Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Church Rumors

*Some Church rumors are fun. This one should be fun to watch the sparks fly. I don't think it has much of a footing though, but you never know.

*On a much more serious note, please keep the people of Myanmar in your prayers. More than 22,000 dead currently.

*More new ageism - this time from CNN, disguised as "medicine".

*10 years old and already working on a sex change. Ug. A 10 year old doesn't need help worrying about these kind of issues and if they do, they need counseling, not someone to encourage them. When I was 10, I was much more concerned about what kind of ice cream I ate, not what sex to be.

1 comment:

Geoff said...

This rumor is actually entertaining to me since the Pope has taken such pains to say that the Latin Mass will not be imposed upon anyone. I feel like the author is trying to make the reader assume that the very Mass time slot that the reader frequents is going to be replaced with a Tridentine rite Mass (at this point I chuckle).

The reporter gets it exactly wrong right out of the gate. The reporter's own quote says merely that there is an effort for it to be available everywhere. The Pope is on the record saying that the Tridentine Mass is not replacing the ordinary form of the Mass. Give me a break.

Hypothetically: I would imagine that at a place like St. Mary's, since all of the Masses are well-attended, that if there was a directive to make that liturgy available here, or sufficient expressed interest from students, that a 7am Sunday Mass or a Hannigan Chapel or Activity Center Mass (the latter less fittingly) would be added during a regular Mass time. Or it would simply be available elsewhere in town.

My point is that nothing has been said that should cause anyone to worry that they'd have to change anything about their Sunday ritual, so to speak. Except by opinion journalists. And I can't count the reasons on my fingers and toes why I'm thankful that what they say isn't law.

Paraphrasing our beloved George Weigel, 'Unlike your countrymen [Italian reporters in his speech], I'm not in the habit of commenting on papal texts that I have not read myself.'

In my observations, the interest in Latin-language liturgy (in any approved rite) is greater than liberals and moderates think and less than the rest had hoped, but it's encouraging nonetheless.

To close with the least important part, I'm personally somewhere between "uninterested" and "not uninterested" in its availability to me. However, I'm militantly in favor of it's availability where all of the factors of expressed interest of laity, ability of priests, openness of a "venue", etc. line up.

I'm glad that the old prejudice against those who love traditional liturgy is being laid to rest and I rejoice with those I know who waited for the indult with patience and faithfulness.