Ok, to start with, this has me pretty grumpy. I’m normally more of a lurker here than anything else, but my family attends one of the few (actually I think it’s one of only 3) Parishes in the Arkansas Diocese that offers the Extraordinary (TLM) Mass.
For the Homily this weekend the Priest played an MP3 of a recorded message from the Bishop that was supposed to be on the Year of the Faith.
I was pretty psyched to hear it at first because he started calling out he importance of reading the Vatican II documents and going to Adoration.
About 30 seconds later however he started into what he called the “ghetto mentality that pervaded the Church 50 years ago” and how Vatican II made is so that we could “fully participate” in the Mass.
I’m not sure if I’m just over-reacting, but honestly I was pretty much floored to hear a modern post Ecclesia Dei Bishop would state this. By the time he got to talking about how Vatican II made the Church much more “inclusive” of other faiths I was honestly ready to walk out and head to a neighboring parish that’s part of a different Diocese.
The Homily is still up at the Diocese of Arkansas website dolr.org/bishop/yearoffaithhomily_100612.pdf
Not sure if that link will work, but I’ve copied parts of it below. If anyone think’s I’m cherry picking, I encourage you to read the entire thing:
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼"I was in 8th Grade when Mass began to be celebrated in English. I had been an altar boy in Latin since 4th Grade, so I remember vividly the before, during and after of Vatican II. It’s really hard for young people today to have any concept of the ghetto mentality that pervaded the Church 50 years ago, especially in places like Arkansas where the Catholic Church was a small minority. I remember well what it was like to be discouraged from reading the Bible out of fear of misinterpreting it and to be forbidden to attend practically anything except funerals in a non-Catholic Church out of fear of contagion. This was not exactly official Church teaching, but it was the practical reality in many parts of the United States as well as in many other countries. The Council Fathers realized that this is not what Jesus taught and that it was time for us to lay aside our fear of the outside world. Many of those who today seem so gripped with nostalgia for the time before Vatican II have no actual lived experience of what those days were really like. So as you pray these documents:
I invite you to consider what a blessing it is to be able to participate fully in the Mass, which was not the case prior to Vatican II. In the past much of the laity prayed the rosary privately during Mass, especially prior to the introduction of the “dialogue” Latin Mass in the 1950s, and very few people went to Communion on any given Sunday. In those days it was very much the priest’s Mass and only the priest and altar boys had liturgical roles–and only they could even hear, in Latin, much of what was going on–because a lot of it was whispered. That was the reason for the bells: to alert people that the priest had reached the Consecration and so they should interrupt their rosaries and other devotions and now direct their attention to the altar. So first, I invite you to consider what a blessing it is to be able to participate fully in the Mass-- thanks to Vatican II!
I invite you also to marvel at how the Holy Spirit inspired the Council Fathers to use the inclusive, dynamic image of the People of God to express the common ground we share with other believers. Vatican II enabled us to recognize that as pilgrims on a journey, we should support our fellow non- Catholic believers in our common effort to know and do God’s will as best we understand it. This ecumenical approach was the diametrical opposite of what we had been doing up until then–not to mention the positive new approach the Council took regarding our interfaith relationship with Jews, Muslims and other non-Christian religions!
And then I invite you to consider the great blessing of the Council’s desire to foster a positive relationship between the Church and all of society-- thankful for human progress in many fields, despite all of the attendant problems and challenges, and specifically Vatican II’s insights regarding how to draw on our faith to address contemporary issues. Sure, there are funny stories–and even horror stories–about aberrations and missteps in the implementation of the reforms of the Council… people who acted on what they perceived to be the “spirit of the Council” rather than on what the Council documents really said, but these were the exception and serve only to cloud the picture."