Would You Care to Help a Good Priest on Facebook? July 19, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, priests, Revolution, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.
I’m a bit of two minds about this post. A really good, young local priest – he’s not traditional at present, but, I believe, has aspirations or inclinations in that direction – wrote a post on Facebook about offering Mass Ad Orientem. He didn’t say he’s planning on doing so, he just asked for people’s experiences, and whether they found the Novus Ordo offered Ad Orientem meaningful. My wife brought this post to my attention. Since I refuse to have anything to do with Facebook, and won’t get sucked into having my account reactivated (and all my personal data available, again), I thought I might ask readers still on Facebook if they might charitably share their experiences.
The problem, to the extent one exists, is this: there are about 15 replies at present, and they break down about 2:1 or more against Ad Orientem rather than in favor of it. Even those who claim to have assisted at a Novus Ordo offered Ad Orientem seem to speak against it. The usual reasons are proffered: it’s rude for the priest to have his back turned to the people, versus poplum doesn’t undermine the sacredness of the Mass or diminish belief in the Real Presence (both demonstrably false), versus poplum doesn’t result in the Mass devolving into a closed-circle of entertainment, etc. The most frequently offered justification for opposing Ad Orientem is, to me, a very sad one; it comes from older people who lived through the liturgical revolution and eventually came to embrace it. They ask why the Church would now “go back in time,” which is an appalling bit self-justification and a fundamentally illogical claim.
A bit of an aside: I’ve often related that I’ve never had anyone assist at the TLM who did not come away at least somewhat impressed. That is, until a few months ago. A member of my wife’s family who had not been to a TLM since the days of the Council assisted at our local Fraternity parish and literally hated EVERY. SINGLE. ASPECT. of the Mass. I mean everything was wrong. The priest didn’t fold his hands properly. The priest didn’t cross himself enough or at the right times. She couldn’t hear the priest. Etc., etc., ad infinitum. How this woman could perfectly remember every slight detail of the Mass of Ages from 50+ years ago is beyond me.
But she said something really revealing later on. She said it had been extraordinarily difficult, back then, to accept the changes to the Liturgy, but eventually she had. She could not now countenance that those changes had been wrong, or destructive, or that she had gone along with something deficient and disordered all these years. I have to wonder whether that sentiment does not underlie some of the non-response responses asking why the Church would “go back in time.” Or, they may just be liberals.
Anyway, do what you will, I don’t really think it would be helpful to critique other people’s responses, but I think it would be very helpful to provide some powerful positive arguments in favor of Ad Orientem, whether from a Novus Ordo or TLM perspective, in support of this priest. I think if he could, he would be very interested in offering Mass facing the Lord in the tabernacle. He is certainly worthy of support. He’s recently been made pastor of a very large parish that has a very sad history behind it, and he could do much good work for souls in his new position.
Thank you for your consideration. Dominus vobiscum!