Liturgical discipline needed, Vatican official says
Jul. 13 (CWNews.com) - The Vatican is planning to restore some disciplinary control of the liturgy, according the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in response to widespread abuses.
Speaking to the I Media news agency in Rome, Archbishop Albert Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don will soon take steps to indicate the importance of following the Church's liturgical guidelines...
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The cafeteria is closed and the party's is OVER; says the Vatican secretary. The Catholic faithful here in the United States may finally get the REAL and AUTHENTIC liturgy of Vatican II and the Novus Ordo mass. (For those of you who haven't been keeping up with my blog, I pointed out earlier that we Catholic Americans have never actually experienced the liturgical reform of Vatican II. Nor have we ever really celebrated the authentic Novus Ordo mass -- click here for details.) Our liturgy was corrupted when it was translated into English by the American bishops back in the 1970s. The liturgical style we've become accustomed to was never sanctioned by the Vatican. In a sense; the American bishops have been running their own show here for the last 30 years -- almost entirely independent of the Vatican and the rest of the worldwide Catholic Church. After careful review, the Vatican has found our American liturgy to be "defective," and has refused to grant permission for the American bishops to continue celebrating it. So if the mass we Americans have been celebrating isn't entirely "Catholic," than what is it? I'll give you a clue. Go to your nearest Episcopal Church and pick up a copy of the 1978 'Book of Common Prayer.' The similarities are astonishing. You'll find that the "defective" mass we now celebrate has more in common with the Episcopalian mass, than the one issued by the Vatican under Pope Paul VI (Novus Ordo). In a very real sense, we Catholics in the U.S. have been celebrating a very "Episcopalian" mass for the last 30+ years, while the authentic Novus Ordo mass collected dust on the bookshelf. We Catholic Americans can take heart though, because we are not alone in this. It seems that Catholics all over the English-speaking world were forced to assimilate and endure the same kind of liturgical abuses we were. In fact, I would venture to say that most of us didn't even know our liturgy was being abused.
To all my fellow English-speaking Catholics out there, the truth is cold and hard, but somebody has got to say it. We've been had! We were deceived! We were assured our English mass was an authentic translation of the Latin text issued by the Vatican. That was not true. In fact, the Vatican calls it "defective." We were snookered too! Because we were told that the directives of Vatican II changed the norms of liturgical celebration, so that our mass now looks a lot more like the Episcopalian mass. We were bamboozeled as well! Because we were told that in the "Spirit of Vatican II" our chapels and places of worship should look more "Protestant" in nature. The ornate decor of our Catholic architecture disappeared. The iconography was reduced to a bare minimum -- sometimes using stick-figures, not even resembling human appearance. In older churches, the railings were torn down, and the alters were broken away from the walls. The list goes on and on. I haven't even touched on the catechises abuse that accompanied our "defective" American liturgy.
Now if you're anything like me, this news has already got your blood pressure up, and you're wondering who's responsible for this. I'll tell you who. It's not the Vatican. In fact, it's the Vatican that's trying to straighten this whole mess out. It's not some secret Catholic order either. There are no dark smoke-filled rooms filled with conspirators to blame. No, the blame rests squarely at the feet of an ideology -- not an organization. It was an ideology embraced by many in our clergy and the laity back in the 1970s. That ideology is commonly known as "liberalism." It was a sort of "anything goes" mentality that accompanied the post-concilar period.
Back during the late 1960s to early 1970s, the Episcopal Church had their own liturgical reform, and it would seem that it was the liberal idea of keeping everyone on the same page. The U.S. Catholic bishops decided to follow suite with their own reforms that would mirror the Episcopalians. So in the process of translating the text of the new mass, they butchered it to the point were it is now "defective" and has been for 30+ years. In the process of building new churches and changing liturgical customs, the U.S. Catholic bishops followed the Episcopalian lead. So if you're upset by all this, blame the real source of the problem -- reckless liberalism!