Apr 18, 2008

"Extraordinary," you say?

As we know, the party line in the U.S. hierarchy and much of the clergy is that Pope Benedict XVI might have freed up and called for the Latin Mass, but so what, because, they say, "There's no demand for it," "Only 1% want it and we have to deal with the 99%," and anyway, "It's the extraordinary form."

Well, look at it this way: "Extraordinary" Ministers of the Eucharist are omnipresent at every Mass, especially on Sundays.

So, either we make the Extraordinary Form of the Mass as omnipresent as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, or we make Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist as rare as the liberals want to keep the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

Can't have it both ways. Except, unfortunately, the liberals always want things both ways, and they get their way, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As if God cares what language we speak to Him. If the purpose of Mass is to comfort the followers of Christ and not to impress the ignorant, it should be held in the language of the people, not some dead language that only scholars and priests understand. The only reason that God is unknowable to anyone is that they are afraid to open their eyes and ears to see and hear Him for what He is.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Anon: Mass is not about us, but rather Calvary being made anamnesis...the Mass is supposed to be a mystery

EOMHC's need to go. I'm going to see what I can do to get rid of them at my parish...we have enough priests....

It's funny how liberals want it both ways.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't we have the EFLR in Alaska? Here's our Archbishop's explanation:

P.S. Anon: What exactly is "the language of the people?" What's that? Cat got your tongue? While you're thinking, how about we use a "dead" language that is the mother of most languages spoken today: Latin. As for "dead," that's actually an advantage. Dead languages are not subject to change in meaning. Imagine if 100 years ago we decided to use english for the Mass, and called it the Most Gay Sacrament.
Pax tecum, 1LA, and keep up the good fight.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 9:14 a.m.,

Well, if God doesn't care what language we speak to Him in, then Latin is just as good as any, no?

I think you'll agree that Mass is not primarily to "comfort" us, although it can certainly do that.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, in #1068:

"For it is in the liturgy, especially in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, that 'the work of our redemption is accomplished,' and it is through the liturgy especially that the faithful are enabled to express in their lives and manifest to others the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church."

God isn't unknowable. He's given us His one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church to guide us along the way to salvation.

Don't forget that the congregation UNDERSTOOD every bit of what was taking place during Latin Mass. They had their own English-Latin missals, and many of them knew quite a bit of Latin from school or from having been altar boys.

Not only that, but faithful, orthodox priests and sisters who were devoted to the truth had taught them was Mass really is, and had done so by using the Baltimore Catechism and other genuinely Catholic resources.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 11:27 p.m.,

Pax tecum, too! Thank you very much for your kind words, good wishes and encouragement.

And pax to Joe and Anonymous 9:14 a.m. and everyone who visits here.

It is so true that Latin is less subject to manipulation than is the vernacular.

Another reason for the Latin Mass:

The Latin Mass has far more prayer in it and far more of Catholic content, such as repentance, sacrifice and salvation.

(The Latin Mass in English, if faithfully translated, is wonderful.)

Thank you for the link, and let's all pray that the Latin Mass becomes welcome in Alaska and everywhere, as the Pope wishes.

3:11 PM  

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