In my talks I sometimes address the steady slide of many Catholics into Immanentism Lite. They don’t exactly deny that God is transcendent, it’s just that they never give transcendence the slightest thought. They have never had too, have they? Did catechism even touch on the idea? Their liturgical worship has for decades been a self-enclosed circle of self-affirmation and good feelings. When pushed they admit that God is probably transcendent, but… shrug. For many today God is sort of like the The Force, ala Star Wars.
Speaking of Star Wars, I saw a story in German in a news source in Munich about a First Holy Communion Mass with a Star Wars theme, complete with blessing with a green toy light saber. Cool, no?
No, I am not making this up.
Just look at how much fun everyone is having!
Risus abundant in ore stultorum.
Oooops! I just committed an elitist crime. I used Latin, didn’t I! My bad. I must not care about El Pueblo.
Remember what Karl Cardinal Lehmann said the other day about Latin and the older form of Holy Mass?
Yes, indeed. Speaking at a Eucharistic Congress (exactly the right time to run down the traditional lung by which the Latin Church breathes liturgically), Lehmann said:
“Ich habe den Eindruck, die ganze Begeisterung auch für das Latein hat viel mit Prestige zu tun und falschen Vorspiegelungen einer vermeintlichen Kulturelite… I have the impression that the whole enthusiasm for Latin has a lot to do with prestige and the pretenses of a supposed cultural elite.”
This from a man who was in a birdcage for Karnival!
I’m sorry again, but… look, I could be wrong here, but does that strike you as somewhat lacking in … decorum?
Sorry for more Latin, and I apologize for apologizing again … but… pace Card. Lehman, how many more reasons do we need for a full-bore, unapologetic, widespread application of the provisions of Summorum Pontificum?