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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The West Goes East



The Bishop of Tusla, the Most Rev. Edward Slattery, will henceforth celebrate the mass ad orientem, facing east, returning to the way it was celebrated from Holy Church's beginnings until the Vatican II reforms. He explains why:
First of all, it was a serious rupture with the Church’s ancient tradition. Secondly, it can give the appearance that the priest and the people were engaged in a conversation about God, rather than the worship of God. Thirdly, it places an inordinate importance on the personality of the celebrant by placing him on a kind of liturgical stage.
I have long suspected the motive of many of the Vatican II reformers was to make the Catholic Church more protestant. Since most mainstream protestant denominations are now headed for the dustbin of history, is it any wonder more and more Catholics are having second thoughts about those putative reforms?

(h/t Wannabe Anglican.)

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