EVERY JEW …
The loss of Language
— and other paradigms —
in the Catholic
thought that would capture your attention. But you will note
the ellipsis ( … ) following the title, so allow us to complete the
Every JEW knows
how to pray in HEBREW — just as every MUSLIM
knows how to pray in ARABIC.
Both are essential idioms
in their respective religions, although most Jews, like most Muslims,
do not speak, or largely understand either language. It is unique to
— as it were, totally specific and carefully preserved
identifying markers inseparable from, characteristic of, and exclusively
pertaining to — their respective religions. Even Reform Jews know the
Sh'ma Yisrael, just as the most culturally assimilated Muslim
knows the Du'aa for Salah.
It is important to understand
that Arabic is only specific to Arabia and is not the
lingua franca of other Muslim states. Hebrew is only specific
to Israel and is not the native tongue of the Diaspora.
We are agreed upon this, yes? The language of prayer is different from
the language spoken outside the place of worship. Judaism clung to Hebrew.
Islam clung to Arabic.
Why, then, has the Catholic Church jettisoned Latin
as the language specific to prayer in collective, and often private
Why is Latin a taboo,
unlike Hebrew and Arabic? You will be hard-pressed to find a Catholic
fluent in Latin, and much more to the point, any ecclesiastic
(priest, bishop, and cardinal) who any longer has facility with
Latin. Our own “Cardinal Sean” (as he prefers to be called) is fluent
in Spanish, but I highly doubt that he could conjugate the simplest
Latin verb. It is no longer taught in seminaries (despite Can. 249 requiring
it), and no longer perpetuated in the Church itself at its highest levels.
The language that has been nearly synonymous with the Catholic Church
for over 2000 years has become forgotten (yes, and verboten)
in less than 50.
North Korea as the Paradigm of the Policy to Abolish
Catholic Ecclesiastical Language: specifically, Latin
The period at which the
people of North Korea became totally sequestered from the world and
the inception of the Novus Ordo (New Order) Mass (concomitantly
with the abolition of the centuries old Tridentine Mass) coincides
within a 10 year margin. Important — and potent — analogies obtain:
Having been both categorically and systematically indoctrinated
— crushed under an iron fist with no tolerance for dissent or dismay,
North Koreans subsequently know nothing other than what their brutal
regime propagates and allows them to know. This concerns such quotidian
features as whether the earth is round, the notion of free speech, and
the freedom of thought.
“The Three-Generations Punishment”
as a Paradigm
150,000 to 200,000 North
Koreans were born in, live, and will die in concentration camps under
North Korea's policy of deterrence through “three generations of punishment”:
the criminal together with his entire family, and the following two
entire generations that will be born — and die — in the prison camps:
in other words, the primary “malefactor”, his children, and their children.
If there IS a fourth generation, it will possess no knowledge of anything
whatever from posterity and outside the concentration camps. It is their
world. At least two complete generations born within it will not
know of any other kind of existence, and will understand their own miserable
existence as “normal”. Through this policy of “Three generations
of Punishment”, there is no possible transmission of any knowledge apart
from what is acquired (indoctrinated) in the camp itself. All possibility
of dissidence is totally expunged, for there is knowledge of nothing
from which to dissent.
The hierarchy of the Catholic Church subsequent to the “policies”
enacted following Vatican II, appear to have taken a similar approach
in the way of language, worship, tradition, and the Mass itself.
Within three generations, Catholics have largely lost (or more accurately,
have been systematically deprived of the transmission of) what pertains
to the unique Catholic identity that had been taught and lived for centuries
prior to the catastrophe that has been euphemized as “Vatican II”.
Centuries of teaching, worship, and tradition were categorically
abolished and anything verging on “residual” was not allowed to emerge
again. In may ways, it was not so much abolished as “stamped out”
— much as any criticism of the "Dear Leader" was met with a quick and
final “dismissal”, so was any criticism of “the Spirit of Vatican II”
a specter even more ghastly and destructive than the actual corpus itself.
Not only was a millennia old language abolished as unacceptable
anymore, but nearly every tradition and concept that was
uniquely Catholic was peremptorily suppressed, tossed out, and
ultimately forgotten … such that the last “malefactor” who breached
the policy, were he still alive, would no longer recognize the institution
in which he was nurtured — and the fourth generation Catholic would
no longer recognize the last malefactor and would not understand his
language, let alone his gestures and manner of living. Indeed, the physical
structure itself in which the celebration morphed from a Mass to a Prayer-Space,
would itself become unrecognizable to either. The spires ascending to
God would seem archaic and meaningless beside the Bauhaus flat, unadorned,
and indistinguishable building that could as well be a synagogue, a
mortuary, or an office building and which has a “presider” instead of
a “priest” (a now unacceptable patriarchal image of Christ).
North Korea succeeded in extinguishing, obliterating all memory
of anything that preceded it. And so did Vatican II. Despite the
motu proprio Summum Pontificum, allowing the Tridentine Mass
to be said by any priest without “permission” from his ordinary (bishop),
virtually any attempt to celebrate it is met with hostility and every
possible impediment. Vatican II had spoken … much as the “Dear Leader”
had spoken, and the matter was settled and irreversible.
as another Paradigm
of the aftermath
of Vatican II
|Dresden at the turn of
||Dresden less than 50 years
later in 1945
Irreversible also is the damage.
It is rather like a vignette of the city of Dresden before and after
its infamous fire-bombing in World War II. The name was retained, but
it designated utter ruin.
as another Paradigm
of the aftermath
|A Catholic Church at the
turn of the century
||A Catholic Cathedral
less than 50 years
after Vatican II
“The Eternal President of the Republic” Kim Il-sung (his formal title,
despite being dead 10 years now and counting) and Kim-Jong-il (dead
now 3 years and counting) and his porculent, maniacal son Kim Jong-un
have made North Korea another Dresden. And if we look at it closely
and without bias, so did Vatican II make a once flourishing Catholic
culture the mere detritus of another Dresden called the City of Man
which is still being dismantled and destroyed as we watch — without
any outrage ... or even wonder.
Boston Catholic Journal