So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fourth Letter to a 24th Century Catholic

Dear Friend,

Undoubtedly, by the time you receive this letter, the Church in your time will have sorted through the difficulties associated with the Mass of Blessed Paul VI, difficulties more associated with the manner in which the Mass is celebrated than the content or design of the Liturgy itself. Some in our day might contend that the Ordinary Form is a departure from Catholic liturgy. Has the lex crendendi lex orandi changed? Those who question the validity of the Mass, however, should reflect on the fact that a Supreme Pontiff, Blessed Paul VI, promulgated the Novus Ordo Missae on April 3, 1969, some 46 years and a few days ago.

With the liturgical and cultural wars mostly settled (one can hope...), you will likely be hearing Mass with much more Latin and sacred chant and authentic polyphony than what typically occurs in this the early 21st Century.
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As you might recall from a previous correspondence, we are also enduring a lot of unsettling experiments with elements of the Sacred Liturgy that should not be tampered with. We live in an age of the will during which the misuse of power frequently trumps reason and Tradition. Good arguments for reverent and dignified worship are frequently tossed aside with little appreciation for our vast intellectual and liturgical heritage. Proponents with little foundation in liturgical worship and with little care for our living history routinely dismiss any concern for rubrics, for example, while opting for a hermeneutic of rupture roundly condemned by Pope Benedict XVI. Instead of the liturgical tradition of the Church, we have many mini-popes driven by dissent imposing their tragically inappropriate activities on the Mass. Thankfully, the Holy Father Pope Francis has shown his own concern for liturgical authenticity by recently appointing Robert Cardinal Sarah to the position of Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. His appointment brings much peace to those who were concerned that a certain Italian archbishop known for, how shall one put it delicately, tradition-lite celebrations might attain to the position. Cardinal Sarah is on record as defending both the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms of the Mass and for promoting a deep understanding of the Liturgy.
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The hope of many is that the Older Form of the Mass, what is commonly known in our day as the Traditional Latin Mass and somewhat officially known as the Extraordinary Form, will be more widely celebrated and that its influence will help refine the celebration of the Ordinary Form. Hopefully, that influence of one Form upon the other will be in full flower in your time. Some are convinced that Pope Benedict's and others' vision of the Mass, i.e., the authentic vision of the Mass according to the Second Vatican Council, will be fully realized once the truth of the Council overcomes the myths about the Council. Is it too much to assume that what we know as the Ordinary Form (OF), or at least the manner of its celebration, will have been adjusted by the time you receive this note and that the OF Mass will more closely resemble the Mass of the ages? Those of us who will have long moved on by the time you receive this letter will have to witness and participate in the changes from heaven, God willing.
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By now you are also probably experiencing the fruits of the New Evangelization. We, however, are still waiting for the New Evangelization to kick into high gear and bear fruit. In case that expression is unfamiliar to you, 'high gear' is an automobile related figure of speech which refers to the selection of a gear in a manual or automatic transmission that allows one's vehicle to go faster with lower engine revolutions, i.e., with greater efficiency. Mind you, in your century you probably have much more efficient and much safer ways to travel than in automobiles powered by flammable substances.

Many folk are worried these days that an uncomfortable number of prelates are going off the rails. Certain Cardinals have recently lobbied for a rejection of doctrine by advocating certain practices that contradict Church teaching, practices such as: communion for the divorced and remarried (i.e., remarried without benefit of a decree of nullity regarding a prior "union"); irregular or illicit forms of marriage; etc. Some have suggested that a change in pastoral practice would not include a change in doctrine. However, that is precisely the sophistic thinking which has tragically led many non-Catholic groups in our day to abandon entirely the teaching of Jesus and His Church on human sexuality, for example.
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You may wish to perform a search of your database regarding Walter Cardinal Kaspar, Archbishop Bruno Forte and others who rather unashamedly attempted to manipulate a recent synod on marriage and the family. Thankfully, God raised up men like Raymond Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Müller and Cardinal Pell to expose the misguided agenda before it could take hold. The battle between heterodoxy and orthodoxy is just beginning to take shape. If the pundits are correct, we are in for a battle royale at the next synod.

Why share these matters with you? There are several reasons, some being quite obvious. Among those reasons is a hope that, by sharing a record of events in our time, you might help others avoid complications that are entirely unnecessary, complications such as the misappropriation of the Mass and a rejection of legitimate authority that leads to division.

Your Friend in Christ,
W.

P.S.—I hope you enjoy the cipher. In these days when Big Brother is watching, one cannot be too careful about what one says or writes. A word from St. Matthew 10:16 or Genesis 3:1 might aid you in its decryption. Have fun!

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