Sunday, March 1, 2009

In Case You Were Wondering.... Roger Cardinal Mahoney's Religious Ed Conference went this year, Fr. Z can fill you in...

On Friday, February 27, 2009 [NB: There is a
typo on their site indicating "2008", but this is a 2009 chat, from the 2009 Religious Education Congress.] , at 11:15 a.m. PST, hosted
an online chat session with Cardinal Mahony, live from the main Exhibit Hall at the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, Calif.

Ann Scolari: What are your thoughts on the Trindentine mass?

CardinalMahony: Ann: The Tridentine Mass was meant for those who
could not make the transition from Latin to English [or other languages] after the Council. But there is no participation by the people, and I don’t believe that instills the spirit of Christ among us.

It's only a small part, but it gives you an idea of where the Cardinal is coming from when planning the annual event. What's even more amazing to me is that we have a local priest that was in the same seminary class as the Cardinal and he offers the Mass of the Latin Rite every Sunday for our area.... And though I understand that the Latin mass is not for everyone, I RESPECT it as part of our Church's history and I believe that it should be respected and experienced at least once if at all possible.... IF you think about it, When the Latin Mass was all there was, that made our connection to other Catholics, world wide even MORE connected. It didn't matter where you came from or what language you spoke, in Mass, everyone understood.... sort of like the first Pentecost... coincidence?... I think not...

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