1615 K Wed 3 Jul 2002
I found this an interesting conclusion to an editorial in
the Homilitic and Pastoral Review:
... Right now we do not need any more documents from Rome
or Washington. What we need is enforcement of the laws we already
have on the books. When valid legislation is not enforced, one
can easily think that the bishops lack either sincerity or courage.
For, either they are not convinced of the truth of what they
say or they are afraid to enforce it.
In the Gospels Jesus did more than just preach; he also acted.
He drove the merchants and money-changers out of the temple.
We need and deserve more of that.
Kenneth Baker, S.J., Editor
As a good example of law enforcement he refers to Bishop Bruskewitz,
of Lincoln, Nebraska. I have seen several references to him on
the internet recently, including that he institutes lay men as
acolytes and lectors.
Yesterday I read the Directory for Popular Piety and the
Liturgy. Its an impressive educational document, covering
a wide range of the liturgical books. It also has practical suggestions
and an encouraging approach.
In terms of liturgical laws, these two sentences from n.165
seem particularly important:
... Gradually, the faithful should be encouraged not to do
other devotional exercises during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
(Footnote 180: Cf. Reply ad dubium on n. 62 of the Instruction
Eucharisticum mysterium, in Notitiae 34 (1998)
133-134; concerning the Rosary, see the following note.) Given
the close relationship between Christ and Our Lady, the rosary
can always be of assistance in giving prayer a Christological
orientation, since it contains meditation of the Incarnation
and the Redemption (Footnote 181: Cf. PAUL VI, Apostolic Exhortation
Marialis cultus, 46; Letter of the Congregation for Divine
Worship and the Discipline pf the Sacraments (15.1.1997), in
Notitiae 34 (1998) 506-510; see also the rescript of the
Apostolic Penitentiary of 8 March 1996, in Notitiae 34
(1998) 511.). ...
The Pope's address (of 21 September 2001) also discussed approaches
to corrections, in n. 5:
... Forms of popular religiosity can sometimes appear to be
corrupted by factors that are inconsistent with Catholic doctrine.
In such cases, they must be patiently and prudently purified
through contacts with those responsible and through careful and
respectful catechesis - unless radical inconsistencies call for
immediate and decisive measures. ...
Judgements need to be made about how corrections should be
done. Gradually and patiently versus immediately and decisively.
In the Catholic Church I think more people would now favour "immediate
and decisive meansures" than would have in September 2001.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 3 July 2002.