A little while ago I posted a link to the horrible Minneapolis Star-Tribune which ran a poll about whether or not the older form of Mass should be made more widely available. Remember the poll results?
Now there is a poll on AOL about the MP, but also one on the Church!!
CLICK HERE TO GO VOTE!
You have your marching orders.
The AOL poll is attached to a story written by the same Nicole Windfield of AP who wrote about the MP yesterday, quoting yours truly. I was on the phone with her for a while pre-Motu Morning. In today’s AP piece on AOL, "Melissa Eddy in Berlin and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report."
Here are some of the memorable bits of this AP article. Right off the bat, enjoy the title! (My emphases and comments).
Pope Angers Jews, Liberals With Rite
Conservatives Rejoice as Pontiff Revives Old Latin Mass
By NICOLE WINFIELD,
Posted: 2007-07-07 23:16:06
VATICAN CITY (July 7) – Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday removed restrictions on celebrating the old Latin Mass, reviving a rite that was all but swept away by the liberalizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council. [Sounds about right.]
The decision, a victory for traditional, conservative Roman Catholics, came over the objections of liberal-minded Catholics and angered Jews [Hmmm... the enemy of my enemy is my friend?] because the Tridentine Mass contains a prayer for their conversion. [Dear EVERYONE: When hs the Church not prayed for coversion.... everyone's conversion, even ongoing conversion of the converted? The Church knews herself to be always reformanda... needing reform. Why should Christians, who believe Jesus is God, and who find joy in believing that Jesus is God, and wanting all people everywhere to be joyful, not also want all people to be joyful in believing that Jesus is God? And when we pray, do we not pray most intently for those closest to us? Is it so unreasonable to pray that Jews be converted when we pray for our own ongoing conversion to a deeper faith in Christ? I see that prayer as a sign of the Church's love, an opening of a door more.]
The document upset Jews, since the Tridentine rite contains a prayer on Good Friday of Easter Week calling for their conversion. The Anti-Defamation League called the move a "body blow to Catholic-Jewish relations," the Jewish news agency JTA reported. [Sounds like All-Star Wrestling.]
The Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Benedict to publicly point out that such phrases "are now entirely contrary to the teaching of the church." [But are they? I don't think so. Also, I wonder if these statements are coming from devout, practicing Jews. I don't know and won't speculate. We know there are lots of "cultural Catholics" who make absurd calls upon the Church to do absurd and impossible things. It is not a great leap to imagine that less than observant Jews might do what less than observant Catholics do: make impossible claims from the mistaken view that Catholics don't have fixed beliefs or the right to express them in their integrity.]
The old rite differs significantly from the New Mass. In addition to the Latin, the prayers [not all] and readings are different, and the priest faces the altar, to be seen as leading the faithful in prayer. [YES! YES! YES! WAY TO GO NICOLE!!!! KUDOS FOR THE WRITER! SHE GOT IT RIGHT! *high five the writer*]
The document "doesn’t impose any return to the past, it doesn’t mean any weakening of the authority of the council nor the authority and responsibility of bishops," Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said.
However, Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, the head of the French bishops’ conference, warned that the move will create divisions. "There will be resistance from both sides," he told Le Monde.
The liberal lay church group We Are Church [Remember what I said about about less than observant Catholics who make absurd and impossible demands?] said that the move represented a step back from Vatican II and could set an even more conservative direction for the church. It warned of a "new split within many parishes, diocese and finally the entire Roman Catholic Church."
"It is to be feared that while it appears to only be about the old Mass, in reality it is an attempt to set the Catholic Church on a new old course," the group said. [These angry folks are so clueless as to defy further comments. They need to read this blog.]
Ricard, speaking on France-Info radio Saturday, said the move does not mean the entire church is becoming more fundamentalist. "Just because you have in a family a cousin who is a bit different, whom you tolerate and accept, doesn’t mean that the whole family adopts his positions or his way of life," he said. [ROFL!! This is GREAT! Remember my "nutty aunt in the attic" description? I almost... almost chose "idiot cousin" instead! GMTA, n'est-ce pas?]
The document was welcomed by traditional Catholics who remained in good standing with Rome but simply preferred the Tridentine liturgy and have long complained that bishops had been stingy [yep] in allowing it, said Michael Dunnigan, chairman of Una Voce America, the largest lay organization in the United States dedicated to promoting wider access to the traditional Mass.
"The traditional Mass is a true a gem of the church’s heritage, and the Holy Father has taken the most important step toward making it available to many more of the faithful," he said. [GOOD WORK! Ends on a high note.]
Associated Press writers Melissa Eddy in Berlin and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.