The Liturgical Babel
I’m going to quote you a bit more from Phoenix from the Ashes, the book I discussed on Tuesday.
First, another passage regretting the wholesale abandonment of Latin:
It is ironical that in an age of unprecedented communications the Church has thrown away its great medium of union. Catholics who go to a foreign country nowadays often stop attending Mass because they do not understand it. In tourist places, the priests never considered preserving, and are now unable to use, Latin as the language that would unite all their worshippers; and the great pilgrimage centres , instead of displaying the unity of the Catholic world, are now paradigms of the Babel that has been created by the search for intelligibility.
And here’s Henry Sire on “bourgeois” liturgical vandalism:
The modern priest, lacking genuine liturgical knowledge, fills the bareness of the altar by putting on it anything that comes to mind; and what come to mind are the accessories of the modern living room. By these the whole character of the Catholic liturgy has been banalised. The arrangement of the modern altar displays the ideas of a middle-class hostess of what is appropriate to decorate the dinner table: some candles and a bowl of flowers. By cutting off the life of the Church from a timeless tradition, the Modernists have immersed it in a contemporary social setting. The foible is especially noticeable in Germany, where the radicalism of the reformers has produced a parish Mass of comically bourgeois style; but that is the tone of the modern liturgy in all the Western countries. In an ordinary Mass today the sense one has is not the offering of an eternal sacrifice but a lecture conducted by the priest and two or three women of the public-librarian class, to whom the readings and other duties of the church are allocated. The verbosity and preachiness of the liturgy is itself a middle-class characteristic with which many ordinary parishioners feel little rapport; and the alienation of working-class worshippers, in a way that was never true of the old Mass in poor parishes, has become a peculiar feature of the liturgical reform.