Racking His Brains

For more on the story of the oath administered to the FFI, see Fr Hunwicke's Liturgical Notes, Fr John Zuhlsdorf at WDTPRS and also Dr Joseph Shaw, LMS Chairman

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Anonymous said…
Members of the SSPX who were against any agreement with Rome last year must be feeling justified .
kfca said…
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culbreath said…
Maybe they could answer with the words of Pope Paul VI:

http://www.adoremus.org/PaulVI_ChangesMass.html

"A new rite of the Mass: a change in a venerable tradition that has gone on for centuries. This is something that affects our hereditary religious patrimony, which seemed to enjoy the privilege of being untouchable and settled. It seemed to bring the prayer of our forefathers and our saints to our lips and to give us the comfort of feeling faithful to our spiritual past, which we kept alive to pass it on to the generations ahead.

It is at such a moment as this that we get a better understanding of the value of historical tradition and the communion of the saints. This change will affect the ceremonies of the Mass. We shall become aware, perhaps with some feeling of annoyance, that the ceremonies at the altar are no longer being carried out with the same words and gestures to which we were accustomed—perhaps so much accustomed that we no longer took any notice of them. This change also touches the faithful. It is intended to interest each one of those present, to draw them out of their customary personal devotions or their usual torpor.

We must prepare for this many-sided inconvenience. It is the kind of upset caused by every novelty that breaks in on our habits. We shall notice that pious persons are disturbed most, because they have their own respectable way of hearing Mass, and they will feel shaken out of their usual thoughts and obliged to follow those of others. Even priests may feel some annoyance in this respect.

So what is to be done on this special and historical occasion? First of all, we must prepare ourselves. This novelty is no small thing. We should not let ourselves be surprised by the nature, or even the nuisance, of its exterior forms. As intelligent persons and conscientious faithful we should find out as much as we can about this innovation ..."
Physiocrat said…
It would take an army of lawyers, and several levels of court proceedings, to establish the truth or otherwise of what they are trying to assent to. So they might as well sign - it means nothing. The Commissar must be a bloody fool not to realise that.
Nicholas Dyson said…
Sorry didn't mean to appear anonymous in this post
Lynda said…
Which further goes to prove its arbitrary and penal nature.
Lynda said…
So, you see that it follows that his new committee-product will better glorify God and will better provide for the salvation of souls ...
viterbo said…
physiocrat - i pray you're right...

culbreath said: It is the kind of upset caused by every novelty that breaks in on our habits. We shall notice that pious persons are disturbed most, because they have their own respectable way of hearing Mass, and they will feel shaken out of their usual thoughts and obliged to follow those of others.


'Crib and Cross manifest to mankind God's love for all...whereas the Mass stresses His love for the individual.' 62 Missal.

The Mass recognises a unique God created one-to-one through the person of the Priest...God likes threes; the Mass should be me-Priest-God, or maybe vice-versa. It's heartwarming shaking strangers' hands, unless they've just sneezed on them. but the elevation to the point idol of oddly tuned and timed Victorian presbytarian (who surely did it better) pop songs creates cracks......... if you dearly want the purification that comes from Christ humiliating Himself by offering Himself to me...and in such an indifferent setting, in such a 'You care so much about us we don't have to care about You', liturgy, well, demons must envy the dedication to the bones of their arts NO.