Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the unintended consequences of Mass in the vernacular.
“Mass in the vernacular can create a deep separation, based on language, between Catholic communities within the same local Church and even that same parish. This is not always, or even usually, a hostile separation. More often, what happens is that communities that share a common faith, live in a common place, and even share a church building, have very little cause or occasion to interact with each other. This is perhaps especially true of the one place they ought to be most united: the Mass.”
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