Once again, stating the obvious.
The celebration of the Mass on any given Sunday in most North American parishes resembles a cafeteria or a nightclub experience more than reverent Catholic worship: the music is awkward and frequently contains heterodox texts; deep reverence for the word of God and the Holy Eucharist is merely paid lip service; priests act like talk show hosts and barroom comedians.
- Ad orientem worship. Priest and people worshipping God facing liturgical East as has been the practice from the beginning of the Church.
- Communion on the tongue, which fosters intimacy and reverence for the most precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
- Restoration of the traditional Offertory prayers which immerse us in the sacrificial depths of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
- Chanting of the Proper chants (Introit, Offertory and Communion) assigned to each Mass. Chants that "enflesh" the distinct character of each Mass.
By all appearances, and in many ways, the Consilium somehow forgot—if the liturgical mayhem which has followed in the wake of the Council is any indication—to realize the intentions of the Council made clear in the document Sacrosanctum Concilium, the dogmatic Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. How on earth did the Bugnini Consilium not see the obvious need for tighter rubrics? Did they so lack a basic understanding of human psychology and the example of the anarchic 1960s in which they were fully immersed that they trusted the Liturgy to the narcissistic proclivities of men and women driven to conquer not only others' bodies but the Body of Christ and the Liturgy? Did they forget that the Mass requires a defence from sacrilege?
Protestant groups display a wide variety of different doctrines. However, virtually all claim to believe in the teachings of sola scriptura ("by Scripture alone"—the idea that we must use only the Bible when forming our theology) and sola fide ("by faith alone"— the idea that we are justified by faith only).The great diversity of Protestant doctrines stems from the doctrine of private judgment, which denies the infallible authority of the Church and claims that each individual is to interpret Scripture for himself. This idea is rejected in 2 Peter 1:20, where we are told the first rule of Bible interpretation: "First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation." A significant feature of this heresy is the attempt to pit the Church "against" the Bible, denying that the magisterium has any infallible authority to teach and interpret Scripture.The doctrine of private judgment has resulted in an enormous number of different denominations. According to The Christian Sourcebook, there are approximately 20-30,000 denominations, with 270 new ones being formed each year.—Catholic Answers.
Having re-read the preceding essay more than a few times, this blogger must admit that parts may read as promoting a complete abandonment of the Ordinary Form. Readers should not conclude that the criticism of the celebration of the Mass in ways unacceptable to the Tradition-minded should be taken as license to flee the Ordinary Form. No, the reorientation of the Mass must be the goal, not its wholesale abandonment. One should make friends, allies, that is, through gentle conversations which focus on the nature of the Mass and by modelling Catholic worship with reverence of heart and mind and body.
If, however, one must make a temporary departure to a safer shore—the Ordinariate, an Eastern Catholic rite or the Extraordinary Form—in order to preserve one's sanity, then so be it. Catholics cannot be expected to sit in a pew and choke on a diet of liturgical bile week-after-week without complaining at last a little bit. Enabling parishes that treat the Liturgy like entertainment or a picnic or an experiment in spiritual narcissism by offering material support to such a parish would be misguided. Better to shift one's support to a parish that honours the Holy Eucharist.