Despite the buzz about him, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI had time to spy on the Liturgical creativity in Hollywood. He's thinking there's more than clerical sex abuse he needs to clean up!
Did Joel Osteen and his Dallas, Mega Church inspire this? No, I think his "liturgies" are a bit more sober. But there must be some Mega Church, Protestant non-denominational influence or inculturation here, don't you think? I know today that people of Jesus' day who welcomed Him to Jerusalem, may have welcomed Him in this manner if it were today? But I don't know. I know the pope in his various travels, particularly Pope John Paul II got these kinds of welcome.
But I have to ask, did people act this way at the foot of the Sacrifice? Did people act this way at the taking down from the Cross? Did they act this way at the entombment? Did they act this way at the Resurrection? No, I think there was a sober response not a Hollywood moment! This Mass was at the conclusion of Hollywood's recent Religious Education Convention!
What in God's name are they and we thinking with these types of Masses? Couldn't this have been done in some other liturgical setting? A para-liturgy? A devotion? Making Mass into a Hollywood production and entertainment is a bit shocking to me especially during this holy season of Lent! Do you think they sang "Stabat Mater"("Sorrowful Mother") this way? Is this what Vatican II had in mind when the document on the Liturgy recommended "NOBLE SIMPLICITY?"
"FATHER FORGIVE THESE PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD AND ELSEWHERE, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY ARE DOING!"
After having watched the Hollywood production for a Mass above, this is the only "ANTIDOTE" that can cure you of your stomach upset!