Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Good Friday for Liberals?


Could this signal the crucifixion of those in the Church of "what's happening now"?

From Catholic News Agency:

According to the source, the announcement could come “between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday,” but the exact day has not yet been set. Nevertheless, the source said the decision has already been made by the Holy Father and that it’s “only a matter of time” before it is publicly announced.

“A minor official gesture by the Holy Father would be enough to allow the Mass according to the 1962 Missal to celebrated by whoever desires to do so, thus reiterating that this rite is still valid today simply because it was not abolished,” the source told CNA.

The announcement would be in the context of “the reform of the reform” that Pope Benedict XVI is promoting, which includes norms and principles that will be made public in the upcoming post-synod Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist.

7 comments:

  1. No one ever said the 1962 Mass was invalid. Celebrated without permission it's illicit, and a bishop can constrain a priest from celebrating ANY Mass in public ... not just the 1962 Mass.

    Time would be better spent in 3 ways:

    1. Examining the false nostalgia for a period never experienced by most traditionalists. Want a 15-minute Mass? Come on back to a 1962 parish!

    2. Improving the quality of preaching during Mass.

    3. Improving the quality of music.

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  2. Will this be another windfall for Ignatius Press and the like?

    Could this be a fulfillment of Fr. Altier's "prophecy" in his last published homily before being "silenced" - expect some interesting things (paraphrasing) to happen during this Lent? It was kind of fulfilled for him in just what happened to him!

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  3. YEAH!!! Why? Just because that beautiful rite should not be forbidden, or even just tolerated. The problem: I don't know of more than one priest in Baltimore who can celebrate the Mass in Latin. I hope there are some who come out of the proverbial closet.

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  4. "1. Examining the false nostalgia for a period never experienced by most traditionalists. Want a 15-minute Mass? Come on back to a 1962 parish!"

    How much petty ignorance and how many falsehoods can be squeezed into 3 sentences?

    And for the record, daily Low Mass at the local FSSP parish is at least 15 minutes longer than daily Mass at the Cathedral here.

    As though duration has anything to do with it.

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  5. As an ideological "liberal," but still a Catholic, I'm just curious about the title of this posting. What does the 1962 Mass have to do with anything even remotely driven by "liberalism" so as to warrant such a reference? Second, given that Good Friday is "Good" for a reason, I guess we "liberal" Catholics should be pleased at the connection. It puts us in pretty good company.

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  6. 1. Examining the false nostalgia for a period never experienced by most traditionalists.

    Funny, earlier the argument was, "it's just a bunch of nostalgic reactionaries who want to go back to the way things used to be." Now it's, "These people never experienced how bad it was - why should they want to go back?"

    Personally, I'm not particularly attracted to the Tridentine liturgy, but I do find the "damned if you do, damned if you don't" arguments against it tiresome.

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  7. Shake it off, Jerome.

    It's just the death rattle of liturgical idiocy, raging against the inevitable.

    Viva il Papa Benedictio!

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