The Age of Deep Liturgy

No sooner was the “Areas of Difficulty” document up at PrayTell than it was taken down. I tried the link as soon as I saw it on Friday and there was already no access. No matter. WikiSpooks is on the case. Read the whole thing here.

I confess a deep sympathy for efforts like this. Matters like this that are hidden should surely be brought out into the light. But how big is the in-crowd of English liturgical translation? How deep do you think they have to probe to uncover the leaker? Or is it all a moot point?

Without the enticement of free plane tickets to Rome, what sort of benefit would there be to working for the universal Church on liturgy these days? I’d like to sip a glass of vino and watch the sun on ancient buildings as much as the next person. But really: your work is likely to be undone not only at the whim of some anonymous underling, but with the shifting tides of ecclesiastical politics. We might complain how political patronage squeezes career government employees from well-deserved promotions at or near the top of the ladder. But for an organization that takes pride for being a not-democracy, it sure attracts the mud, dirt, and feces that stains our Noble Nation.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to The Age of Deep Liturgy

  1. Hmm – methinks this whole Missal mystery is getting to be a little cloak-and-dagger-ish. Thanks for tracking down the “missing link.” Some of us do care about what is going on. What is potentially a great moment in catechesis is becoming a game of hide and seek.

    Meanwhile, my diocesan liturgy office director, who apparently has her head in the sand like the proverbial ostrich, is saying “What problems? We already have the texts! They will be ready when we need them.” Sigh.

  2. Is this the same document Anonymous on Gotta Sing, Gotta Pray was talking about? He said that was 46 pages; this one is 29.

  3. Todd says:

    Actually, the Rindfleisch commentary is 16 pages. To be honest, fatigue about this whole process has set in for me. I fear the worst will happen, that the orations and Eucharistic Prayers will be even more distant to the people’s aural perception, and the faithful will rely more on Scripture (which is good) and music (which is a mixed bag) for their perception of and engagement with the Mass.

    If the MR3 crowd is hoping to facilitate going deeper into the liturgy, this effort is bound for failure. If, however, they’re intent on a quasi-gnosticism, especially for people who use English as a second language, they’re on the right track.

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