Pretending that eradicating the Extraordinary Form Mass plays any part in the agenda of Pope Francis is deeply dishonest

Well, i’m reading The Wanderer, November 07, 2013, p. 2B, and i’ve found this article. The highlighted sentence is what disturb me the most.

Term “Extraordinary” Does Not Prescribe Restricted Access 


( Editor’s Note: When space permits, Fr. Cusick will conclude his column with a Catechism reflection to go with the Sunday readings.) + + + A priest on the staff of a U. S. seminary went on record recently telling young seminarians that the adjective “ extraordinary” in reference to the Latin Mass should be taken to imply “ occasional” or “ rare” or “ only every so often.”

One could surmise easily that this was delivered in reaction to what for some is an unwanted spike of interest in the classic liturgy — as well as various other aspects of the Church’s life before the rupture predicated falsely upon the documents of Vatican II — among young men seeking the priesthood.

That those who are dismissive of Catholic life before the 1960s are in a retreat and reaction mode bodes well for the life and health of the Church, because it means that even those with their heads habitually thrust deep in the sand of denial are beginning to wake up to the deep influence of the John Paul II- Benedict XVI papal orthodoxy juggernaut. That orthodoxy has been planting deep roots in the faith and life of multiple generations of Catholics for almost two generations.

As an example of the irrationality of the prejudice that denies any value to classic Catholic life, validated by the saints from the beginning of the Church’s organic life of faith which grew into the Gregorian liturgy, this irrational speech will fall on deaf ears. The responsible, sensible, and wise voice of Benedict XVI still reverberates clear and strong in the Church for the men who understand his efforts to promote peace in the Body of Christ through promulgation of Summorum Pontificum.

Those who, contrary to the responsibility and trust the Church places in them and their roles of leadership, continue a tendentious invective against either liturgy of the Church, ordinary or extraordinary, are violating both the spirit and letter of Summorum Pontificum  which Pope Francis has already stated was a prudent measure for the benefit of the Church. Pretending that eradicating the Extraordinary Form Mass plays any part in the agenda of Pope Francis is deeply dishonest.

Let’s apply the rationale of the priest who spoke out against an enthusiastic promotion and celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite by applying his “ logic” to another area of Catholic life.

Many of us know that the Church has sought to rein in a tendency to “ clericalize” the laity by calling for the use of the term “extraordinary” in reference to the use of lay people in administering Holy Communion, particularly at Mass and in other ordinary instances of Catholic sacramental life. As many of us also know, this measure was taken in response to abuses of the role of the laity in the distribution of the Eucharist, which in many places continues apace. This abuse has been abetted by the obvious error of priests sitting in the sanctuary or in the rectory while lay people supplant their proper role as ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, along with deacons and instituted seminarians.

The hypocrisy is obvious: When it comes to abusing the term “ extraordinary” if it promotes an alien agenda or because clerics are lacking the constitutional fortitude to risk disappointing uneducated laity by making a needed correction, then it goes unremarked. If, however, it is the less favored Latin Mass that is involved, then the default mode can fall anywhere between inaction and continued advancement of the deeply destructive rupture agenda. Neither choice is acceptable.

Catholics can find the Ordinary Form Mass easily as it remains abundantly available. Promotion of the antique liturgy is a matter of pastoral care for every priest whether or not he chooses to celebrate it himself. The point of Summorum Pontificum is that both forms of the Mass should be as freely available as resources and effort allow. Common sense dictates that any priest who offers either Mass should know how to do so. Stating this truth only in regard to the Extraordinary Form is petty and can be interpreted as prejudicial.

Benedict XVI’s papacy is a triumphant seal upon his lifetime of work in aiding the Church at large in advancing the arduous cause of a sane and reasonable application of the pastoral documents of Vatican II. Benedict knows young people well, given his long work as a professor. He knows well that you get no traction by insisting that the Church began with Vatican II because young people are too intelligent to fall for such a ruse. Those with a rigid agenda which insists that the light of day fall only upon their personally preferred sliver of 2,000 years of organic Catholic faith and life make themselves only more ridiculous through their ossified denial and repetitive prevarications.


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Sunday Catechism: The Gospel this Sunday tells of the encounter between Christ and those who challenged His teaching. This misadventure with His detractors turned into a positive event because it occasioned His revelation of the truth by contrasting the vocation of marriage in this world with the everlasting vocation to which all of us are called with the heavenly Father. Virginity and celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom constantly accompany us in the Church as signposts along our journey in this life to God.

“Virginity for the sake of the kingdom of heaven is an unfolding of baptismal grace, a powerful sign of the supremacy of the bond with Christ and of the ardent expectation of his return, a sign which also recalls that marriage is a reality of this present age which is passing away” ( Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1619).

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5 comments on “Pretending that eradicating the Extraordinary Form Mass plays any part in the agenda of Pope Francis is deeply dishonest

  1. Anyone using the words “extraordinary form” when referring to the Holy Sacrifice may as well be wearing a T-shirt with “I Am A Modernist” printed on the front and a big target printed on the back, beneath which is a demon holding an AK-47, snickering away.

    Since these people, including certain popes, are practicing Lutherans and/or Anglicans, at best, their gobbledygook is best kept far away from impressionable children.

  2. Bingo, gpm, on the use of EF.

    Hence, Fr. contradicts himself when he says, “[Benedict XVI] knows well that you get no traction by insisting that the Church began with Vatican II because young people are too intelligent to fall for such a ruse.” Except, Father, EF is a ruse! The audacity of of labeling the central form of worship uniting the western Church for nearly 1500 years “extraordinary” is beyond the pale.

  3. “The John Paul II- Benedict XVI papal orthodoxy juggernaut.”

  4. The use of the term extraordinary form to describe the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a modernist invention. The two forms are not identical with one being a propitiary sacrifice and the other being an “assembly of the people.” Anyone who has served the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass knows the difference and for a priest to be classified as “bi-ritual” is an insult to the holy priesthood and, even more, an insult to Christ Himself.

  5. The term “extraordinary form” is what is deeply dishonest.
    They are different liturgies and depending on the situation the “ordinary form” can give the impression that there are 2 different religions.

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