I could say a lot more about both these articles than I am going to, simply because it is getting late and I have written a lot more about other things tonight.
But you might be interested to follow up one or the other:
This one is a real suprise. In the US there is a thing called the “National Association of Diocesan Gay and Lesbian Ministries”. This is a kosher group (so to speak) working within the Church’s structures and for the good purpose of assuring Gay and Lesbian Catholics that they are welcome in the Catholic Church and loved by God just like any other repentant sinner. But of course it is always difficult when working “at the coal face” in an area such as this to avoid being influenced by the prevailing ideologies. Any way, they invited Coadjutor Bishop Jaime Soto of the Diocese of Sacramento to give the keynote address and some got a little more than they were expecting. Here’s a snippet or two:
When we meditate on the person of Jesus, we often call to mind the many ways that Jesus cared for people. In all the many instances in the gospel when people come to the Lord Jesus with their needs, he fed them, he healed them, he forgave them, and he saved them. This can oftentimes lead us to the conclusion that Jesus always said “yes.” He always gave people what they wanted. He was an agreeable person.
That is not always the case in the gospel…
…Desire tempered and tested by “renunciation, purification, and healing” can lead us to God’s design. This is true for all of us. It is also true for men and women who are homosexual. We are called to live and love in a manner that brings us into respectful, chaste relationships with one another and an intimate relationship with God. We should be an instrument of God’s love for one another.
Let me be clear here. Sexual intercourse, outside of the marriage covenant between a man and a woman, can be alluring and intoxicating but it will not lead to that liberating journey of true self-discovery and an authentic discovery of God. For that reason, it is sinful. Sexual relations between people of the same sex can be alluring for homosexuals but it deviates from the true meaning of the act and distracts them from the true nature of love to which God has called us all. For this reason, it is sinful.
Married love is a beautiful, heroic expression of faithful, life-giving, life-creating love. It should not be accommodated and manipulated for those who would believe that they can and have a right to mimic its unique expression.
…This is a hard message today. It is the still the right message.
Article Two: Rediscovering Traditionalism
This is a great article to read if you want to understand where Past Elder and his ilk are coming from. Consider this paragraph:
The ultras have a point. A pious Catholic who had fallen asleep in 1960 and woken up forty years later would be puzzled indeed at a modern mass (unless he had been allowed to slumber all those years in Brompton Oratory or a few other traditionalist redoubts.) He would find the modern Church culturally and psychologically so altered that he might be tempted to see it as a new religion masquerading under the old name. He might, like my Polish acquaintance, decide not to bother any more.
For my own part, I must confess that, while having much sympathy with the traditionalist point of view, I repeatly fail to see the sharp “rupture” between the older form of mass and the novus ordo.
To be sure, there is indeed a “rupture” in the way it is interpreted and performed by many (the vast majority), and there are numerous minor points where the revisions most certainly OVER revised. One has to grant Fr Z’s point that “In the book that came out under Archbp. Piero Marini’s name, the writer states that the changes in the liturgy were about changing doctrine.”
However, I don’t think they succeeded. Yes, they succeeded in moving the altars. Yes, they succeeded in a complete reinterpreting the sacrifice of the mass as a community meal of participation. Yes, they succeeded in the virtual abolition of latin in favour of the vernacular, etc. etc. But they did not succeed in abolishing the mass. Despite all the hatchet work, the Holy Spirit preserved the liturgy of the Mass for this and future generations. The old ways of celebrating mass can and are being restored, along with a reaffirmation of the traditional doctrines, and this is can and is being done within the novus ordo rite.
My joy in the motu proprio is precisely that it will accelerate this recovery. I don’t attend the Extraordinary Rite – I have only ever done so once, years before becoming a Catholic. But I have attended many novus ordo masses, in English and Latin, done with a sublime reverence – some fully in the manner of the older form of mass (Latin, kneeling for communion, priest facing east etc.).
I must say too that I do not share the author’s feelings about the liturgy of the Word. In fact in two areas I think the Novus Ordo wins over the older form: One is that Scripture is given greater prominence. That might just be the protestant in me, but I think if we are going to evangelise the world, we have to start with evangelising ourselves. That doesn’t mean to say I don’t have criticisms of the current lectionary, but it is an improvement over the older lectionary (which in fact I grew up with in the Lutheran Church). The other area of improvement is in the restoration of the prayers of the Faitfhful. My one comment on this is that we could have a single or several standard prayers so that we were sure to prayer for universal and not just personal and local concerns.
Any way, I commend both these articles to your for your enjoyment and edification.