At this point in history, the Catholic Church is bleeding members. The sex scandals have done horrific damage–I would say a direct hit with many casualties and a seriously wounded C.O. I think we will see a much smaller, scaled-down, and less-elaborate Church in the years to come. The money will go fast as more lawsuits are filed and less people are in the Church giving tithes and offerings.
It seems to me that this kind of in-fighting (and no matter what anyone says, that what it looks like to me and many others–FIGHTING) is not helping one bit.
Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
He also prayed that we would be ONE.
That doesn’t mean all practicing our faith the same way, but it means respecting what our God-appointed leaders have pronounced as “good” and rejoicing with each other, not picking at each other, over liturgical matters like music and the position of the priest that have been given much freedom by the various Church documents.
Loud-living dogma, on the “what would you change about the OF Mass” thread, you made some pretty sarcastic comments about some of my posts about the pipe organ–I’m not sure what you are trying to say, since you didn’t come right out and say it, but relied on sarcasm, and I’m not very good at sarcasm. I think you were saying that I am working against what the Catholic Church says is appropriate for liturgical music–and that’s just not true, and I am having a hard time loving someone who would say something like this about me!
And the same thing is happening on this thread–you who are traditionalists seem to be putting words into CilladeRoma’s post that they did not write, and the more CilladeRoma tries to defend their words, the more you all surround CilladeRoma and dig in for the attack! It’s like watching a pack of coyotes surround a victim.
I admit that I say and write some snarky things here on CAF more often than I wish, and it’s WRONG of me to do that. It hurts others and it doesn’t help. I’m trying very hard to be kinder in my words, but I’m not always faithful to this resolution.
When we say things to each other that are intended to knock the other person down so that we can claim the win –it does NOT matter anymore whether the Mass music is chant, or whether the priest faces front or back. By our unloving words and attitudes, we have made it very hard, maybe even impossible, for people to KNOW that we are Jesus’ disciples. People will not recognize our Church as His Church because we have stopped loving one another. And remember, love is not a feeling–it is an action, and words, including written words, are actions.