Monday, April 6, 2015
I AM A PAPIST THROUGH AND THROUGH! EVERY HONEST TO GOD CATHOLIC MUST BE! IT IS IN EVERY GOOD CATHOLIC'S DNA!
Of course as Catholics we are required to be charitable to everyone not just the holy Roman Pontiff.
To fail to give the holy Roman Pontiff respect and obedience in the areas of faith and morals, to include his supreme right to legislate for the Church, would be a mortal sin if the failure is a result of knowing the truth about popes, and with full consent of the will, one violates this requirement and to magnify the mortal sin, one tries to get others to join him/her.
In terms of a lack of charity (love) shown to the papacy in general and any particular pope, this too is a mortal sin! Serious matter is involved. All Catholics should know that a lack of charity shown anyone is a sin and then to show that lack of charity with the full consent of the will qualifies as a mortal sin and fodder for confession.
Now this doesn't mean we like every aspect of a particular papacy and we might charitably disagree with this, that and the other.
My own opinion about Pope Francis is that His Holiness is the pope we need at this time and the Holy Spirit is guiding the Church through His Holiness in these perilous times. No pope as no human being is perfect on this side of life, but all of us are called to perfection and when we find ourselves in heaven, we will be made perfect by God's grace.
With Pope Francis, there have been what, in my most humble opinion, have been tactical errors. His disdain for protocol and the cultural trappings of the Bishop of Rome have been a mistake. His Holiness is the Bishop of Rome and the Roman Catholic Church in Rome with its Roman Bishop must respect the culture of this institution even though the Bishop of Rome is also the Supreme Pontiff and Pastor of the Church universal.
The Bishop of Rome inherits a culture of kings, the trappings of the court. In the redeemed sense, the majesty of the monarchy is applied to Jesus and the Church even in Biblical times. We refer to Christ as King, Our Blessed Mother as Queen, heaven as the Kingdom of God and the trappings of the court clothe the Most Holy Trinity and the Queen of Heaven and the subjects who are redeemed in heaven. Crowns, royal robes and the like are images of heaven and have seared our collective imagination of heaven not just in Rome but throughout the world.
While there have been despots in the monarchy and dictators throughout the world, especially in Argentina and other parts of South and Central America, these images are not a part of the European, redeemed culture of monarchy that is included in Christian iconography and art and the trappings of the papacy, of bishops and of the Liturgy.
Thus the liturgical and other accoutrements of papacy to include frilly albs, ornate Roman Chasubles,
and the formal wear of the pope in non-liturgical settings should be respected and embraced as Pope Benedict modeled.
Pope Francis would still be hailed as a populist and would still be an object of infatuation with the secular press even if he dressed the way Pope Benedict did. Keep in mind, that Pope Francis is often compared to Pope St. John XXIII. They are similar in looks and personality. However, Pope St. John XXIII embraced the trappings of the papacy and did not imposed his more casual personality upon the institution of the papacy.
Other than the ambiguities of Pope Francis when he speaks off-the-cuff and the terrible mistakes His Holiness has made in doing so, there is much to admire about the current papacy and office holder.
Just as Pope Francis changed the style of the papacy and imposed his own idiosyncrasies upon it over night, so too will the next Pontiff recover that which has been lost and overnight too.
But with that said, I like what John Nolan had to say about Pope Francis' Easter Triuduum celebrations and about the Holy Father himself:
Before people start hurling brickbats at the papal liturgies they might ask themselves some questions:
1. How many parishes used Latin for the services on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday?
2. In how many parishes was the Exsultet sung in full, using the time-honoured chant? ICEL now has a decent translation which is set to this tone.
3. How many Catholics in the English-speaking world heard the Passion sung as it should be?
4. How many have heard the Easter Introit 'Resurrexi et adhuc tecum sum' and the Sequence 'Victimae Paschali laudes' not just yesterday but in their lifetimes? Precious few, I expect.
5. How many parishes used the Plainchant Mass I (Lux et origo) which is proper to Eastertide? It doesn't take a trained schola to sing it.
The vast majority of British or American Catholics will have found what went on in Rome bafflingly unfamiliar. They couldn't even join in the Pater Noster or Credo III. Fr McDonald cheerfully admits that his parishioners would revolt if presented with a Latin OF, although he has the musical resources to do it. What lamentable philistinism and ignorance!
To read some of the comments one might have thought the Pope had celebrated Mass in a sombrero accompanied by guitar-strumming gauchos. This is the third Triduum he has celebrated and if he was going to change things he would have done it by now. Liturgical and musical standards in St Peter's have improved greatly since JP II's day.
Pray for the Holy Father, and for God's sake give him a break!
April 6, 2015 at 4:17 AM