It is that time or year again. The annual religious congress, which I have the pleasure and sometimes burden of attending each year as part of my involvement in my parish.
As usual you will see the usual abuses in the Mass which have become pervasive, and the poor theology which it reflects but there is some good news also.
Good news is… the workshops are getting better.
I have looked at the list and the list of speakers has shifted from good-bad to extremely bad to a better mix of speakers. There are still dissenters but the most wacky out there ones are not as evident as the first years in which I have attended.
I don’t think the Mass has improved much as the Arena and just the overall setup does not lend itself to reverence or respect for God as much as a well designed Church. It would take an effort to really promote a Mass that is God focused in a setting designed for secular entertainment. I am not saying it is impossible but it would take a radical reorientation of thought in this diocese which I do not see happening soon.
But I did see plenty of priests not afraid to wear their collars, nuns in habits, people excited about the faith and there was plenty of people attending an event, dedicating their time to try and spread knowledge and love of the faith.
I have more hope for the Church as time goes by the hippy element starts to die off and not lead so much into error, they do leave a mess of confusion behind but God is faithful and can even make good come out of the congress. There will be people inspired to spread the faith and be more faithful. There is reconciliation available today and tomorrow staffed by many priests.
I will be here at Congress till Sunday then I will leave early to go to Mass in my parish, I cannot stomach the liturgical abuses.