From Catholic Herald, we learn this obvious truth from Fr Nicola Bux, who serves as a consultant to the congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith and for saints’ causes and to the office in charge of papal liturgies.
He was discussing his new book on liturgy at a book launch, that included heavyweight cardinals US Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s supreme court, and Spanish Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. Each cardinal was there to express agreement with the concerns expressed in Fr. Bux’s “How to Go to Mass and Not Lose Your Faith.”
“If you go to a Mass in one place and then go to Mass in another, you will not find the same Mass. This means that it is not the Mass of the Catholic Church, which people have a right to, but it is just the Mass of this parish or that priest.”
Ain’t that the truth – Cowboy Papist has seen directly the remarkable difference in reverence between mass here in the states compared to masses said in Italy and even St. Peter’s. When the priest faces the laity, they often times perform. Performance arrogance is not good for priests, who stand in for Christ, altus christus.
Watch those around you when we all respond, “And also with you.” As is natural, most everyone is responds to the priest facing them, prompting far too many good priests to think the Mass is about or centered around themselves. The majesty and reverence one can experience creates a strong want and need for more, which is difficult to find in a Novus Ordo mass in many parishes in the US.
This is one reason behind the need to clean up translations in liturgy, which we’ll be seeing come Advent. Cowboy Papist says, “It’s about time!”