What’s next on the list of things that the Catholic far right hates? Why don’t they just come out and admit that they hate Jesus himself? I’m not kidding. The papal accusers, who reject the authority of Pope Francis, Vatican II, and various other Popes or Councils, have lost their faith in Jesus Christ and in his Church. The things that are of Christ in Church doctrine and discipline, they literally hate. They hate the teachings of Francis, which are from Christ. They hate the disciplines chosen by Christ for the Church and for the Mass in recent decades. This is the work of Jesus Himself and they hate it. Some of them even hate the Church Herself, accusing Her of being infiltrated by Satan. Vigano and Marshall, in particular, have open hatred for the Church, while worshipping the idol that they have created from their own versions of Pharisaical Catholicism.
The only Mass that Jesus celebrated “in person” so to speak, was the Last Supper. And present were the 12 Apostles. This Supper is the starting point for all subsequent Masses. The consecration of the Eucharist by Christ at the Last Supper had the effect of consecrating every Eucharist at every Mass in Time and Place, through the priests of those Masses. Christ consecrated every Eucharist that ever will be by that Act of consecration at the Last Supper.
Every Mass is a concelebration with Christ the Lord as the priest, concelebrating with whichever priest or Bishop presides in person. Those who hate concelebration wish to cut Jesus Christ out of the Mass and out of the Church. And that is also evident from their hatred of Church authority, Popes, Bishops, Councils, doctrine and discipline. They have set themselves up as the sole judges over doctrine and discipline, rejecting the authority of every Vicar of Christ. For even when a Pope is conservative, they will not accept what he says if it is not to their liking. So do they reject Christ himself.
So it is fitting that they hate concelebrations, as each conservative or traditionalist priest wishes to replace all Bishops, Popes, and Christ the Lord Himself as the sole head of his group of conservatives. A concelebration means communion with persons who accept Pope Francis, Vatican II, and other things of the Faith that they openly hate. A concelebration means a loss of total dictatorial control over the Mass by that conservative priest. A concelebration means communion with those who are submissive to the Roman Pontiffs, whom they hate.
In Truth, concelebration is the definition of the Mass. Every Mass throughout all places and all of time, from the last Supper forward, is one Mass concelebrated with Christ and with all of His priests and bishops. Why would there be only one priest celebrating Mass as the supposed preferable norm? One reason is the lack of priests in the Church, which is caused by lukewarm faith and by sin. In a holier time, in the future, each parish will have multiple priests, and concelebrations will be much more common. And that is the way that the Church should be. There ought to be many priests. Rejection of concelebration assumes few priests. But that is also because the far right has and always will have few priests in their schism. So they must claim that sole celebration is the norm.
I once attended a Mass at thanksgiving, at my own parish (when I lived elsewhere), with seven priests concelebrating. And when the people heard that there would be seven priests concelebrating the daily Mass for Thanksgiving, they made a joyful noise. And rightly so. Should they instead have booed or mourned? Should 6 of the priests be forced to sit in the back of the Church and be quiet, while one celebrates?
‘Nobody is obliged to obey’ decree suppressing individually said Masses at St. Peter’s Cardinal Müller reportedly said. ‘Nobody can be forced to concelebrate, because the normal form of the holy Mass is one priest is celebrating, representing Christ,’ said Müller.
Wrong. The “normal form” is not one priest representing Christ. Normal for a healthy holy Church is many priests, with one priest who leads the celebration, and the other priests who concelebrate with him. And this is a figure for one Roman Pontiff concelebrating with some, even many, of his brother Bishops. The normal form represents the authority in the Church, as designed by Christ, one Pope and many Bishops, and so one priest leads the celebration, but other priests concelebrate with him, representing the Pope and the Bishops. And the Pope is the Vicar of Christ.
Jesus did not found a Church on one Apostle only, but on Peter, with his successors, and the other Apostles, with their successors. Therefore, the normal form of the Mass represents this choice by Christ: one lead celebrant and multiple concelebrants.
by the way, Muller flirts with schism by saying Nobody is obliged to obey. The authority of the Holy See requires obedience. There are different degrees of authority and of obedience. But nobody is able to simply disregard the decision at St. Peter’s.