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Tridentine Mass "Not a Priority," Says Cardinal Arinze (Vatican Synod)
Zenit News Agency ^ | October 13, 2005

Posted on 10/14/2005 7:01:46 AM PDT by NYer

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 13, 2005 (Zenit.org).- No one at the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist has addressed the issue of the "Tridentine rite" Mass that the Latin Church used before the Second Vatican Council.

The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, Cardinal Francis Arinze, mentioned this at a press conference today when he evaluated the first phase of the synodal assembly.

"No synodal father has mentioned this point," said Cardinal Arinze, the co-president of the assembly. The so-called Tridentine rite was approved by Pope St. Pius V.

"If there are groups that desire the Tridentine Mass, this is already provided for," he said. "Bishops may allow it for groups."

"It is not a priority for the synod, as no one has spoken about it," the cardinal concluded. "The problem we have discussed is that many people don't go to Mass, and those that come don't understand -- they go to Communion but not to confession, as if they were immaculate."


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To: marshmallow

Just as the official Novus Ordo differs from its actual application, a similar, but less obvious, distinction can be made between the Official TLM vs. the actual TLM.

The normative form of the TLM is the Solemn High Mass. However, the Low Mass and to a lesser extent, the Missa Cantata, make up 99% of all TLMs celebrated in actuality.

As for the proclamation of readings, there is a reasoning behind where they are done. The Epistle side of the altar (right side) faces South if the Church is correctly facing East. The South symbolizes the faithful, those to be instructed. The Gospel side, on the other hand, faces North, a symbolic direction of the pagans, the ones in need of conversion (i.e. the Gospel).

At a Solemn High Mass, the Deacon sings the Gospel facing North, but either at the foot of the Sanctuary or in the midst of the faithful from the center aisle.


51 posted on 10/14/2005 9:04:52 AM PDT by jrny (Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Benedicto Decimo Sexto.)
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To: marshmallow

The mumble-mumble Low Mass was something that the great pre-V2 Liturgical Movement was slowly but surely eradicating. A goodly number of TLMs today have moved well past that, whereby the Masses are audible and there is vocal participation on the part of the people.

Furthermore, it would be an ideal that today's "educated" Catholics be able to follow and understand the readings in the Latin language. The devout Jews can do the same for Hebrew, so why not the Catholics for Latin?


52 posted on 10/14/2005 9:10:36 AM PDT by jrny (Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Benedicto Decimo Sexto.)
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To: mike182d
"The Apostolic See has not preserved the Catholic religion unblemished."

There's no other way around it. You cannot throw out the Novus Ordo without throwing out the whole of Apostolic authority within the Catholic Church,

Then why does that rule not apply to the Tridentine? Was it not unblemished? Was the Apostolic authority of every Pope from Pius V to Pius XII faulty?

That is the problem I have with the anti-Traditionalists.

53 posted on 10/14/2005 9:12:04 AM PDT by TradicalRC (Benedicamus Domino.)
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To: mike182d
You said:

To criticize the Novus Ordo Mass is to say that Christ lied and that the Church failed to protect what was most Sacred

Pope Benedict XXI as Cardinal Ratzinger has said:

[describing the de facto suppression of the traditional Latin Mass Pope Paul VI]-“a breach into the history of the liturgy whose consequences could only be tragic.”

He has also said,

“I am convinced that the ecclesial crisis in which we find ourselves today depends in great part on the collapse of the liturgy.”

and also referred to the NO as:

“fabricated liturgy… a banal, on-the-spot product.”

So, are you accusing the pope of "say[ing] that Christ lied and that the Church failed to protect what was most Sacred"?

54 posted on 10/14/2005 9:15:13 AM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: mike182d

To say that the gates of Hell will not prevail over the Church is to say that In The End, GOD wins. Not that the Church will sail through history unmolested. Popes have acknowledged the need for reform from time to time as a remedy for dreeping secularism. Here we have a reform that embraces secularism and it shows. Christ, whom we all claim as Lord said that you CAN judge a tree by its fruit. Yet when we listen to Him and judge accordingly, you say No, no, ignore that or we are somehow wrong for obeying Christ in this regard. When Christ's words are changed from "for many" to "for all", one has to wonder why the Words of Christ have been changed? Is that seriously Guarding the deposit of Faith?


55 posted on 10/14/2005 9:20:32 AM PDT by TradicalRC (Benedicamus Domino.)
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To: Petrosius

What we need is a Theologician.


56 posted on 10/14/2005 9:21:41 AM PDT by TradicalRC (Benedicamus Domino.)
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To: jrny
Thanks for the info. Interesting.

Just to clarify. My "mumblemumble" comment wasn't directed at the Tridentine Liturgy as a whole. Just the Epistle and Gospel.

Generally, I don't have a problem from the homily forwards.

57 posted on 10/14/2005 9:22:07 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: TradicalRC
Then why does that rule not apply to the Tridentine? Was it not unblemished? Was the Apostolic authority of every Pope from Pius V to Pius XII faulty?

It does apply to the Tridentine Rite because the Liturgy is not "bad" or a "blemish on the Church" any more than the older Maronite Rite. It should be allowed in conjuction with the Novus Ordo.

That is the problem I have with the anti-Traditionalists.

Yes, that is a big problem with anti-Traditionalists. Good thing I'm not one of them. ;-)
58 posted on 10/14/2005 9:22:55 AM PDT by mike182d ("Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?")
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To: mike182d
To criticize the Novus Ordo Mass is to say that Christ lied and that the Church failed to protect what was most Sacred - which was its primary function.

Bogus argument bordering on suggesting a promise of impeccability.

To suggest that the TLM is superior is not to claim that the NO is invalid or improper.

59 posted on 10/14/2005 9:23:27 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: mike182d
It begs the question: Sure, more people were there in attendence, but were they really there in the celebration of the Mass?

Polls show that about two thirds of Catholics do not believe in Transubstantiation and about ninety percent practice birth control, are they "really" there?

60 posted on 10/14/2005 9:24:42 AM PDT by TradicalRC (Benedicamus Domino.)
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To: NYer
I don't know that it's a given that it's the NO liturgy per se, that is drawing in converts. Perhaps it's simply the working of the Holy Spirit through other aspects of the Church.

How do we know there wouldn't be more converts with the more ancient liturgy?

My point is that the reform that occurred was not what was forseen by the conciliar documents, which has been noted on occasion by the Holy Father when he was a cardinal.

61 posted on 10/14/2005 9:27:10 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: murphE
[describing the de facto suppression of the traditional Latin Mass Pope Paul VI]-“a breach into the history of the liturgy whose consequences could only be tragic.”

Yes, this is true. Suppression of the Tridentine Riteis just as problematic as suppression of the Maronite Rite would be. Nothing against the NO here.

“I am convinced that the ecclesial crisis in which we find ourselves today depends in great part on the collapse of the liturgy.”

Yes, this is true. The Liturgy has collapsed at the hands of liberal liturgists who refuse to celebrate a NO Mass as the rubrics prescribe. Nothing here against the NO Mass either.

and also referred to the NO as:
“fabricated liturgy… a banal, on-the-spot product.”


Please provide the full quote. I cannot make an assesment of this statement because the actual subject Benedict XVI is speaking of is suspiciously absent.

So, are you accusing the pope of "say[ing] that Christ lied and that the Church failed to protect what was most Sacred"?

If Benedict XVI is saying that Vatican II was a failure, then yes.
62 posted on 10/14/2005 9:29:06 AM PDT by mike182d ("Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?")
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To: TradicalRC
It begs the question: Sure, more people were there in attendence, but were they really there in the celebration of the Mass?

Polls show that about two thirds of Catholics do not believe in Transubstantiation and about ninety percent practice birth control, are they "really" there?

They weren't there to "celebrate", they were there to "hear mass" and "to assist at" the Holy Sacrifice, and the priest was there "to offer" the Holy Sacrifice.

63 posted on 10/14/2005 9:32:23 AM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: TradicalRC
Polls show that about two thirds of Catholics do not believe in Transubstantiation and about ninety percent practice birth control, are they "really" there?

Absolutely not. But that has more to do with tree-huggin' liberation theologists who educate their flock in the ways of Dissention of Mother Church.

If every Mass in the nation was like the Mass on EWTN, or maybe even closer to the original intent because even EWTN makes some exceptions, I guarantee that we would not have the same problems.

Celebrate the Novus Ordo with Latin and Gregorian Chant as it was meant to, and actually "preach" the Truth during the homily - not tell us that Jesus is a big, cuddly teady bear. That is the problem with the Church and Liturgy today, not because the form of the Mass is that of the NO.
64 posted on 10/14/2005 9:32:47 AM PDT by mike182d ("Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?")
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To: TradicalRC
To say that the gates of Hell will not prevail over the Church is to say that In The End, GOD wins. Not that the Church will sail through history unmolested.

I would not be too comfortable with that line of reasoning because all that means is that everything the Church teaches could be in error right now, just as long as in the End, Christ comes back and sets us straight.

We need some sort of surety in the present moment that what we believe is 100% correct, not just the hope that Christ will fix everything in the End. That eliminates all trust in His Church altogether.
65 posted on 10/14/2005 9:35:30 AM PDT by mike182d ("Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?")
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To: mike182d
It's from the article I posted the link to before, look it it up yourself or put me on the payroll as your research assistant. The article was quoting the preface written by Cardinal Ratzinger to the book The Reform of the Roman Liturgy , by Monsignor Klaus Gamber.

Cardinal Ratzinger not only endorses this book which is highly critical of the NO, but also praises the author.

Do you still think this statement of yours:

you cannot criticize the Novus Ordo Mass without criticizing the whole of the Church and the promise of Jesus Christ.

is true?

66 posted on 10/14/2005 9:43:31 AM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: mike182d
Because, marshmallow, people preferred it when others would not be able to understand anything that was going on so opted to say rosaries during the entire Liturgy

I know you were being sarcastic with the above statement. However, true liturgical reform was already underway. Pope St. Pius X began the process on an ecclesial level by encouraging frequent communion, as long as you have gone to Confession regularly, and lowering the First Communion age to the age of reason. Pope Pius XII continued it during his reign. It was all distorted with the abuses over the past decades.

67 posted on 10/14/2005 9:52:26 AM PDT by Pyro7480 (Blessed Pius IX, pray for us!)
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To: murphE
It's from the article I posted the link to before, look it it up yourself or put me on the payroll as your research assistant. The article was quoting the preface written by Cardinal Ratzinger to the book The Reform of the Roman Liturgy , by Monsignor Klaus Gamber.

I will have to read this book, then.

Do you still think this statement of yours is true?

Yes. However, for the sake of clarity, I would replace "criticize" with "reject." My use of the word "criticism" was in regards to one's flat out rejection of the Novus Ordo as being valid. Certainly one can criticize the current Novus Ordo Mass as I do it quite frequently. I am not, however, attacking the Novus Ordo Mass as a whole.

Do you not find it curious that Ratzinger, after becoming Pope, has no intention of removing the Novus Ordo Mass? If Ratzinger thought of the Novus Ordo tragic in itself, I find it a very peculiar move as Supreme Pontiff to further insist on its usage despite objections by "Traditionalists."
68 posted on 10/14/2005 9:53:48 AM PDT by mike182d ("Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?")
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To: marshmallow
<> Its in the rubics of the altar missal. Also - they are read in the venacular facing the people by the priest in the pulpit before he gives his sermon. If you have a missal like I do that I bring to mass, it has the latin and english translations of the entire mass so you can follow what is going on.
69 posted on 10/14/2005 9:54:52 AM PDT by badabing98
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To: mike182d; murphE

I've seen enough well-done Novus Ordo Latin masses as you describe to know that they are still lacking what the Tridentine Mass has, and what the Mass among the Easterners has - awe, mystery, beauty, lyricality, even flow, etc. The Novus Ordo is too bowlderized even when said perfectly - too much has been stripped away, it is hery-jerky in its flow (especially with the Priest standing around listening to the Sanctus and Agnus Dei rather than praying privately, the Memorial Acclimation, the handshake of peace, the offertory procession, etc.), the saints are almost missing from it, and it frequently has strange choices of readings thrown together.


70 posted on 10/14/2005 9:57:37 AM PDT by Hermann the Cherusker
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To: mike182d; murphE
Do you not find it curious that Ratzinger, after becoming Pope, has no intention of removing the Novus Ordo Mass? If Ratzinger thought of the Novus Ordo tragic in itself, I find it a very peculiar move as Supreme Pontiff to further insist on its usage despite objections by "Traditionalists."

I would not be prudent for the Pope to "start with a clean slate" and "turn back the clock" to the pre-1965 Mass. On the surface, it would be seen as "counter-revolutionary," but in reality, it would be revolutionary, in the sense it would cause unneeded chaos in the Catholic Church. Changes need to be done carefully.

71 posted on 10/14/2005 9:58:03 AM PDT by Pyro7480 (Blessed Pius IX, pray for us!)
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To: mike182d
My use of the word "criticism" was in regards to one's flat out rejection of the Novus Ordo as being valid.

No one, at least not on this thread I think, has said that the NO was invalid. A satanic mass offered by a valid priest could be valid, in so much as transubstantiation occurs, but I wouldn't go to one.

Do you not find it curious that Ratzinger, after becoming Pope, has no intention of removing the Novus Ordo Mass? If Ratzinger thought of the Novus Ordo tragic in itself, I find it a very peculiar move as Supreme Pontiff to further insist on its usage despite objections by "Traditionalists."

I find many times that what people say one day contradicts what they will say another day. I find that many people are inclined to tailor their speech to appease the specific audience they are speaking to. I also find that many people often point to causes of a particular problem, say what they think should be done, but for any number of reasons don't do it.

72 posted on 10/14/2005 10:05:53 AM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: TradicalRC
Polls show that about two thirds of Catholics do not believe in Transubstantiation and about ninety percent practice birth control, are they "really" there?

That is due to poor catechizing, not poor liturgical practices. If the Bishops would consider becoming teachers of the faith, rather than administrators or CEO's, perhaps we'd see greater priority placed on instruction of the lay members. The people that go through RCIA are more cognizant of the faith than 90% of cradle Catholics. Who's to blame?

Regards

73 posted on 10/14/2005 10:26:22 AM PDT by jo kus
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To: murphE
They weren't there to "celebrate", they were there to "hear mass" and "to assist at" the Holy Sacrifice, and the priest was there "to offer" the Holy Sacrifice

??? How were they doing that when they were praying the rosary or reading other books to pass the time away until their "duty" was completed? Saying the Mass in a foreign language does not increase participation by the congregation.

Regards

74 posted on 10/14/2005 10:29:44 AM PDT by jo kus
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To: ikka

Haven't met a baptist kid yet that knows the difference between venial sin and mortal sin.


75 posted on 10/14/2005 10:33:55 AM PDT by WriteOn (Truth)
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To: jo kus
Mass in a foreign language does not increase participation by the congregation.

I think you base this assumption on a faulty perception of what "participation" is. No one participated more fully in the Holy Sacrifice than Our Blessed Mother, and "all" she did was remain silent at the foot of the cross.

76 posted on 10/14/2005 10:34:37 AM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: mike182d

Here is a more complete quote from when Pope Benedict wrote the preface to Msgr. Gambler's book- apparently it may only be in the French edition:

"J. A. Jungmann, one of the truly great liturgists of our time, defined the liturgy of his day, such as it could be understood in the light of historical research, as a 'liturgy which is the fruit of development' . . . What happened after the Council was something else entirely: in the place of the liturgy as the fruit of development came fabricated liturgy. We abandoned the organic, living process of growth and development over centuries and replaced it, as in a manufacturing process, with a fabrication, a banal on-the-spot product (produit banal de l'instant). [Introduction by Cardinal Ratzinger to La Reforme Liturgique en question (Le-Barroux: Editions Sainte-Madeleine), 1992, pp. 7-8.]


77 posted on 10/14/2005 10:37:38 AM PDT by GF.Regis (Miserere mei)
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To: murphE
No one participated more fully in the Holy Sacrifice than Our Blessed Mother, and "all" she did was remain silent at the foot of the cross.

Very well put...

78 posted on 10/14/2005 10:43:00 AM PDT by Pyro7480 (Blessed Pius IX, pray for us!)
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To: B Knotts
How do we know there wouldn't be more converts with the more ancient liturgy?

The following excerpt is from the presentation delivered by H.E. Most. Rev. George Cosmas Zumaire LUNGU, Bishop of Chipata (ZAMBIA)

"Still on the topic on participation of the laity, and this time through music, songs (art.61) and the use of Latin (at international meetings)(art.62), my impression about these articles is that they do not seem to reflect contributions from some mission countries like Zambia. I find this part of the document to be over-optimistic about the organ, Gregorian chant and even the use of Latin at international meetings in an attempt to meet the needs of the people of all time and places. My proposal is that we should not go back to making these instruments of worship universal. Our consideration of our cultural items should not be in comparison to, or in relation to either the organ, Gregorian chant or Latin, although they could still be treated as options for those who find them helpful. Communication and participation is vital in every liturgical celebration including the Eucharistic celebration. Our hope lies in the future and not in the past."

SYNOD OF BISHOPS - 10OCT05 - Participation of the Laity (with music)

Granted, this is only one bishop's presentation but I have read through those delivered by many of the bishops and not one of them suggested a return to the TLM.

79 posted on 10/14/2005 10:56:14 AM PDT by NYer (ôSocialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: mike182d; marshmallow
Be careful. If you believe certain folks on this site, Jesus spoke Latin.

As an outside observer, there is NOTHING SPIRITUAL about the LANGUAGE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE! If Catholics want a universal language, they can always opt for Aramaic (the language He spoke) or English (the most commonly spoken and understood language on the planet).

80 posted on 10/14/2005 10:58:55 AM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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To: NYer
That bishop isn't arguing against the TLM; he's arguing against any kind of traditional liturgy, including what he fears is coming down the pike vis-a-vis the Missa Normativa (e.g., actually conforming to a degree with Sacrosanctum Concilium, Redemptionis Sacramentum and others).

Cdl. Mahony would likely say much the same; would you believe him?

81 posted on 10/14/2005 11:02:23 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: Clemenza
Be careful. If you believe certain folks on this site, Jesus spoke Latin


It's not just the use of the vernacular that's being objected to, the whole mass was changed. However if you are interested to know the benefits of retaining Latin, here you go:

Mass in Latin? ...Why in Latin?

82 posted on 10/14/2005 11:11:02 AM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Clemenza
Be careful. If you believe certain folks on this site, Jesus spoke Latin.

No one made such a claim. Latin is still used as a working language of the Catholic Church is because it is a dead language, meaning the definition of its words are fixed, helping to communicate precise theological terms and concepts.

83 posted on 10/14/2005 11:12:58 AM PDT by Pyro7480 (Blessed Pius IX, pray for us!)
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To: murphE
Knee-Jerk "anti-Protestantism" is not a good reason for retaining Latin, the language of the Roman Empire. I no longer have a dog in this fight, although much of my family does.

I agree that most of the rituals from Pre-Vatican II (the sequel!) should have been retained, but the ONLY negative of getting rid of the Language of the ROMAN EMPIRE is the lack of a universal lingua franca. As I said, the Church in that case could use Aramaic or English. The latter is unlikely due to certain Euro-Peons at the Vatican who have a cultural prejudice against "Anglo Saxons."

84 posted on 10/14/2005 11:15:28 AM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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To: Pyro7480

I like to refer to the Latin fetishists as "Jeromites" because if it weren't for St. Jerome, there would be no scripture in Latin.


85 posted on 10/14/2005 11:17:10 AM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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To: Clemenza
Knee-Jerk "anti-Protestantism" is not a good reason for retaining Latin, the language of the Roman Empire.

[sigh] You didn't read the article that I posted a link to did you?

I no longer have a dog in this fight, although much of my family does.

OK but you still want to offer an opinion, don't you think it would be better to offer an informed opinion rather than an uninformed opinion? I provided a way for you to inform yourself, yet you seem to have ignored it.

86 posted on 10/14/2005 11:21:24 AM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Clemenza

Latin is the official language of the Catholic Church. The Pope speaks Latin fluently and has been known to give extemporaneous speeches in Latin. Are they "Jeromites"?


87 posted on 10/14/2005 11:23:02 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: ELS

Yes, they are. Good people all, but Jeromites nonetheless.


88 posted on 10/14/2005 11:23:43 AM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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To: Clemenza
As an outside observer, there is NOTHING SPIRITUAL about the LANGUAGE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE!

You're right. But Church Latin isn't the language of the Roman Empire any more than English is the language of Germany. Latin was adopted by the Church but made a child all its own. In fact, there's a committee whose task it is to add words to the Latin dictionary to accomodate words like "internet" or "computer." Latin is very important to the Catholic Church because that is her history. Its why Hispanics will still talk Spanish with their family members even though they speak English here in America. We can never forget our heritage as Roman Catholics (emphasis of course on "Roman," as opposed to Greek Orthodox).

The definition of holiness is "to be set apart" or "seperate." What makes something holy in this world is its disconnect with the physical world while being present in the physical world. Its where we get the phrase "in it, not of it." With the use of Latin in the Sacred Liturgy for certain prayers, it emphasizes the disconnect between the holy Sacrifice of the Mass and anything else you will encounter in this world.
89 posted on 10/14/2005 11:31:50 AM PDT by mike182d ("Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?")
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To: mike182d

It smacks of "cultural Catholicism" of the type that turned me away from Rome in the search of something more Christ centered and spiritual, rather than cultural or tribal.


90 posted on 10/14/2005 11:34:59 AM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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To: NYer

"It is not a priority for the synod, as no one has spoken about it," the cardinal concluded.

Getting back to the original post, the fact that not one bishop has either recognized or spoken publicly about the traditional Latin Mass says more about the bishops than it does about the issue.
This is a real tragedy in the Church.


91 posted on 10/14/2005 11:52:51 AM PDT by charliemarlow
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To: Clemenza; murphE
A question for the SSPXers ... The Society was established as a "pious union of the faithful" ad experimentum, by Bishop Charriere, Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva, and Fribourg, Switzerland, for a period of six years. Was that period ever extended and by whom?
92 posted on 10/14/2005 12:27:32 PM PDT by NYer (ôSocialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: Clemenza
It smacks of "cultural Catholicism" of the type that turned me away from Rome in the search of something more Christ centered and spiritual, rather than cultural or tribal.

So, praising and worshipping the Lord in your English, American culture isn't a cultural form of Christianity?

Last I remembered, Jesus spoke Aramaic, not English. Don't impose your own culture on the Christian faith. /sarcasm
93 posted on 10/14/2005 12:30:44 PM PDT by mike182d ("Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?")
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To: murphE
Our Blessed Mother, and "all" she did was remain silent at the foot of the cross.

Perhaps. The Scripture doesn't detail what exactly she was doing. However, one presumes that she was striken with sorrow. Knowing what she was told regarding her Son and on what she pondered upon, it is likely that she was actively offering her own motherly ties up to the Father as a sacrifice in her own sense. Most mothers would desire to hold on to her son in such a situation. The Church teaches that Mary was abandoning this concept as an incredible spiritual sacrifice on her part.

This is quite different from a person who is present ONLY in body to what is happening in another language 50 yards away. In many cases, I think people were there merely to fulfill their "duty" to appear at Sunday Mass, rather than "participating" in that one-time offering of Christ on the Cross... That is the impression I get from when I was a youngster. The reading of other books or reciting the rosary during the Mass is pretty good evidence that a person's mind was elsewhere. Recall the Scriptures teach that our inner dispositions are much more important than our outer activities. Being in the building of the Church while the Mass is proceeding is not the same thing as participating in the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.

Regards

94 posted on 10/14/2005 12:31:50 PM PDT by jo kus
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To: mike182d
Where is this pure form of the Novus Ordo that you speak of, besides Rome???

Certainly the NO Mass with the 10+ Eucharistic ministers in shorts, sandals and T-Shirts...the priests who skip sections of the Mass like creeds and homilies...Churches with no kneelers etc. IT AIN'T PURE. I'm Fed up with it.

Now Tridentine, Marionite, any of it is Fine with me and I know their Masses are valid for each other. But I do belong to the Latin Rite, and I have to take care of my corner.

95 posted on 10/14/2005 1:09:36 PM PDT by right-wingin_It
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To: mike182d
Nonsequitor. You did not address why should the language of dead pagan males be used as the official language of a multinational Church. Aramaic would be better.

All this doesn't matter, as the word of God takes precedence above all, no matter what some "scholar" or politician in a robe says.

96 posted on 10/14/2005 1:27:22 PM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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To: mike182d

So you disagree with Pope Benedict? Pope Benedict wrote that the new Mass was the only significant change or break in the mass in the history of the Church and was very disturbing. But what does he know, right?


97 posted on 10/14/2005 1:28:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: NYer

There is no pleasing everyone, so the priority should be on pleasing God.


98 posted on 10/14/2005 1:30:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: Clemenza

The good thing about Latin is that it is no longer anybody's private language, because it is no longer a spoken language.

The first language of the Church was probably Greek, but most people of Jesus' time could get by in a little Greek and a little Latin, in addition to their local native language. With the dominance of Rome, Latin eventually took over and was not used only by pagans, but by every educated person in Europe. In fact, this was the case until very late: legal and official documents were written in Latin so that no local linguistic "overlays" could confuse the meaning.

That's the reason the official language of the Church is still Latin. You have to have a central starting point, and in many ways, it is now better to have one where the definitions are fixed and the resulting vernacular translations will therefore be more uniform, both linguistically and doctrinally.


99 posted on 10/14/2005 1:38:09 PM PDT by livius
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