Saturday, 14 May 2016

The Catholic Church Alone. The One True Church of Christ. Part 64.

SIX VOLUMES IN ONE
BY THE DISTINGUISHED EXPONENTS OF CATHOLICISM
REV. HENRY DODRIDGE, D. D.
REV. HENRY EDWARD MANNING, D. D.
REV. F. LEWIS, of Granada
REV. STEPHEN KEENAN
REV. BERNARD VAUGHAN, S. J.
REV. THOMAS N. BURKE, O. P.

Q. But what think you of those who, during the time of mass, instead of attending to this great sacrifice, suffer themselves to be carried away with willful distractions ?

A. Such as these do not hear mass, that is they do not fulfill the Church's precept, nor satisfy the obligation of the day, but rather mock God, whilst outwardly they pretend to honor him, when their heart is far from him. The like is to be said of those who in time of mass are laughing or talking, or who pass the greater part of the time in criminal amusements. These sort of persons must also answer for the scandal they give by their ill example, and for their hindering others from attending to their duty ; as well as for their profaning these most sacred mysteries, by such an unchristian behavior at this holy time.

Q. Is it not a prejudice to the faithful, that mass is said in an unknown tongue ?

A. No; for the mass contains only those prayers which the priest alone is commanded to say, as the mediator between God and his people. Neither are the people ignorant of what is said, since they have the mass expounded and Englished in their ordinary prayer book ; and it is visible to any unprejudiced eye, that there is far more devotion among Catholics at mass, than there is at the Protestants' common prayer.