Nasty: That's a strong word, don't you think?
So when it's used by the head of the liturgical commission for the Archdiocese of Brisbane, in a reference to the working document for the Synod of Bishops, it's worth noticing.
What is the comment that prompted the ire of Father Tom Elich? He's helpful enough to give an example of the "nasty bias" he finds in the Instrumentum Laboris:
: It is worth considering whether the removal of the tabernacle from the centre of the sanctuary to an obscure, undignified corner or to a separate chapel… has contributed in some way to a decrease of faith in the Real Presence.
Statements like that, Father Elich says, "border on caricature."
You get the drift. He has his ideas. If you disagree with him-- however calmly, however respectfully-- you are "nasty" and it's downright frightening that anyone listens to you.
You know the old joke: What's the difference between a liturgist and a terrorist? You can sometimes negotiate with a terrorist.
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Posted by: Fr. William -
Oct. 10, 2005 5:53 PM ET USA
"Father" Elich is simply one more protestant hiding behind a Roman collar (if he even wears one)... purporting to be a Roman Catholic priest, while NOT living in obedience & humility with regard to the Church's Teachings. His "wreckovation" of churches has been noted, with the result being a "protestantization" of Roman Catholic churches. You see, if HIS policies/approaches are challenged by the Church, he has a sissy-fit (& such spoiled children need a liturgical slap upside the noggin).
Posted by: John J Plick -
Oct. 09, 2005 4:08 PM ET USA
I believe that at the time the "excuse" for moving the Tabernacle from the center of the Altar was to cut down on "sins of irreverence and disrespect." At least, that's what I heard.
Posted by: Joseph Paul -
Oct. 08, 2005 3:52 AM ET USA
As someone who lives in the Archdiocese of Brisbane and has seen the effects of Fr Elich's work first hand (he destroyed our Cathedral for starters back in 1989 in many ways - but certainly by removing the Blessed Sacrament from the main part of the Church and putting Jesus into a copper mail box like structure) I would say he is being a bit too precious. He has had his way for years with many a church as a liturgical "expert" and can't stand criticism in whatever form. We suffer here.
Posted by: mrb -
Oct. 07, 2005 11:23 PM ET USA
Didn't the troubles in the Church (decline in vocations, Mass attendance, etc.) start about the time the Tabernacle was moved off the altar, out of the sanctuary, and into a closet?