I think the whole Assisi III thing was overblown. I watched a bit of it and read some of the interventions. Dull.
I watched the video. Kinda cool sounding chant!
Not so cool in a church.
He didn’t kill an animal or anything like that, but I think it was a sacrilegious to have that in a church.
“But Father! But Father!”, some of you are surely saying. “What was so wrong about that? After all, he was just singing something he believes. You are intolerant and against diversity. You obviously hate Vatican II. ”
On the face of it, nothing is wrong with him singing his own prayers. I think he has a false faith, but he seems sincerely to believe it. I hope he’ll come around, but in the meantime he can pray what it pleases him to pray. What I don’t like was that it was in a consecrated church, a church consecrated to the one true Trinue God and in honor of St. Francis.
When something is consecrated, it should be used for sacred purposes or at least purposes that are not contrary to the Faith. Was that African holy man doing something contrary to our Faith? I can’t say for sure, because I don’t know enough about what that fellow actually sang. I don’t understand that language. But it sure looks like he did. My immediate impression was not good. At the very least, the choice to have that in a consecrated church shows little regard on the part of the organizers for the appearance of things. It was also wrong to be so insensitive to the Catholic sensibilities of members of our Holy Church.
I am trying to imagine what St. Francis, who as tough as nails when it came to the faith and nobody’s fool, would have said about that chant in a consecrated church.
For pity’s sake, couldn’t the organizers have learned from the mistakes made at Assisi I, back in the day?
In any event, I don’t think this is worth freaking out over. No doubt some people will say that this was Pope Benedict’s fault, as if he made out the schedule and took that fellow up to the microphone himself. I doubt any of the organizers intended to do anything contrary to the Catholic Faith, but I am irritated that these people seem not to be able to learn from the past.
If I were Pope, some people would putting their belongings in a box and moving to a new assignment.
Meanwhile, it might be worthwhile to review Mortalium animos.