Friday, 28 June 2013

Sacra Liturgia Conference

Although I enjoyed the first liturgy conference two years ago in Rome, sadly I was not able to get to this years, which is taking place in Rome this week. From reports, it seems to be very good once again. Cardinal Ranjith once again has eminently sensible things to say. (HT Rorate Caeli)

Fr Ray Blake has a report from the talk of Australian academic Prof. Tracey Rowland.  Some quotes here:

 “I want to argue that the usus antiquior is an antidote to the ruthless attacks on memory and tradition and high culture, typical of the culture of modernity, and that it satisfies the desire of the post-modern generations to be embedded within a coherent, non-fragmented tradition that is open to the transcendent.”

“The project of the 1960's generation was one of transposing a high sacral language into the vernacular of a low mundane culture, with the result that something sacred became more mundane, and when the sacred becomes mundane, it becomes boring.”

“[The 1960's generation] dismantled a high Catholic culture by removing its cornerstone and they left subsequent generations of Catholics in a state of cultural poverty, confusion and boredom.”

“A Catholic who is ignorant of [the usus antiquior] is like a student who majors in English literature but is unfamiliar with Shakespeare.”

“[Benedict XVI] compared the pastoral strategy of bringing God down to the level of the people with the Hebrew’s worship of the golden calf and he described this practice as nothing less than a form of apostasy.”
“Elements of Catholic culture which were suppressed by the 1960's generation of pastoral leaders are being rediscovered by younger Catholics who treat them like treasures found in their grandmother’s attic.”

“Catholics of the post-modern generations want to know how the Church looked, how the faith was practiced, when there was a coherent Catholic culture.”

“The usus antiquior should be a standard element of the cultural capital of all Latin Rite Catholics since is so effectively resists secularism and satisfies the post-modern hunger for coherent order, beauty and an experience of self-transcendence.”

“To evangelise post-modern people [the Christian narrative] has to appear to be something starkly different from the secular culture they imbibe which is a culture parasitic upon the Christian tradition but completely decadent.”


John Radice said...

Could you be specific please? You write in general terms, leaving the reader with only a sense of your feelings but with no idea exactly what you are criticizing, and nothing practically to act on

Fr Simon Henry said...

John, there is no published text of the talk as yet, so these are quotes from someone at the talk - not my own musings. The texts of the Conference will be published in due course.