Catholic Culture Solidarity
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Backbone and biceps

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Mar 10, 2005

"We have thrown a lot at our people these past few years, and they need a rest."

That's an American bishop, arguing against changes in the liturgy. But before you get excited, understand this: When he argues against change, what Bishop Lynch means is that the abuses that have become commonplace over the years should not be corrected.

Well, at least not abruptly. The Vatican's orders on liturgical abuse represent "backward movement" and "personal legislation" which no one understands. This contrasts sharply with the "courage and resolve" and the "backbone and [that word again] resolve" demonstrated through liturgical experimentation.

To simplify just a bit-- a very little bit-- Bishop Lynch thinks the orders from Rome are misguided and incomprehensible.

Mind you, he's a good soldier. He wouldn't think of resisting Vatican directives. Oh, no. He's going to carry out orders. Not right away, maybe:

But whatever it is, we must implement the change, and I am certain we will. It may take some time....

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