Good input, Deacon Jeff. We had a newly ordained priest join our Parish of 1,700 families about five years ago and proceed to set himself up as (it has been jokingly noted) the “rubrics police”. He wanted to actually instruct the faithful not to pray in this manner, not to hold hands during the Our Father and other issues. His point was that if it doesn’t explicitly state we should, then we shouldn’t. Our pastor and pastoral associate urged him to just “go with the flow”. That priest is now a pastor of two rural combined parishes, and has admitted to becoming more “mellow” regarding these types of issues. Meanwhile, the choice is left to the individual congregant.
Now we see a movement by the USCCB to establish a Intercultural training program, focused on the Hispanic Culture. I purchased one of the training manuals to use in my ministries, and was shocked at its content. The book recognizes the concept of “assimilation” but then goes on to describe a new generation of combined Hispanic/Western European US Church that will incorporate elements of both worshipping “traditions”. I gave the book to my pastoral associate and asked that we look at this whole topic in more depth. There are an additional 250 Hispanic families in our Parish, with 90% of their worship activities having become separate and distinct from the main congregation. So…given how it seems this cultural group is now impacting the Western European Rites potentially, I treat some of these other issues as … well, really non-issues in comparison