4 August 2021

A Bad Day ...

... for me as blogger. Two disasters.

(1) I had contrived a modest adaptation of Traditionis custodes which I planned to publish in the next day or two. But Mr Milburn, on the thread of the post for 3 August, got there before me. 

Do read it! 

(2) I had planned a piece on Joseph Ratzinger's use of (the still Anglican) S John Henry Newman's words about liturgical stability. Now the admirable Professor Peter Kwasniewski has dealt with it in a scintillating essay he has published on Rorate.

Of course, great minds think alike, and there were bound to be convergent views ...


Unknown said...

Publish!!! We can't get enough truth from voices we trust.

Mick Jagger Gathers No Mosque said...

Dear Father. Pope Paul VI had this to observe about the old ways vs the new wave:

General Audience, 17 March 1965

What do people think about the reform of the liturgy? . . . First, there are those that give evidence of a degree of confusion and therefore of uneasiness. Until now people were comfortable; they could pray the way they wished; all were quite familiar with the way the Mass proceeded. Now on all sides there are new things, changes, surprises: it has even gone so far as to do away with ringing the Sanctus bell. Then there are all those prayers that no one can any longer find; standing to receive Communion; the end of the Mass cut off abruptly after the blessing. Everyone makes the responses; there is much moving about; the prayers and the readings are spoken out loud. In short, there is no more peace, things are understood less than before, and so on. We shall not criticize these views because then we would have to show how they reveal a poor understanding of the meaning of religious ceremonial and allow us to glimpse not a true devotion and a true appreciation of the meaning and worth of the Mass, but rather a certain spiritual laziness which is not prepared to make some personal effort of understanding and participation directed to a better understanding and fulfillment of this, the most sacred of religious acts, in which we are invited, or rather obliged, to participate.

Is there any better way to have actualised of the purposes of the new wave than to have ordered the Presider to exchange some high fives with the parishioners as he jogged down through the worship space and the when he took his position behind the table to yell

Let's get this piety started

Grant Milburn said...

Publish! I won't sue.