Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "The Fight Over Catholic Orthodoxy"

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Taped on April 22, 1980. Although Mr. Buckley's introduction focuses on Pope John Paul's repudiation of the teachings of Hans Kung and Edward Schillebeeckx, the Partussion that follows centers not on doctrinal theology but on what the ordinary worshipper encounters at every Mass: the shape of the liturgy. Specifically, on the conflict between traditionalists (like Messrs. Buckley and Davies) who loved the Tridentine Mass, and reformers (like Monsignor Champlin) who support the Novus Ordo mandated by Vatican II. Champlin: "You liked the old worship because the 'I' was able to pray, and you weren't kind of impinged by the priest or other people? That kind of notion? ..." Buckley: "It gave me a sense that the priest was there as a mediator between me and God, whereas it seems to me that the existing approach tends to be sort of crowd-oriented." Champlin: "I think that's the key thing right there... . Before Vatican II, when I was ordained in '56, the Mass was very much a mystery. I was a priest with my back to the people, in Latin, there was silence in the congregation.... The Council, then, going back to the best traditions of the early Church, said it's both 'I' and 'we together. It's a vertical worship, yes, but it's also a horizontal worship." Summary by Firing Line staff.moreless
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