[quote=NetNuncio]Let’s set down some facts and address this situation without emotion.
Latin is the official language of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. All official Church documents and liturgies are in Latin and translations can never be used unless approved by the Holy See. Vatican II did nothing to eliminate Latin, but rather, gave the option of having some of the Mass said in vernacular languages with the Holy See’s approval.
Because of many of the liturgical abuses since Vatican II and the very, very poor catachesis of the 60s/70s generation, those who were correctly catachized and have fervent devotion to orthodoxy have become frustrated with those who have wanted to modernize the Church not by proclaiming the New Evangilization proclaimed by the Second Vatican Council and championed by John Paul the Great, but by accepting the sinful actions and fads of the modern world. So called “cafeteria catholics”.
The Second Vatican Council was a very good and very necessary council. The problem is that many bishops and priests, on returning from the council, decided to implement what they thought was the “Spirit of Vatican II” (shudder) rather than the actual DOCUMENTS of Vatican II. Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, who became Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI was one of the shapers of the council, but as he saw the implementations take place, he was appalled. Pope Paul VI, on seeing the complete removal of the Latin language, issued a book called “Jubilate Deo”, that included very simple chant settings of all the Mass Ordinaries (Kyrie, Gloria, etc…). The problem with this book was that it used the simplest settings, which were the Requiem settings. One can imagine Requiem settings of the Mass ordinaries were not overly popular at the Easter Vigil.
Seeing the decay of the Roman Rite, many disgusted Roman Catholics joined schizmatic groups such as the Society of St. Pius X, which questions the validity of the Post Vatican II Mass, or the Society of St. Pius V and the “True Catholic Church”, which regard Blessed John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI as anti-popes and who have elected their own popes.
I blame both sides for this sad situtation. The modernist cafeteria Catholics have destroyed the Mass of Paul VI. They pick and choose which doctrines and parts of scripture they want to believe and unite themselves with the world rather than with Heaven. Their lack of faith in the real presence has caused the profaning of Our Dear LORD in the Blessed Sacrament. Their lack-a-daysical attitude toward the faith has fueled the fire of the Anti-Vatican II crowd, especially when said Council is used by those uneducated in the Council’s documents to defend their acts.
The “Traditionalists” have lost faith in Christ’s promise that the fires of Hell will never prevail against his Church. They have disobeyed, some going so far as to profane the Holy Father and His successors of happy memory. If only they would remain within the Church and help us to defend her against the modernists. Many see the falling of the Church as a sign that the end is near and are very interested in prophecy.
We must remain faithful to Holy Mother Church, even when those uneducated in the faith or who have made the faith more man-centered than Christ-centered assault us with scathing words and deriding comments.
My apologies for making this posting so long, but I felt the need to look at this topic rationally.
Obedient to Rome,
Please do not apologize!
This is one of the best post’s in quite sometime!
I agree with your arguments wholeheartedly
A very well thought out and reasoned post.