So here I am in the hotel on Saturday night after a full day of workshops and a Liturgy at the famous RE Congress here in Anaheim.
Here is my review about what I have seen…
There were some protesters out front, the ones who protest against the dissent taught by some speakers CRCOA, and the ones who represent SNAP, those who represent those who have been abused by Priests.
Both these groups were there off and on from what I could see, handing out papers or just talking to people. It was pretty amiable and I didn’t see any problems.
I talked to some of them and they are pretty nice people, they just want Cardinal Mahoney to address some of their concerns and asked to pray for Cardinal Mahoney.
It was extremely crowded with plenty of booths, but with the workshops and crowd I did not have very much time to see much of the booths. There were some very nice items for sale and plenty of good books, I didn’t get to look too close and check the content of the bookstores, maybe tomorrow. I did see a nice Paulist bookstore which had some very nice sisters who sold me a couple books.
One workshop was offensive and not appropriate for a Christian environment, I had a lady say to me “I am liberal and this guy is offensive to me” Sex jokes and wishy washy teaching was the order of the workshop.
I left this workshop about 10 minutes early and then went to get a snack and wait for the next workshop.
The next workshop was “Catholicism and Islam” and was very good. It had no dissent and was extremely informative, I was well pleased and it gave me some hope.
The next workshop was by a Priest called Father Tony from New Orleans. He was extremely dynamic, interesting and heck he wore a collar and cared about the Church! It was refreshing, I was in a good mood.
Then the liturgy came and crushed my happiness. I was able to recieve our Lord in the Eucharist and for that I am grateful, it was a valid Mass, and as such always a blessing.
The details are depressing and maybe later I will type them out, it involved some silly looking dancing, no crucifix at all, and innovation galore.
Thank you RE Congress for making me appreciate my Mass at home as I see how bad it could be.
Other than disrespecting our Lord and treating me to a nice offensive workshop, I enjoyed some of the Congress as there are many people who really want to do good for the Church there, on the outside protesting the Congress and inside trying to stay faithful, and others who really think that nice music and good feelings are what should bring us to Mass.