I was thinking about the discussions on these forums where some attack certain liturgical practices not because they are prohibited by the Church but because they don’t personally care for them.
As I type this I’m watching the Easter Sunday Mass from Notre Dame University on-line at
catholictv.com/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=12 I’m watching it because I appreciate how they celebrate the OF Mass and I like Fr. Peter Rocca’s homilies.
In the procession and just before the reading of the Gospel they make use of “banners.” My own immediate knee-jerk reaction was one of disdain – likely because of some fairly negative remembrances of the “felt army” that used to dominate Masses at my parish.
At second look the banners are very understated and while still not my favorite they certainly are not a “liturgical abuse” because they are not specifically called-out by the Church. Take at look at the link around 19:30. Do you really find that “abusive” and why?
NB: Please don’t use the ND/Obama scandal or Fr. McBrien in your responses – we’ve all already heard far too much about both of them. Thanks.