This is bad – and if things like this spread, as I fear they are, we’ll all be the worse for it.
OK, so Tim Drake at the National Catholic Register is trying to be funny. Great. I’ve never been accused of lacking in good humor. Too much Catholic worship today is trendy and tacky – no argument from me. Poke fun at it rather than a frontal attack. Could be a diplomatic strategy.
Mr. Drake is swinging way too widely, and throwing a grab bag of things together that don’t belong together. Readers – and this NCR has a lot of them – will get the idea that all 14 of his satirical “steps to a more self-centered church” without distinction are part of the Liberal Conspiracy To Destroy the Church.
“9. Scrap the kneelers.” – Respect for Eastern Orthodoxy, anyone? Or for the ancient traditions of Western Catholicism?
“6. Better bread.” So no. 321 of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal is trying to take the focus off God when it emphasizes the “meaning of the sign” and the importance of the “true appearance of food”?? See also the comment on no. 9 supra.
“1. Move the tabernacle.” Why do you suppose 314b of the General Instruction allows for side chapels for eucharistic reservation? Why do you suppose they have one at St. Peter’s Basilica?
OK, so there are plenty of problems with postconciliar Catholic worship. The problem with people like Tim Drake is that they can’t distinguish the problems from the well-founded reforms. They pretty much don’t like any of it.