Subtitle: one sinner’s journey
Probably, and first off, we Catholics, Traditional, Novos Ordo, or whatever we call each other, are Traditionalists, no matter what one thinks of the other. It has been pointed out, and quite well I’ll add, by some posters to this forum that, and this next phrase is my opinion–and the rest of the sentence is my perspective only-- one of our greatest Traditions is submitting ourselves to the authority of those to whom Jesus ordained, and to their successors: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kindom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mt 16:18-19).
One poster made a point that it is not about what we want (the poster was speaking about the reception of Our Lord in the Eucharist), but what He wants. 40-odd yrs ago, Peter’s Successor granted some changes that make some people very unhappy. A couple of years ago, Peter’s Successor granted some other changes–a return to the Traditional Mass–that made others very unhappy. Of course I am focussing my remarks right now on the way in which we are able to receive Our Lord in the Eucharist.
And I am confused. Did not Jesus tell Peter that “whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven?” That which Peter’s Successor has bound and loosed is that we have a choice. Choice comes with a profound responsibility, lest we should forget. And by giving us, the faithful, this choice, the Church takes on a great responsibility to teach us what these choices mean. It has not, in my opinion, succeeded. Because we are yelling at one another.
It is my understanding, and my understanding may be wrong, that the Second Vatican meant “aggiornamento” as a way of making Christ’s Church more understandable to the modern world. To live in the world, yet not be a part of the world. To be an example to the world, yet not sacrifice one iota of the Truth. We have done this before. Listen to protestants and their complaints of the paganification of Christianity by the Church: the feast of the Incarnation, praying to Saints, etc. Protestants are wrong, it is true. They do not, or do not want to, understand the Truth behind these, as they say, innovations. It is obvious, though, and I agree with many posters’ assessments, that the “Spirit of Vatican II” has been perverted. For similar reasons. Those who have perverted the “Spirit” of the Council, either do not, or do not want to, understand. On the other side of the coin, there are Traditionalists who taunt the Liturgy of the New Order as a protestantization of the Mass. Ouch.
I have a huge problem with the irreverence shown at many many Parishes and Masses that I have attended. My problem is that I am unable to worship in peace. Sometimes it is not possible to “fa e fatti tuoi.” Sometimes I am robbed of the experience of Communion with Our Lord, conversation with Our Lord, in His house. Sometimes the roof of the Sanctuary is firmly fixed, and there is no blurring of the line between Heaven and earth, as was meant to be during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
I want that back. And I am going to a Traditional Parish, as often as I can to find it. Faccio e faccio i miei.
And I will remember Jesus’ answer to the question, “Who is my neighbor.”