“… and the very beautiful and simple gesture of a father who desired to embrace those who were on the fringes of society; those who were not refined experts of liturgical rules.”
Again, this is unfortunate language.
The implication seems to be that rubrics are understandable by (and ultimately applicable only to) “refined experts of liturgical rules”. I disagree: many rubrics indeed reflect deep theological truths (and thus rubrics are often exercises in something more than legal positivism), but most rubrics are meant to be easily understandable by normal priests ministering in typical pastoral settings. It is a disservice to suggest that respect for Church law is primarily the concern of “refined experts” or that ecclesiastical law has little bearing on how believers should conduct their faith life. (Source)
You know, during the whole Kennedy funeral debacle, Fr. Rosica was taking a shot at pro-life activists because we dared to raise Canon 915 and its applicability to Pro-Abort politicians, claiming that we bloggers are not canon law experts and that we should not be offering our opinions that easily. Seems to me that Fr. Rosica shouldn’t be offering his opinion on canon law, either. Based on Kennedy’s funeral and this little dust up, I think he’s a bit too loosey-goosy and needs to brush up on some basic rules of how the Church operates. Not all of us are fans of Woodstock.