QUOTE=blaiselfd5;6423901]Is it true that before Vatican II there was no such thing as a mass in English, or any other language? Or no catholic church had extraordinary ministers of the eucharist before Vatican II? Furthermore, in the beginning years of our church, mass wouldn’t of been said in Latin, am i not correct?
You’re correct in your claim that before Vatican II all Masses in the Roman Catholic Church were said in Latin-----which through the centuries became the official language of the Church. You’re also right about the absence of EM’s. In fact, the only members of the laity allowed in the Sanctuary during Mass were the Altar boys. I attended this Mass until, when I was 24, it was suppressed to “make room” for the Novus Ordo Mass.
Before Vatican II, Catholics were much more pious & protective about the Eucharist. It was not to be passed around by the laity, the fewer organs that touched the Body of Christ…the better. Also, before the council we had, at least, 3 priests in almost every parish, more in some. Between 1965 and 2002, the number of seminarians fell from 49,999 to 4,700, a decline of over 90 percent. Since 1965 **two thirds of seminaries opened have closed their doors. ** (A look at the reasons for the steep decline of priests will come later in this article.) The number of Catholic nuns, 180,000 in 1965, has fallen by 60 percent. Since the close of Vatican II **the number of teaching nuns has fallen 94 percent. **
I am 27 years old and didn’t know what a traditional catholic was until last year. I find myself drawn to traditional catholicism, but i could never consider ridiculing the novus ordo mass like i hear alot of traditional catholics do. Thanks to everyone for your comments.
I am a Traditional Catholic & I would never ridicule the Novus Ordo Mass. I believe that it is a valid Mass. However, I will say that it does not embrace the whole of Catholicism in the same way that the TLM. does. I think it lacks in the promotion of reverence & piety. I believe that we have lost the sense of the sacred & the Novus Ordo Mass is part of the reason for that.