Saturday, October 13, 2007

On obedience and respect for authority

~more from Mons. Camille Perl on Eccelsia Dei's directives of instruction for Summorum Pontificum (from Papa Ratzinger Forum):
Are these instructions occasioned by the various objections raised by bishops and priests against the liberalization of the traditional Mass?

The situation is clear to all. But objections were to be expected even as others have been enthusiastic. One must consider that the Pope did not just conjure up the Motu Proprio - it was the fruit of long deliberation.

Then why do some bishops and many priests not accept it?

One has to ask them. Personally, I think the problem is of a general nature. Today, in all fields of society, people have lost a sense of obedience and respect for authority. Few are capable of obedience anymore.

And yet the traditional Mass, characterized by liturgical beauty and spirituality, was never abolished by the Church....

Absolutely. The Second Vatican Council never invalidated the earlier Mass. And Pope Benedict XVI did well to liberalize its use, thus properly valuing it as a patrimony and treasure of the Church. This is not about comparing the new Mass and the one before it - it's not right to do that. But it makes no sense to deny the value of tradition.

Meanwhile, liturgical abuses which can go 'beyond the limits of what is tolerable', as the Pope says in the Motu Proprio, still go on in some churches...

You're telling me! And no one is eliminating them because, as I said, everyone has lost a sense of respect for authority.

Liturgy cannnot be imposed, but - without in any way sounding condemnatory - that is what happened after Vatican-II, allowing the Mass to be changed into something 'emotional', in favor of its real meaning as a worship offering to God and a recreation of Christ's sacrifice.

The idea seemed to be that the new is better, that the new is always better. As in daily life, when new shoes are always better than something that's been there a long time.

One last clarification. Can Catholics who are in full communion with Rome attend a Mass celebrated by a Lefebvrian priest, or does he risk excommunication for that?

No. The liturgy is considered valid, even if their priests are considered schismatic. In the same way, Orthodox liturgies are valid for Catholics.
Emphases are mine. Words to ponder over.

1 comment:

The Epiphany Artist said...

Yes I would say this problem is severe in America