okt 252010
 

Nå har jeg slått Father Z. ganske grundig! Nå skriver han om et tre måneder gammelt innlegg i First Things, om den nye, engelske oversettelsen av messen, mens jeg skrev om det allerede 27. august! Men jeg lar selvskrytet ligge, og bemerker at Father Z. har sitert andre deler av originalinnlegget enn jeg gjorde, og at han har fått mange kommentarer til sitt innlegg. Han siterer bl.a. dette:

… Publicly owned corporations are more accountable to their shareholders than tenured bureaucracies, which may explain why it took the Ford Motor Company only two years to cancel its Edsel, and not much longer for Coca Cola to restore its “classic” brand, while the Catholic Church has taken more than a generation of unstopped attrition to try to correct the mistakes of overheated liturgists. The dawning of the Age of Aquarius is now in its sunset repose and the bright young things who seem to be cropping up now all over the place with new information from Fortescue and Ratzinger, may either be the professional mourners for a lost civilization, or the sparks of a looming golden age.

One thing is certain to a pastor: the only parishioners fighting the old battles are old themselves, their felt banners frayed and their guitar strings broken, while a young battalion is rising, with no animus against the atrophied adolescence of their parents, and only eager to engage a real spiritual combat in a culture of death. They usually are ignorant, but bright, for ignorance is not stupidity.

They care little if the Liturgy is in Latin or English or Sanskrit, as long as they are told how to do it, for they were not told. Some critics of the new translations have warned that the changes are Shishi qiu shi: Seek truth from facts too radical, which is radioactively cynical from people who in the 1960’s wantonly dismantled old verities overnight. …

I think there should be few options in the Liturgy, and no attempt to be “creative,” for that is God’s particular talent. As Vatican II taught in Sacrosanctum Concilium, “[T]here must be no innovations unless the good of the Church genuinely and certainly requires them; and care must be taken that any new forms adopted should in some way grow organically from forms already existing.” …

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