Dale Price is one of nine Grand Master-class fisking bloggers worldwide and once again shows why in his take-down of a prissy article by a Seattle priest who is a “liturgical consultant” giving his review of EWTN’s televised Mass.
How Not To Defend Liturgical Reform—Exhibit A.
Fr. Jan Larson of the Archdiocese of Seattle shows you how, in a tidy 766 words.
I was recently watching a part of the daily televised liturgy on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network).
You know—them. No doubt Father had a snifter of vermouth handy and had already taken the precaution of slathering himself with a topical cream to pre-empt the hives.
The liturgy there is an odd mix of English and Latin, while following the texts of the current Roman Missal.
And so Fr. Larson begins his anthropological examination of this strange relict population (“odd mix”, whatever that is). The difference being that this particular anthropologist wishes his subjects would get themselves extinct, posthaste.
The priest and ministers of the liturgy look way too somber and serious.
What—no balloons, streamers and spandex? Oh, that’s right—this band of unreconstructed Alabamans still believe in that “Holy Sacrifice of the Mass” hokery.
[If you are wondering why the Brompton Oratory/Assumption Grotto/Saint Agnes/Irondale approach is still an isolated phenomenon seen only at a handful of stubborn enclaves, here’s your sign, as Bill Engvall would say. Note that Fr. Larson is a “liturgical consultant.” ‘Nuff said.]
This is why people tell so many “difference between a liturgist and a terrorist” jokes. Read the whole thing.