The intention of my last letter was not to criticize priests’ hard work, I believe they have been bashed way too often in recent years. They are doing what they’re trained to do and for the most part doing it well.
My problem is with Catholic liturgists. They are either close-minded or incompetent or both. They are more concerned about preserving tradition than meeting the spiritual needs of today’s worshipers. Catholic worships in general are too structural and don’t invite active participation. For the most part. we are just present at our Masses.
Look at our recently implemented liturgical changes. Were they necessary? Are the words “consubstantiation” or “enter under my roof” going to make a difference in our faith life? I think not. Only in Catholic Church, a priest gets “fired” for trying to be creative by offering a liturgy in a way we can relate to and become active participants. Come on.
Our liturgies need to be more understanding, inspiring and. yes, even feeling-filled. I am tired of elbowing my children during the Mass to pay attention, even though at times I’ve been there myself. We hear over and over again, “you the people are the Church,” how come then we have so little to say about what kind of church we should have?
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The changes seem to be made by the bureaucrats in the Vatican and diocesan chanceries, who live in a whole different world than the rest of us. That just bothers me.