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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Uncomfortable Similarities

Why do I have issues with Novus Ordo, when it is basically the only kind of Mass Estase is old enough to remember?  I started thinking about this when I read Malachi Martin's The Keys of His Blood,where Martin questions whether the NO is similar enough to the Tridentine to actually be, theologically, a Mass.  Then there was my study of history, particularly Eamon Duffy's The Stripping of the Altars, which describes the English Reformation.  Three similarities:  1)The turning of the priest towards the congregation,2)Use of a table rather than an altar, 3)Use of vernacular instead of Latin.  If SVC did the same things as the English Reformation, how can one be good and the other bad?

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