Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Oh, That Wacky Cardinal Mahoney!

Check out Fr. Z's analysis of the latest from Cardinal Mahoney. At issue is the following statement from His Eminence:

Ann Scolari: What are your thoughts on the Trindentine mass?

CardinalMahony: Ann: The Tridentine Mass was meant for those who could not make the transition from Latin to English [or other languages] after the Council. But there is no participation by the people, and I don’t believe that instills the spirit of Christ among us.

Fr. Z goes through it much better than I could, but you have to laugh at the cardinal's casual denigration of 1500 years of Christianity. Basically, the Mass wasn't instilling the spirit of Christ until Paul VI came along. I'm pretty sure there are no Latin rite saints who celebrated exclusively under the Pauline Missal, so basically all those folks were just spiritually crippled. No Latin Doctor the Church had such a benefit, so we might as well ditch all their writings right now and start over.

I wonder what Blessed John XXIII would say about this comment. Hints contained here.

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