There have been several of these films celebrating Summorum Pontificum by contrasting clown Masses and other such nonsense with the extraordinary form of the Mass.
While on one level I enjoy the humor of these films there is another level that bothers me. For one I think it is a problem to compare the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Mass in the Latin rite by taking the worse example and excesses and then to compare them to the Masses celebrated properly in the older form. You don’t see examples of the ordinary form being celebrated properly and reverentially as you would for example see on EWTN or in my own parish. There are "Novus Ordo" Masses being celebrated according the the rubrics and in a way that turly helps you to worship God. I am not all that tearful, but I can certainly testify to having tears form while participating at Mass at my parish. Though I must admit the Mass celebrated at other parishes at times could invoke tears, but not for joy.
I am all for critiquing experimental Masses that depart from the GIRM into a world of someone else’s creation where entertainment becomes the prime purpose. The so called do-it-yourself Mass is of course a problem. I just don’t think we should pit one valid form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with another valid form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We don’t see video’s pitting an Eastern rite Mass against the so-called Tridentine form of the Mass, even though the Eastern rites are really quite beautiful and transcendent and really kick smells and bells up a notch.
There seems to be this idea out there if the 1970 Missal of Paul VI was never promulgated that we would have escaped all the conscience that has occurred. Man with black hat had a good post previously on the People’s Mass Book issued in 1964 where we can see the experimental tendency being used with the 1962 missal. That somehow people who don’t even stick with the reduced rubrics of the 1970 missal would have stuck with the 1962 one. Possibly some of the worst excesses might have been avoided if the missal had not been promulgated during this tumultuous time. I just think the idea that we wouldn’t have had clown masses using the 1962 missal to be naive.
Now I am all for the reform of the reform and I am hopeful that Summorum Pontificum is a movement along this path. New translations coming within the next couple of years are also going to be quite helpful along this path.
People complain about abuses precisely because they are abuses – they depart from the missal. I just think it sets up a false dichotomy to make a comparison between ordinary form of the Mass celebrated improperly and irreverently with the extraordinary form of the mass celebrated correctly. These attitudes against the ordinary form of the Mass are common among schismatics and sedevacanist and I wish they were less common among those who don’t fall into these groups. Lets have both forms of the Mass in the Latin rite celebrated properly and work to those ends.
As I end this post I am watching the start of the Solemn High Mass: Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on EWTN.