I am not sure if I am gonna be off topic.
I read through the article and I admit i do not agree 100 % to the WIR view. Having said that I believe the current OF missal needs a serious re look.
I completely agree with all the comments about the “ministers”, dress code, maintaining the decorum of the place, choir etc.
But I do not find any problem with priests facing people and I do not think it is practical to have the separation of altars and restructuring the churches for the people to kneel down while receiving Holy Communion; In many parts of the world churches do not have the same ancient western classical architecture. Though it is desirable it is extremely difficult if Church insists that all the churches have to have the same style of architecture design. The cost factor cannot be ignored. In many parts of the world, there are huge crowds in the churches. OF takes an hour , may be a 15mins more if sermon is a bit longer. Example in my Parish, on Sundays there are 5 Masses (morning alone) in different languages. Each mass is attended by at least 500 people. Each mass is scheduled at 6:30, 7:30,8:30,9:30 and 11:00
And to be Honest almost all the churches has the same attendances and number of masses. In such scenarios , be prudent, it is not practical , Holy communion is distributed with help of many priests and nuns in different stations in the church.
Second main point in the article was about the use of Latin. Let’s not live in a fantasy world.
Use of Latin in OF:
The world is much more diverse and large than the west thinks. The use of Latin require reeducation of the people. The Holy sacraments have to be understood and taught carefully, effectively. May be people from China, India, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq, Japan or any other non western nations can learn a few words in Latin.But it is impossible for the whole christian population to learn Latin to use it meaningfully and effectively. Church will be ruined in many parts of the world if the Catholic Church put " a linguistic qualification" to participate and “enjoy” the Holy Sacrament.
When someone insists that Latin must be used,in parts or whole, they maintain an preconceived notion that rest of the languages lack something to be effective ?? Yes I would like learn it and use it, but, to be honest , the major catholic populations are not in that part of the world where people uses the vernacular languages that are originated from Latin. Dictating Latin to the rest of the world has indeed far reaching negative impact. For example Koreans an Chinese seem to have difficulty in pronouncing the letter “R”. Well, if they say “Credo” it will sound like “Cledo”. So much for Latin there.
Vernacular Missal - Exact translation from Latin:
Again, some people seem to think that Catholicism is a group of elite western oriented (I mean elite in the west , not west is elite ) people who demand a nostalgic approach and who think that Catholic tradition is to be imposed and maintained in their familiar way in the rest of the world.
Latin CANNOT be translated exactly to most of the vernacular languages. If done so, the liturgy in vernacular languages will be of “third grade and meaningless” . Just because Oriental, Eastern languages are so rich and so different. For example Indian languages originated from Sanskrit,which is probably 100 time richer, and heavier than Latin. And there are 24 Indian languages + around 1800 dialects and there are Christians in each of these ,who can only speak their vernacular or their dialects. The structure, grammar, vocabulary are extremely different. The meaning of words in each languages are derived from the cultural and social context. I don’t think I have to explain more on how unlikely that we will preserve the real meanings if we insist on the literal translation.
I may sound a bit bizarre here, but to be honest, the people who reject the V 2 and even doubt its validity just because the rest of the world “enjoy” their vernacular liturgy has to wake up and face the odds of this world.
It is also important to realize the Holy Catholic Church comprises of another r22 independent Churches which have their own unique, rich and wonderful liturgy. And its is them who shepherd the major catholic population. Those churches stood firm with Rome, surviving the odds and attracting many new people to them without Latin. Why spoil it all ?
I was thinking, what would I be as a catholic, if i had grown up only attending the Latin mass and liturgy. I probably would not have understood any of the core catholic sacraments and its importance. Moreover, imagine my parents, and their parents, in 1920 s and 1930, thank God we had our own vernacular Liturgy . Thanks to the Syro-Malabar Rite. And many other rites who kept Christianity alive and thriving through their vernacular liturgies and Bibles. Without them, Church would have as many members as to fill the Vatican square.
And above all Catholic means Universal, crossing the boundaries of culture, languages, traditions, nationalities etc. It has to blend in to every part of the world. V2 has done just that. We are united in Christ, not in Latin culture.
Am I off topic?? Sorry if i were,