An “imperialism of novelty”

Posted May 15, 2017 5:47 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Peter Kwasniewski at NLM has a thoughtful piece, with which I agree, about trend over time in the celebration of the Novus Ordo.  When there are options provided, there seems to be an expectation that the least traditional option will be chosen, with the result that tradition is opted out of sight and mind.  He called this this an “imperialism of novelty”.
It’s a manifestation of the hermeneutic of disrupture.  “Optionitis”… “Tinkeritis”….
Think about it…
The Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I)
Black vestments
Gregorian chant
Pipe Organ
ad orientem worship
Summorum Pontificum is so important.
A sample:
I was once talking with a priest about the strange phenomenon of options in the

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