Fr Jay Scott Newman's letter on facing God ad orientem at mass is well worth reading.
Since I've had to challenge him in the past quite strongly, I think it is only fair that I should praise him when it is due.
So, well done , Father, keep it up!
You can read his letter here:
I cannot help recalling that Cardinal James Knox, when he was still alive, brutally and carelessly ordered a forward altar and mass versus populum at the Chiesa Nuova in Rome despite the strong oppositon of the protectress of the Church, Princess Borghese, and the strong feelings of the Faithful, not to mention the Fathers (they are Oratorians).
This was all too typical of those times - brutal, senseless, unjust and uncharitable actions were all too common in liturgical matters. That is partly why Pope John Paul II felt it necessary to apologise for them in 1988 and after.
Too many of those with authority rode roughshod over the deeply-held religious beliefs and sensibilities of all too many of the Faithful without a word of apology or sympathy.
Those of the Faithful who had been deeply loyal and loved the Church to the uttermost, politely asked if they could worship as they always had and were brushed aside like so much chaff. Heedless of age, sex or sensibility, decent and humble people were arrogantly treated.
No wonder so many people left the Church!
The sheep looked up to be fed and what happened?
They were clouted on their snouts even by their own shepherds!
It was particularly odious to witness the ill-treatment of elderly people who often had the greatest difficulty adapting to the liturgical changes. What did this behaviour say about the attitude that Christians should have to old people?
Personally, I think it added to the general decline in proper behaviour toward the elderly in our society. It was a scandalous bad example.
Thank God we now have a Pope who finally understands and sympathises with the Faithful who have been so bruised, battered, scandalised and horrified by the senseless uncharity of so many of those in authority in relation to liturgical issues in the recent past.
Still, there are too many who, whilst abusing and insulting those whose tastes are for the traditional, nevertheless accuse them of being sour, cross and abusive.
They never seem to stop and think about the insults, calumnies, detractions and abuse that the Faithful with traditional preferences have had to put up with over the recent past.
If, as they claim, the Faithful with traditional preferences are but a small number of disaffected people, then why abuse and insult them?
There is nothing easier than for the majority to pick on a small minority.
And there is nothing easier than swimming with the tide.
Dead fish do it all the time.