Hello, all. After much careful deliberation about where to go to Mass last night, I finally decided to go to the Cathedral in Spokane hoping that at least the music would be decent (which, thankfully, it was!). Anyway, the priest’s homily was deeply hurtful and I’m wondering how to react. It started out fine enough, with a bit of typology showing how the tower of Babel prefigured the happenings at Pentecost… but then it turned sour very quickly.
“Up until 1965, we had our own tower of babel in the Catholic Church. It was called the Latin Mass! Church leaders thought that it would be great for everyone to be unified by one language, one chant, and one design of church. But they were wrong! Nobody understood what was going on! The priest faced the wall and did his thing and every so often would turn around and ask ’ you guys awake?’ and we’d say ‘sure, Father!’” – At this point people around me started saying “I remember! Amen!” –
The priest continued: “But at the Second Vatican Council the Holy Spirit moved the church to believe that all other languages were equal, maybe even superior, to Latin! We have flowered because in many languages we can now offer the one Mass!” --that’s utterly ridiculous. It would be great if we offered the same Mass as, say, the French. But we can’t because the ICEL translations are so BAD–
Here’s the kicker: “Those of you who stubbornly and foolishly cling to the Latin Mass are making yourselves obstacles to the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church! The Spirit is in charge! Not me, not you, and not even the pope! We must not fight reform any longer!”
I felt so rotten after hearing that homily. As if I am somehow transgressing because I value the theologically rich prayers of the Tridentine Mass. I don’t deny the beauty of the Missal of Paul VI. I just have a personal preference for the Missal of Pope St. Pius V.
How would you all address the issue? Is it worth mentioning to someone?