Thursday, September 05, 2013
Cong for Clergy urges priests to celebrate Mass daily
This interesting document is in danger of not being noticed because it has so far been published only in Italian and German. It is short, however, and (with a bit of help from Google) the main points are clear enough. Priests are urged to celebrate Mass every day, even in the absence of the Faithful. The arguments in favour of this traditional practice are, at bottom, the spiritual life of the priest, and the good of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
This position strikes at the heart of the liberal conception of the Mass as a 'shared meal' in which the congregation's role is as important as that of the celebrating priest. On such a conception Missa sine populo - Low Mass literally without any congregation, perhaps not even with a server - doesn't make any sense.
The document also sheds some light on the meaning of the buzz-word of today: Pelagianism.
'To omit this daily celebration - except in the case of impossibility - means [as priests] depriving ourselves of the main food needed for our sanctity and the apostolic ministry of the Church, and to the risk of indulging a kind of spiritual Pelagianism , trusting in the power of man more than the gift of God.'
(Google, with corrections.)
Here it is, in Italian. How about someone doing a proper translation?
Photos: private Masses at the Latin Mass Society Priest Training Conference at London Colney in 2009. No Pelagians here!