cognitive dissonance

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 09, 2008

I don't get it. Father prances up the aisle surrounded by song, incense, and banners; spins, dips, counter-spins, pirouettes into the sanctuary; holds the Book of the Gospels aloft in a rapture of exultation.

And then in his homily explains that the events recounted never really happened.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 10, 2008 8:18 AM ET USA

    Why are the Catholic bishops so gutless that they refuse to challenge the liturgical abuses that plague the Church, as in this example? The only answer I can think of is that they are sympathetic to the progressives who continue to try to destroy the backbone of the Holy Catholic Church. Surely they aren't worried about "job security" or "popularity?" Bishops must be above such crass concerns.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 10, 2008 2:09 AM ET USA

    Catholic Home, there is nothing wrong with the hymn. A stately procession accompanied by that hymn would have been perfectly proper worship. The problem is with the loony prancing priest, who, to my eye, appears to be Anglo.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 10, 2008 1:57 AM ET USA

    The Church is Catholic. That means she carries the word and worship of Jesus into this and every culture. Here in Rabaul Archdiocese, Papua New Guinea, there is hardly ever a Mass in our Cathedral without four processions -- entrance and recessional, and carrying up the Gospel Book and then bread and wine to the altar. All four are done with dozens of native people decorated with all kinds of plants and flowers, dancing up the aisle and singing in four part harmonies. It's Catholic! --Fr. Edward

  • Posted by: - Apr. 09, 2008 7:40 PM ET USA

    As much as this type of worship doesn't appeal to me, I was willing to accept it as another expression of love of God. Until the applause. If you are applauding, you are focused on the people, not God; therefore, it's not worship and the whole thing is worse than useless.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 09, 2008 5:35 PM ET USA

    Discovery nailed it. It was about him, not the Gospel.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 09, 2008 5:30 PM ET USA

    Actually if you listen, the choir is singing Resusito, a Latino hymn. Note the dipping candle bearer and applause. We keep hearing how Latino immigrants are keeping the American Church alive. Perhaps. But their cultural norms are not the cultural norms of most non-Latinos in the US. Consequently we have a lot of this going on in many parishes. This is not unusual. We also have dancing during Adoration. Also not unusual. The Church may be alive but it's not the Church I know.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 09, 2008 4:04 PM ET USA

    The cringe factor is pretty high on this puppy! God help him and his congregation.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 09, 2008 1:46 PM ET USA

    When will they learn? He needed to wear a starched net slip under that alb.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 09, 2008 1:18 PM ET USA

    With all those pirouettes, I'm surprised Father didn't toss his cookies at the end of the procession. He must have been a figure skater before he discerned an even manlier vocation for showcasing his talents. I'll give him 5.9 for artistic impression, but a zero for liturgical technique.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 09, 2008 12:45 PM ET USA

    Your assumption is that the event is all about the Gospels. It was all about the self, and in that respect he was completely consonant. The former was all about him, not the accident he happened to hold. The latter [Gospels], having all its entrails removed, is now a perfectly receptive and powerful tool to enshrine whatever might interest the disemboweler. If the Gospels never happened, then one is able to insert any message one desires and to make it after his own image and likeness.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 09, 2008 11:02 AM ET USA

    "cutting the rug," instead of "breaking open the Word." must be nice to be oblivious to how stupid and goofy he looks in this processional!