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May 10-12, 2002
volume 13, no. 90

The Germs of GIRM



Part Forty-six: Rigid Ridiculousness

    "Paragraph 95 also contains a very subtle invitation to liturgical Stalinism. The very people who eschew the Traditional Latin Mass because of its 'rigidity' rigidly want everyone to adhere to the gestures imposed by the new religion."

    "Those who desire to show actual respect for our Lord's Real Presence are guilty of idiosyncratic behavior, even though priests who engage in unauthorized improvisations are never sanctioned for their abuse of liturgical norms. This is so typical of fascism: you will do as we say even though what we want is a revolutionary rejection of the constituent elements of Catholic worship, including endless references to the Lord's "table" and the "Eucharist" rather than to the altar of sacrifice and Holy Communion."

    Following are two more paragraphs for brief analysis, the contents of which are pure claptrap that remind one of the great Communist Manifesto.

Paragraph 95 of GIRM reads as follows:

    "In the celebration of the Mass the faithful are a holy people, a chosen people, a royal priesthood: they give thanks to God and offer the Victim not only through the hands of the priest but also together with him and learn to offer themselves. They should endeavor to make this clear by their deep sense of reverence for God and their charity toward brothers and sisters who share with them in the celebration. They therefore are to shun any appearance of individualism or division, keeping before their eyes that they have the one Father in heaven and therefore are all brothers and sisters to each other."

Comment and Analysis: Absolute liberal claptrap. One of the ways we express our charity toward our neighbor in Mass is to leave him alone so that they can pray the Mass with the priest. We offer up our prayers and petitions for the entire Church, including those present with us during a particular celebration of Holy Mass, by interiorly uniting them with those offered by the priest at the altar of sacrifice. We do not need to engage in maudlin displays of sentimentality and forced, even coerced, expressions of Christian charity during the Sacrifice of the Mass. This false sense of communitarianism actually leads to the triumph of anthropocentricity in the Mass. The priest looks at us, we look at him. Congregants look at each other, which is one of the reasons for the monstrosities known as churches in the round. In the Novus Ordo, though, we are to focus on each other, not on our Lord nor on the action of the priest acting in persona Christi.

    Paragraph 95 also contains a very subtle invitation to liturgical Stalinism. The very people who eschew the Traditional Latin Mass because of its "rigidity" rigidly want everyone to adhere to the gestures imposed by the new religion. Those, for example, who want to kneel when the "presider" orders the people to stand (as happens in some instances during the entirety of the Consecration; in some places, though, the people stand until the moment of the Consecration, kneel briefly during the Consecration, and then rise immediately afterward for what is called the Acclamation of the Mystery of Faith) or who want to avoid the "Sign of Peace" are dangerous individualists who are detracting from the sense of charity which must be expressed to their neighbors during the "liturgy." And those who do not want to hold hands during the recitation or singing of the Our Father in those parishes where hand holding is in vogue must be disciplined from the pulpit sometimes. This is to say nothing, obviously, of the miscreants who attempt to genuflect before the reception of Holy Communion or, worse yet, actually kneel at the feet of the priest who is administering Holy Communion.

Paragraph 96 of GIRM reads as follows:

    "They should become one body, whether by hearing the word of God, or joining in prayers and liturgical song, or above all by offering the sacrifice together and sharing together the Lord's table. There is a beautiful expression of this unity when the faithful maintain uniformity in their gestures and postures."

Comment and Analysis: Well, in case you did not understand Paragraph 95, Paragraph 96 has been inserted to essentially repeat what has just been stated. Thus, Catholics who do not believe in the words of a particular song chosen to be sung during Holy Mass are engaging in divisive behavior by remaining silent. Those who desire to show actual respect for our Lord's Real Presence are guilty of idiosyncratic behavior, even though priests who engage in unauthorized improvisations are never sanctioned for their abuse of liturgical norms. This is so typical of fascism: you will do as we say even though what we want is a revolutionary rejection of the constituent elements of Catholic worship, including endless references to the Lord's "table" and the "Eucharist" rather than to the altar of sacrifice and Holy Communion.

Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D.

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May 10-12, 2002
volume 13, no. 90
CHRIST or chaos
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