James Martin, SJ ✔ @JamesMartinSJ
Whoa. Vatican squashes rumors that said priests were about to be asked to celebrate Mass with backs to people.
Father James Schall, SJ fires back:
The history of “Mass with the priest’s back facing the people” has been a long and amusing one. Let it be said from the beginning that no priest ever thought that he was celebrating Mass with his back to the people. No priest of any age or place ever said to himself: “Now that I am about to consecrate the Host, I will turn my back to the people.” He and everyone were turning to the Lord. That whole imagery of “back to the people” was dreamed up to promote a theological cause. It wanted the Mass to be understood not what it is, a sacrifice, but a friendly meal. The priest became a host or a “president,” as he is often called. He is a “presider,” awful term. Even worse is it when the priest is seen to be a “master of ceremonies” or an actor, greeting and joshing everyone.
As Father Z says, " There are a few notable exceptions, but there is a general rule that Jesuits don’t have much of a grasp or sense of liturgy. Perhaps you know the old chestnut: “As lost as a Jesuit in Holy Week”, to describe someone who doesn’t have a clue.