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the liturgical Edsel

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 06, 2007

Suppose you're a car dealer. And suppose you hear that your competitor down the street is planning to re-introduce the Edsel. How do you respond?

You could say:

It doesn't matter. Nobody liked the Edsel in the 1950s, and nobody will like it now. If he wants to waste his own time, that's his problem; it won't affect you at all.

OR you could say:

This is terrible. This will disrupt the industry. You can't turn back the clock. What a disaster! Somebody must stop him!

You could say the one thing, or you could say the other. But not both. Agreed?

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2007 12:36 AM ET USA

    Theologians who reason this way have their own version of the popular secular refrain. They ask: "What would Martin Heidegger do?"

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 4:39 PM ET USA

    Right on lrslattery! Its the NO mass that the Edsel...only reason its popular is its the only car on the lot. If the other automakers had fallen off the earth, we might all still be driving Edsels.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 3:54 PM ET USA

    I feel very much "at-home" with the comments on this posting, except for Murph's. (Sorry, Murph) I give my reasons in my posting on today's lead story regarding the Motu Proprio. Attaboy, Diogenes! By the way, as a historical fact, did the new mass actually work to increase the spiritual participation of the people in the Eucharist? Did the flock by and large obtain a better understanding and greater faith in Christ's Real Presence and eternal sacrifice? Did it lead to a greater appreciation

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 3:24 PM ET USA

    The arguments from those who oppose the Motu Proprio are interesting: supposedly they think that nobody wants the old Mass, but somehow permitting the old Mass will be very destructive, divisive and reduce Mass attendance, or something. Maybe the wisdom of the Great Gatsby should apply (even though I don't see this MP as going back at all) when he said "Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!" It's done every day.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 1:47 PM ET USA

    What happened to all the comments/reasons to change the liturgy in the 60"s......the language "of the people", eliminate the "remoteness" of the priest......?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 1:30 PM ET USA

    Hmmm....I wonder if automobile immersion will help my car?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 12:56 PM ET USA

    I just hope and pray that the Edsel will fit in the automobile immersion tank which was installed in my post-conciliar church. The rite of automobile immersion definately makes us more of an Easter people.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 12:43 PM ET USA

    Not even equal time. Just a now and again.... and for many not any for years. But to the sellers of Trabant cars an Edsel looks to be formidable competition.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 12:29 PM ET USA

    When the options are an Edsel or a clown car, I'll take the Edsel any day.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 11:54 AM ET USA

    Hmmm...I don't think we're discussing an Edsel, despite the desires of those who wish it were so. I see this more along the lines of an historic, classic beauty such as a 1931 Bugatti Royale, a Duesenberg or other fine quality example.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 10:43 AM ET USA

    Very good point, Diogenes... and the fact remains... we're talking about an "Edsel" here... not an M-1 Tank.... No "take-over" move is implied here, but merely "equal time." Why do they seem to be so afraid of an Edsel?? I suppose we will learn the answer to that question when we see a few more rolling down the street... hopefully on a regular basis.

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