For the militant-inclined Catholic, I’ve heard of the Rosary as a weapon. I’ve never thought of it for internecine use. Msgr Charles Pope caught a surprising amount of heat on his blog for suggesting (as I’ve done twice here) new mysteries for the Rosary. Some of the more strident commentary:
I never pray the “luminous” mysteries. The Rosary is the Rosary, as given to St. Dominic according to tradition.
It is a shame that the Queen of Heaven and Mediatrix of all graces just did not know what we needed when giving the gift of the Holy Rosary – oh well thank goodness we have JPII. Perhaps in his honor we can now add the Assisi mysteries, the kissing of the Koran mysteries and the I apologize for being Catholic mysteries….. Too many to mention.
(T)he rosary as given by Mary herself to St. Dominic, is perfect.
(I)ntroducing them into the Rosary itself was a pastoral disaster. It was not an organic liturgical development, but very much an addition of something new.
JPII’s insertion of a new set of mysteries is endemic of the liberal and progressive mindset that is too impatient for the hard work to restore devotion to the traditional devotions.
I think a good clarification would be for the pope to declare that any and all indulgences and graces attached specifically to “the Rosary” apply ONLY to the traditional three sets of mysteries.
(I)t is hard enough at times to remember the three original ones, without complicating it more, to teach the young ones.
People who pray the rosary often do so in private. New mysteries and reflections may have always gone on, as long as devotion and knowledge of Scripture was able to be combined in a soul. But I confess a slight surprise at the battering Msgr Pope took on his post. A self-proclaimed conservative sees how very wide the spectrum is in Catholicism these days, and how the smallest original thought can be a standard by which unity can be broken.