Sunday, June 15, 2008

...And The Battle Lines Are Drawn

Hold on to your hats, fellow Bloglodytes... the fecal matter has hit the oscillating temperature control unit - in a BIG way.

It's rare that I post entire news articles, but I will for this one. This is literally the Battle of Midway for Catholicism. Don't kid yourself - this fight (and that's exactly what it's going to be... a fight) will determine both the tactics and strategy any future spread of orthodox, traditional Catholicism, especially in The West.

From The Telegraph (UK); (Emphasis mine) Latin Mass to return to England and Wales
By Damian Thompson
Last updated: 7:32 PM BST 14/06/2008

The traditional Latin Mass – effectively banned by Rome for 40 years – is to be reintroduced into every Roman Catholic parish in England and Wales, the senior Vatican cardinal in charge of Latin liturgy said at a press conference in London today.
In addition, all seminaries will be required to teach trainee priests how to say the old Mass so that they can celebrate it in all parishes.

Catholic congregations throughout the world will receive special instruction on how to appreciate the old services, formerly known as the Tridentine Rite.

Yesterday’s announcement by the senior Vatican cardinal in charge of Latin liturgy, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, speaking on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI, will horrify Catholic liberals, including many bishops of England and Wales.

The Pope upset the liberals last year when he issued a decree removing their power to block the celebration of the old Mass. Yesterday’s move demonstrates that the Vatican intends to go much further in promoting the ancient liturgy.

Asked whether the Latin Mass would be celebrated in many ordinary parishes in future, Cardinal Castrillon said: “Not many parishes – all parishes. The Holy Father is offering this not only for the few groups who demand it, but so that everybody knows this way of celebrating the Eucharist.”

The Cardinal, who heads the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, made his comments as he was preparing to celebrate a traditional Latin Mass at Westminster Cathedral yesterday, the first time a cardinal has done so there for 40 years.

In the traditional rite, the priest faces in the same direction as the people and reads the main prayer of the Mass in Latin, in a voice so low as to be virtually silent. By contrast, in the new rite the priest faces the people and speaks audibly in the local language.

Cardinal Castrillon said that the reverent silence of the traditional rite was one of the “treasures” that Catholics would rediscover, and young worshippers would encounter for the first time.

Pope Benedict will reintroduce the old rite – which will be known as the “Gregorian Rite” - even where the congregation has not asked for it. “People don’t know about it, and therefore they don’t ask for it,” the Cardinal explained.

The revised Mass, adopted in 1970 after the Second Vatican Council, had given rise to “many, many, many abuses”, the Cardinal said. He added: “The experience of the last 40 years has not always been so good. Many people have lost their sense of adoration for God, and these abuses mean that many children do not know how to be in the presence of God.”

However, the new rite will not disappear; the Pope wishes to see the two forms of Mass existing side by side.

Such sweeping liturgical changes are certain to cause intense controversy. At a press conference, a journalist from the liberal Tablet magazine, which is close to the English bishops, told the Cardinal that the new liturgical changes amounted to “going backwards”.

Following last year’s papal decree, liberal bishops in England and America have attempted to limit the takeup of the old Mass by arguing that the rules say it should only be reintroduced when a “stable group” of the faithful request it. But Cardinal Castrillon said that a stable group could consist of as few as three people, and they need not come from the same parish.

The changes will take a few years to implement fully, he added, just as the Second Vatican Council had taken a long time to absorb. He insisted that the widespread reintroduction of the old Mass did not contradict the teachings of the Council.
Personal note: be it forging a sword; molding Marines; turning coal into diamonds; or cleansing The Church from heretics and self-worshippers; there are two tried and true principles that work --- heat and pressure. Falter once... JUST ONCE... and the procedure will invariably become a dismal failure.

Pray for The Holy Father.


Blogger Mac McLernon said...

As the opening salvo, I have to say that it was pretty impressive!!

9:55 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Not sure what I can do, but I'm happy to lend a hand. But I thought liberals were all about"free speech and diversity"? You'd think they be happy to be inclusive towards Tradition, especially since it keeps corrupt hierarchs in check.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Al said...

I printed out a copy of the article Sun AM & brought it in to my parish's Liturgy & Music Director before Mass with a big "I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Then I reminded him how the Pope has been distributing Communion at Mass lately, kneeling. & that he better listen to me about ordering the prie dieus (kneelers) & not blow it off like he did on my comments about the Latin Mass. I reminded him that he better start listening to God's prophet when he speaks (me).

Anyhow, I can just imagine the agita this will cause for many on my parish's staff. Oh well they will get over it.

12:17 AM  
Blogger Coffee Catholic said...

DRATS!! Not Scotland?? Why not Scotland?? Don't we count??? What gives????? Seriously! Why is Scotland being left out??

3:07 AM  
Blogger Tom S. said...

I guess this is the cardinalic version of throwing down the gauntlet. Or would that be the Maniple?

Either way, I'm In....

9:28 AM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Let's do this, throwing down for Tradition, anytime.

11:49 PM  
Blogger Al said...


It would be the chirothecœ as the episcopal gloves worn by a bishop/cardinal during a pontifical Mass are called that he threw down.

1:15 AM  
Blogger Tom S. said...

I stand corrected, Al! But either way, I'm in.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Yippee...we have at least two dozen IN our parish...Now, if we can get the Pastor to bring the Tabernacle back to the Center of the church!
Blessings, EJT

6:39 PM  
Blogger Chironomo said...

This IS a moment of some triumph, but the "war" has only barely begun. Seriously... this will be a big fight when it begins rolling into a parish near you. Be prepared and ready to do battle, to be insulted, to be called a sexist, a bigot. Be prepared to be told you want to "go back to the old times" and "live in the past"... and then remember that such talk is usually the last attempt by a desperate enemy to discourage you. As has been said, turn up the heat and keep the pressure on.

9:57 AM  
Blogger TCN said...

Our Bishop celebrated the first TLM in our diocese, and he sent priests to Nebraska for training. I think we are on the fast track here, praise God and the Holy Father.

11:31 PM  

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