PEOPLE, MANY OF THEM, CLERGY AND LAITY, LIKE MASS WHEN IT IS LIKE A TELEVISION VARIETY SHOW.
Because narcissism focuses more on “me” and “us” rather than God and the transcendent, morality and living life as a Christian goes out the window.
Thus, in India, those clergy and laity who prefer the narcissism of their form of the Mass facing the congregation, rioted, destroyed altars and sacred vessels and have shown complete contempt for their bishops and now the pope. These are progressive Catholics, folks, fundamentalist progressives who think the Mass is about them! I would propose that in the USA, of the 5% of people who actually attend Mass, maybe 3% of those think the Mass is all about them.
Part of the problem, though, is that Vatican II’s way of celebrating the Mass has created monsters. No field hospital or accompaniment will help them.
But the other problem is the authoritarianism of the bishops and supported by the Pope to have a uniform Mass that rules out altogether, Mass facing the people! That’s a head scratcher to say the least, but there you have it.
It is similar to what Pope Francis has done to Catholics who desire the 1962 Roman Missal and sacraments. In an authoritarian way, the pope says that we need a unified Mass and says no to pluralism in the form of the Mass and tries to crush these kinds of Catholics by enraging and inflaming them against His Holiness. Fortunately, they know not to burn now St. Peter’s and Casa Santa Martha—they are Catholics, not narcissists.
But the lesson for the Indian Church is to allow for pluralism, not either/or but both/and. That’s the Catholic way, because its God’s way!