Domenico Bettinelli links to and comments on this article on a vice-Mayor of Mesa upset about having Latin Masses conducted in the diocese again.
The announcement by Bishop Thomas Olmsted that Latin masses will be allowed in the Phoenix diocese after a 25-year absence troubles me, particularly in the context of other recent changes in church policy and procedures.
I wonder what those changes he objects to are? Could it be the return to orthodoxy?
Understand that I am the product of a Catholic education throughout grade school, high school and college. I lector at my parish and have served on its parish council. My first training as an altar server was in Latin. And, I don’t regret the two years of Latin I took in high school.
Unfortunately most of the times you hear “I am the product of a Catholic education” preface something, you know the next sentence will display just how lacking it was.
However, permitting or encouraging Latin masses is part of a misguided trend to go back in time to the romanticized church of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Today’s Catholic Church is not the fictional movie church of Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman or Barry Fitzgerald. We don’t speak Latin to each other. I greet people with “hello” and not “salve”.
Since he is also a lawyer I wonder if he has ever written against all the misguided Latin terms used in the law?
There was a reason that the Second Vatican Council called for services to be held in the vernacular. Greater understanding and participation by lay members led to a renaissance of the Catholic Church in the 60’s and 70’s. Sadly, some in the church today would prefer to reverse many of the Vatican II reforms.
The Mass transformed to a “service” and of course referring to the fictional references for the vernacular from the council. The actual “Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy” states “the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites.” I wonder if his work as a lawyer in looking up references was this shoddy?
Conservative groups such as Opus Dei have infiltrated the clergy in many communities and are subtly wielding power to influence many of these changes. Such groups would be much happier if all priests wore cassocks and birettas and all nuns returned to wearing habits and living in convents, instead of actively participating in community affairs and in encouraging social justice.
The Opus Dei Bogey man attacks again. Please folks look under your beds and in your closets to make sure none of them are hiding and ready to spring out on you and to attack you with conservative theology.
This past year, we have seen a de-emphasis in the role of the laity in Mass services, with lesser roles for lectors and Eucharistic ministers and an emphasis on the roles of priests and deacons. Where is this all leading? Will the next papal bull require women to again wear hats in church?
I don’t know where this new church road is leading, but going back to Latin Masses certainly is not going my way.
Since he is a liberal Democrat who voted for every Democrat for President including Al Gore, I am surprised that he is against choice. Isn’t offering Latin, Spanish, and Masses in English just more choice? Or as the favorite liberal reply goes “If you don’t like Mass in Latin, don’t go.”
Here is a new blogger to St. Blogs who thanks the Bishop and says “The general state of the liturgy here can, I believe, rightly be classified as “suffering.” This blogger is identified as “Not A Liturgist” and I just got to love that. I wonder what the vice-Mayor would think about this blogs title being in Latin?
Update: Dale Price, the fisk master, also has at it on this article.