Everyone… there is a matter of CRITICAL importance to discuss.
In another entry, participant Henry raised the question:
Do you think just a celebratory sip of fine champagne is ok while reciting a joyful Te Deum?
"JUST A SIP"???
This is the edge of the slippery slope into DOOM.
It takes us into a looooong debate known among wiser clergy, which take various forms. For example,
Is it okay to smoke a cigar while praying the Office?
Most intelligent clergy know that it is definitely NOT okay to smoke cigars while praying the Office. However, it is okay to pray while smoking.
So, it is NOT permissible to sip champagne while saying the Te Deum.
It is, however, alright to say the Te Deum while drinking champagne!
You need to know this for when the Motu Proprio comes out.
I can hear you whiners out there. The NAYSAYERS. "But Father! But Father!", you are sputtering, "Yoooou can’t tell us what is right or wrong! Who do you think you are?!? I want to drink Veuve Clicquot while I pray! I don’t want to pray when I drink the Widow!"
Okay, you naysayers. Since we are living in a post-modern, post-Christian world, we should put this moral question to a vote, just as YOU naysayer people do with other moral questions!