Jimmy Mac sent me the CCD pick-up of the CCMA b**** list. I’d already seen it elsewhere in St Blog’s, and I wasn’t going to comment on it, but what the heck.
Here’s my own wish-list of terms the Catholic Right would retire:
reform of the reform: This gets more tired as the years pass. And for progressives it was never about reform for the sake of reform. It was always about the liturgy. And as for the opponents of reform, I recognize that the desire for beauty and loyalty are good things. But why not admit you’re reformers, too? Nothing wrong with that. You can be more or less radical as you wish–just keep focused on the liturgy, please.
John Paul the Great: Can we wait until we’re all dead and buried before consigning our late pope to the upper reaches of history? How about we tackle things in due order? Sainthood first. Then maybe doctor of the Church. We have more doctors than “greats,” don’t you know? A little respect for tradition, please.
The Stuffed Mass. Makes me think of turkey. Or mushrooms. But on a practical front, I have a question: How does this notion jive with the Roman Rite’s prescription for noble simplicity? Isn’t it enough that we have our parishes split into quiet Masses, youth Masses, choir Masses, Latin Masses? Now we want to express our diversity within each potential unit of the liturgy? Now we can have a musical performance attached to a congregational hymn, and it’s the best of both worlds: performance and participation all rolled up into two easy verses, an antiphon, and a trail of frilled functionaries down the main aisle.
Terms I’m glad they didn’t mention:
Assembly: it’s in the GIRM
Paschal Mystery: two words that represent a reality we can’t explain in less than an encyclopedia.
Active participation: they want to edit it and squash it, but they can’t escape from it.
The real challenge is to move beyond the vocabulary, no matter what one’s ideology might be. To live the Gospel, and to serve honorably, skillfully, and with love. Not just talk about it.