A thought regarding Fr. Rodriguez….. February 9, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Liturgy, persecution, priests, Revolution, scandals, self-serving.
…..concerning a possible Dallas connection regarding the demand he apparently faces to not only offer the Novus Ordo, but, lacking any justification in the rubrics of the Mass or canon law, to offer it strictly versus poplum, facing the people. I remind readers of an excerpt from a directive of El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz to Fr. Rodriguez, as related by Father in his recent public update on his situation:
I enjoin you to celebrate the Mass and Sacraments according to the Novus Ordo in the Mission of Shafter. The Mass and the Sacraments must be celebrated in the vernacular of the people (English or Spanish) and not Ad Orientem.
I was reminded that this demand was similar to a situation that played out here in the Diocese of Dallas a few years ago. Then, a priest announced that he would start offering Mass Ad Orientem at his Sunday Masses, and that folks had better get used to the idea because he wasn’t changing his mind. At that time, we were not yet assisting at TLMs, but we did assist at the very reverent Latin Novus Ordo Masses this particular priest offered. We, and a number of other souls under who attended this parish, were elated at this development.
But a very strange and unfortunate thing happened. Just a couple of weeks after this announcement, the priest went back to Mass facing the people. He didn’t explain why, in fact, to my knowledge, he still has never given a justification for this volte face. I wound up finding out through another source, months later, that someone at the parish had complained to the Diocese, and a very firm decree had some down that the practice of Ad Orientem was barred for this priest and this parish. Even more, no priest was to offer Novus Ordo Mass facing the Lord in the tabernacle in any parish at any time.
At the time this all came down, Bishop Seitz was still Father Seitz, pastor of All Saints with the gay pornish processional crucifix (which, in fairness, I guess, did predate his time there). But it seems highly likely that whatever directive was issued in this diocese, however unjustifiable, it continues to inform Bishop Seitz’ thinking regarding how the Mass not just should, but must be offered. That is, in the closed off circle of self-worship, in Pope Emeritus’ Benedict’s words, of the versus poplum orientation.
I guess given his history, it’s not entirely surprising that Bishop Seitz would hold this view, unsupportable as it appears to be. That doesn’t make it any more right, of course.
I thought this small historical tie would be of interest to readers. Like Communion in the hand and the abandonment of chapel veils, this massive novelty rests on nothing at all other than progressive whim and the will of a large number of bishops. There is nothing in any formal Church document that demands Mass facing the people. A sort of vague permission to offer Mass facing the people sneaked into the post-conciliar documents produced by the revolutionaries of the liturgical “renewal” led by Anibale Bugnini, but there was even in these never a clear demand to change the orientation of the priest at Mass. At most, it implies the possibility of such.
I remind, as well, that declarations from national conferences are non-dogmatic and have questionable binding authority, at best. We were told for a long time that lay people were to be refused Communion received kneeling and on the tongue, until that turned out to no longer be the case. We’ve also been told that the TLM was abrogated, until that, too, turned out to be totally false.
In sum, this demand for versus poplum rests on the flimsiest of premises, and raises grave questions regarding those who insist upon it.