Wednesday, February 4, 2015
WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT?
Pope Francis has set new priorities for his pontificate. Another pope will do the same in the future. We live in the Church one pope at a time, one bishop at a time and one pastor at a time. The Liturgy wars are far from this pope's agenda. He has other things more important that arguing about the liturgy. This is good.
The world, as always, is engulfed in the battle of good and evil. Today seems to have a more striking form of that battle and shows forth how cruel the devil can be when he possesses people and incites them to violence.
Thugs, the enemies of God, who claim religious validation for their obscenities, but use religion to promote their thuggery and evil, are to be feared. They not only film and photograph their obscene murders but use new tactics to terrorize the good. We've almost become desensitized to beheadings captured on video so they turn now to burning their victim alive and making sure it is well documented on film for the world to see in all its pornographic horror.
It is obscene.
And then there are the liturgy wars. It reduces many Catholics, some on this blog, to shrills and individuals who do not witness to faith or the hope and love that God demands in Christ. Denigration of ideas and people is what rules the day. The monstrance, the Mass and even the Church are a blunt instrument of violence although the printed word is what is used.
The Church is clear that there are now two forms of the one Latin Rite, one the normative the other the exception. While equal, one takes precedence over the other.
Each are governed by the General Instructions contained in each missal along with their own special rule or rubrics.
While Catholics are free to have a preference for one or the other or a preference for different types within the same category of Liturgy, Catholics have normally not denigrated the well-celebrated by the books liturgy because in doing so, one could slip into the sacrilege of denigrating what occurs in the Mass, the intersection of the divine and the human and the Real Presence of Christ related to His eternal sacrifice on the Cross.
Prayer, especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in whatever form and what ever rite, west or east, is the surest defense against evil. Evil never wins although it will have many victims before the final battle is completed on earth and the Lord returns to raise the dead and judge the living and the dead.