Tuesday, February 27, 2018
POVERTY, CHASTITY AND OBEDIENCE--WHICH IS THE MOST DIFFICULT? OBEDIENCE! AND HOW DO MODERN "SPIRIT OF VATICAN II" CATHOLICS OBSERVE OBEDIENCE?
Monday is my day off and I had the TV on to my favorite cable station, Turner Classic Movies. There was a little segment on between movies about nuns in movies. They spoke of two in particular, Audrey Hepburn in "The Nun's Story" my most favorite nun's movie and The Bells of Saint Mary's" with Ingrid Bergman.
The two hosts, both males and I am not sure if they were Catholic, made the point about the Nun's Story that the most difficult vow for Audrey Hepburn's character was obedience, not poverty or chastity. Her inability to suppress her pride and be obedient to her religious order's commands will lead her out of the convent and back to the world.
This brings me to a truth about our Catholic Faith, which so many here don't seem to understand.
An ecumenical council of the Catholic Church, even a pastoral one like Vatican II, requires our assent to what the pope and the bishops of the Church say we must do in implementing any council. In other words it requires the obedience of clergy and laity alike.
While we might not like the leadership of some popes and how Sacrosanctum Concilium was implemented or the idea of "noble simplicity" in the liturgy, we are required as Catholics to obey and suck it up, to quell our pride and be obedient or we might become like Sister Audrey Hepburn and find ourselves choosing pride over docility and exiting the Church not just a religious order.
Every pope since Vatican II has modeled the liturgy for us and the obedience required. No pope, including Pope Francis, has tinkered with the words of the Mass once it was promulgated and their personalities do not shine forth in an obtrusive way whatsoever. In fact, apart from liturgical dress tastes, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict and Francis are almost identical in how they celebrate the OF Mass in terms of quelling their own personalities.
Obedience also requires our openness now to the return of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and obeying the Magisterium if and when this form of the Mass leads to authentic changes to the OF Mass to reflect better the renewal of the Mass envisioned by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council--renewal in continuity.