Thursday, July 08, 2010

William F Buckley on Post-Conciliar Liturgy

As a Catholic, I have abandoned hope for the liturgy, which, in the typical American church, is as ugly and as maladroit as if it had been composed by Robert Ingersoll and H.L. Mencken for the purpose of driving people away.

Incidentally, the modern liturgists are doing a remarkably good job, attendance at Catholic Mass on Sunday having dropped sharply in the 10 years since a few well-meaning cretins got hold of the power to vernacularize the Mass, and the money to scour the earth in search of the most unmusical men and women to preside over the translation.

The next liturgical ceremony conducted primarily for my benefit, since I have no plans to be beatified or remarried, will be my own funeral; and it is a source of great consolation to me that, at my funeral, I shall be quite dead, and will not need to listen to the accepted replacement for the noble old Latin liturgy. Meanwhile, I am practicing Yoga, so that, at church on Sundays, I can develop the power to tune out everything I hear, while attempting, athwart the general calisthenics, to commune with my Maker, and ask Him first to forgive me my own sins, and implore him, second, not to forgive the people who ruined the Mass

—William F. Buckley, Jr. (circa 1979)

Tsk. Tsk. How judgemental.


Blogger Kindred Spirit said...

As my grandmother always said, "Tell the truth and shame the devil."

6:11 AM  
Blogger Left-Footer said...

The sheer linguistic cruelty of the ICEL Mass never ceases to amaze and sicken me.

The music is an additional burden. Difficult to communicate with God, surrounded by such aural pollution

10:44 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

I suspect we'll all get time off purgatory for putting up with it.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Moretben said...

I suspect we'll all get time off purgatory for putting up with it.

I've been hearing variants of this for years, and it makes no sense to me whatsoever. How can "putting up with" deformed worship be in any sense "meritorious"? How do you "offer up" the discomfort you feel from participating in something that obscures "right glory" and distorts right doctrine? Can you think of a single scriptural or patristic admonition to "put up with" bad worship and bad doctrine?

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Hestor said...

Left-Footer: I think Buckley is just talking of the appalling ICEL translation but the texts themselves.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Shepherd said...

How do you tell the difference between a liturgist and a pilchard?

Well, one has pop eyes and is oily and smelly; and the other is a fish!

O, I must away to the confessional!

5:39 PM  
Blogger Emilio III said...

I seem to remember reading about his funeral in the New Liturgical Movement blog, and don't think it was as bad as he feared.

2:16 AM  

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