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).

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Bred & Whine. Liturgical sloppiness.

The spirit of rebellion lives on in some places more than others.

When confronted with requests for a more dignified celebration of the sacred Liturgy, why is it that the rubrics-challenged priest is the one who resorts to the 'I'm the priest' mantra to defend his lax approach to the rubrics of the Mass? Surely anyone with a minute amount of appreciation for contradiction can hear in those words the complaint of a petulant child who is attempting to misappropriate or misuse authority to justify liturgical abuse.

Bred to Whine

The priest described above is an example of poor (seminary) formation. A lack of authentic liturgical catechesis is the root cause of shabby liturgies and dissent among the faithful who, knowingly or unknowingly, pick up on a priest's wayward manner and see it as licence to engage in similar beliefs and behaviour. Liturgical laxity is surely a sign of moral and theological laxity.

Suffer the Faithful

Priests who are faithful to the rubrics of the Mass and who understand, respect and model the ars celebrandi are the ones who, only insisting on liturgical law, routinely face unjust attempts by ill-formed clergy and laity who push an agenda of illicit and abusive subtractions or accretions not permitted by the rubrics. Pray for our faithful priests—that they may stand firm. Pray for the heterodox—that they may model themselves after Pope Benedict XVI who taught us the holy path of continuity with Tradition.


Indeed, faithful priests and laity who understand liturgical law and the need for rubrical precision are the one's entitled to assert the authority of the priest in liturgical matters. The priest who embodies Sacrosanctum Concilium 22, for starters, is a priest who has no need to qualify his celebration of the Mass because his celebration of the Mass conforms to the Church's Tradition.
A) General norms

1. Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, that is, on the Apostolic See and, as laws may determine, on the bishop.

2. In virtue of power conceded by the law, the regulation of the liturgy within certain defined limits belongs also to various kinds of competent territorial bodies of bishops legitimately established.

3. Therefore no other person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority.
Dear priests,

If you do not know already, please learn how to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with dignity, beauty and reverence. Be true to the rubrics and exemplify the ars celebrandi by making every word and gesture a prayer.

1 comment:

  1. Irony: Vatican II was supposed to eliminate clericalism. It's more rampant than ever.


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