Thursday, April 19, 2012
Liturgy Academicians express their support for Conciliar Reforms
As the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican II’s Constitution on Sacred Liturgy (SC) approaches (December 4, 2013), the Philippine Academy of Liturgical Research states its full support of the Council’s fundamental principle of liturgical reform, namely “the full, active, and conscious participation” (cf. SC 14) of all God’s people in liturgical celebrations especially the Holy Mass. [The over emphasis of this active participation thing is more on the externals, which incidentally is what these ACADEMICIANS use to deride the devotees of the Traditional Latin Mass, by the way! Well, they are guilty of committing the same mistakes! Less of the inside, more of the outside. Too much emphasis on LAY EMPOWERMENT that is why you get almost the entire baranggay up in the sanctuary. Ugh!]
While the Academy respects the use of the Tridentine Missal on account of genuine pastoral and spiritual need of some of the faithful, it urges the clergy and the faithful to be always mindful of the fundamental principle of the reform. [They respect the faithful who are attached to the Traditional Mass, yet they URGE us to be MINDFUL of the reform. What?! Am I missing something out? You respect the Old Mass yet you want reform? Are you serious about this? Goodness gracious me! Where is respect in all of that?]
The Council desired that the rites and prayers of the liturgy should be made understandable so that the faithful could grasp with ease the meaning of the ceremonies and prayers. In this way they are enabled to enter more fully into the mystery of Christ and the Church and be spiritually renewed (cf. SC 34). [One of the things that the Council did not PRAY well for. It goes to say that for hundreds of years, people are mindless drones who do not understand a single thing happening on the sanctuary that they just follow things blindly. Filipino natives became Catholic because they cannot understand what is going on in their worship of the Eternal God.] Thus, besides catechesis, [catechesis? What catechesis are you talking about? The retablos were just smashed to pieces! Altars were demolished. Altar stones were found in the bodegas! What the hell are you talking about?! There was no catechesis at all! The priest just suddenly faced the people and started talking in the vernacular!] the reform was carried out by simplifying the rites, allowing the use of vernacular languages, and encouraging inculturation (cf. SC 37-40). [Aint that word done a lot of good things eh?] Over the years the Council’s liturgical reform was actualized by the Holy See and the local Churches. Consequently, the Filipino faithful continue to be spiritually enriched through their active participation in the worship of the Church. [Uh.......like more and more Filipino Catholics clapping at Mass? Like more and more Catholics don't giving a damn about the RH Bill? Ok. They are enriched.]
The Academy joins the entire Church in the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, giving thanks to Jesus Christ, the Divine Leitourgos. Through the Council, he granted to the whole Church, especially the Filipino faithful, the inestimable gift of active participation, inclusive of lay involvement in liturgical ministry. [Wow! Aint that worked wonders! More EMHCs, more Lay Catholics acting they are ordained ministers...preaching...dancing...]
Unwarranted innovations, often verging on banality and even abuse, tend to obscure the purpose of the conciliar reform. The Academy considers it a duty to remind the clergy and faithful about the sacred character of every liturgical celebration. The liturgy of Vatican II, if celebrated devoutly and with decorum, provides ample means to encounter God in prayer and to experience what it means to be Church. [Yeah, and as if these ACADEMICIANS did anything substantial to address these unwarranted innovations like those we see in the Misa ng Sambayanang Pilipino. Wait........THEY WERE THE ONCE WHO INTRODUCED THE INNOVATIONS! Silly me. Ha!]
That in all things God may be glorified. [You sure it was the group who wrote this? This is the signature of Fr. Anscar!]
April 13, 2012
Some of those who signed the document or members of the Academy are known to me, and I know their liturgical and theological leanings. They are just playing coy so the jobless old man won't rant his heart out.
Fr. Anscar, Fr. Geny, Fr. Godwin, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Sr. Cecilia Payawal, PDDM can sing their highest praises to the highest heavens but their kind of liturgical theology is DYING! Their kind of liturgy is losing ground especially among the youth! Their liturgy is STALE and does not REPRODUCE because their kind of liturgy is much like MODERNISM, boring and infertile.
Their kind of liturgy is dependent on who sits in the Liturgy Committee, and who holds the DEGREE.
Great liturgists before Vatican II like do not possess the degree.
Once again, dear people of God, Vatican II was an ECUMENICAL COUNCIL. It did not pronounce any Anathemas nor did it pronounce or defined any Dogmas.
You can sleep soundly and let the Platters (the guys up there) sing their redundant tunes.
It ain't entertaining and it ain't FLATTERING.
Nobody is listening anymore.