The epilogue explains that this pretense of a fair hearing was actually a sham.
Frazier makes two resoundingly stupid claims:
- Liturgy's validity (yes, he actually uses this technical word) can only be measured "by the extent to which the congregation succeeds at evangelism, outreach and justice."
- In practice, communities that "lean towards the EF" are turned inward and are not evangelistic. They do not work for justice.
Of course, if we're talking about the likelihood of more traditionalist parishes marching to the beat of the progressivist causes du jour--bottled water, gender blur, nuns on a bus--then no, traditionalist parishes are not likely to be taken in by things like that. Good music is not about hype. Good theology is not about hype. And true faith sees through nonsense.