Thursday, August 5, 2010

Closing the Mass with a choke

There is a two day training session that starts today on the upcoming implementation of a revised English translation of the Mass. The workshop is the subject of this report by Annysa Johnson in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Our pastor was among the local priests quoted.
Some pastors have already begun preparing their parishioners for the changes, which will ultimately require an investment in new missals and hymnals.

"Much of the music that has come up over the last 30 years will no longer be useable," said Father Alan Jurkus of St. Alphonsus Parish in Greendale, who sent out a letter this month notifying members of the coming changes.

Jurkus is encouraging parishioners to accept the revision as an opportunity to grow in their faith. But he harbors his own concerns.

"The bottom line for me is why. Why, with everything else that's going on in the church, do we have to rub salt in the wounds?"
When I consider what he says on liturgy, I also consider what he posted April 24, 2004 on the local Priests Alliance website's discussion board. His post was in a thread on the Vatican Instruction On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist.
This is a decree which reminds me of John XXIII's instruction in 1958 or '59 demanding that LATIN be used in all seminary instruction. I remember it as the last gasp of the era before Vatican II. I hope this is the last gasp of the era before Vatican III.
Update: In the Comments, Dad29 says, inter alia, that the decree Father Jurkus refers to is Veterum Sapietia. It is available in English at Adoremus Bulletin.

Update 2: Speaking of "everything else that's going on in the church", I am reminded of the Decree Quoque Plures Dulcis Panis.


  1. ”Priests concerned about alterations in midst of other church issues”

    Well of course this has a very evangelical, nay apostolic, ring to it. When Mary Magdalen anointed the feet of Jesus one of the Twelve got his nose out of joint that the precious ointment had not been sold and the proceeds given to the poor. And the Apostle…? That would be Judas…

    "They'd much rather spend their time in ministry than have to go through this linguistic exercise."

    That is reminiscent of what I used to hear in the business world when some people told me with a straight face that they just had to have the latest model of PC “so they could be more productive…” My response: “If you spent less time at the water cooler, you could be a lot more productive!”

    That was a few years ago, obviously. Today it would be “less time surfing the Web”…

  2. The doc he refers to is "Veterum Sapientiae" and I'm not sure that it requies that 'seminary education be conducted in Latin.'

    But like all revolutionaries, he must fabricate some things.

    Next, he'll have trouble producing his birth certificate.

  3. Aquinas4:35 PM

    Actually, the thought ""The bottom line for me is why. Why, with everything else that's going on in the church, do we have to rub salt in the wounds?" was the thought I had upon leaving church after one of Fr Jurkus' freestylin' "liturgies." But then I thought, "It won't be much longer; his attitude toward many things is clearly the last gasp of an under-educated but very over-affirmed generation of clergy."

  4. Aquinas4:43 PM

    And, though it's a small point (but don't even galaxies revolve around infinitely small points?), I always find it telling when priests don't capitalize the word "Church" when it's used in the proper context. But then, so many do seem so hellbent on purposely trivializing Ultimate Things...

  5. With the parish's wounds still not completely healed from those years with the Euchroutons under a prior pastor, I was a bit surprised when Fr. Jurkus gave the go-ahead to rubbing in some salt with the attempt at the Personal Pan Presider's Host.

    After all these decades and they're still stuck at full, active cramming a different altar bread down the congregation's throats, and pushing the envelope on cloth banner technology.