Kudos to Bishop Slattery for having the (unfortunately) unique suggestion that clergy, liturgists and musicians to review Sacrosanctum Concilium. Actually reading Sacrosanctum Concilium and other document pertaining to liturgy too often is like reading a book and then watching a movie based on the book. You have some familiarity with the movie, but are usually disappointed by what was added or left out. The same things goes for reading liturgical documents and then going to a typical parish Mass. To many Masses are like the the SciFi Channel’s adaptation of the Earthsea series. If you didn’t see it it was horrid, but it proves a good example of the dissonance between a book and a movie. The same dissonance between liturgical documents and the Mass that too frequently happens.
[Via RC at Catholic Light]
In other news Cardinal Keeler, Cardinal McCarrick and Bishop DiMarzio issued a statement in response to the one written by the 55 Democrat politicians. The statement while being diplomatic was also not watered down.
We need to do more to persuade all people that human life is precious and human dignity must be defended. This requires more effective dialogue and engagement with all public officials, especially Catholic public officials. We welcome conversation initiated by political leaders themselves.
Therefore, we welcome the Representatives’ recognition that Catholics in public life must act seriously and responsibly on many important moral issues. Our faith has an integral unity that calls Catholics to defend human life and human dignity whenever they are threatened. A priority for the poor, the protection of family life, the pursuit of justice and the promotion of peace are fundamental priorities of the Catholic moral tradition which cannot be ignored or neglected. We encourage and will continue to work with those in both parties who seek to act on these essential principles in defense of the poor and vulnerable.
At the same time, we also need to reaffirm the Catholic Church’s constant teaching that abortion is a grave violation of the most fundamental human right – the right to life that is inherent in all human beings, and that grounds every other right we possess. Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation on the vocation and mission of the laity, Christifideles Laici, which the Representatives’ statement cites, declares:
The inviolability of the person which is a reflection of the absolute inviolability of God fínds its primary and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life. Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights — for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture — is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination…. The human being is entitled to such rights, in every phase of development, from conception until natural death; and in every condition, whether healthy or sick, whole or handicapped, rich or poor (# 38).
While it is always necessary to work to reduce the number of abortions by providing alternatives and help to vulnerable parents and children, Catholic teaching calls all Catholics to work actively to restrain, restrict and bring to an end the destruction of unborn human life.
And while I am praising the efforts of some Bishops here is another story where Bishop Finn called a stop to the practice in his diocese of emptying the Holy Water fonts at the start of lent instead of on Holy Thursday.
This practice is just more evidence of the attitude of liturgists that they just have to change something. Now you would think that if a liturgist really wanted to introduce a penitential action that instead of removing the Holy Water or placing stones in the font they would replace it with a light acid or perhaps tacks. Another silly practice common during this time is for parishes to cover their statues and images at the start of Lent vice Holy Thursday. A parish I go to because they have 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration has already done this way before Passiontide. It was really distracting considering that the way they covered the statues of St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary with a somewhat fitted clot is that it now appears there are two seven foot tall purple condoms in the adoration chapel. I am almost surprised that they didn’t cover up the Stations of the Cross also. This would be ridiculous, but it is fitting with the practice of covering up other religious statues and art. Usually visiting other parishes only makes me more thankful for the parish we normally attend where liturgical abuses are only theoretical.