Parishioners of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cleveland, which was slated for closing, have broken with their Bishop and started their own faith community. This tragic story is more directly about ecclesiology (= plain ol’ politics) than it is about liturgy. The story certainly reflects how much the authority of the hierarchy is diminished in our day. Saints and martyrs have given their lives for the the cause of communion with the successor of Peter. Such ideals don’t seem to have much traction any more, not even among devout Catholics (including, if the photo is an indication, Catholics old enough to be formed in the preconciliar Church).
And this brings us to liturgy. How well will it work for the hierarchy to impose unpopular liturgical reforms upon the Catholic laity? The new translation, for example?
I wonder if they’re planning to use the new missal at St. Peter’s in Cleveland. Should PrayTell check into it??