A couple of observations from a former avidly-enthusiastic evangelical Protestant who fervently supported missionary work:
- I believe the Catholic Church needs to denounce SIN and defeat Satan. When I was in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church (Protestant), I knew many missionaries to various Hispanic countries, second and third generation missionaries who had lived in these countries all their lives and raised their children and grandchildren there.
In many of these countries, a kind of mixed religion is practiced by the people–“Catholic Animism.” The people go to Mass and then come home and pursue occult activities-ancestor worship, divination, spiritism, fortune-telling, voodoo (not the name used among the Hispanics), etc.
I can testify that THIS is the main reason why evangelical Christians try to reach out to these so-called Christians–the Bible makes it clear that those who pursue occult activities are NOT Christians. See both the Old and NEW Testament.
Catholic Churches need to weed out the occult among Hispanics by absolutely forbidding it. Occultism isn’t “culturalism”, it’s sin, and it has no place among Christians. No wonder our Catholic Churches are ineffectual in the Hispanic Countries–perhaps they are under the oppression of demons and Satan himself because they allow evil practices to continue.
- There are Catholics who truly believe that the only good Mass is a Latin Mass with no singing except chant, no talking to others except in the church parking lot, NO clapping or displays of human emotion other than tears of contrition (even though clapping is in the Bible all through the Psalms), and absolutely no human errors (e.g., cell phones going off, old people talking too loudly because they can’t hear). People who disagree with them are accused of being “liberal” or worse.
I certainly agree that the Holy Mass should not be changed without the approval of the Holy Mother Church.
The problem is, the Holy Mother Church HAS approved Mass in the vernacular, use of different musical styles of the location and culture, fellowship and expressions of love among the faithful (e.g., the Sign of Peace), and clapping and other musical “instruments.”
Above all, the Holy Mass is about “mercy”–the kind of practical mercy that forgives people who accidently leave their cell phones on or who forget to adjust their hearing aids. Our Lord says that the measure that we use with others will be used for US at our judgement.
The people who advocate rebelling against the Holy Mother Church should stop their sin. Christ has declared that the living Church on earth is our authority, as She speaks for Him. In Her wisdom, the Church has allowed all kinds of cultural variation within the Holy Mass in order to reach out to a world of souls who need Jesus. **What the Church has made holy, humans should not reject. **