them being rung in the past but that was a nice touch. In my Indiana diocese the bishop has mandated their use again in all parishes.
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