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posted by Fr Nicholas at 7:18 pm
This seems to be a joke, but actually, I would read it!!!I still don't understand why there is such a fuss about the Tridentine Mass... and by that I mean... I still don't understand why there is such a fuss.No agenda, just want to understand.
It is a joke - I've just discovered the Sign Generator site and was messing around!Perhaps other readers might like to comment on why there is 'such a fuss about the Tridentine Mass.' Speaking as a Novus Ordo priest, I think part of the answer lies in the words of Cardinal Ratzinger at a conference in Fontgombault in July 2001: 'what was up until 1969 THE liturgy of the Church, for all of us the most holy thing there was, can not become after 1969 - with incredibly positivistic decision - the most unacceptable thing.' Moreover, Ratzinger referred to the Old Missal as 'a point of reference, a criterion,...one of the treasures of the Church.' It's something worth bringing back into the mainstream of the Church - and let's hope there will soon be greater freedom to use it. Hence the fuss!
Another good Ratzinger quotation (from 'Salt of the Earth') about the fuss over the traditional Mass: "I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent." This last sentence seems especially pertinent. Cardinal Ottaviani raised a similar point in 1969 when he expressed his concerns to Paul VI over the new form of Mass: "The innovations in the Novus Ordo and the fact that all that is of perennial value finds only a minor place, if it subsists at all, could well turn into a certainty the suspicions already prevalent, alas, in many circles, that truths which have always been believed by the Christian people, can be changed or ignored without infidelity to that sacred deposit of doctrine to which the Catholic faith is bound for ever." The jettisoning of so many ancient, explicitly Catholic prayers from the Mass has for no small reason proved unsettling to many and has moreover (albeit falsely) suggested to progressives that the Church has changed her teaching on the Mass and can change her other teachings as well.
Father, love the picture! I'm another dummy who would be interested in reading such a volume!As for the reasons for the controversy associated with the old rite (my friends and I jokingly refer to our local FSSP Mass as 'the naughty Mass'), I've posted some thoughts here. I personally prefer to attend my home parish's Ordo Mass but the victimisation of those who, with the blessing of the Church, decide to attend the traditional Mass really is beyond a joke.
Hello All,Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote "The Mass in Slow Motion" which I have heard is a great explaination of the mass (Tridentine).Jodi Paul
It's by Mgr Ronald Knox, not Fulton Sheen.
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Assistant Priest at Our Lady and St Joseph's, Kingsland. Archivist of the Archdiocese of Westminster.
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