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Monday, July 2, 2007

And then the Caveman said...

What the Caveman has to say:

With regard to the suppression [of the Traditional Latin Mass in 1969], this individual wrote: "A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent."

Now THAT'S powerful! "Calling our very being into question... makes the longing for it seem downright indecent." Want to guess who said that? I'll tell ya... Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in his interview-book Salt of the Earth (1997). Gee, I've been saying that for years. Looks like I'm in good company, eh?

But for those who still buy into the myth that "the spirit of V2" is getting us back to our roots, allow me to point the following out to you;

The Latin Mass isn't something that magically appeared back in the 1500's during the Council of Trent. Neither did it simply fall from the sky when Pope St. Gregory the Great introduced The Gregorian Sacramentary in the 6th century. Even the Canon of the Latin Mass dates to the 4th century. The historical fact of the matter is, even in it's infancy, the Latin Mass has been with us since the 1st century when Sts. Peter and Paul first preached in Rome. The words of the Consecration have remained constant for 2,000 years within the Latin Mass. There simply is no getting around that.

Oh, before I forget... why did Pope St. Gregory the Great even want to retain Latin in the liturgy? Golly, could it be because he realized that Latin was unchanging, and that this new language called Italian was ever evolving and constantly changing? Yep... that exactly the reason. Boy, they didn't call him "The Great" for nothing, huh? I'd wager if he were around today, many would call him a Rad-Trad or possibly even a caveman.

Anyhow, So for all those nay-sayers who have all the theological, ecclesiastical and historical depth of a kiddie wading pool, please refrain for the soft-headed notion that the Motu Proprio is all about the SSPX, or simply pleasing (shutting up) a extremely small number of "Rad-Trads".

It's all about our very being of being Catholics. If you have any questions, direct them to the guy who lives in Rome who wears those really cool Prada shoes..

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