the Pope's next 'gig,' and other atrocities

By Diogenes (articles - email) | Sep 13, 2010

Everyone agrees that it’s embarrassing. The only question is whether it’s “excruciatingly embarrassing” or “cringe-making.”

The subject is the pamphlets that have been prepared by organizers of the Pope’s visit to the UK. One panel provides a helpful glossary of terms, for the benefit of civic officials who might not be familiar with Catholic terms.

The pamphlet explains, for instance, that a “Pilgrim Pass” is a ticket to one of the papal ceremonies. That’s fair enough.

Let’s hope that none of the officials providing security for the papal visit are so dumb that they don’t recognize the words “spiritual” and “uplifting.” But if such dolts exist, the organizers are ready to help them out with words they might understand: “enjoyable, fun, exciting.” You know, as in the Enjoyable Fun Exciting Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Maybe the people who wrote these pamphlets are disclosing something about themselves when they say that “liturgists” are “performers, artists.” 

But when they say that “Blessed Sacrament, Holy Communion,” can be understood as “Bread and Wine,” they are falling into an error that no believing Catholic should ever make—not merely dumbing down the terminology of Catholic worship, but encouraging a heretical belief.

Notice, by the way, that among the glossary terms on this list, the only one that requires any explanation at all is the “Pilgrim Pass.” That’s because a “Pilgrim Pass” is not a term ordinarily used in Catholic worship, but a term invented by the same marketing geniuses that produced this pamphlet. 

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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