Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Who you callin' "Bi-polar?"

A few folks here and at the blogsite 1Peter5 might have noticed a couple of articles focusing upon the homiletic style of a particular celebrant at a particular parish in a particular diocese as captured on personal video and posted to YouTube. The article I wrote I chose to delete as the YT poster/owner removed said video from YT, which of course is their prerogative. I have no clue, guess, or intuition as to why the video was washed from this site and 1P5, and I'm not going to riff at all on its removal. I "feel" sorry for using the video as an exemplar of "Liturgy Gone Wild," as I did not intend to condemn or bury the pastor and parish in toto based upon three minutes of an unusual homily.

As of June 4th, it seems that the video was recovered by the Blog 1Peter5. Here is the URL link-

That said, I did choose to do a minimal amount of research about the parish, diocese and priest. Imagine my surprise when opening the "Liturgy" window of the diocese that virtually everything there was pro forma GIRM/CMAA/MS/CSL, even down to extolling polyphony, an official ministerial role reserved to choirs and scholas, throughout various other category buttons/windows. The button indicating the definition of "Sacred Music" was linked to Corpus Christi Watershed's famed video featuring JMO's wife (and sister in law?) narrating the orthodoxy of the discipline.

What's wrong with this picture?

I tend to wonder how much lip service is paid to the informed lobby of CMAA and those who subscribe to the "Reform of the Reform" referendum bubbling up all over global Catholicism, versus the anecdotal evidence that is strikingly contrary and seemingly, purposefully subverted at the parish level? The diocesan website actually represented an ethos that is somewhat to the right of the USCCB letter, "Sing to the Lord." So, despite the lack of perspective that a three minute video excerpt prohibits, it's clear that there's some sort of benign neglect in this diocese as to what constitutes pastoral leadership and surety. That's not news to me. I've lived with this duplicity for decades.

I, as I indicated in my removed article, am no where's a liturgical purist or Puritan. But, again, for the sake of future generations of baptized Roman Catholic children, we'd better get our story straight or this schizophrenic duplicity will truly bring on the "Remnant Church." And at this moment, I am not going to be silent about propriety in a political manner of what constitutes "source and summit" of my soul's existence. I'm not ready for the Benedict Option (google it) to further erode our Faithful's comprehension and desire for the Divine Liturgy.

I'm done now.