Friday, March 15, 2013
Yes, there has been a great deal of anxiety expressed by more traditionally minded Catholics, in the liturgical sense, about our new Holy Father, Pope Francis.
I think part of the reaction is related to grief and that we have not mourned the passing of Pope Benedict since he didn't die, but actually resigned. There may be a bit of anger over that for some, that he didn't complete what he began or mandate some of what he modeled.
But seeing a new pope has brought home to us that Pope Benedict's papacy in a sense has died and new person stands before us and it isn't Pope Benedict. We grieve! That is good and we haven't done it until now.
The same happens when a long-time pastor is replaced by a new person. Almost immediately there are those who hate or love the new priest depending on their perspective on the old one who is no longer the pastor. Anxiety runs high.
But time heals all.
We will have to let go of Pope Benedict's expertise on the liturgy, his desire for elegance and the trappings of the papacy and beautiful liturgy.
I don't see Pope Francis turning everything upside down in this area for what I see in his style of celebrating Mass is very similar to Pope Benedict who in style was very understated as is Pope Francis. Pope Francis just doesn't like lace, fancy vestments and the like, he identifies with the humble, simple St. Francis of Assisi and with the poor, not the aristocratic.
We are adult Catholics and we can take what comes our way. In essence, Pope Francis will uphold the Catholic faith and morals in a very vigorous way! That is what is important as is the new evangelization.