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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | May 13, 2005

Most of the abuses mentioned in Redemptionis Sacramentum do not pertain to the celebration of the Eucharist in our Archdiocese because of our many efforts to provide intensive and extensive training in proper liturgical norms and practice. -- Card. Roger Mahony

Helen Hitchcock of Adoremus once said that it's no big mystery why priests play around with the Mass: "If you don't believe any of it, it must be like acting in The Mousetrap for ten thousand consecutive nights. You'd have to change things just to keep from going batty." The faith of the Eucharistic celebrant, or lack thereof, shouldn't be an overwhelming preoccupation for Catholic massgoers, since the sacrament is confected ex opere operato -- by the performance of the work itself.

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  • Posted by: Penitent Pilgrim - May. 15, 2005 12:09 AM ET USA

    If you keep watering down the gas, don't ask why the engine doesn't run.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - May. 14, 2005 5:52 PM ET USA

    Incidentally, my son, who lives in Card. Mahony's diocese, says in fact most priests there do celebrate the Mass properly. ("Read the black parts and do what the red parts say.") He says the wild variations that we are so used to in Abp. Levada's diocese do not happen down there, where he now lives. He doesn't, by the way, attribute it to His Eminence, but to the large number of Hispanic parishioners, who won't put up with "all that..." shall I expurgate to "nonsense."

  • Posted by: Gil125 - May. 14, 2005 5:47 PM ET USA

    What Fr. E says would have been marginally acceptable until the publication of Redemptionis Sacramentum. Since then, what's their excuse?

  • Posted by: - May. 13, 2005 12:30 PM ET USA

    I, too, disagree with Fr. E. I know too many priests who believe that they are "good and faithful", but, when queried about something they either do or do not do, respond with an airy "details! just details!" Love, and faithfulness is in the details. Imagine the Sistine chapel is Michaelangelo did not pay close attention to the details........

  • Posted by: frjimc - May. 13, 2005 9:55 AM ET USA

    I disagree with Father E. True, many priests who are still good and faithful have received tacit permission over the years to fiddle with the liturgy, but way, way too many others have either lost their faith prior to or as a result of said fiddling. There are an awful lot of my brothers out there who have no practical faith at all. And, sadly, they have influenced at least two more generations of what-might-have-been-potentially-faithful priests. Lex orandi lex credendi, indeed.

  • Posted by: - May. 13, 2005 8:14 AM ET USA

    I disagree. I know many good, faithful, priests who play around with the Mass because they were told to make their own personal changes to the rites for the last 40 years. Until recently, there has been very little effort by Rome and the American hierarchy to bring back emphasis on the rubrics and faithfulness to the liturgy.

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