In thinking about state of the liturgy in our day and this widely accepted idea that it would somehow be imprudent for the Holy Father to legislate more or less immediate correction via proclamation, the A&E program Intervention came to mind.
For those unfamiliar, Intervention is a “reality” series that documents the lives of drug abusers, detailing the upheaval and heartache experienced by the family and friends of an addict who is slowly committing suicide. While each episode is somewhat different in the details, there are a number of common themes in nearly all of the stories.
In every one that I’ve seen, the parents of the addict have unintentionally participated in their child’s demise, creating havoc for the entire family, by “enabling” the abuser’s self- destructive behavior over a period of many years.
When confronted by a substance abuse expert with the horrible reality that, apart from an immediate and drastic correction, the family can count on nothing but increased heartache as their loved one continues to barrel headlong toward certain death, the parents often resist, striking a tone remarkably similar to the one previously mentioned.
“I’ll wean him off of my financial support over time… I’ll cut back on the amount I allow her to drink in my home… I’ll let him live here until he finds another place to go…”
Ultimately, at least in the more successful cases, the parents end up realizing that there’s really no such thing as “a little enabling” when it comes to such grave matters of life and death.
A perfect analogy? Of course not, but I think you get the drift.
Is it really the case that those who dwell in the House of God are truly better off when the Papa in whom authority rests is resistant to the notion of leveling drastic corrective measures, in favor of tolerating for “just a little longer” many of the serious liturgical abnormalities and aberrations to which all concerned have grown accustomed?
If the answer is no, as I for one believe it is, then perhaps the following legislative acts concerning the sacred liturgy might be considered worthy of immediate enactment by the next Holy Roman Pontiff.
- Rescinding the indult for Communion in the hand
- Disallowing female altar servers
- Requiring the ad orientem posture (the so-called “Benedictine arrangement” being insufficient)
- Requiring the use of the Latin language, at minimum, for the ordinary of the Mass
- Forbidding the use of popular hymnody as a substitute for the liturgical texts
- Forbidding the use of profane instruments apart from the direct (and rare) approval of the Holy See
- Setting strict requirements that will henceforth make the use of EMHC’s exceedingly rareShare
- Eliminating the “sign of peace” among the assembly
Surely there are more liturgical matters that deserve immediate correction, but this would be a good start. (Read entire post.)