Three major bloggers tell it, so it must be true. Sing To The Lord, the proposed USCCB document on sacred music, gets downgraded to “guidelines” and is taken off the discussion table laden down with over a hundred amendments. The motumaniacs and their allies seem pleased that nothing will knock over their four-foot candlesticks. They still can’t spell their most beloved bishop’s name. If I were a conservative Catholic, I’d say that what makes my ideological adversaries happy must make me sad. But if the bishes weren’t ready to tackle sacred music, maybe it’s just as well. That leaves MCW and LMT as endorsed by the USCCB in ’83, and people seem free to take or leave that good advice.
John Allen does report on the weekday liturgy of the word in the absence of a priest. Thanks to Pope Pius X, people have become accustomed to daily Communion. Bishop Weigand of Sacramento suggested promoting the Liturgy of the Hours as an alternative. Bishop Trautman thinks the Communion service practice needs some regularization to prevent abuses. Bishop Blair of Toledo doesn’t want to encourage the “deacon’s Mass” or the “lay Mass.”
This progressive’s view is thumbs down on Communion services. Sure, it will take a lot of effort to make morning or evening prayer work, but it needs to be done. It would be better for a lay leader in a parish without a priest to be identified, discerned, and brought to the bishop for ordination and to provide a community’s Eucharist than to maintain the modernist innovation of Communion services.