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Saturday, 5 December 2009

"What If We Said, 'Wait'?"

Gee, I dunno, Father.... what if we said, "Get the **** out of our way?"

How would that be with you?

I'm starting to get a tingley feeling all over, I think I'm coming down with a touch of lay empowerment, maybe a case of lay female empowerment.
Go sit your obstructionist self down in your rectory, get out out of the way of, dare I say? PROGRESS.

We'll call when when we need you, when it's time for your part.

You can just read it if you don't feel like putting in any prep time.

I do have a question, though -- what if you'd said "wait" back in the sixties?
I know it might smack of insubordination to talk this way, but it could also be a show of loyalty and plain good sense—loyalty not to any ideological agenda but to our people, whose prayer the new translations purport to improve, and good sense to anyone who stops to think about what is at stake here.

Just what I was thinkin'...


Charles said...

Putting aside, for the moment, the serious discipline of obedience and fealty, whatever would give cause and no pause for rector Ryan to not consider an obligation to at least discern "the mind of the Church" (and I mean the universal, timeless Church established by YOU KNOW WHO) before publishing his tirade?
Guffaws at Mass because it's perceived that "Joseph, her husband" is theologically preferable to the more literate and literal "spouse of the same Virgin?" I don't THINK so, padre.
And are your dinner/liturgy confabs so superior and keen they surpass those you've maligned as being more aquainted with Latin than English? You da Pope, den?
I know some good things happen up there in SpaceNeedleLand at St. James, but Vatican III ain't one of 'em.
You, as well as everyone else on the planet, is a conscript (or potential conscript)for The Church Militant to some rank and extent. Therefore, soldier: lead, follow, or get out of the way.

Scelata said...

I have taken part in endeavors in which all the personnel had equal authority, and in which there was a hierarchy.
Neither is necessarily superior, but each is more suitable in different situations.

But it never ceases to amaze me that in those where there is a clear chain of command, how often some joker in the MIDDLE flouts it.

You expect me to listen to you when you tell me you will not listen to your superior?


Incidentally, I too have assisted at some lovely, reverent services and liturgies at St James.

I am not knocking the good father in general, merely for this ill-thought-out column.

(Save the Liturgy, Save the World)

Charles said...

Thanks for the prayers for m'honey; it's still not going well.
One day, we have to get you, Himself, MA and her Guy and us'n's from Visalia all together for lobster/steak/truffles/port and then find some outrageous "Open mic" spot to blow some minds with a free form Catholic version of "performance art."
Have a great 2 Adv., G.

Scelata said...

God bless, and thank you!
I may have Himself talked into Pittsburgh...

(Save the Liturgy, Save the World)