Archbishop of Glasgow Calls For “New Era of Reverence” – Rediscover Mass…

ARCHBISHOP Tartaglia has issued a clarion call to Catholics everywhere to rediscover the Mass. In a heartfelt message, the Archbishop calls for a new era of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, a deeper appreciation of the Mass and a new effort to encourage the lapsed to come back to Sunday Mass.

The Archbishop’s plea has been circulated to every parish in the diocese. It is a summary of the Church’s teaching on what the Eucharist is, how it should be received and why it needs to be rediscovered. In it he warns against “casual or banal” reception of Holy Communion, emphasises the need for care in taking communion in the hand and encourages a new appreciation of silence.

Speaking to Flourish, the Archbishop said: “This is what I long for people to read and understand and act upon. To receive communion is everything. The Eucharist is truly the source and the summit of our Catholic faith and we can never marvel enough at this miracle of God’s love.” 

To read the full text of the Archbishop’s message scroll to pages 6 and 11 here.

Comment: 

It’s certainly laudable that the Archbishop is seeking to restore reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, calling for “a new era of reverence… a new appreciation of silence [and] a deeper appreciation of the Mass”. Who could argue with those noble words?   However, it is certainly questionable whether or not any of these goals are achievable while we see lay people receiving in the hand, and the continued rejection of the traditional Latin Mass in favour of the Novus Ordo Missae. 

Shouldn’t the archbishop be pushing a root and branch reform, a restoration of the ancient Mass along with the discipline of receiving Communion on the tongue, kneeling, in the traditional gesture of adoration? Wouldn’t that be more likely to encourage the lapsed to return to Sunday Mass, rather than some noble sounding words which, sorry to say, are likely to be ignored, given that lack of reverence resulting from widespread diminution of belief in the Real Presence is now endemic in Scottish parishes? 

49 responses

  1. It is all (pardon me) guff. Quite simply.

    The Newbishops of Scotland are terrified out of their wits: they see Mass attendance dropping at an alarming, and heretofore unconscionable, rate. Moreover, they know that they, and only they, are to blame.

    Leo Cushley has said that by 2020, there will be only 33 diocesan priests in StAnEd and that’s including priests from Poland, India and elsewhere. He is terrified and his colleagues are similarly terrified.

    They have a cheek talking about reverence for the Blessed Sacrament: they were the ones who ripped out altar rails, encouraged communion in the hand, demanded that communicants receive under both species, lowered altars to one step above ground level, moved tabernacles away from the focal points of churches, allowed ‘reverent’ bowing to the Blessed Sacrament instead of genuflection, to the point where a Mass can be celebrated without the priest genuflecting at any point. They allowed priests to perform one-handed “elevations”. A Mr Joseph Toal authored the report which encouraged Mass-goers NOT to kneel after the Orate Fratres, but to kneel only for the Canon and NOT to kneel for the final blessing, but to stand.

    These spineless, clueless men encourage “communion ministers”, sometimes up to eight (yes!) at a Mass where numbers are dropping by the month.
    These men encourage altar girls, the result of which has meant there is no priestly formation on Scottish soil! (On second thoughts, probably a good thing … think Scotus, Chester’s, Drygrange, Gillis, etc.)

    They want silence before and during Mass? Not likely when the drums, flutes and guitars are tuning up!

    They know there are parishes, dioceses, seminaries and religious orders throughout the world where numbers are on the up, but they turn a blind eye because it would mean a return to something faintly Catholic and that is the last thing they really want, deep down.

    They could turn all of the above around with the stroke of a pen, but they don’t have the guts.

    They are terrified of losing their jobs by thinking outside of the box and annoying the clowns in the Vatican.

    Spineless. Gutless. Cowardly. Should I go on? [NO. STOP RIGHT NOW – ED.]

  2. I’m sorry but I have to make one final comment. I clicked on the hyperlink to Flourish and there, on the first page, is Philip Tartaglia doing one of those “one-handed” elevations! Where do they learn to do that? Who suggested it as a “good idea”? What is the catechesis behind it?
    Reverence before the Blessed Sacrament? My eye! Don’t make me laugh!
    Clowns. Dolts. Blind “men”. [STOP. – ED]

    • Sarto2010

      Bravo! I totally and completely agree with your every word!

      I’m also interested to know where the idea for elevation of Host and Chalice with just one hand came from. It doesn’t look right at all.

      • Laura, the rubrics of the Novus Ordo clearly states that the priest must use BOTH hands when elevating the Host and then the Chalice but sadly this is just ignored. I watched a Mass once from a Servite Priory in Northern Ireland. At the priest’s Communion he held the Host in one hand and the Chalice in the other then placed the Host in his mouth and then drank from the Chalice as if he was at a cheese and wine party.

    • Why are you guys over there splitting bears? You get $1 million for this? That will take so the Queen’s not gonna give you her million dollars. Being that I’m a Trump hater I don’t want his either.

      Editor: you mustn’t hate Trump – or anyone else for that matter. Grave sin, to hate. The Donald is coming to Scotland when he visits the UK and I only wish I could get to meet him to thank him for saving so many unborn babies’ lives, not to mention giving Mrs Clinton something to think about, and write books about and tell everyone about (now she lost the election and it was everybody else’s fault!)

  3. Wait, come to think of it, doesn’t the priest hold the Host in one hand and the chalice in the other at one point just before Communion, when he says “This is the lamb of God” (Agnus Dei)?

  4. Last week my young daughter was listening to the grown ups lamenting the lack of clerical insight into the causes of lapsation etc. She suddenly piped up: “Can they not SEE that nobody goes to Mass anymore?” Out of the mouth of babes……..

    I’m not convinced that a return to the old Mass would completely cure the problem. It’s the whole shabang that’s gone awry! The Archbishop must be in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks that mere words will sort things out. He, along with the rest of the bishops, need to ACT. To do their job as per the job description.

  5. I think Archbishop Tartaglia should lead by example, by restoring the high altar in his cathedral, featuring the tabernacle in its rightful place as the central focal point of the building. He could also ban receiving in the hand and end the practice of lay people giving out communion.

    If he does not take any firm action himself, then he is only as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.

    I laud his aims but there is an element of absurdity here. Imagine someone came to your home, burned it down and then had the gall to lecture you on fire safety. That’s how a Bishop talking about reverence comes across, after decades of communion in the hand and destroying altar rails etc.

    I think the Archbishop’s message would be more powerful if it contained an element of humility: he should openly acknowledge that, in recent decades, many Bishops and clergy have directly worked to lower standards and reduce reverence. And that they persevered in this, in the face of much protest from lay people, which was either ignored or arrogantly dismissed.

    it is not an effective message simply to identify a problem in isolation, its cause needs to be understood. This is why recognition of the causes is needed. Of course, there are so many, including lack of catechesis and the fact confession has been allowed to slide. No longer is Holy Communion seen as something to be worthy of, but today its just a token understood to indicate the Church’s affirmation of each individual.

    Of course, +Tartaglia wont make any changes to the Cathedral layout as that would be a slap in the face to his predecessor who still haunts the archdiocese with his presence. Equally, restoring proper practice for issuing communion would no doubt upset the many lay people who consider their status as “EMHCs” as an indicator of their great importance.

    Ultimately without fundamental changes, words alone will have no effect.

    Still, even if this comes to nothing – as is likely – at least it seems to indicate the start of an awakening of some kind. And it implicitly acknowledges that the Church has been on the wrong path.

  6. Brilliant posts by Gabriel Syme and Sarto2010 (sigh….OK Editor, your comment was brilliant as well….).

    Since the Novus Ordo was designed to destroy reverence for the “source and summit” of our Faith, it is an act of sheer lunacy to call for a restoration of reverence through that same destructive liturgy…or, actually, pseudo-liturgy. Like calling for an end to poverty by feeding stones to the poor, or calling for an end to a flu epidemic by giving people more flu.

    Are you really so sick, compromised and disoriented, Archbishop Tartaglia, that you cannot see the source of the problem you bemoan? Perhaps you should have a little talk with Father Clovis, or Bishop Schneider, and/or read Open Letter to Confused Catholics. I dare you!

    • Agreed. To be fair (although being fair sticks in my craw), Philip Tartaglia has recently agreed for Messrs. Burke and Schneider to say Mass in Glasgow, but bemoaning the state of the Church in Scotland is all any of the Newbishops do. Doing anything CatholIc or concrete would be “de trop”.

      • Sarto,

        I can tell you for a fact that neither of those prelates said anything that would irritate any Scots bishop. I wasn’t present on either occasion – the Chairman of Una Voce Scotland (UVS) has made it crystal clear than I am not welcome at any UVS events – but Catholic Truth has “sources” everywhere and I am reliably informed that neither prelate said a word that was worth queuing up to hear.

        • I heard exactly the same thing, that they said the old Mass and preached homilies that wouldn’t worry any modernist, so what was the point of bringing them to Scotland in the first place?

          • Nicky,

            Perhaps the goal is to make the Traditional Mass as inoffensive as the New Mass….or was that the New-New-New- New Mass, I forget…

            • RCA Victor,

              Tut, tut, TUT – you mean, one takes it, “the new and getting newer by the nano-second New Mass”?

              One really MUST be precise, RCA Victor, or one will seriously confuse one’s new Masses…. 😀

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