Saturday, July 27, 2013

Liturgy and Morality: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Cardinal Raymond L. Burke offered an extensive interview with Zenit. His insightful comments on the future of the liturgical reform are noteworthy, as well as his observations on the origins of the rampant liturgical abuses we see on a daily basis.
...There’s no question in my mind that the abuses in the sacred liturgy, reduction of the sacred liturgy to some kind of human activity, is strictly correlated with a lot of moral corruption and with a levity in catechesis that has been shocking and has left generations of Catholics ill prepared to deal with the challenges of our time by addressing the Catholic faith to those challenges. You can see it in the whole gamut of Church life. ~Cardinal Raymond L. Burke

While it's comforting to read this, it's not surprising, considering it's Cardinal Burke. What is frustrating is that so few of his peers speak out on this matter. Liturgical "style" is simply treated as a matter of personal taste. We're to believe that there's no intrinsic code of right and wrong when it coms to the offering of Mass. With more and more multi-cultural add-ons finding their way into liturgy, the Mass has just become another useful venue for displaying the "diversity" of the Church. It's all about us! Cultural narcissism once again rears its ugly face.

Rather than celebrating and encouraging bizarre liturgical innovations as positive manifestations of our narcissism, er, diversity, we should see them for what they are...evil, harmful, etc. Can we please see more bishops and priests take this matter seriously? We're waiting.

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