Tuesday, July 08, 2008

OK, I've Calmed Down.

Yesterday, I was mad enough to spit anathemas (which isn't that unusual) and mad enough that I thought it was prudent to calm down before I wrote anything (which is unusual). The cause wasn't the usual: skate-punks, being stuck in traffic behind the cars of Obamaworshipers, or even a call from the chemical company of Hell--Royal Chemical. (Seriously, never buy anything from them. While they have a good product, it is over-priced and their business practices would shame Enron. I think I singed the ear of their saleslady who called today.) It was the announced that the latest segment of the re-translation of the Ordinary Form of the Mass had failed to gain the necessary approval by 2/3 of the voting bishop's of the USCCB. Time, prayer, and some Age of Conan have reduced the rage to an extreme case of perturbation and disappointment.

Why you may ask. Ever since Rome in her wisdom finally recognized the disaster which was old ICEL, restructured it, and formed the Vox Clara Commission, I have been waiting with fervent hope for the a good translation of the Novus Ordo. Face it, the translation that we have now bites. Not only is it's language pedestrian, lacking in linguistic beauty, and hardly spiritually uplifting, it is really a paraphrase. Reams and megabytes have been spilled about what has been ideologically mistranslated and just plain left out of in the current translation. Finally, it seemed that we would be able to celebrate a Mass that lives up to the Latin original. But, someone has slammed on the brakes. And from the comments of the bishops at last month's meeting, it is because certain bishops think that we priests are too inept to handle dependent clauses and the laity too dim to understand words not regularly used on TV. I also suspect that there is something deeper going on. The liturgical establishment does not, to say the least, like the direction Rome is taking the liturgy and is doing everything in its power to obstruct the liturgical restoration. This seems to be only more step in an organized campaign. (A previous step was the return of the sovereign of castrated language Bishop Trautperchild to the chairperchildship of the Bishop's Committee on Liturgy.) I suspect and others have observed that this is another instance of the Spirit of Vatican II refusing to go gentle into that good night.

So here we are with another unnecessary delay. I sincerely doubt that Rome will acquiesce to whatever the bishops throw forward at their next meeting. The only question is whether or not there will be the courage to impose the Vox Clara translation now rather than after pointless 'dialogue'. We have a right to a Mass which is completely and slavishly faithful to Latin original. After all we are part of the Roman, not American, Catholic Church.

(I hope you can see why I want to calm down. If this is what I wrote after calming down, just imagine what it would have been like before. I really didn't want to go to Camp Snoopy.)
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