Eat your peas
Once again Anthony Esolen is hitting nails on heads over on the "Mere Comments" blog associated with Touchstone magazine.
And nails aren't the only things he's hitting, as Esolen provides an interlinear commentary on a story about Bishop Trautperson's report to the liturgical panjandrums of North America. (Your Uncle Di had his own comments, you'll recall.) A small sample:
Trautman raised concerns
Everybody these days "raises concerns." If they raised welts, they'd be more honest.
Esolen raises welts. If you want to be able to speak intelligently about what he calls "post-Vatican II Eat Your Peas ecclesiology," you'll need to read this one.
Father Z, too, has some comments on the Trautperson speech, concentrating his fire on the bishop's presumption that lay people are D-U-M. Father Z writes:
What would the reaction be, I wonder, from priests and bishops and liturgists if people far and wide went public in speeches and articles about how their priests were too stupid to explain the prayers, they were incompetent teachers, that they were using little goo-goo words in homilies and sticking to the lowest common liturgical denominator because they themselves aren’t capable of rising to the challenge they were ordained for.
The operative words here "went public." That is what laymen talk about, you know, when the priests aren't listening.
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