WHY IS THERE AD ORIENTEMPHOBIA? AND IN WHAT WAY COULD IT BE A PART OF THE MUCH NEEDED REFORM WE NEED IN THE CHURCH TODAY?

WHY IS THERE AD ORIENTEMPHOBIA? AND IN WHAT WAY COULD IT BE A PART OF THE MUCH NEEDED REFORM WE NEED IN THE CHURCH TODAY?

Let’s face it, bishops and priests of my generation and older have been brainwashed as it concerns ad orientem. The very first so called reform of the Mass was to turn the priest and altar around even before the Roman Missal was reformed. Facing the people was the big deal and then the vernacular. To go back at least on ad orientem would take humility on the part of my not so humble generation of priests and the older ones. They’d have to admit that Vatican II and they made some big mistakes.

Vatican II was a pastoral council, not a dogmatic one. We don’t have to take pastoral sentiments and
make these dogmatic or irreversible. Some of the pastoral judgments of the Fathers of Vatican II were wrong just as wrong as so many of the pastoral judgments of bishops since Vatican II to include the popes who we can blame for the summer of meltdown we are currently sweating.

But how would ad orientem have helped our current situation? 

It would have removed the emphasis on the person of the priest to the detriment of the exclusive high Priesthood of Jesus Christ. Lay Catholics at Mass, where the majority of Catholics exclusively see and interact with the person of the priest, would not have focused on that particular priest’s liturgical style, his facial expressions of piety or lack thereof, his welcoming warmth or lack thereof as well as his creativity or lack thereof. Ad orientem as well as reading the black and doing the red places all priests on the same level which helps the ordained bishop or priest to point to Jesus the High Priest and not to themselves.

When Catholics are more focused on Jesus at Mass and in their lives and less so on the personality of priests and bishops at Mass and elsewhere, then we can separate our authentic Catholic Faith from the personality of the “accidents” of the ordained clergy from The Substance which those “accidents” are meant to reveal.

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