— Yahaira Jacquez (@YJacquez_) March 29, 2015
Yikes, the bi-lingual Mass.
Can anyone tell me why I intensely dislike the bi-lingual Mass? My dislike is most intense when the priest does things twice (once in each language), but I don’t like it even when he’s just alternating between the two languages. Am I a closet racist against Mexicans? Perhaps, but the racism is buried so deep that I can’t see it, and it would make Mexicans racist because one of my assistants, who is 100% Mexican, says the Mexicans dislike the bi-lingual Mass, too.
I sympathize with the priests who basically have two congregations to serve and simply can’t do two Masses on certain occasions (like Maundy Thursday), and I certainly don’t have a better idea than the bi-lingual Mass, but it doesn’t change the fact that I really dislike it. I just wish I could figure out the source of the distaste.
Aside: I actually do have a better idea: Do the Mass in Latin. I have only one semester of Latin and was hopelessly lost the three times I went to a Latin Mass, but I could get the hang of it. Bring back a universal language and the liturgical tension that is the two-language parish would subside.
Of course, people in Europe would say we have a universal language: English. It is the new lingua franca. Just as Latin was the lingua franca for over a thousand years because of the hegemony of the Roman Empire, English is the lingua franca today because … Read the rest