A Reform-of-the-Reform Paladin Throws in the Towel

Denis Crouan, the French founder and president (since 1988 or so) of the organization Pro Liturgia, which promotes “the Mass as Vatican II truly intended it”, with Latin, chant, ad orientem, etc., has declared such efforts to be a “waste of time”, and thrown in the towel. This article (original en français ici) is his Final Message on the site, although he states that its activities will continue in a different form on another site.

In order to get away from this ecclesial situation, which has become delirious and toxic to the point of harming inner peace and the Catholic faith, it has been decided to put an end to the “adventure” of Pro Liturgia. The current situation has no future and is kept up by a partly unstable clergy and laity that have accepted to be so disoriented that they no longer question what they are made to do during the Mass. As such, this situation demands such a decision of us.
The watchword of our bishops is that Masses should be entrusted neither to “traditionalists” nor to the faithful who respect the decisions of Vatican II on liturgy, but only to those who abuse divine worship. Therefore, to try to have a conversation with these mitred pastors, with their impenetrable way of thinking, is a waste of time (and sometimes even of faith).

Pour se détacher de cette situation ecclésiale devenue délirante et toxique au point de nuire à la paix intérieure et à la foi catholique, il a été décidé de mettre un terme à l’«aventure» de Pro Liturgia. La situation actuelle et sans avenir, entretenue par un clergé en partie erratique et des laïcs qui ont accepté d’être déboussolés au point de ne plus s’interroger sur ce qu’on leur fait faire au cours des messes, l’exige.
Le mot d’ordre de nos évêques est qu’il ne faut confier de messes ni aux “traditionalistes” ni aux fidèles qui respectent les décisions de Vatican II en matière de liturgie mais uniquement à ceux qui malmènent le culte divin. Par conséquent, essayer de discuter avec ces pasteurs mitrés dont la logique est impénétrable fait perdre du temps (et parfois même la foi).

Mons. Stefan Heid: “Ecco come celebravano i primi cristiani”

Dall’intervista di Luisella Scrosati a mons. Stefan Heid, Rettore del Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana (pubblicata sul Timone n. 213, gennaio 2022, in edicola a Roma e Milano, in spedizione ovunque cartaceo o digitale www.iltimone.org):

A partire dal Concilio si è diffuso l’enorme malinteso che, nella chiesa primitiva, il sacerdote guardasse il popolo. Salvo pochissime eccezioni, non è stato così. Nei primi secoli, l’altare era solitamente posizionato libero ai quattro lati, ma il sacerdote stava davanti all‘altare con il volto rivolto verso oriente. L’Eucaristia ha anche elementi dialogici, ma questi costituiscono solo l’introduzione alla preghiera. La preghiera deve essere sempre rivolta ad est. Ci sono alcune chiese – anche a Roma – con la facciata rivolta ad est, e in questi casi il sacerdote deve stare dietro l’altare e guardare verso il popolo. Ma il punto non è che la comunità debba ammirare la bellezza del sacerdote, ma che il sacerdote debba pregare verso est, verso Cristo, Sole di giustizia. Il modello moderno di liturgia, nello stile di un evento di intrattenimento religioso, ha poco a che fare con la serietà delle prime chiese.

Molta ideologia è oggi ancora in atto, purtroppo. Ognuno sceglie ciò che gli piace dalla Chiesa primitiva. C’è un ampio spazio per la manipolazione, specialmente quando si tratta della nostra odierna comprensione della liturgia, dell’Eucaristia e della Chiesa. Molto di ciò che oggi viene giustificato con la Chiesa primitiva è solo una proiezione moderna. Un piccolo chiarimento storico in più sarebbe molto utile a riguardo.

Ampi stralci dell’intervista qui.

How the First Christians Celebrated the Mass
Luisella Scrosati, interview with mons. Stefan Heid, Rector of the Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana (Pontifical Institute of Christian Archeology).
Il Timone, January 2022

Beginning with the Council, the enormous misconception has spread that, in the primitive church, the priest looked at the people. With very few exceptions, this was not the case. In the early centuries, the altar was usually placed free on all four sides, but the priest stood in front of the altar with his face to the east. The Eucharist also has dialogical elements, but these are only in the manner of an introduction to the [Eucharistic] prayer. The prayer itself must always be facing east. There are some churches—even in Rome—with the façade facing east, and in these cases the priest must stand behind the altar and look toward the people. But the point is not that the community should admire the handsomeness of the priest, but rather that the priest should pray towards the east, towards Christ, the “Sun of justice.” The modern model of liturgy, in the style of a religious entertainment event, has little to do with the seriousness of the early churches.
Much ideology is still in place today, unfortunately. Everyone chooses what they like from the early Church. There is plenty of room for manipulation, especially when it comes to our understanding today of the liturgy, the Eucharist, and the Church. Much of what is justified today by appeal to the early Church is just a modern projection. A little more historical clarification would be very helpful in this regard.

More here.

Un parroco risponde al suo vescovo che vieta la celebrazione ad orientem

Don Anthony Bus C.R., parroco della chiesa di St. Stanislaus Kostka a Chicago, ha ricevuto dal proprio arcivescovo la proibizione di continuare a celebrare la s. Messa (novus ordo) ad orientem (qui la storia).
Questa è la sua risposta, pubblicata sul sito web della parrocchia:

Father Anthony Bus C.R., pastor of the church of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Chicago, has received from his archbishop the prohibition to continue celebrating the (novus ordo) holy Mass ad orientem (story here).
This is his response, posted on the parish website:

Fr Anthony’s Letter on “Ad Orientem

The Holy Mass is the renewal of our fiat – a renewal of our covenant with the Lord and His Mystical Body. Therefore our primary participation in the Holy Mass and the renewal of our sacred covenant to the Lord is that we offer ourselves “a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God our spiritual worship,” quoting St. Paul. We do this in union with the sacrifice of Jesus, for Jesus, through Jesus, and in Jesus – to the glory of the Father. The Sacred Mysteries offered, “Ad Orientem” facilitates this so beautifully in preparation for Holy Communion, and always in anticipation of the Lord’s coming at the end of all things.

La Santa Messa è il rinnovamento del nostro fiat, un rinnovamento della nostra alleanza con il Signore e con il Suo Corpo mistico. Perciò la nostra prima partecipazione alla Santa Messa e al rinnovamento della nostra sacra alleanza con il Signore è quella di offrire noi stessi «come sacrificio vivente, santo e gradito a Dio (…) il nostro culto spirituale», per citare san Paolo. Lo facciamo in unione con il sacrificio di Gesù, per Gesù, per mezzo di Gesù, e in Gesù, a gloria del Padre. Offerti i Sacri Misteri, “Ad Orientem” facilita splendidamente tutto questo in preparazione alla Santa Comunione, e sempre in attesa della venuta del Signore alla fine di tutte le cose.

The Apocalypse Facing the People

The direction of prayer has had an enormous impact on the style of celebration. Priests celebrating toward the people can see if people are paying attention, like a public speaker or performer. If he is facing away from them, he has little idea of what is going on in the nave. Before Vatican II, this was regarded as a good thing: in the 1962 Mass, even when a priest is told to turn to face the people (for example, when he turns to them to say, “Dominus vobiscum”), he should keep his eyes lowered. He should not be distracted by the congregation from his work of prayer, and the congregation should not be distracted by him.
Where celebration versus populum is the norm, Catholics can get used to priests trying to engage them in what is going on with eye contact, emphasis in what they are saying, and even unscripted remarks. Experiencing Mass celebrated the other way can even be disconcerting. The point of it, however, is to allow the people to do what the priest should be doing: addressing their prayers to God. Above all in the Eucharistic Prayer, a celebrant facing East allows the people to follow what is going on in their own way, and to unite themselves spiritually to his prayer to God, which he leads from the altar.

Read full article by Joseph Shaw here.

The Oxford Oratory

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On Sundays the 11:00 Solemn Mass is Novus Ordo in Latin.

On Holy days of obligation the 18:00 Solemn Mass is Novus Ordo in Latin.

The Wednesday 18:00 Mass is Novus Ordo in Latin.

These Masses are also streamed on this YouTube Channel.

Le sante Messe della domenica alle 11, delle feste di precetto alle 18 e del mercoledì alle 18 sono Novus Ordo in latino e vengono trasmesse in diretta su questo canale YouTube.

Website: https://www.oxfordoratory.org.uk/

Video of Christ the King Mass.

December 9 Latin Mass Novus Ordo, Thursday 2nd Week of Advent – Fr. Andreas Kramarz, Legionary of Christ

Live streaming here (6:30AM New York time).

In diretta qui (12:30 ora di Roma)

Further information here.

Gutting the Mystery out of the Mystery

From The Catholic World Report:

1) Ordinary prayers and responses in Latin
2) Tabernacle in the sanctuary
3) Altar rails
4) 3 hour Communion fast
5) Communion kneeling
6) Ad orientem
7) No extraordinary ministers
8) Communion on the tongue
9) Singing the proper antiphons with psalms before hymns
10) Chanting the presidential prayers (Collect, Preface, etc.) and the acclamations
11) Using incense, bells, and beautiful vestments

All can be done within the Ordinary Form.

(List by Father Matt Fish @frmattfish)

La messe de Paul VI soit célébrée «avec dignité et fidélité»

Famille Chrétienne:

Huit fidèles attachés au nouvel Ordo Missæ – des laïcs, des prêtres et des religieux – adressent aux évêques de France une lettre leur demandant de promouvoir les indications données par le Concile Vatican II pour la célébration liturgique: le silence, l’orientation, le latin et le propre de la messe mais aussi l’usage du chant grégorien, de la polyphonie et de l’orgue. Ils invitent les catholiques qui le souhaitent à envoyer cette lettre, en leur nom propre, à leur évêque (document PDF à télécharger ici).

El Papa no ha prohibido ni la Misa en latín ni “de espaldas”

El pasado 16 de julio, el Vaticano publicó un nuevo motu proprio del Papa Francisco titulado “Traditonis custodes” por el cual se modificaba otro anterior de Benedicto XVI titulado “Summorum pontificum”. Al igual que su predecesor en su día, el Papa ha acompañado de una carta el texto jurídico, en la cual intenta explicar algunas de las cosas decididas.
Tras la publicación, la prensa se lanzó a decir que el Papa había prohibido la Misa en latín y con el sacerdote de cara al altar, lo que técnicamente se conoce como ad orientem o vulgarmente como “de espaldas”.

El Papa en realidad no ha censurado ni la Misa en latín ni la misa ad orientem. Lo que ha hecho es limitar el uso de los textos litúrgicos anteriores al Misal vigente, es decir la conocida como Misa en rito antiguo, tradicional o tridentino.

Aunque se haya afirmado así en algunos medios, este motu proprio del Papa Francisco no restringe el uso del latín en la Misa o la celebración “versus absidem” o de espaldas al pueblo. Aquí se está hablando de una cosa muy precisa, que es el uso del Misal de 1962. Puede recordarse, por ejemplo, que la edición típica del Misal de Pablo VI, y de todos los libros litúrgicos, es en latín; y la Misa de espaldas no está prohibida por el Misal de 1970.

Artículo completo aquí.

Otro comentario aquí.