What modernists mean when they say…
(I got these from a Traditionalist website but have only included what I hope are the uncontroversial ones. )
often involving dancing, singing, hand-clapping, waving arms around, being disruptive, picking up musical instruments and putting on a show for everyone, “active participation,” as modernists see it, is the busy-ness of engaging in behaviors that are “fun,” not rooted in our liturgical purposes and heritage, and, especially, which usurp the priest’s role and detract from the Mystery of Faith. It’s what goes on in liturgy for the MTV generation with its 5-second attention span.
True active participation is understanding the Mass – its supernatural reality and purpose – and praying it along with the Angels and Saints in Heaven. It is offering ourselves up to Christ, uniting our joys and sufferings with His as He pours out His life for us and becomes truly present in the Eucharist. If you don’t get an “emotional high” from that in a well-celebrated traditional Mass (which is not the purpose of the Mass, anyway!), the problem is you, not the Mass.
a sort of, um, consciousness, man, or perfection of energy…or something. “It’s” the “spirit among us” – exemplified by that super-tolerant guy Jesus (among others), who was assassinated for being a radical – that becomes crystallized when we “gather” in the “worship space” to “share bread and wine” from the “table.”
This is less a “Modernist” issue than a Protestant one, but I mention it because it bugs me: the proper Western Christian transcription of the word is “allelúia,” not “hallelujah”; the latter is an English Protestant “Reformation” use based on the Masoretic texts. And what does this glorious word mean? “All hail to Him Who is!”
the stubborn insistence on the reality of objective Truth and God’s Will.
"Islam means peace," some would have us believe. To those of us who know better, “Islam” means “Submission.”
the quaint, “pre-Vatican II” act, now held to be ridiculous, of making amends for offending God. Doing penance for things you should not need to do penance for (Crusades, Inqusition, patriarchy, order, Passion Plays, certain Mel Gibson movies, etc.) is fine, though.
the “spirit of man’s intolerance to differences.” Otherwise, an outmoded cartoonish figure whom the Church “used to believe” exists.
Those who used to be known as heretics, schismatics and infidels.
the true purpose of the Church, as opposed to helping people to repent and turn to Christ and offering the Sacraments.
what used to be known as hymns, psalms and canticles.