I’m not the type to rant and complain (at least not the type to do it online like this).
My wife and I attend a parish in the South, the church is 150 years old and beautiful. We are lucky enough to have an EF mass every Sunday and Monday. For the EF, a nearby (30 minutes away) priest travels to the parish.
Usually my wife and I attend the OF, but I love the EF and attend on occasion.
The priest starts his sermon by focusing on today’s first reading:
He said we often look back on the past and only remember the good things and forget the bad – we often do this with the church pre-Vatican 2.
What I learned today from our priest about the church pre-Vatican 2:
-Most woman today would not be allowed in church then because they have their upper arms showing and because they aren’t wearing a veil. (Laughter).
-Most men today would not be allowed in church then because they aren’t well dress – no jeans, T-shirts, or shorts then. (Laughter).
-Bathrooms weren’t allowed in a church then. You weren’t allowed to leave the church to go to the bathroom. You had to sit with your legs crossed because you had to go to the bathroom sometimes. (Laughter) …I find this every hard to believe…
-25% of the people came to pray the Rosary even thought it wasn’t allowed.
-25% of the people came to sleep. (Laughter). Nothing new here. (Laughter)
-25% of the people came to listen to music or to socialize.
-25% came for the mass but didn’t understand the Latin unless then had a missile which wasn’t, shockingly, provided by the church. Even then it was impossible to follow along.
-The EF isn’t the real Latin mass, the OF is the real Latin mass even though he doesn’t say it in Latin, it is the mass of the Latin rite of the Church, and it is the norm.
-Because think the old times were great, much like the Jews thought being in Egypt was great, but they forgot they were slaves, were in chains, and were whipped.
-They did respect the Eucharist, which was good.
He then goes into a brief discussing tying Cash For Clunkers to the bread of life discourse from the Gospel.
At the end of the mass, before the final blessing, he said “and I just had one other thought, I doubt we’ll ever get back to the old mass because I doubt many of you women would agree to were a near-burka again.” (More Laughter). When he said that, poeple that attend the EF were waiting outside the nave with their veils on. I don’t know if he heard it.
Our pastor has never shown his colors like this before, and I always thought he was at least sympathetic to the EF since he allows it to be said at his church. But now I can see he’s really not that sympathetic and was likely “forced” to allow it by our very sympathetic bishop.
You can all pick the sermon apart, if you want, but some times I just want to give up. Even though the Latin mass community “uses” this church, he is still their pastor and he fails to act like it. Some times I just want to show up every Sunday and get it over with and stop worrying about traditional vs. liberal, EF vs OF, etc. I don’t see how a house divided against itself is going to stand. It all makes me very tired.