maandag, juni 20, 2011

De persoonlijkheidscultus van de priester en de buitengewone vorm

Father Ray Blake heeft een aantal zeer interessante observaties over de "pre-conciliare liturgie" versus de huidige liturgie in het licht van de persoonlijkheidscultus die ook in onze contreien voor sommige priesters geldt.
One of the reasons for vesting priests, keeping them behind roodscreens, closely prescibing their movements, even their voices, I am sure, was to disguise or hide them them, or at least to say this man at the altar is somewhow different from the man who drinks in the tavern, collects tythes, has a close relationship with his housekeeper, or flogs mercilessly the boys he teaches. Pre-concilliar liturgy did its best to emphasise liturgy was the work of God, not man. God worked, even if the man was corrupt and depraved.
They knew the truth of, "Put not your trust in Princes", there is something healthy in loyal anti-clericism that typified so much of Pre-Concilliarism continental Catholicism.

Nowadays vestments, sanctuary furnishings, the orientation of the Mass, the liturgy itself tends to put the priest front and centre. People talk easily about Fr X's Mass or Fr Y's Church, never I suspect has a priest's personality been so exalted in the life of the Church and never has there been a time when priests have so dissappointed and damaged people's faith when they fall.

De oplossing: 'versus Orientem' en méér theologie en catechese over 'ex opere operato' en de klassieke sacramententheologie

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