Monday, May 30, 2011

Martin Mosebach on Universae Ecclesiae and the Gregorian Rite

Stuart Chessman, "The Church Must Endure this Anger" (The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny, May 23, 2011). An important and illuminating interview by Die Welt. Excerpt:
Die Welt: The Instruction speaks of “two usages of the one Roman rite.” Doesn’t this open the door to a creeping new schism?

Martin Mosebach: There’s already a schism, not between supporters of the new and old rites, but between those Catholics who adhere to the old sacramental theology of the Church as was solemnly confirmed by Vatican II, and those who assert that Vatican II founded a new Church with a new theology and new sacraments. This latter doctrine has been diffused wholesale and against the better knowledge of its promoters, in the seminaries, universities and Catholic academies. This is what has fostered the danger of a schism.

[Hat tip to Rorate Caeli]


Rachel Gray said...

Good excerpt. I would take it yet one more step back and say the schism is between those who believe the Church is the trustworthy and infallible teacher of Christian doctrine, and those who believe there is no such teacher on earth. Not that every layman thinks of it in those terms, but I think that's what it comes down to.

George said...

I read Mosebach's book when it first came out, and I am again moved by the profundity of his insights. There is something about the raw directness of his discourse that cuts through mounds and football fields full of obscurantism and gets straight at the heart of the issue. Thanks for this link!

Ralph Roister-Doister said...

If you have any doubt of Mosebach's claim, consider the evisceration of the sacrament of Extreme Unction, and its replacement by the current communal doofustry known as the "Sacrament of the Sick". You would do as well slipping into particular judgment whispering, "now I lay me down to sleep . . . ."

Thanks, Papa Montini!!