Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pope Francis on the Extraordinary Form of the Mass

From the recent interview with Pope Francis, he speaks about Vatican 2 and the Vetus Ordo, also know as the Tridentine (Latin Mass ) from the Council of Trent.

"Vatican II was a re-reading of the Gospel in light of contemporary culture,” says the pope. “Vatican II produced a renewal movement that simply comes from the same Gospel. Its fruits are enormous. Just recall the liturgy. The work of liturgical reform has been a service to the people as a re-reading of the Gospel from a concrete historical situation. Yes, there are hermeneutics of continuity and discontinuity, but one thing is clear: the dynamic of reading the Gospel, actualizing its message for today—which was typical of Vatican II—is absolutely irreversible. Then there are particular issues, like the liturgy according to the Vetus Ordo. I think the decision of Pope Benedict [his decision of July 7, 2007, to allow a wider use of the Tridentine Mass] was prudent and motivated by the desire to help people who have this sensitivity. What is worrying, though, is the risk of the ideologization of the Vetus Ordo, its exploitation.”

I say a hearty "amen" to the above words of our Holy Father Pope Francis! Some Catholics sadly have exploited the TLM or Vetus Ordo/Extraordinary Form to draw a line in the sand and differentiate themselves from the majority of the Church and those who assist at Novus Ordo mass. They have created a "us and them mentality" which sadly can lead to schism.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to that! I read up on this other blog, but i am quite taken aback when our catholic bro & sisters start saying that one form of mass is more sacred than another...

September 23, 2013 12:07 AM  

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