Yesterday, I commented on the smarmy piece at Fishwrap against ad orientem worship and against Bp. Morlino and Bp. Wall.
“An another thing!”, as the saying goes.
If your life is centered on Christ, you would more than likely be offended to see a priest turn his back to Him.
If, on the other hand, you are centered on yourself, you would be offended to see a priest turn his back to you.
Say there was a Mass offered for the intention of surviving WWII veterans. At such a Mass a WWII vet in a wheelchair is placed in the sanctuary, perhaps – for the sake of the argument mind you – near the tabernacle. The average immanentism-lite congregation of your modern parish would probably be outraged were the priest to turn his back to the old warrior in the wheelchair, while not giving a second thought of the slight to Christ in the tabernacle.
This has to be dealt with.
The great theologian and liturgist Klaus Gamber commented that of all the things perpetrated in the name of the Council, the most damaging was the turning about of altars, the shifting of Mass versus populum.
Card. Sarah was 100% right – and within his rights – to invite priests to return to ad orientem worship.
Of course this should be done with catechesis, explanations. The preparation doesn’t have to be exaggerated, but the terrain has to be prepared. There will always be a few who squawk, but they are more than likely the sort of person who is happy only when she is unhappy.
TURN TOWARDS THE LORD.