November 21, 2009

Who May Speak

Archbishop Nienstedt recently issued an instruction to parishes and parish administrators (there’s a special ection regarding the seminary) regarding who is appropriate to speak before or after Holy Eucharist-this means, the Mass (NOT solely the time before or after Communion).You can read the document here

There is one local parish, in particular, that should pay close attention to this document. If they follow their usual path, they will ignore it altogether or study the document and assign a loophole to it. If a loophole is not readily apparent, they’ll create one.

I find it interesting that dissidents will ignore the letter of the law, in favor of an amorphous spirit, when it suits them. Similarly, there are instances where they will ignore the spirit of a document and find a law.

Some people make their own laws, yet, claim to be part of a community. Community means: people who share a viewpoint or a belief in common. Sometimes, I’m hard-pressed to understand how people persist in being in a community but reject most of its beliefs.

I have to wonder why would anyone ask someone, who is in non-conformity, to speak in an institution of the Faith on a topic regarding the Faith? What is the motive? Surely, it can't be to build-up the temple of God? Yes, these folks will probably fall back on their old canard of "dialogue" being necessary for the betterment of the Faith. Is listening to someone talk at you "dialogue"? Do we expect "dialogue" and "arguments" at Holy Eucharist? I don't know about you, but I crave peace and the security of Ritual when I go to Mass. Also, let us not forget my craving for the Real Presence of Christ.

Even outside of Holy Eucharist, anyone who claims to speak for the Faith and in support of the Faith, but who does little to nothing to indicate they actually believe in or share the tenets of the Faith, must be regarded with, at the very least, suspicion.

Sure, this is a free country and anyone can say anything but that doesn't mean anyone capable of speech and with a miles worth of credentials should be immediately regarded as wise and truthful.It definitely does not mean that our freedom as a nation necessarily extends to freedom at the pulpit. If our pulpits become, solely, platforms for people with "issues" with the Church to share their poison with the rest of us, than we are in real trouble. If we spend more time hearing dissent, at what point, do we hear Truth and the authentic Love of Christ expressed thru His Church? If you can't hear Truth during the Holy Eucharist, when, O Lord, when?

6 Comments:

Blogger Nan said...

The common misconception about freedom of speech is that it applies in all situations. It does not, just as to government. The church is free to restrict speakers as it sees fit.

November 21, 2009 8:23 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Hey Cath! Hey Cath! Hey - this is sorta off topic and stuff but I went to the Cathedral for Mass today and I saw a couple women with chapel veils on and one woman had some type of white pill box hat on with the white chapel veil over it and, and, it kind of looked like how the Sisters of St. Joseph used to wear their veils - you know, kinda flat on top, with the veil pulled forward a bit to make an upside down V. I was gonna walk over and get a closer look but Mass was goin' on and they were right up in the front row. One lady had a blck elongated chapel veil with the ends crossing her neck and draped over her shoulders.

Then there was another lady, but she actually looked normal.

I'll try to keep you up to date on chapel veil sightings. All rightey then.

November 22, 2009 3:16 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Well -so what happened??? I can tell - something
happened!

November 22, 2009 4:53 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ter: It wasn't me!

November 22, 2009 8:31 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Cath - that was funny - my comment I mean.

November 22, 2009 9:05 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Oh. Hah!

:-)

November 23, 2009 10:30 AM  

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