“Why Latin Is the Right Language for Roman Catholic Worship” — Full Text of Dr. Kwasniewski’s Cleveland Lecture

The error that led to the abolition of Latin was neoscholastic and Cartesian in nature—namely, the belief that the content of the Catholic Faith is not embodied or incarnate but somehow abstracted from matter. Thus, many Catholics think that Tradition means only some conceptual content that is passed down, irrespective of the way in which it is passed down. But this is not true. Latin is itself one of the things passed down, together with the content of all that is written or chanted in Latin. Moreover, as we have seen, the Church herself recognized this point on a number of occasions in singling out Latin for special praise, recognizing in it an efficacious sign of the unity, catholicity, antiquity, and permanence of the Latin Church.
Latin thus possesses a quasi-sacramental function: just as Gregorian chant is “the musical icon of Roman Catholicism” (Joseph Swain), so is Latin its “linguistic icon.”

Read the full transcription of Dr. Kwasniewski’s Cleveland Lecture of June 4, 2022 here. Italian translation here.

Pope Francis Mandates Ad Orientem Worship

From New Liturgical Movement website:

Pope Francis settled a dispute by ordering that all (Syro-Malabar) dioceses throughout the Church celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ad orientem, versus Deum. Together, Francis said, priests and people have to look to the East, from where, according to apostolic tradition, the Second Coming of the Lord is expected.

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).

Learn Latin and become a citizen of Europe

The Latin Mass Society announces the opening of bookings for the Latin Mass Society’s Latin and Greek Summer School: an intensive course of one week looking at the Latin of the liturgy for beginners and intermediate students, and New Testament Greek for students with the basics of the language. It will take place 8-13 August at Park Place Pastoral Centre in Hampshire.

If Europe one day aspires to develop a European identity beyond national characteristics, and to be something other than a grant-giver and a great regulator, (things that are not criticized in themselves), it must acquire a language which, unlike this laboratory language that is Esperanto, has a rich history, and reflects a historical legacy in which the peoples recognize themselves and under which they can consider uniting.

(Sundar Ramanadane)

More info here.

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.

Why did nobody inform me that Latin was abolished?

From Aurelio Porfiri’s website:

Many years ago, in the 1990s, I assisted in a dialogue between a Deacon, and an organist who was trying to ask about the use of the Missa de Angelis setting during the Mass. The request freaked the Deacon out, and, through sweat, he answered that the Council had abolished Latin.
Having listened to this, I started to ponder about the words of the Deacon and asked myself what Council may have abolished Latin: Calcedonia? Nicaea? Trent? Lateran IV? Pistoia?
But instead I learned that it was not Pistoia the Deacon was referring to, it was Vatican II! When and where had this happened? What documents are there abolishing the Latin ‘now and forever’ (et in sæcula sæculorum), amen?

Read the full post here.