To begin with, it implies that the Mass has always been uniform and static. In fact, the Mass that Juan Diego attended predates the Tridentine reforms by several decades. While substantially the same, before Trent the Holy Sacrifice as offered in the Latin Rite was characterised by a rich variety and elaboration according to location and the traditions of the celebrant's order, most (but not all of which) was pared away at Trent.
I'm sure the author doesn't mean that at all. One thing all of the pre-Tridentine Latin "uses" had is the Roman Canon. Also, the bishop of Mexico City at the time was a Franciscan, and the Franciscans are the ones who spread the use of the Roman use which would become the "standardized" Tridentine Mass.
posted on 12/16/2004 10:00:48 AM PST
(Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix.... sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper...)
That's as may be, but Droleskey's peddling the romantic fiction that liturgy throughout the West was characterised by a utopian uniformity. I realise the man's got his agenda, but it doesn't moot his obligation to be truthful.
posted on 12/16/2004 10:16:17 AM PST
(Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?)
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