Motumania 2021

Sad, but predictable: in some Catholic corners the fury persists. One social media friend of a friend commented that Pope Francis hasn’t really made any enemies–not new ones anyway.

I’ve seen communications from many bishops, including my own ordinary that are very pastoral and encouraging.

Another friend of a friend commented:

Praying for all clergy and people who feel they have been bombed. Restoring the sacred has been an uphill battle for St. John Cantius in Chicago from day one.

The first sentence I can understand. People have feelings, and these feelings have been hurt. It’s the attitude in the second that illustrates why Traditionis Custodes is needed.

First, the sacred has never been lost in the Catholic Church. Perhaps there’s a donatist perception that clerical sins have sullied the experience of Mass–either pastors who don’t hire competent leadership in the arts, or the personal sins of predator-priests coming to light. Maybe serious errors have been perpetrated in the implementation of Vatican II. I’m not sure that wholly ensures the floodgates of hell have opened up into the Sunday gatherings of Catholics. The sacred is governed by God’s grace. Not the externals, no matter how beautiful or crass they may be.

Second, there has never been a group that didn’t feel an incline working against them. I think it is foolish to expect that one’s good–and sacred idea–isn’t going to encounter some obstacle. My unsolicited advice: listen to other people’s problems and advocate for them. Pay attention to St Thomas Aquinas:

To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.

When people notice the struggles of others, there is the sacred. Ubi caritas, eh?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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