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Friday, July 27, 2007

Latin Mass and a "Progressive" Catholic in Time Magazine

Here's an interesting editorial from Time Magazine, forwarded by a Fumare reader, entitled "I Confess, I Want Latin." The author is a self-confessed young, modern, "progressive" Catholic who disagrees with many of the teachings of the Church, yet still longs for the majesty of Latin in Mass. Here's an excerpt:
It almost goes without saying that as a young, progressive-minded American Catholic, I'm at odds with many of the church's rules and with much of its politics. You might thus infer that my generation instinctively rejects the age-old traditions of the church. That would be wrong. In a world unmoored by violence and uncertainty, there is something deeply soothing about participating in ancient rituals practiced by so many. Whatever our issues with the tenets of Catholicism the religion, we still cling to what unites us in Catholicism the faith: our devotion to the celebration of the Eucharist. I confess I adore the rich minutiae of the Mass: the frankincense, the Kyrie, the droning of creeds in a sacred space. It comforts me to know that my family around the globe takes part in the same weekly rites. The common purpose of shared ceremony helps me reflect on the Holy Spirit. With apologies, Father, homilies based on your Netflix queue do not.

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