Today, BBC News & Yahoo News have reported that the Roman Catholic Church may well be re-introducing the old rite of liturgy for the Mass again, which will be in Latin.
Good luck with that!
Why on earth the Catholic church are making a step back rather than forward is beyond me. Personally, the only thing I can see in this decision is a language barrier; there is nothing Holy or special about the Latin language at all. What’s more is that hardly anyone will understand what’s going on (hence the change to English in the first place) and I’m guessing that the ‘traditionalists’ of the RC church are probably on their way out anyway.
This is precisely the sort of thing that puts people off from church.
I love Catholics, I have many Catholic friends who love Jesus and are going all out for him, but this decision can only bring bad results.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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I think you have taken a particular negative spin on the news as particularly the yahoo news article as done. What the Council for the Doctrine of the Faith have actually said is those who want the Latin Mass should be able to have it and should be resepcted for that choice. Those who don’t want it and prefer the “modern Rite” can also have that and that “both rites are equally valid”.
It is something that the modern church struggles with. We need to modernise services and the language of the liturgy to make it more accessible to new Christians and 21st century communication but we also have a large core of faithful Christians who have been going to church for 50 years and access God in worship through things like the 1662 BCP or sung Evensong and we need to continue to offer these kind of services “with respect” while also using the modern liturgies and styles for those who prefer them.
I can see a complete parallel between the two issues.
I guess we do have to be careful to look after those people; but the language barrier still remains! 😛
1662 is a language barrier!
I just came across this blog.. 🙂 I’m Catholic and I completely agree with the Pope ‘bringing back’ the Latin Mass.. except it was never abroggated so he’s just encouraging it more 🙂 it’s a Mass for all ages, not something from the past. btw, I’m in my early 20s. Many young Catholics these days want tradition and the Latin Mass, not modernized liturgy. God bless
Thanks for commenting the blog; I do hope you carry on visiting and commenting.
Interesting to know that many young Catholics want the tradition back. Are there any reports or anything for this statistic? Would like to see it and have a look!
Every blessing to you 🙂
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