There is a spectrum along which one can find the cheerleading sensibility, as evidenced by the enthusiastic applause generated by Archbishop Dolan last week, as well as the posture of introspection for wrongs we’ve committed, supposedly developed here in Orlando for sins “committed against the dignity and sacredness of human life in the world.” (Note: The Orlando diocesan site doesn’t use the word “sins.”)
On another spectrum we have both critic and apologist for the event. Call me a doubter on this one. Let’s see how the Mass turns out before we discern if this is another cheerleading session or an authentic examination of conscience for those attending. The initial sign isn’t a good one. Sentences two and three of the news note rather target a certain group of Catholics, and if one were neutral, let alone pro-ND on this affair, do you suppose one would feel welcome? Personally, I’d prefer to go to Mass at my parish and offer the local Birthright a few hours of volunteer time instead.
This isn’t to say that we don’t all need a good dose of optimism and energy from time to time, or that liturgy isn’t or shouldn’t be capable of delivering. I would however, object to the use or abuse of liturgy as a vehicle to achieve human political ends. Too bad Orlando mentioned the Notre Dame/President Obama flap, which to my supposing, hasn’t caused one unborn death, and not the n-thousand abortions performed in central Florida. I suppose the body count methodology is fine when comparing relatively few state-sponsored killings to millions of abortions. But the comparison doesn’t seem welcome when Feelings Get Hurt by inappropriate invitations and awards.
Do you suppose Bishop Wenski is planning to spring some seamless garment stuff on the targeted anti-Obama+ND audience? Wait and see.