The other day Pope Francis spoke out again taking photos at Mass or other liturgical moments.
Greg DiPippo at NLM has a good piece about this HERE.
He makes the distinction between this…
I would add any of myriad photos of beautiful sacred liturgical moments, Masses and more.
First, if Pope Francis doesn’t want all the photos during Masses etc., he might set an example by avoiding doing things like this, which surely fuel the photo flashing frenzy in his presence and elsewhere.
But we know that, selfies or not, nothing is going to turn this around. Mobile phones are now the thing.
Next, we live in a time when beautiful sacred liturgy has been nearly forgotten or has, frankly, never been experienced by many. Photos give people who have never known or nearly forgotten what the Church can offer to God as sacred liturgical worship are invaluable to instruct and, hopefully, inspire.
Provided that the photo takers are discreet, so as to not disturb others, I see no problem with taking the occasional pic. However, then The Precious™ should be stowed and focus should be wholly in the sacred action.
As Greg put it over at NLM:
We do not live in a normal age in the Church’s life, and one of the things that makes it abnormal is the very widespread phenomenon of badly done and ugly liturgies; their ugliness is often far more distracting than any photographer, however poorly behaved. Photography is an extremely useful tool, I would say even a necessary one, for presenting people with models of liturgies which are well-done and beautiful. As long as they are taken with discretion, in a way that does not intrude upon the congregation’s ability to pray, I see no reason why we should have a problem with photographs taken during the liturgy. NLM will continue to publish such images, and we encourage others to do so. Photographs that have a documentary, historical, instructional or apologetic purpose, and serve as part of the Church’s evangelical outreach are one thing; photographs taken in function of the addictive selfie culture and digital tourism are another matter entirely.