Thursday, May 23, 2013
WHAT GOOD IS IT TO WHINE AND HAVE A BLEEDING HEART ABOUT SILLY THINGS LIKE STEWING OVER THE WONDERFUL NEW ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE MASS? AREN'T THERE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE?
In parish ministry it is hard to have a hothouse mentality about academic Catholicism, the sort of thing Pope Francis decries. For example there was a rather dubious survey of priests from an institution which has continuously whined, cried, bemoaned and regurgitated its dislike of the new and much improved English translation of the Mass. Their survey is skewed because it appeals to their groupies. They whine over authority issues and castigate those in authority who took their bogus authority away from them. They whine that priests, priests, priests, at least some of them, especially their groupies, don't like it. And they whine that bishops don't listen to their priests and bend to their every need. Talk about arrested academic development.
Once again we turn to the wisdom of our new Pope Francis who gets it, because he is a pastor and he knows these whining intellectuals, academics and want to be's are the problem not the solution to the Church's crisis of faith and arrogance. This is what he has said:
Speaking to a congregation of employees of the Vatican printing press and newspaper, Pope Francis commented on the day's reading from the Gospel of John (6:52-59), in which learned Jews listening to Jesus argue among themselves, asking: "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
"They are the great ideologues," the pope said, according to a report by Vatican Radio. "These ideologues cut off the road of love, and also that of beauty."
"All a matter of intellect!" he said. "When ideology enters into the church, when ideology enters into our understanding of the Gospel, we understand nothing."
"Ideologues falsify the Gospel," the pope said. "Every ideological interpretation, wherever it comes from -- from one side or the other -- is a falsification of the Gospel. And these ideologues --we have seen them in the history of the Church -- end up being intellectuals without talent, ethicists without goodness. And let's not even speak of beauty, because they understand nothing of that."
"The path of love, the way of the Gospel, is simple," he said. "It is the road that the Saints understood: ... the road of conversion, the way of humility, of love, of the heart, the way of beauty."
Pope Francis concluded by praying that God might free the church "from any ideological interpretation, and open the heart of the church, our mother church, to the simple Gospel, to that pure Gospel that speaks to us of love, which brings love, and is so beautiful. It also makes us beautiful, with the beauty of holiness."
My final comment:
Since November we've had 30 funerals in the parish, others are gravely sick and some dying and families are grieving and moving from crisis to crisis. The poor are hungry, the naked need clothing and the faith must be lived and taught as parents work multiple jobs to pay for an expensive Catholic education.
I think most lay people would be scandalized by the ongoing whining of professional academics and clerics in the Church who have nothing greater to worry about than authority issues surrounding our wonderful new English translation of the Mass and how some priests and even fewer laity just can't pray with it. So sad, but not on the level they think.
Hey, you laity out there, how disturbed, befuddled and in crisis are you over the new, wonderful English translation of the Mass that we've had now for almost 2 years? Shall violins be playing for you, a dirge? Are you in need of therapy over what the bishops have foisted upon you in terms of the improved English translation of the Mass.
Let us know!