Thursday, June 11, 2015
A THOUGHTFUL AND THOROUGHLY CATHOLIC COMMENT ON POPE FRANCIS' UPCOMING ENCYLICAL ON THE ENVIRONMENT
So I like Mark Thomas comment below, not only about the upcoming encyclical but also about his hoped-for encyclical on the liturgy. It makes sense to me given the abysmal state of the liturgy in so many of our parishes in this country and around the world. The Extraordinary Form of the Mass is simply not the problem with the liturgy today. The manner in which the Ordinary Form is celebrated is with its kitschy, banal, contemporary music which creates superficial hormonal changes in a person's body and the loss of Catholic identity of the clergy and laity as the lines between the two are continuing to be blurred.
Here's Mark Thomas recent comment:
"When does the encyclical on saving trees come out?"
I don't have a problem with Pope Francis having composed said Encyclical [on the environment]. As a Catholic who favors the Traditional Roman Mass and Holy Tradition, I very much recognize Pope Francis' Social Teaching as being in line with Tradition.
My attachment to the Church and Her Holy Tradition compels me to be, if you will, a "tree hugger". I practice organic gardening and am very much an environmentalist.
There also isn't any reason as to why His Holiness Pope Francis should not issue said Encyclical.
For example, during the height of World War II, Pope Venerable Pius XII issued various speeches and documents that were not related to the daily pressing events of said war.
That said, I believe that an Encyclical related to liturgy has been much-needed for decades within the Church.
His Holiness Pope Francis must continue "the good work in the liturgy begun by Pope Benedict XVI". A great way to help with that task is via an Encyclical that promotes the Church's authentic liturgical Tradition.
We need Pope Francis to call major attention to the reality that the (Latin) Church's liturgy has collapsed and is in dire need of repair along the line of Holy Tradition.