Today's Vatican News' editorial is both helpful and unhelpful.
In part this is what was written:
The new iconoclasts, who have gone from expressing their hatred through social media to acting in this way, might find it useful to re-read what was said by one of the new saints canonized a few days ago, Cardinal John Henry Newman. In his 1878 Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, concerning the adoption of pagan elements by the Church, Newman wrote:
What is unhelpful is the manner in which Pope Francis and now Vatican News adds gasoline to the fire of rage burning in orthodox circles. We live in the information age and people know exactly what the Pope is saying about orthodox/traditional Catholics.
Some of the criticism may be well directed but it has not been diplomatic in the least and has furthered the polarization the Church is experiencing since Vatican II. In fact, I think we can say that this pope enjoys polarizing people from the cardinals in the Church to rank and file bishops, priests, deacons, religious and laity. This is quite unfortunate.
The pope and those who support him would do well to do an examination of conscience before castigating those who have some legitimate concerns although not always stated or written diplomatically or respectfully.
But the point is well taken about how the Church has taken over pagan symbol and Christianized it. But all the things mentioned, were clearly and roundly Christianized with all pagan elements removed.
Since Vatican II, what has successfully be appropriated into the Church and her liturgy?
In the wedding liturgy, Hispanics have the Lasso, coins and other things given and received between the bride and groom. It is fully incorporated into the Nuptial Liturgy as an option. Some communities use an actual rope to tie the couple together, others use a huge Rosary.
Another custom suggested but not approved is "jumping the broom" in some African American communities. I allowed this once or twice over the years for African American weddings.
The unity candle came into vogue but has not be made an option officially in the Nuptial Liturgy unlike the Lasso and exchange of coins, etc.
Of course artwork from different nationalities and races reflect the look of these people and this was accomplished even prior to Vatican II. Some have taken offense, though, and wrongly, when the Blessed Mother or Jesus are depicted as Black or people of color. There could be racism involved in this.
Does anyone know of any other successfully inculturated customs and or images since Vatican II?