|St Paul's letters to the Phillipinos!|
We criticise the Warwick Street Masses because they are tailored for the homosexual Catholic community but we turn a blind eye to all the 'language' Masses that proliferate. A Catholic Mass should be a drawing together of the laity of the parish - as one, in harmony with each other and God. That way a parish builds up its infrastructure of social welfare and charitable works that binds the people together and strengthens them.
When in Madras (Chennai) a few years ago I was told by Catholics there that, since Mass in the vernacular was introduced, the parishes had become divided; divided by the undercurrent caste system.
When once Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and other language speakers gathered under one roof for Mass in Latin, they are now segmented by race and the caste system has been reinforced by Masses only for Tamils or only for Hindus.
So now, if you live in Slough or Hayes or somewhere equally salubrious, you will not know your fellow parishioner as you will attend separate Masses - you will be poles apart (oh so sorry)
And if you are an unfortunate Chinese type person, the situation becomes even more stupid. If you are a Cantonese speaker (from Hong Kong or Southern China), you will probably find a Mass in Soho celebrated in your language.
But, if you speak one of the 85 other Chinese languages you are well and truly scuppered as they say in Shanghai. My guess is that it would be quite hard to find a Mass celebrated in the main Chinese language of Mandarin (Putonghua).
Tomorrow, (11th September) is Racial Justice Sunday and while the EWBC warbles on about human slavery it, of course ignores all other racial justice issues. Such as...having Mass in Latin! Encouraging inclusivity rather division.
And please remember that I am part of the ethnic community, I have my rights too, I am an Englishman living in Wales - an endangered species!
Give us a Latin Mass Guv!