Rich Leornardi has video/photographs of Bishop Clark’s “installation” Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes parish for his newly appointed pastoral administrator and supporter of women’s ordination Sr. Joan Sobala.
The first video of the Bishop clapping along in beat to the “hymn” reminds me of the invention I am working on. It is called a “Clap Trap” and its purpose will be to trap any clapping going on during Mass. Whether it is in beat to a so-called hymn or applause for something it would emit a counter frequency to null out the clapping. In parishes I sometimes visit I find that clapping is trending up and I encounter it more and more.
As then-Cardinal Ratzinger wrote in The Spirit of the Liturgy:
“Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment.”