Thursday, January 12, 2012

THREE EYES - TWO TABLES

The Altar as it is - the Altar Rails, Reredos and Kneeling Angel Statues on either side disappeared in the immediate wake of the Council, long before Father Elich's time as Parish Priest.
Note the grand "Presider's"Chair back turned to the Tabernacle.

Let us take up the story of the frustrated spirit of the Council liturgist. In our previous Post we saw Father "Two Tables"Tom Elich fallen from high-flying old ICEL Master, with wings clipped to mere Archdiocesan standing, and with occasional sallies into the Suffragan Dioceses on liturgical consulting jobs. 


..........now, where could such a one find an outlet for pent-up steam?

At least he retains control of his Bulimba Parish, let us see what might be achieved there!


Ss.Peter & Paul, Bulimba - Full View of Nave and Sanctuary
The title "Two Tables Tom" had come to him for his determination , in a rather North European Protestant fashion to de-emphasize the Altar in Catholic Churches, just as his old ICEL mis- translation had de-emphasised the element of Sacrifice in the Sacred Liturgy. So the good Father began to speak of the Table of the Eucharist (only a meal, you see) and opposed to it the "Table of the Word" ( an INCREASED emphasis on the Lectern).The motive .... why, the "Word" and the "Meal" were  to seem equal !( Please...... do not disturb the New Order with the Pope Paul VI's  Eucharistic Presence par excellence" and  the Vatican Council II's talk of "Summit and source"!)


HOLY SPIRIT SEMINARY BANYO  -  TWO TABLES TO THE MAX
THE "TABLE OF THE WORD"A GLORIFIED LECTERN
IS LARGE ENOUGH TO  ALMOST OBSCURE THE BUTCHERS BLOCK ALTAR
THE CLEAR GLASS WINDOW PROVIDES AMPLE DISTRACTION.
To stress the intent of Father's New Order, the Altar was usually reduced to the size , and often the character of a Butcher's Block ( See St.Stephen's Chapel next to the Cathedral in Brisbane and also the Oratory of the new Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo). 


Where he could really get his way, the Altar Butcher's Block had been shoved to one side and the "Table of the Word " took equal standing atthe matching position on the other side of the Sanctuary.


Ss. PETER & PAUL BULIMBA - Looking Westward down the Nave
So we find the good Father, getting Revved up in the Parish Bulletin presenting the New Order to the the Faithful people of Bulimba, in the form of three sketches of a "really good" plan to hoist the Altar out of the Sanctuary into the crossing. To try to stop scaring the sheep this is preceded by a reassuring description of the housing of the Tabernacle on the present Altar, the Sanctuary becoming a secluded Blessed Sacrament Chapel. The Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ are to be no longer the focus of attention and devotion of anyone entering the Church, but of those who can find the Tabernacle.


FFR. "TWO TABLES"TOM ELICH

The good Father's plans provide for the new TWO TABLES to be placed one after the other down the centre line of the Nave with the first half of the Pews turned to face them, in Choir. It appears that the present Altar will be halved in depth and backed against the wall , providing a kind of shelf for the Tabernacle and making the celebration of Holy Mass "ad orientem"impossible. It also appears that the present Altar, elevated  in traditional manner, will be reduced to slightly above Nave floor level. 


In Father's commentary on the proposed arrangements he says : " .......we could have a very strong liturgical arrangement....... which reinforces the notion of the whole body of Christ as the celebrant of the liturgy."(Emphasis added.) Hmmmm...this is interesting, the good Father has for many years used the term "Presider" rather than "Celebrant". Now we see where he is going ...every assembled member of the faithful is "Celebrating" the Mass and the Ordained Priest( a Priest being one who offers a Sacrifice)  , rather than acting "in Persona Christi"as the Church teaches, is just presiding over the assembly.(There is an instance of the word "President"instead of Priest being used in ancient times by St. Justin Martyr giving testimony before pagan Roman authorities, when he did not wish to offend them unduly by using the word "Priest", and so chose the word "President"which they would more readily accept.)


It is true that every member of the faithful assisting at Holy Mass offers themselves and the Bread and Wine with the Priest, but it is the presence and action of the Priest , acting "in Persona Christi" , that effects the Holy Sacrifice through the Power Of Jesus Christ present in the person of the Ordained Priest.


 No Priest,No Mass. 


So NO "every assembled member of the faithful is "Celebrating" the Mass".


TWO TABLES RAMPANT - ST.STEPHEN'S CHAPEL BRISBANE
THE BUTCHER'S BLOCK ALTAR IS THE OBJECT PIERCED BY THE LIGHT BEAM,
THE "TABLE OF THE WORD "IS THE PEDESTAL TO THE RIGHT
NO....SERIOUSLY...I'M NOT JOKING!




The Catholic Church has a very well-developed vocabulary of terms relating to the Holy Mass and it is nothing but mischief to abandon their standard use and mix and match them to blur definitions and reality. To speak of the laity "celebrating" Mass is FALSE. The celebration of Holy Mass is the role of the Priest Celebrant alone. He is the one Ordained Priest for celebrating the Holy Sacrifice.The laity "assist"at Mass , by offering themselves and their gifts. Without them, the Priest could still celebrate the Holy Sacrifice. Without him, there would be no Mass even if every layperson that ever lived could be made present!


Would you want this man, even though a Priest to start re-designing your Church?Would you trust his ultimate objectives?

LITURGY NEWS  -  IMPRIMATUR  - NOW RETIRED ARCHBISHOP BATHERSBY
As invariably happens in this type of attack on a church, the seating capacity is reduced to accommodate the New Order. Perhaps this is a tacit recognition of the reduced numbers expected as folk take themselves to other more normal Catholic Churches.

But, you might say, surely the Archdiocesan authorities would not allow this type of thing to go on. Consider this: who is the Archdiocesan authority responsible for making recommendations on Church renovations? None other than the good Father himself ! He had hatched his plan in the lead-up to October,2011, before the departure of Archbishop Bathersby. One wonders if it has already been "approved" before that departure?




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1 comment:

Mary Kilderry said...

Why is this being allowed to happen? I live in the Bulimba Parish and many parishioners, especially the older members are incredibly distressed at what Fr Elich is doing but dont know how to stop him. Where is he getting the money and authority to do this?