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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
The introduction of a new rite caused widespread confusion, discouragement, division, disillusionment and destruction – even the closure (or selling) of churches in many countries. This situation did not reach the Maltese shores except for one major common factor with the rest of the Catholic world: more than half of Catholics in Malta have stopped going to Mass altogether since the new rite of Mass was introduced, albeit the introduction of the vernacular was supposed to encourage more participation by the faithful. Not to mention the destruction, in a number of cases, of a number of church furnishings such as altar rails.
A false impression was created throughout almost all the Catholic world by very high Church officials that by virtue of holy obedience all priests after 1969 had to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the Novus Ordo Missae. In Malta, the first people that approached the Archbishop of the time were asked not to pursue matters further because any concessions might lead to schisms.
Let us pray so that the spiritual as well as temporal benefits of the Tridentine Mass will be available to these islands again, sooner rather than later.
Friday, July 22, 2011
I trust that this event will be the first of a series of others.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The following quotes come from Karm Debattista (pictured above), a Maltese priest of the Missionary Society of Saint Paul (M.S.S.P.). I am taking the liberty to post them as they were in the public domain (replies on an event on Facebook). No editing was done and typos were left. Any further comments from my end are superfluous.
In the near future I will be commenting on how I personally view the Holy Mass (both forms of the Roman Rite) and the current situation in Malta.
4 July 2011, replying to a query why he said "count me out" when invited to attend Mass in the Extraordinary Form:
"it does not suit me at all. I believe the mass as it is now is already outdated let alone the tridentine. Sorry, but it will never do for me. Need to live in 2011"
6 July 2011, replying to a query on what a 'future' Mass means to him:
"A relation with God that, as Jesus said, requires only adoring God in spirit and in truth."
11 July 2011, replying to a further query on his position about the Holy Mass:
"... I am saying that I live in 2011. The Catholic Church has in history deviated from the original meaning of the Eucharist and so Vatican II has come to reform these deviations."
11 July 2011, reacting to comments about the spirituality of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form and abuses in the Ordinary Form:
"... And do you think that all these details matter at all? I always wonder if we have the same Gospel and how we understand Jesus words when I read such things. But do not worry. God is very patient with us."11 July 2011, reacting to comments on the unfairness with which traditional Catholics are labelled as schismatics when it is more a question of them being secluded by Church authorities:
"when we create one way of doing things we create schisms. I believe Jesus came to remove the right or wrong way of doing things. And not just the way to do it but even the place to do it. He calls us to adore in Spirit and in Truth, and not in the temple or on the mountain. We have ears, but we do not hear."
Friday, July 15, 2011
Pro Tridentina (Malta) normalment ma torganizzax Quddies bil-Forma Straordinarja. Li għamilt jien fil-passat kien li meta nkun infurmat b'Quddies li se jsir, noħloq event fuq Facebook u avviż fuq dan il-Blog sabiex nagħti pubbliċita'. Jidher li din l-inizjattiva mhux dejjem intlaqgħet tajjeb.
Għalhekk, minn issa 'l quddiem mhux se noħloq aktar events fuq Facebook jew il-Blog dment li ma jkunx quddies organizzat minn Pro Tridentina (Malta) nnifisha.
Ħassejt li kelli nieħu din id-deċiżjoni drastika sabiex nissalvagwarda lil Pro Tridentina (Malta) li fl-aħħar mill-aħħar kienet qed tipprovdi dan is-servizz sabiex jitqawwem aktar l-għarfien f'Malta dwar il-Quddiesa bil-Forma Straordinarja.
Sfortunatament, minflok il-grazzi naqalgħu kważi tgħajjir minn min suppost jaf aħjar.