Monday, April 20, 2009

Fr. Stravinskas seemed to be trying to stir up some trouble in the comments section for this post at NLM, but his first and second attempts at leaving a comment have been deleted. He used to be listed as a contributor to the blog, but I don't see his name anywhere now. He referred to the low Masses being celebrated (simultaneously) by the Franciscans of the Immaculate, instead of a single (conventual) Mass, and asked whether this should be the norm. His comments were deleted probably because they were pointless and off-topic, and provocative. While I agree that the ideal is a single conventual Mass (even if the question about Mass intentions and stipends seems to be unresolved), that thread was not the appropriate place to discuss it. The Orthodox, as far as I know, would be baffled by the Latin practice of having multiple low Masses, even though it is something traditionalists tend to accept as being "traditional" and praiseworthy. I don't know if this practice can be proscribed for monasteries and religious communities. I don't see how multiple Masses at your typical parish could be reduced to one. And there aren't enough priests to make the division of parishes into smaller communities possible.

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