The article found here deserves a look. The quote below is one of the main points of the article and is definitely something to think about. This paragraph has to do primarily with the Vetus Ordo (what is now called the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and also referred to as the Tridentine Mass). But even though I am not a member of the FSSP or other community that uses the Extraordinary Form, nor can I even say that Mass (primarily because I cannot speak Latin and I don't know all the rubrics), nevertheless what he has to say below is important for all Catholics because as he says, “the de facto situation (we find ourselves in)…ought not to be regarded as normative.” Why is this important, at least in my opinion? Because the state of the sacred liturgy in the Latin Church, at least what I have experienced of it, is in sad shape. Many (most?) of the Novus Ordo Masses I have experienced do not give our Lord the proper dignity and respect that He deserves in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (By saying this I suppose I will have to expound on what I mean in subsequent posts.) Therefore, as I already said, the quote below deserves our consideration.

Secondly: Summorum pontificum confirmed juridically that the Latin Church had lived for some four decades under the dominion of a lie. The Vetus Ordo had not been lawfully prohibited. Much persecution of devout priests and layfolk that took place during those decades is therefore now seen to have been vis sine lege. For this so long to have been so true with regard to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which lies at the heart of the Church's life, argues a profound illness deep within the Latin Church. And the Big Lie was reinforced by multitudes of Little Lies … that the Council mandated reordered Sanctuaries … that the Council mandated exclusive use of the vernacular … The de facto situation created by the Big Lie and the Little Lies combined ought not to be regarded as normative. Its questionable parentage must give it a degree of provisionality, even (perhaps especially) to those who find it comfortable to live with. The onslaught upon the Franciscans of the Immaculate suggests that there are those, high in the Church's administration, who have still internalised neither the juridical findings of Summorum pontificum nor its pastoral call for harmony.

And so what is the way forward? As he later says in the article “it is time simply to move on from the 1960s”, meaning by that the time of Vatican II. This is a new time we live in and there are problems we have right now that need to be addressed. Part of the problems to be addressed, I think, is with the state of the Mass in the Latin Church. I am not saying we must return to the Extraordinary Form (although those who wish to do so should be allowed). What I am saying is that we should and must improve the state of the Liturgy because our Lord Jesus Christ deserves the best that we can give Him.

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