By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The 3rd False Myth About the "Vatican II" Mass

Ruins of the roman basilica at Hermopolis MagnaImage via Wikipedia
3. The third false myth about the Mass of Justin Martyr is that it is intrinsically predisposed to irreverent celebration. You hear this false myth often among some, both explicitly and implicitly. There is no basis for it in the text of the Roman Missal. I defy anyone to show anywhere in the Roman Missal of the ordinary form any instruction (rubric) that fosters irreverence. It's just not there.

So what is the basis of this false myth of intrinsic irreverence? People claim to have seen the "Vatican II" Mass celebrated in an irreverent manner. I, for one, have not, although I have been to Mass in the ordinary form in many parishes in several states and cities and even overseas.

If people disobey the Roman Missal, that is a different matter entirely. But such disobedience to the Missal is obviously nothing intrinsic to the Missal but something that a disobedient or ignorant or clumsy celebrant brings to the Missal. The same can happen in any other form of the Mass. In fact, the more complex the form of the Mass, the more likely there will be some unintentional deviation from the particular missal used. Hence, I argue that the noble, uncluttered (and very Roman) simplicity of the Mass of Justin Martyr is a good safeguard against such deviation.