From a reader:
Tonight [15 August], due to work, I was not able to attend mass at my parish for the Feast of the Assumption. That was not a problem, because my office is a block away from my diocese’s cathedral, and I still had time to attend the last scheduled mass of the day there. [And thus fulfill your obligation. Well done.] Since the cathedral is also a parish church that serves a multi-cultural population, the mass was said in Vietnamese.
I had two recurring thoughts during the mass:
1. The choir, singing in Vietnamese, was better than most of the English-singing parish choirs I have heard. The music was truly beautiful and uplifting.
2. If only the Church had a universal language so that at all masses, the attendees, no matter their native tongue, could worship and pray together in one voice.
What an idea.
I’ve had enough of this! Universal language? Beautiful music?
You must be one of those lockstep sheep and papist throwbacks!
You must hate Vatican II.
As we have constantly been told, Vatican II forbade Latin.
It also required that high altars be ripped out of our churches and that ironing boards be set up in their place. It mandated that people must stand for Communion which they are obliged to receive in the hand. Vatican II ordered that priests – sorry – ordained ministers – are to be called “Bob” or “Frank”, not the oppressively patriarchal “Father”, and they are to hand over their roles to hoards of non-ordained ministers.
Furthermore, Vatican II said that our music should be ugly, second-rate stuff involving pianos, tambourines, and out of tune guitars poorly played.
Karl Rahner said that Vatican II was the most important thing that happened in the Church since the Council of Jerusalem. Hans Kung said that Vatican II didn’t go far enough!
Seriously, Vatican II was just one Council among many. In the Church’s history it wasn’t anywhere near the most important Council! It seems to be a big deal right now because it was in living memory and fewer people today pay attention to history.
Finally, liberals actually hate the Second Vatican Council which they incessantly invoke. You can tell that by the way they ignore or twist its documents.
Thus endeth my rant.
Have a nice day!