Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Exhortation: a bit more


Father Zulsdorf attended the press release of the Exhortation. Interestingly, he seems to answer the question I put at the end of my previous post on the McCauley sisters, "The question is, can we have what the adherents of the Rite have, without the Rite?"
Fr Z sees the vast areas that the Holy Father covers as a way of placing the whole scope of Christian life within the context of the Mass and the Christian life being dependant upon it.

11 comments:

purist said...

Although Fr Zulhsdorf is wearing a maniple he is also wearing an alb with a collar that extends over the collar of his chasuble. For those of us who follow the rubrics to the letter this is quite incorrect (but I notice that he does tuck the amice into his clerical collar all round as they also direct). Collared albs are an undesirable modern innovation which no traditionalist should ever wear; they often have zips which are equally inauthentic. He should also strictly be wearing a biretta when preaching. Let's hope that these essential details are laid down loud and clear in future Roman documents, otherwise the barque of Peter will continue to list as it ploughs the waves of a Godless world.

Anonymous said...

Purist,
I think the venerable Father is wearing one of those "protectors", beloved of European female religious, sewn onto the stole.
Maybe all is not lost.

But should he be wearing a maniple at all when preaching?

purist said...

Thank you, I have looked at the photograph of Fr Zulhsdorf again and think you might be right, although the width and prominence of the protective lawn is, perhaps, a little too deep and it does not have a narrow lace edging which is desirable. And, of course, you are quite correct about the maniple not being laid aside when preaching. It is vitally important to be meticulous at the altar and I am surprised that Fr Zuhlsdorf has been forgetful in these matters. Do you think he's sound?

penickity said...

Sound?
His Latin is very good, he is not heterodox, but he does have a degree in "theatre studies".

purist said...

The theatre studies do worry me a little because no priest who is true to tradition should ever go to the theatre, it is an occasion of sin, even if he does remove his spectacles so that the stage may only be seen in obscurity. I am also slightly concerned about the way that Fr Zulsdorf extends the little finger of his right hand when making a point. I think that must be explained by his theatrical interests. I hope he doesn't do this when extending his arms when saying 'Dominus vobiscum' as the fingers should be kept strictly together.

rubricist said...

It was helpful of anonymous to suggest that the stole worn in this photograph had a protector but it would have been more easily identifiable if it had some edging, as purist recommends, and would save understandable confusion. I, too, was shocked when I first saw it. It is unpleasant to see stoles soiled by grease round the neck and this device would save them from being ruined. Details like that make all the difference. I always revere priests who insist on such standards but when I make suggestions to those who don't I invariably get a sharp response, especially if I quote Roman documents as my authority.

Moretben said...

:-))

Damian said...

Don't you think some people are having you on in these extraordinsry comments?

Fr Ray Blake said...

Damian,
Shhhh... People are playing, which is mildly amusing, I think they know they are playing and teasing onlookers, rather gently.
Watch and be amused, or join in the game if you play nicely.

Cecilia said...

Clothes do seem to be of great interest to many of the clergy - I recommend that they look at the Obnoxiously Pious blog.

penickity said...

Cecilia
I am merely penickity and not a member of the clergy.
But is not one of the problems with the clergy today that they don't look like clergy. Men, especially young men, like uniforms.

Female religious who don't wear habits don't get vocations, so possibly it isn't just a male thing.