July 01, 2009

Just Because...

....you can do a thing should you?

Gentle Reader: Whenever I post about Mass gripes, violations, idiocy (depending upon your POV), I get into almost as hot water as I do when I post about appropriate attire at Mass. Oh, yes, and bad music, don't forget that too...Oh, and that time I griped about flip-flops on altar servers...ok, ok...

Anyway, I maintain that we should follow the rules of our faith. I know some of you hate that word: rules. There are rules for being a Catholic and there are rules for Mass.

However, just because something is not codified somewhere does that mean we can use our creativity and just do what we want?

Just because the GIRM (General Instruction of the Roman Missal) does not explicitely state: "Priest should not process in to celebrate Mass wearing his special Superman cape while playing an accordian and chanting "Dust in the Wind"" does not mean that at the next Mass Father should feel free to do that. Just because the GIRM does not explicitely state: "everyone should shut the **** up (see what they do with that in the new translations!) during the Mass except at the appropriate moments calling for singing and responses" means everyone should feel free to speak out at inappropriate times.

I maintain that there is a point where our well-informed Catholic mind recognizes as illogical and wrong that which is. I still maintain that leaving the consecrated Host at the altar and roaming around greeting everyone is not something the priest should be doing. It's the Lord for crying out loud (really, I'm crying out loud). How in the world can we expect to teach the Faithful that we are not Lutherans? That really IS the Lord in the consecrated Host is a doctrine that is harder to believe if Father is doing a meet and greet in the middle of the Mass.

I still stand by my belief that the day we start(ed) watering things down and making them more personable to supposedly "reach and meet the people" is (was) the day we start(ed) losing them. When you lower the bar, people jump over it.


Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Amen, people will only do the minimum required.

July 01, 2009 9:56 PM  
Blogger RJW said...

Well stated.

July 01, 2009 10:29 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Cathy - the GIRM explicitly states the priest is not to leave the sanctuary during the sing of peace (except for a very special occasion, like a funeral.

July 02, 2009 9:12 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

sign not sing -- errrk!

July 02, 2009 9:12 AM  
Blogger Natasa said...

I couldn't agree more. For example, I've heard people say that it doesn't matter what kind of clothes people wear to church because the Mass is 'not a big deal'. I think this attitude also explains using phones during Mass, chatting, etc. The sign of peace and the priest greeting people during Mass (happens at my parish all the time) also makes the congregation believe that it is all about them and it does not help this increasing disrespect for what really goes on. Annoying, to say the least. I simply don't understand the priests who don't see a problem with placing so much focus on the people. What's next? Fluffy toys in pews so we can feel all warm and fuzzy inside? End of rant.

July 02, 2009 9:51 AM  
Anonymous L. said...

I'd like to take an informal survey of my Catholic grade school/high school friends to see how many are still practicing. You are right-the watering down of the liturgy as well as the loss of focus on the Lord has resulted in more people falling away, not staying true to the faith. It's not about the choir, the dancers, the donuts...it's about the Lord!!Great couple of posts!

July 02, 2009 12:34 PM  
Blogger Paul Anthony Melanson said...

While most priests remain silent, the homosexual juggernaut gains momentum:


Pray for Massachusetts. Pray for America. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

July 02, 2009 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

Very true! The more we all give in and lower the standards of the Church, the more people will slack off. It has already begun, with things such as attire at Mass, like you said. Give them an inch, and they'll take a yard. I wonder if there will ever be a way to get back the old, respectful ways of people at Mass, or if we find ourselves on this slippery slope forever?

July 02, 2009 3:30 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Paul: You should put a disclaimer on that link and those photos-they are practically pornographic.

July 02, 2009 6:41 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Auntie A: Thanks for posting that!

July 02, 2009 6:43 PM  
Blogger Paul Anthony Melanson said...

I apologize if anyone was offended by that link. Mass Resistance is an organization based out of Massachusetts which opposes the radical homosexual agenda. The photographs are offensive because the people in them are engaged in a "lifestyle" which is offensive to anyone with anything even remotely resembling decency.

God love you,

July 03, 2009 5:00 AM  
Blogger belinda said...

I don't understand. Why do people change the Mass?

People wouldn't tolorate it if I went to a stadium and demanded that the national football league change the rules of the game -just for me ! Besides there are other religions out there that could make you happy or you could make your own religion like many others have done before you.

I use to be protestant and today Mass often feels like a protestant service and I don't like it one bit.

If L.Ron Hubbard can make a religion anyone can and so could you. Just go.

(Does my comment lack charity Cathy ? I am trying to be nice but I'm tired of this.)

July 03, 2009 4:22 PM  
Anonymous T.R. said...

I agree with you. The link to that website in Massachusetts should be deleted. There is no room for homophobia in the Church.

July 04, 2009 8:26 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Belinda: The fact that you even ask indicates you are aware of and working on trying to be charitable. I know. I am too.

July 04, 2009 12:19 PM  
Blogger Michael Cole said...

There is nothing "homophobic" about Mass Resistance. The organization has been targeted by Google and the Politically Correct crowd because it tells the truth about the pathology of homosexuality:


July 09, 2009 8:04 AM  

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