Over at the National Catholic Reporter, Fr. Tom Reese SJ has a very fine wrap-up on the significance of the liturgies Pope Francis celebrated in the U.S.: “Francis the Liturgist.” Pray Tell is amply quoted – Reese references our posts by Fritz Bauerschmidt, Michael Silhavy, and Fr. Ron Krisman.
Go there to read the whole article, which begins as follows.
Francis came to the United States not only as a prophet to challenge us on public policy issues, he also came as a pastor to break bread in the Eucharist with the Catholic community.
The papal liturgies were meticulously planned and executed, according to American liturgists who watched the ceremonies. “Overall I found the masses well done, given the extraordinary character they had and the mobs of people present,” said one.
In fact, they were so professionally done, a professor of liturgy lamented, “The scale of these liturgies, watched by so many people on TV, is not always helpful to the idea of liturgy as a recurrent Sunday event at which none of those resources are present.”
Pity the poor pastor who has to celebrate for his people after they have seen a papal liturgy. “These events are as much grand opera as they are liturgies,” added the professor. …