“The liturgical reform, in its concrete realization, has distanced itself even more from its origin. The result has not been a reanimation, but devastation. In place of the liturgy, fruit of a continual development, they have placed a fabricated liturgy. They have deserted a vital process of growth and becoming in order to substitute a fabrication. They did not want to continue the development, the organic maturing of something living through the centuries, and they replaced it, in the manner of technical production, by a fabrication, a banal product of the moment.”
(Ratzinger in Revue Theologisches, Vol. 20, Feb. 1990, pgs. 103-104)
The ineffable arrogance of the we-know-best school. Fixer-uppers interrupted the process. Didn’t even just speed it up. Nagging suspicion: They knew what they were doing.
This way of being – life permeated by religious practice is what I hunger for; frankly, what I think most of us ravenously, endlessly pursue.
We want liturgy and ritual that transform. We want routine and rhythm that fill our days with meaning. We want our relationships, jobs, conversations, activities, choices, emotions, and sense of self to be sacred.
We want our life to have significance – not just when looked back on in eulogy, but our day-in-day-out experience of it. This is religious.
Farther down in this essay, she gives a sort of road map:
Religious, then religion. Ritual, then faith. Words, then creeds. Writing, then Writ. Beauty, then belief. Maybe this is the way home, the way over, the way through.
more more more where this came from: Maybe we can do better than “I’m spiritual but not religious.” | Ronna Detrick, M.Div.
The Most Reverend Blaise Cupich and the head woman of the nation’s whole damn Evironmental Protection Agency, also known as its Employment Prevention Agency, take us from clean air asthma-protection (who can object to it?) to this:
The fight against climate change isn’t a sprint — it’s a marathon. But with continued leadership and committed action from the archdiocese, from Chicago, and from congregations and communities across America, we can turn the challenge of climate change into an opportunity to build a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous future.
A month ago, Pope Francis asked, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”
We all know the answer, and that’s why we’re working together — faith leaders, public officials and private citizens — to make it a reality. [Italics added]
To make what a reality? Give me antecedents to match those pronouns.
And turning challenge of such and such into an opportunity? To build a cleaner, healthier, etc.? How about cleaning up the air for asthmatic children and letting it go at that?
This is such a play for national visibility as to unleash a flood of disbelief. What about flood-prevention while we’re at it?
The crafty Mundelein loved FDR and boosted the New Deal, however. There’s precedent for this, sad to say.
Frequent commenter to this blog Margaret McCarthy covers Daniel McConchie, Vice President of Government Affairs for Americans United for Life, in a Grayslake IL presentation, including threats to conscience, including:
Here in Illinois, [where] Holy Family Catholic Church in Inverness is faced with a lawsuit over employment discrimination by Colin Collette because he was fired when he married his male partner.
In Illinois, we have had The “Illinois Right of Conscience” [as] one of the strongest protections for religious objections . . . successfully used to protect a Catholic pharmacist from civil penalty when he refused to supply a customer with abortificient drugs.
Currently, SB 1564 . . . passed and . . . before the General Assembly, would weaken those protections.
Chicago Tribune columnist and blogger Dennis Byrne gave us a look at this book in April as applying to abortion.
The Rhyme and Reason of Jihad
This provides a vision,
Which leads us Christians and Jews to poeticize our tradition?
Which calls for an impassioned embrace of our doctrines.
Our Scripture is full of the poetic, the vision, the sheer otherworldiness. So much of it in undiluted form is nonsense to the man and woman, but especially the man, of today. We should do what we can, in schools, for instance, to encourage embrace of the poetic — a reasonable embrace of it. There I go, two sides of the issue.
At some point during this Advent season, there will undoubtedly be a priest somewhere with a smattering of biblical-critical trivia he picked up in seminary who will confidently inform his congregation that Paul changed his mind on the coming of Christ.
Early on in his ministry, he’ll say, Paul believed Christ would return soon, during Paul’s own lifetime . . . .
Later, however, it is claimed, Paul supposedly came to the disappointed realization that Christ was not returning “soon,” and that he (Paul) would be dead when Christ came. . . . .
Confused parishioners may then be allowed to swing hopelessly in the winds of confusion. There’s nothing some people like better than showing how much more intellectually sophisticated they are than the supposedly “naive” early Christians.
Oh those early Christians, oh those early Christians (to the tune of Oh Dem Golden Slippers) . . .
What do do? Well, for starters keep this in mind:
The Catholic way of reading Scripture is based on the faith that Scriptures weren’t merely a random jumble of books by various authors gathered together by some Church bureaucrat in the Fourth Century, but that the Holy Spirit inspired all of it, so that we can use texts from one book to illuminate our reading of others.
What Christ tells us in the Gospels about the end times is that “no one knows the day or the hour” (so for the life of me I can’t figure out why people keep listening to people who claim they do); that it will “come like a thief in the night;” that in the meantime, we should, like the wise virgins, “keep oil in our lamps,” “be sober,” and “stay alert,” for when the time comes, a man on his roof won’t have time to come down and go inside. There’ll be no time for grabbing one’s coat or packing up a few nice things for the trip. When it’s time to go, it will be time to go.
we should live our lives, caring for our children, planning prudently for the future, finishing our little projects, and doing all those things that we can do to be “provident” in the image of the God in whose divine providence we participate.
And yet at every moment we should also be asking ourselves the ultimate . . . question: If Jesus were to return right now, and I were to be asked to give an account of my life and my soul, what would I want the Lord to find me doing and thinking about?
The Church in Africa has a clear and sharp understanding of the division between immanent and transcendent, sacred and profane.
Having been to many liturgies in Africa, I have never had the experience I have had in some European countries of attending a Mass that seemed more like a school assembly.
This sense of the transcendent and sacred, which permeates the whole of life in Africa, is also seen in an attention to ceremonial that never seems out of place. [italics added]
It’s good to be friendly, but public signs of being so are not always what you want, eh?
Later: But if you scroll down to comments, you find a different kettle of fish, much of which is inside Vatican baseball which is fascinating to some, including me:
paulpriest • 2 hours ago
Unfortunately this is a stunt.
Cardinal Sarah is indeed an orthodox behemoth – one of the best Cardinals the Church possesses.
BUT – As Head of [the pontifical council] Cor Unum he was getting under the skin of the uber-progressive Caritas International – they loathed his interventionism and his having the Dicastery authority to thwart them.
[remember the top-level firings in CI?]
But Cardinal Sarah cannot be accused of anything but performing his job masterfully and devotedly
…and given the Kasper comments against African Bishops?
Moving out one of the Only Two Africans in the Curia would have been impossible…even for His Holiness….
Cardinal Sarah had to be removed from Cor Unum to keep those who have the papal ear happy
So he had to be transferred – not fired.
The CDW [after the purge from 3 wks ago] is now filled with Bugninites and [abp] Marinites….whatever His Eminence might intend to do at the CDW – he can guarantee that his underlings in middle-management will do everything in their power to counter and thwart it [with backing from those who are close to His Holiness].
Just as Cardinal Pell was moved to finance to ensure he was kept away from everything else Curial.
Cardinal Sarah is being moved away from where he was most crucially effective – in ensuring the Church’s missions, initiatives, proposals and teachings on social justice – remained Catholic.
This is NOT a good day for Holy Mother Church.
But Thank God His Eminence is still a sprightly 69 and will still be able to run rings round his enemies – and still get a few things past the wolves…
AND it means he will still be present at #Synod 15 – where ++Burke won’t be and ++Pell may not be…
Steve paulpriest • 2 hours ago
“Cardinal Sarah is being moved away from where he was most crucially effective – in ensuring the Church’s missions, initiatives, proposals and teachings on social justice – remained Catholic….This is NOT a good day for Holy Mother Church…”
Ok but the Church’s liturgy is central to the mission to the Church and he seems throughly Catholic in his comments on things, so I for one am rejoicing, especially when the doom mongers predicted that we would have an anti-Catholic appointed. Jesus Christ be praised.
paulpriest Steve • an hour ago
Do you SERIOUSLY think that Abp Marini will not hold massive influence regarding the future of all things liturgical if those all-too-close to His Holiness have their way?
Remember there was an almighty purge of the CDW less than a month ago…as well as the Congregation of the Clergy..anyone who even had a nodding acquaintance with Pope Benedict was given the ceremonial order of the boot…
Look out for who will be getting a compensatory red hat sooner than later!
Abp Marini will be a Bri-Nylon Bugninite thorn in our side for ages to come…
And Cardinal Sarah most certainly couldn’t [under this Pontiff] have been transferred to the Congregation of the Clergy – that would have been too earth-shatteringly wonderful for the orthodox and those of a traditionalist ilk…His Eminence would be countering every ‘move of the wolves’ at every turn…
Cardinal Sarah anywhere is wonderful for Holy Mother Church – he is God’s man – but he was more effectively an adversary of the wolves – and governments and big business and secularising culture-of-death promoting leviathans at the UN etc while he was head of Cor Unum…and that’s why he was ousted.