The Papal Mass – Not Enough Said, Vox Nova

Enough Said

Neither of these posts will get as wide of a reading as they deserve.  From the first:

However, as so often happens, certain elements seem determined to greet it with snottiness and mockery. That doesn’t reflect well on their own faithfulness, nor on their sense of decorum. Far too many, in the Catholic segment of cyberspace, refuse to accept the fact that their own personal preferences are not binding on the Church.
Once and for all, the United States is a multicultural nation. It always has been. In case you didn’t notice, the Holy Father has been pointing out that very multiculturalism as something to value and respect. Multiculturalism is not a dirty word, save to a few racist boors who are now showing their true colors.

From the second:

“It’s all about ME!”
That’s the opinion of so many Catholic bloggers. Never mind the miracle of the Eucharist. Never mind the Holy Father. Never mind the great national renewal I believe is about to start, as a direct result of the Holy Father’s visit. That’s not what these people want. They don’t want renewal. It’d give them less opportunity for their favorite activity, complaining.
The extent of my comments on this whole sordid business is this wasn’t a parish mass.  While I don’t care for outdoor masses or masses that require a jumbotron, I can accept the reasons why it was done and don’t attribute malice to the choices.  In fact I think the choices were an expression of love.  Everything can always be done better.

I guess I am more than a little exasperated by the “are you still kicking puppies?” assertions that seem implicit in this critiques of those who were displeased with the presentation are either “racist” (I am as white as Marty Haugen, likely moreso…) or are too small minded to understand what these critics do about the great miracle of the Eucharist.

Poppycock.

Listed above in thumbnails are foods that please me.  If forced to choose a last meal, I have no idea what I would pick.  On a given day it could easily be PB&J. I like them all.  Like isn’t a strong enough word – I love them all – I have the waistline to prove it.

That as the case may be, I don’t want to have a ten course meal with schnitzel followed by crepes, followed by lobster, followed by a burger, washed down with beer, than a lobster, with a martini…

And it isn’t because I am racist or not as enlightened or transcendant.  Rather, it is because these things don’t go well together.  Such a meal is sloppy, disjointed and shows poor planning. 

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20 Responses to The Papal Mass – Not Enough Said, Vox Nova

  1. Robert says:

    I think there’s some sort of implied context here which is not quite obvious in the posts. I think it has to do with traditional music. Am I right?

  2. The context on my part was that the howls of indignation from bloggers showed complete disrespect for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as well as for the duly appointed authorities, by loudly demanding that their preferences, and only theirs, are valid.
    There were complaints about the use of African, South American, and Mexican elements in the music, rather than limiting it to the preferences of white, middle class, bloggers. Yes, I call that racism.

  3. Tito Edwards says:

    I’m surprised you actually waste your time reading garbage from that Marxist blog.

  4. Tito – I seldom ever read it anylonger… they have been removed from my aggregator.

    A frustrating encounter with an audaciously arrogant and sarcastic contributor lead me to realize there was little good that would come of wasting what time I have to waste there.

  5. JS – I guess context goes along way….

    The mix and match was atrocious.

    • John Quinn says:

      asimplesinner

      I think it is uncharitable to call Marty Haugen an ‘ageing hipster’.

      He writes great liturgical music.

      John

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  7. John Quinn says:

    Why does Fr J object to the word ‘haughty’? – It is in the bible.

    This is discussed in Isaiah, and one of the psalms (131)(hymns) ‘…nor haughty my eyes’ – I do not see why this has no place in a hymn – especially a popular classic like Haugen’s ”Gather us in’, which has a superb melody and great words.

    John

  8. John, truly you are a one-trick pony. Intent on dragging out a combox war no one but yourself is interested in paying attention to… And in violation of the spirit or intent of closing the comments on the post you fixate on, you simply opt to move your comments to a combox of another dated post.

    Sad.

    Tell you what, I did a little research, and the following blog domains are still WIDE OPEN (how lucky are you!):

    http://ILoveMartyH.wordpress.com
    http://HaugensHeros.wordpress.com
    http://MartyHaugenFanClub.wordpress.com
    http://MartyHSuperFans.wordpress.com

    The time is now, brother, enter into the wild world of blogging and have at it!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Why does Fr H want to change the words ‘Christ is truly present here?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, should be Fr J

  11. Simon says:

    Test message

  12. John Quinn says:

    When the Pope comes to the UK this coming year (2010), I
    hope that a similar diversity in the tight integration of different musical styles and meticulous planning of the above US Papal Mass will be in evidence.

  13. Anonymous says:

    asimplesinner = asimplemindedsinner

    • thefrenchchick says:

      Enough with the name calling. It really gets my “mom” side up. And kindly have the grace to log in to comment please.

  14. John, truly you are a one-trick pony. Intent on dragging out a combox war no one but yourself is interested in paying attention to… And in violation of the spirit or intent of closing the comments on the post you fixate on, you simply opt to move your comments to a combox of another dated post.

    Sad.

    Tell you what, I did a little research, and the following blog domains are still WIDE OPEN (how lucky are you!):

    http://ILoveMartyH.wordpress.com
    http://HaugensHeros.wordpress.com
    http://MartyHaugenFanClub.wordpress.com
    http://MartyHSuperFans.wordpress.com

    The time is now, brother, enter into the wild world of blogging and have at it!

  15. anon says:

    I super-♥ Marty H!

  16. anon says:

    I super-♥ Marty H!

  17. Michael says:

    asimplesinner, I suggest, don’t respond to nonsense. The best is to leave him on his own: he will soon get tired. I encountered a caracter in another blog, who was a theological idiot from start. But I gave him a benefit of doubt for a while, and that has encouraged him – for a while, that is…

  18. John if you agree the name calling is poor form, apologize for calling me a name. It was you, after all who posted “asimplesinner = asimplemindedsinner”.

    Just move on already, John. This is sad. I am embarrassed for your obsessive-compulsive tendency to be a bore looking for a fight in long dormant comboxes rooted in a conflict from a post I closed comments on. Not satisfied with that, you come to other posts and continue to leave the same comments.

    John, this is just sad.

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