Changeover Latin to English . . .

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

. . . was a triumph of centralized planning, enough to make a statist weep with envy, I wrote in 2006.

The world over, Catholics got used to mass in everyday language. It became part of a worldwide social engineering victory — change by design, not by natural influences or “organically,” as you hear.

Vatican II celebrated the freedom of the children of God, but not in liturgy. Latin had to go. Latin went. Rebels were marginalized. Only recently (in 2005) had Latin returned with church authority’s blessings.

So it goes, change dictated from above for our own good by people who know what’s best for us.

A whole new mass developed after Vatican II, developed quite consciously by dedicated experts.

Young Jesuits like me debated the coming changes in the mid-50s. It was already foreshadowed.

This liturgy of the future, in the vernacular, would be as much communicating with…

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  • Margaret  On 02/08/2019 at 8:23 AM

    Jim, I remember talking to an Espicopalian young man who stated boldly in 1959-60 that Catholics would be hearing Mass in the vernacular. I responded, “Never!” When it happened, I was pleased. I saw hope of Ecumenanism. It has happened, in the worst possible way. We are all becoming pagans.

    Marytown, in Lubertyville, has a reverent Mass with Latin responses, some chant, incense, great reverance.


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