Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Vernacular means language of the people. My church did mass in Latin when only prelates and Latin teachers knew what was being said. So what did the people mass? They prayed rosaries, devotional pieties, novenas from little books or cards they brought to church. Well, my church decided in the early 60s to do mass in the language of the people so that there would be better understanding and participation. So in the USA we have English. But then my church could not convince enough guys to be priests, who spoke English as their first language, and were willing to be celibates. The solution was to go to Countries that did not have English as its primary language, and bring over here priests/seminarians, with their accents, to do mass. All sound systems destroy these accents. A priest you can understand face to face, one on one, is totally unintelligible from the pulpit. Solution? For the laity it is back to the rosary and prayer books. Or people with smart phones could say they were saying prayers from church apps. For the Vatican it might be looking beyond male celibates, at least in this country.