And yet another point about the cruel, cold edict from High Atop The Thing against priests who want to offer Holy Mass at side altars of San Pietro… as they have been able to do for decades.
Those applauding this act of oppression, on the basis of their personal dislike for the mere idea of a priest’s freedom, and liturgical diversity, fueled by a kind of mania for uniformity, will resort to saying things like:
“The Eucharist is a communal celebration…. To have a private Mass is a sort of an oxymoron.”
That’s, of course, correct. Because at every Mass is the heavenly host present. To every Mass the poor souls turn their longing eyes. The saints in heaven rejoice. But the defensive phrase is meant only for earthly, terrestrially living people. This defense is a symptom of a modernist view: the reduction of the supernatural to the natural.
Another argument is, in a nutshell: “Vatican II. So, shut up and conform! Because? Because, VATICAN II!”
However, as a priest friend wrote to me today:
In the current imbergoglio about Mass and St Peter’s, I am surprised that no one seems to have pointed out the irony…
… that the Missal of Paul VI exalted the private Mass beyond any previous eminence.
The 1970 Missal was the first to have a separate distinct rite for “private Masses.”
So… VATICAN II! Right?