Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What Do They Have In Common?
Some we know, some we might not

There's been somewhat of a disagreement I've had with a couple of folks concerning the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo. Much like the Chevy Chevette and Lamborghini Concept S shown above, there are similarities and differences in the two.

Both vehicles have four wheels, and internal combustion engine and are capable of getting you from point A to point B.

Both liturgies require a priest, have a valid Consecration and are suppose to lead one to God.

If you start out on I-40 in coastal North Carolina, floor it westbound, you'll be well on your way to the high desert of California.

By it's very nature, the Lamborghini will probably exceed the 70 MPH speed limit. And barring anything getting in the way, you're going to be playing golf in Palm Springs in no time. By the way, on your lil' cross-country jaunt, there will be little doubt in your mind that you're in a real car.

The Chevy Chevette on the other hand --- well, if you were to floor it, let's just say you'll be lucky to make it as far as Duplin County before the engine explodes. Ergo, toolin' around in said Chevy Chevette means you're going to HAVE to be very, very careful. By it's very nature... by it's very engineering... this thing is iffy, at best.

Oh, don't get me wrong! You can slap a snappy paint job on your Chevette and make it loook pretty. You can surround your $500 POS with a $1,000 stereo system and jam out to insipid and syrupy-sweet vaguely Folk-Rockish tunes to your hearts content. But at the end of the day, know what you've got? That's right... a Chevy Chevette.

Now, some folks have never ridden in a Lamborghini Concept S, so it's not their fault if they don't know what this car is all about. Some have never even HEARD of a Lamborghini Concept S, so again, it's not their fault if they don't know what this car is all about. And there are some that, through no fault of their own, only have Chevettes available to them, so forget about even having access to a Lamborghini Concept S.

Sadly, some are aware of the Lamborghini Concept S, but they hate it because in order to have one, they actually have to put forth some effort in life to afford it. These folks hate the Lamborghini Concept S so much, they want everyone to be stuck with a Chevy Chevette... just like them.

For these folks, it's very convenient --- EASY, if you will --- to be perfectly happy with their Chevette. No effort is needed having one. It's generic enough for them to add various doo-dads to it to make it ever so comfortable and suit their needs. And if it falls apart, no big deal. They never took that car serious to begin with.


Blogger PreVat2 said...

What can I say but....BRILLIANT!!!
Semper Fi

7:08 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Great comparisson :)

11:30 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

The metaphor that's been rolling around in my head the past few days has been this:
EF = Thanksgiving Dinner
OF = McDonald's value meal

I am less acquainted with the EF than I would like to be, so I'm not sure how accurate that comparison may be.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I have used this analogy many times in the past, however, never so eloquently. If you don't mind, I plan on stealing yours. Thanks.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Interesting we have just bought a brand new mini & a landrover! EF the mini & OF the Landrover!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...


3:17 PM  
Blogger Kevin Whiteman said...

PV2, thanks!!


Kim, feel free!


I've sometimes used the "Vienna Sausage & Filet Mignon" analogy. So you're right on target!!

3:21 PM  
Blogger Confiteor said...

I prefer this saying when responding to those who think the problem with the Novus Ordo is that it just needs to be dressed up a bit:

"you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig"

4:23 PM  
Blogger Kevin Whiteman said...


4:46 PM  
Blogger Jackie Parkes MJ said...

The Novus Ordo OF is said reverently at the Oratory & I attend every day.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Kevin Whiteman said...

I'm sure it is said w/ reverence. But like I stated in the posting, you have to be careful due to the very way it was designed, that this mass doesn't start mutating into a Hula Mass, Polka Mass, Clown Mass or even the Blood Sacrifice Mass.

That's the problem with the Novus Ordo. It just so full of ambiguity, it can mutate in any direction you want.

6:19 AM  

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