Saturday, April 5, 2014
WHINING ABOUT THE MASS AND OTHER LITURGIES OF THE CHURCH AND POPE FRANCIS' EXAMPLE
At the Praytell so-called liturgical blog also known for its well deserved nickname Praywhine, there will be a new round of whining about the liturgy and its spectacularly wonderful, compared to what preceded it, new and glorious English translation of the Mass. Talk about repeating oneself over and over and over and over and over again.
Of course the manipulation of its editors will be that it is the bleeding hearts of so many whining priests who feel so put upon by the imposition of the new and most wonderful English translation of the Mass that they will rehash over and over and over again their disgruntled attitudes about what the Church has given to them for the liturgy because after all they and their comfortable congregations suffer so much over this!
It is to laugh and I am really, really, really sure this sorry a** attitude will really resonate with Pope Francis and his truck driving, motorcycle loving sensibilities. Certainly these priests should go to the periphery and minister there rather than stoking their unmet emotional liturgical needs by their immature, adolescent, authority issues that would have best been settled and resolved when they were teenagers rather than now as aging priests?
But then I thought about Pope Francis and his approach to the liturgy. He is quiet, sober and says the black and does the red (admittedly not for the mandatum, but is that really a part of the Mass or an extension of the homily, shouldn't the maniple be off as well as the chasuble?)
Praytell(and whine) was overjoyed beyond being giddy when they thought that within days of Pope Francis being named the new pope that he would throw out the current Congregation for Divine Worship's head and make Archbishop Pietro Marini (Blessed Pope John Paul II's progressive Master of Ceremonies) the prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship.
I suggested to the editor of Praytell and whine that maybe he had the wrong Marini and that it would be Msgr. Guido Marini.
But here it is in the second year of this Pontificate and no new head for the Congregation for Divine Worship has been named.
What does it mean from the point of view of symbol?
1. Pope Francis is not a liturgist who wants to constantly tinker with or bicker about the liturgy. Liturgists are terrorists as everyone knows, just read the comments on liturgy here and at Praytell, especially Praytell, and you know what type of corrupt Catholicism I am talking about.
2. Pope Francis wants to return the Church to the pre-Vatican II attitude about the Liturgy, but this time about the Liturgy that we have been given after Vatican II--that is not to complain about it. Apart from a clique of liturgical academics in the early 20th century who won the day at the Second Vatican Council, who in the world criticized the pre-Vatican II Mass during the pre-Vatican II days?
It would have been considered not only a mortal sin but a sacrilege to critique and malign the liturgy of the Church. It simply wasn't done by rank and file, normal Catholic clergy and laity.
So, Pope Francis has been reforming the curia, but he is leaving whatever changes he wants to make to the Congregation for Divine Worship to the last. Isn't that interesting and what does that say to liturgists also known as terrorists?