There is some tension in Scotland over the upcoming visit of Benedict XVI and the inevitable committee designed mega-Mass which must ensue.
I wonder if there would be, could be, so much tension and, surely, animosity, were the older form of the Roman Rite used instead of the Novus Ordo? It would sure give people something more edifying to watch. NB: I did not say entertaining.
In my e-mail inbox this morning I found the following provocative comment about the arrangements presently debated in Scotland:
More Novus Ordo stuff, the usual and expected endless wrangling over which language to use at which point during the various Novus Ordo celebrations during the Holy Father’s upcoming visit.
This sort of thing will continue, ie., the Novus Ordo will continue to be a sign of division, and contradiction until the Church finally rids itself of its Babelesque curse and liturgical tradition wins out over crackpot innovation.
In the end the Novus Ordo will fall because the Church cannot live with it and cannot die.
First, the Novus Ordo has so many built in options that it becomes difficult to choose between them. If we start including all sorts of languages in the mix, the opportunities to offend by exclusion multiply.
Secondly, we are still in a period of adjustment and experimentation as far as liturgical worship is concerned. The Novus Ordo seems still to be "proving itself".
Thirdly, it may be that the use of the older form of Holy Mass is not growing as fast as its enthusiasts may desire, but it is indeed growing. Furthermore, demographics are going to shift fairly quickly fairly soon.
I’m just askin’, but is it possible that – even under the influence of the corrected translation of the Novus Ordo, it will in the future … fail?
The email writer, above, argues that, since the Church is indefectible, and since the Novus Ordo cannot provide for the unity which is part and parcel of our Catholic Church, therefore the disunity provoking Novus Ordo will go by the wayside because the Church herself cannot.
I am sure that some of you will have a different view.
Returning to a point above, imagine the dust up that would ensue were it determined that the older form of the Roman Rite would be used for a Papal Mass in Scotland.
Then we would probably be treated to the endless wrangling of different groups of people on the more traditional side of things each with their own wrinkle of opinion about how it should be done. There would still be, for example, musical choices to make. Some would say that only Gregorian chant could be used. Some would want a Mozart Mass. The first group would object that there shouldn’t be instruments and that orchestras were forbidden by a document. Another group would want to have polyphony. Another would want to commission a Mass in a modern idiom. …