Fr Anthony Ruff’s defection from the “joys of MR3″ side is sure getting a lot of e-time in the blogosphere. Some people are really pee-oh’ed about it. Or a little too gleeful for my taste. It’s making me reconsider what sort of formation I’ll suggest we lay on our parishioners.
Maybe it’s as simple as providing cards for the pews, new settings for the singers, a new book for the clergy and leaving it at that. It’ll be like homegrown Mass settings with changed words, except that it comes with Vatican approval. No special sessions. No justifications. Rome changed most all of the words, and we’ll comply. End of story.
If I want to urge other Catholics to go deeper into the Mass, I don’t need a translation mess to do it. I can encourage Lectio Divina. I can encourage preparation of the upcoming Sunday readings. I can suggest musicians join me in searching out better texts and melodies. I can help clergy make connections with people who will assist their input on homilies. Come to think of it, I’ve been doing this for the last twenty-three years, and I’ll keep on doing it. Maybe the best way to handle the MR3 muddle is to implement it, then ignore it. Let the faults of it come crashing down around it supporters.