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In defense of the Novus Ordo
Posted By Eric Sammons On December 3, 2009 @ 8:23 am In Liturgy,The Church | Comments Disabled
This past weekend, the Novus Ordo Missae ( “New Ordinary of the Mass”), the Mass celebrated in almost every Catholic parish in the world, turned 40 years old. Instituted in the wake of Vatican II, this was the most visible change for most Catholics as a result of that Council.
The vast majority of Catholics have simply accepted the Novus Ordo and don’t think much about it. However, for some Catholics the Novus Ordo represents all that is wrong with the Church of the past 40 years. Other Catholics (and I would include myself in this camp) don’t have a problem with the Novus Ordo itself but do have criticisms in how it has been implemented in many dioceses and parishes.
The changes that have been most criticized are the use of the vernacular (instead of Latin), the priest turning around to face the people instead of facing the same direction as they do, and the terrible, terrible music heard in many parishes today. But, as Br. Charles points out , none of these things are actually required in celebrating the Novus Ordo:
Thus, much of the criticism directed at the Novus Ordo should instead be directed at how it has been implemented. It would take no change in the law of the Church to change the celebration of the Mass to a more traditional, yet still faithful to the desires of Vatican II, way.
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 as Br. Charles points out: http://friarminor.blogspot.com/2009/12/in-defense-of-novus-ordo-missae.html
 the priest is required to turn and face the people fewer times than in the older form: http://friarminor.blogspot.com/2009/09/ad-populum-conversus.html
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