I get lots of mail, hundreds of messages a day. Some are informative, some inquisitive, some complimentary, some censorious.
This one rather tickled me.
The writer is sad that I liked and wrote positively of H.E. Arthur Serratelli, Bishop of Patterson’s, letter to priests (not to lay people) about the importance of obeying the Church’s rubrics for Holy Mass.
Here is the e-mail I got, with my emphases added and comments:
It is with great sadness that I read your positive review of Bishop Serratelli’s letter to the diocese of Paterson’s priests regarding liturgy. As a life long committed Christian in the Catholic tradition, [Everyonce in a while I mix things up by saying "Catholic Christians", but this person is doing something very different with his turn of phrase.] it is becoming more apparent to me that our clergy is moving away from Christ’s true message [NB: this guy knows Christ’s "true message".] and moving towards "self-rightious" pomposity. [LOL! But he knows Christ’s "true message"!] When "rules" become more important than substance, then we are no better than Pharisees of the second millennium. [Apparently anarchy is love. The writer has not the slightest clue about the role of structure, ritual, consistency as part and parcel of what it is to be Catholic.]
Having lived through the years in which the creaking doors of our Church have been opened through the graces of Vatican II, [He knows Christ’s "true message" too!] I am now beginning to see those doors begin to close once again. It saddens me .
- It is my fervent prayer, that this movement back into the dark ages [ROFL!] of Christendom by our Church leaders not continue.
- It is my great hope, that the leadership of our Church listen to whisper of the Holy Spirit in their hearts, and stop listening to the loud voice of power, prestige and pompous ego that motivates them today. [Because anything contrary to this guy’s wishes is obviously not a whisper of the Holy Spirit, nor anything like Christ’s "true message"]
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self. St. Francis of Assisi
May the blessings of this Easter season bring you peace, hope and a clearer [!] understanding of truth,
I am guessing that this person was one of those innumerable and unnecessary distributors of Communion who has recently lost his place in the sanctuary because his parish priest has, at the urgency of his bishop, made some changes.