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Saturday, July 14, 2007

FOX News Reports on Latin Mass

Some new and important information is brought to light in this video...
In Good Faith: Allowing More Catholic Churches To Use Old Latin

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The above video announces that the Vatican will soon be handing down some guidelines for how the Extraordinary form of the mass may be celebrated in more parishes throughout the world. It also trips over an important part of the traditionalist argument against the new Ordinary form of the mass. It makes the mistake of assuming that what traditional Catholics crave is Latin. Granted, Latin is the official language of the Church, and it should be used to some degree in the Ordinary form of the mass as well as the Extraordinary form. However, that is not the crux of the traditionalist argument. It's not about the language. It's about the liturgy. The new Ordinary form of the mass is DIFFERENT than the Extraordinary. Many changes were made, not just the language or the way the priest faces. Many of the prayers were changed, as well as the liturgical order and format. You could translate the entire Extraordinary (Tridentine) form of the mass directly into the vernacular, and I would dare say that most traditionalists wouldn't have a problem with it. Why? Because it's the same liturgy. Other than the language, nothing else would have changed. Granted, it probably sounds a lot more pretty in Latin, but the vernacular would be acceptable if it were offered.

I'll take it one step further and make a radical challenge just for academic sake. If the bishops translated the Extraordinary (Tridentine) form of the mass directly into English, and offered an English Tridentine mass every Sunday, along side an Ordinary (Novus Ordo) mass said in English, it wouldn't be long before the Ordinary masses would be empty and the Extraordinary masses would be full. That's how powerful the ancient liturgy is, no matter what language it's offered in.