From Vatican News: “Pope to Sicilian priests: ‘Embrace bitterness with tenderness'”
Do they hear themselves? No. They are the masters of shouting down a well.
Francis spoke to Sicilian priests. He said… I am not making this up…
I don’t want to finish without talking about something that worries me, worries me quite a bit. I ask myself: the reform that the Council has initiated, how are you doing with it? [Wait for it….] Popular piety is a great wealth and we must guard it, accompany it so that it is not lost. Even educate it. [Okaaaay. If this means dealing with things that verge on superstition.] On this read n. 48 of Evangelii nuntiandi which is fully topical, what St. Paul VI told us about popular piety: free it from every superstitious gesture and take the substance it has inside. But the liturgy, how is it going? And there I don’t know, why I don’t go to Mass in Sicily and I don’t know how Sicilian priests preach, if they preach as suggested in Evangelii gaudium [‘Cause, you know, that’s the be all and end all of preaching, as if no one has ever preached before in the Church’s history. And didn’t he just admit that he doesn’t know how they preach?] or if they preach in such a way that people go out to smoke a cigarette and then come back … [Lot’s of people showing up for your Masses? Let’s quiz them after about what the homily was about.] Those sermons in which we talk about everything and nothing. [The exact summation of many of these rambling digressions.] Keep in mind that after eight minutes, attention drops, and people want substance. [At this point he is 1766 some words into his talk with an average reading rate of 9 min 49 secs… maybe a little faster for a real Italian speaker.] A thought, a feeling and an image, and he carries that for the whole week. But how do they celebrate? I don’t go to Mass there, but I have seen some photographs. [?!?] I speak clearly. [?!?!?] But my dears, still the lace, the bonetas [birettas… what is it with this guy?] …, but where are we? Sixty years after the Council! A little updating also in liturgical art, in liturgical “fashion”! [Like concelebrating at the Gesù with no vestments and just a stole? Is that it?] Yes, sometimes bring some grandma’s lace goes, but sometimes. It’s to pay homage to the grandmother, isn’t it? [My heaven’s how condescending.] You understand everything, right? You understand. It is nice to pay homage to the grandmother, but it is better to celebrate the mother, the holy mother Church, and how the mother Church wants to be celebrated. And that insularity does not prevent the true liturgical reform that the Council has put forward. And don’t stay quiet.
Lace is against the Church.
I won’t stay quite.
I am going on a pogrom against LACE. Lace is against the COUNCIL! Lace is against our MOTHERS! It’s fine for grandmothers…. but AGAINST MOTHERS!
This is crazy talk.
To repeat, the news headline: “Pope to Sicilian priests: ‘Embrace bitterness with tenderness'”
Yeah… which is this, I wonder?
BTW… my alb now… no evil counter-Conciliar lace!