While Cardinal Arinze promotes Euro-kneelers, Asia’s Catholics are looking for substance that will help connect the liturgy with life as they live it. The 13th Asian Liturgical Forum stated, “(T)he Church should continue to revise, reinvent, and create liturgical feasts that meet the actual needs of the faithful.”
Philippine Bishop Julius Tonel of Ipil:
Why not have feasts for call center and IT workers, as we did with the farmers? The Church has always tried to keep up with the needs of its people and the changes in society.
All of this effort to inculturate and develop meaningful liturgy would be a waste if we cannot put what we discuss into a catechesis our people will understand.
Other challenges with the Roman Rite in the tropics (if not the Southern Hemisphere): Easter and other liturgical year observances rely on European metaphors–not just cultural ones, but geographical ones. I can foresee more of a problem if Catholics settled on Mars. What happens when Spring comes every twenty-two months? Meanwhile, what to do when it’s always summer?
What the Church does to handle liturgical inculturation this century will set the tone for the next millennia. I can’t escape the sense that much of the Vatican is in full-scale retreat to the 19th century. Talk about a dictatorship of relativism focused on Western-European monarchy, in which everything is lensed through agriculture, serfdom, and celebrity glitz of centuries past.