Well, it looks like the Liturgical war is in full swing. For all of the liberalizing influences of the “Spirit” of Vatican II, the Liturgical police seem to be insistent that it’s their way or the highway, regardless of what Rome says, or rather does not say.
Here’s is how one of The Vox’s readers put it:
Sadly, in my diocese last evening, some left Holy Mass in tears and angry after being forced to stand after receiving Our precious Lord in the Eucharist and were prohibited from kneeling. Shame on the priest and our bishop!
Which diocese is this reader referring to? Well, London, Ontario, of course:
Meanwhile, the poor people of the See of Toronto’s wayward child have had gestapo like “ministers of uniformity” going around telling them to get off of their knees. The Diocese of London under Bishop Ronald Fabbro of the Congregation of St. Basil as High Priest of liturgy has ordered under the rubric of “obedience” that people must all stand after Holy Communion until all have received and returned to their pews as a sign of “unity” and “community.”
It seems that certain Canadian dioceses are into binding what the Church does not bind, and therefore making the Liturgy into a play-thing to be manipulated to their own tastes. Relativism does not first affect morality and then eventually destroy culture. Relativism first destroys the liturgy, and then it attacks morality and then the culture. I am convinced that this is what has been playing out in the West these past 40+ years.
Socon or Bust readers will know about the problems with London. We’ve covered this problematic diocese over the years. And there’s stuff we simply can’t (at this time) publish on this blog but it’s no less scandalous than the tragic events which have already been reported on.
I am beginning to be more and more convinced that the problems concerning liturgy go much further than what happens at Mass. I think liturgical deviance from Rome and the enforcement of pseudo liturgy by the liturgical commissariat end up revealing a serious problem with authority, ecclesiology and even sexuality.
For instance, readers will remember Richard Gaillardetz. He’s the dissenting theologian which Socon or Bust exposed a couple of years ago when he was invited to address the CCCB. Well, you’ll never guess where’s he’s recently turned up. If you guessed in London at its Pastoral Study Days, you would be right!
Bishop Fabbro, the bishop of London, is the bishop who chairs the CCCB’s ad hoc Committee on Life and Family which is responsible for initiating the Canadian Church’s pro-life strategy over the next several years (which has been prompted, I might add, from the pressure exerted on them from the abortion scandal concerning Development & Peace). He’s the same bishop who has invited Richard Gaillardetz. Gaillardetz sat on Obama’s National Catholic Advisory Council, dissents on the infallible status of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, contraception, and many, many other areas and is the feature speaker at the Diocese of London’s “Pastoral Study Days”.
Does this make any sense? Actually, it makes perfect sense. Liturgical abuses, doctrinal dissent, and pastoral abuses all go hand-in-hand.
Binding us to liturgical novelties might not therefore seem to be a big deal, but it invariably points to the proverbial canary in a Church coal mine.