Over at the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) the “Wile E. Coyote of contemporary liberal catholicism”, Michael Sean Winters, had a nutty about Card. Sarah’s message to the Summorum Pontificum colloquium in Germany. HERE
He picked on the new ICEL translation a bit, blah blah blah, but saved his ire for Benedict XVI and Summorum Pontificum. That document that frightens the daylights out of libs.
When Pope Benedict issued Summorum Pontificum, he had no intention of starting a movement, [I think he probably did, given that he wrote a book with the same title as Romano Guadini’s Spirit of the Liturgy, and called for a “new liturgical movement.] still less of ideology. [Buzzzzzz] My problem with those who favor the traditional worship of the church is not their taste, it is that they twist that taste into an ideological framework. [Asinus asellum culpat!] Cardinal Sarah had no harsh words for the traditionalists, only for the post-conciliar reforms. He was throwing red meat to people who have become a kind of cult, who look down on those who do not share their fondness for the old rite. If the charge of “schism” is to be thrown around, it is misplaced when applied to the vast, vast majority of Catholics who follow the new rite. [This, from the National Schismatic Reporter. I remind the readers that every time they print something or serve up their webpage they issue a middle-finger at legitimate authority’s directive to stop using the title “Catholic”. Meanwhile, most people who attend the traditional form the Roman Rite also want the sound preaching that goes with it: the “cult” they belong to is the “Catholic Church”. That’s what they want.]
Worst of all, Cardinal Sarah and the traditionalists seem to be exercising a variety of secularism in that they believe God has stopped his activity in the world, that he makes himself accessible in the Tridentine rite and that rite only, and all the ills of the church flow from the fact that we have left that “golden age.” [In my experience, the vast majority of people who prefer the traditional forms don’t have that view. Most of them, who are too young to have known the time before the Council, have simply grown into the older form, or even grown up into it. Moreover, this is not a homogeneous group. Not at all.] Leave it we did, and not a moment too soon. The church was well served by Trent, liturgically, doctrinally, pastorally, but no council’s perspective lasts forever. In thinking that Trent’s rules and rites are the only legitimate ones, the traditionalists seek to bind God in the 1950s. It can’t be done, and it is wrong to try. It is God alone who will have the last word, not the cardinal prefect.
Card. Sarah and Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum really spook these people.
And my favorite line from earlier in Wile E.’s piece:
The reform of the liturgy that began after the Second Vatican Council has been an overwhelming success.
Mass attendance in Belgium: 5%
Mass attendance in the Netherlands: 5%
Has the Novus Ordo been a huge success? Even if 100% of the 5% who still go to Mass in those places really love the Novus Ordo as it is celebrated there, has the reform been a huge success? Even in these USA, where attendance is still a little higher?
Note Wile E.’s technique. What he has done here is also what he does to the folks at Acton Institute, such as Fr. Sirico and Sam Gregg. He mischaracterizes them with a false label, “liberatarians”, and then allows no other possibility. They are all that way! That’s what he did here, too: “the traditionalists”, “cult”, “ideology”. He paints false pictures and wants the reader simply to accept them. That’s his trick. Sort of like what Wile E. does with the bungee in the following.
What really scares libs is that Card. Sarah spoke of the future.
Benedict XVI and Card. Sarah have the future in mind. Benedict XVI clearly had the future in mind when he desired to spark a New Liturgical Movement, and when he desired a “mutual enrichment” of the two forms. Because Holy Mass is at the very heart of the Church’s identity, if you change the Mass you change Catholic identity. Benedict and Card. Sarah have it exactly right and that terrifies the libs.
As Card. Sarah communicated to the colloquium:
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger tirelessly repeated that the crisis that has shaken the Church for fifty years, chiefly since Vatican Council II, is connected with the crisis of the liturgy, and therefore to the lack of respect, the desacralization and the leveling of the essential elements of divine worship. “I am convinced,” he writes, “that the crisis in the Church that we are experiencing today is to a large extent due to the disintegration of the liturgy.”
And yet it is precisely the disintegration that the libs embrace.