|Google images suggests that Fr Baldovin favours |
the 'tab' collar, when he's not in a
jacket and tie.
They have published my response.
Fr John Baldovin SJ (11th May) makes a surprising criticism of the ancient Latin Mass: that it brings with it a ‘insular’ vision unsuited to mission. Is this not the Mass which converted Latin America, which established the Church in Imperial China, and which was equally at home at the court of Louis XIV, and the mission stations of Africa?
The astonishing breadth of historical and cultural circumstances in which the Church’s venerable Latin liturgy has sustained martyrs and formed saints reflects both the long and varied period in which it was developed, and also an attitude, which it encourages, towards the liturgy as something objective, given to us, and precisely not specially adapted to our personal needs and circumstances.
The reformed Mass, by contrast, not only relies more heavily on the personality of the celebrant, but [inevitably] bears the marks of its creators’ interests and concerns. These are those of a small group of mainly European liturgists, whose ideas formed in the 1940s and ‘50s. To the younger generation of traditionally-inclined priests who cause Fr Baldovin such concern, the Mass these men produced looks about as up-to-date as the transistor radio.
The Letters Editor cut out the word 'inevitably', making me sound a little less reasonable, a little more hostile. When trying to win the argument about the Mass, every advantage is worth having, isn't it?
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Well said Joseph!ReplyDelete
A superb point well crafted.ReplyDelete
It should be verboten to tamper with the words someone writes, unless that someone is employed by the organization printing it. All these busy little censors.
I read Fr. Baldovin's article. His blindness is telling. He seems to pay no attention to the outcomes of Paul VI's reforms of the mass. The Catholic Church hemorrhaging. Souls are being lost. You shall know a tree by its fruit.ReplyDelete