Sunday, January 13, 2008

Departure from Tradition

~Zadok pointed out this irony. From the International Herald Tribune
VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI baptized 13 babies in the Sistine Chapel during a Sunday Mass celebrated at the altar at the foot of Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" wall fresco.

In a departure from tradition, Benedict did not celebrate the Mass at a small altar set up to face the congregation. Instead, he celebrated it with his back to the congregation, which included the children's parents, godparents, grandparents and siblings.

Decades ago, priests routinely celebrated Mass at altars with their backs to parishioners, but after the modernizing changes of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, it became common practice for the celebrant to face the congregation.
Ha, ha, ha, ha. "Departure from tradition"


Adrienne said...

Notice how they like to say "with his back to the people" rather than "facing Christ."

Tom in Vegas said...

Departure from tradition??? Okay. This reporter must still be wearing diapers or he just NOW found out about the Catholic Church.


Argent said...

"back to the people"....and why would we need to see the Celebrant's face anyway?

"just now finding out about the Catholic Church"...didn't you know, a new church was sung into being after 1964? ;)