On my High Blood Pressure” post on eulogies at Requiems, this was a comment I received:
Anon 5:24 - You have a point, indeed. The presumption of many traditionalists is that people today are desirous of the "Pray, Pay, Obey" model of the "Good" Old Days of the Church. There may be a very small segment of the population that feels this way, but most are not inclined to be so.
The majority know that the Church belongs to all who are baptized, not just to the few who are ordained. That majority won't be told what to do and when to do it. Pastors who work in this outdated model will find that their flocks will, rightly, leave for places where their dignity will be respected.
Let’s talk about the laity’s rights. Are they above canon and liturgical law? Is this ideology, quite prevalent in the heterodox of the Church, that the majority of the laity and clergy, who once were laity, chosen from among them, “won’t be told what to do and when to do it” something we should take seriously?
What is implied here is that the laity have a right to plan their liturgical celebrations and the way in which they will be “Church” regardless of the Faith, Morals, and Canon Law of the Church. They will no longer pray, pay and obey. Really? They will no longer pray????? They will no longer give sacrificially of the time, talent and treasure????? They will no longer be obedient to God and Holy Mother Church????? REALLY?????
Are we even speaking about Christianity here??????
But let’s talk about giving the people what they want. Would the person posting the comment above be all in favor of a pastor making sure that a family desiring the EF Requiem for their deceased loved one be given that option? And not doing so, would this person posting this comment then say, “Pastors who work in this outdated model will find that their flocks will, rightly, leave for places where their dignity will be respected” as though they are consumers of religion rather than adherents???????