I don’t have even the slightest doubt that the Brazilian priest is a good fellow, diligent in his pastoral duties, and well-meaning.
But priests shouldn’t do this in church. Really shouldn’t do this during Mass.
This was, apparently, during a Mass in Brasilia.
Fr Joachim Andrade, SVD, performed this Indian dance at the opening Mass of the penultimate day of the Seminar for Consecrated Religious Life, sponsored by the Conference of Religious of Brazil. Fr. Andrade is the Superior of the SVD Province of South Brazil.
I can understand wanting to affirm one’s culture, even in a sound sense of inculturation – that fascinating interaction between the Church and the world – but…. damn.
It is not that this is silly. These cultural things aren’t silly, even if they are foreign to us.
But churches are consecrated places, and priests are consecrated persons, and Mass is not the place for these things.
What I hope might result is a thoughtful discussion of inculturation.