Our society could be transformed by Christians who refuse to participate in the viciousness of our current public conversation. Imagine the impact on our talk radio and our TV opinion shows if everyone somehow came to recognize the dignity and sacredness of their political and ideological enemies, and if Christians refused to support media personalities known for their anger and dismissive contempt for adversaries. Christians must be visibly different in how we speak of, and speak to, those we disagree with. Here is a person for whom Christ lived, died, and rose again. We know this, and must act accordingly.
The bishops have nothing better to do than to make more documents.
I had a meeting at the Archdiocese today (Sal’s territory…) and so decided to visit St. Mary’s Cathedral.
First photo: their luxurious ambry housing the three holy oils.
Second photo: view of the San Francisco City Hall from inside the cathedral (most of the walls are windows).
Third photo: their adoration pseudo-chapel (with floating sanctuary lamp). What’s really cool is their built in monstrance for perpetual adoration.
Fourth and fifth photos: of the cathedral entrance from the plaza.
Sixth photo: their grand organ (for Zack).
Seventh photo: the baptistery with font and paschal candle.
Eighth photo: the altar with floating glass thingies, technicolor cross in the background, pompous amount of steps to the bishop’s chair (cathedra?), all-stone altar, and a compact sacristy which I was unable to peer into…
I wish I was a practicing Catholic during college. There are so many beautiful churches there.
Apparently the 1998 Sacramentry that was unanimously approved by English speaking countries (then suppressed by the Vatican) is available online. I cant wait to get some time to read this.
German bishops recently announced that they would not introduce the new version because of wide opposition to the translation’s sins against the German language. Something that English-speaking bishops were afraid to do in the previous papacy is now being done by Germans apparently emboldened by the pastoral approach of Pope Francis…
The 1998 [English] translation that was meant to correct the hastily done 1973 translation has already been approved unanimously by all the English-speaking bishops’ conferences of the world, but was suppressed by curial officials who were not even English speakers. So, why should not some conferences declare that translation valid for use in their countries? Failing that, individual bishops might take that initiative on their authority as leaders of worship in their dioceses.
First, again, it is odd that special mention needs to be made of women, as if the Church needs to remember to speak “about them” in a section on “other ecclesial challenges.” Second, it is odd that Francis here feels a need to list women’s “sensitivity, intuition and other distinctive skill sets,” when the document nowhere mentions men’s skill sets. He must see that the solution does not lie in what men get to say about women. Third, the language of Christ as “Spouse” “giving himself in the Eucharist,” while a beautiful image, is out of place in this Exhortation, an echo of another view of Church – not necessarily incompatible, but different: as if the voice of Benedict, not of Francis. Fourth – and to tread lightly on thin ice – the Exhortation as a whole offers a dynamic and outward looking notion of our mission, and potentially a quite dynamic and in-the-world sense of priesthood. To my ear, it is then a jarring note to mention that “the reservation of the priesthood to males” has to do with that image of Christ the Spouse. The least that can be said is that Francis will have to find his own language for why women cannot be ordained, language in keeping with the exciting, challenging vision of ministry he proposes to us throughout the Exhortation and elsewhere. If he calls us to a vision of Eucharist which, as he says earlier in the Exhortation, exists for the sake of “an authentic witness to the Gospel in daily life,” how is he to explain why the ordination of women does not fit his vision of what the Church is all about? Fifth, surely Francis knows that everyone is watching: talk of the “possible role” of women in decision-making is no longer enough, even for his own vision of Church. How quickly will he move to insure that leadership in the Church, there for the sake of our joyful mission in the world, will clearly and obviously stop being a male preserve, in so many cases still entangled with privilege, clericalism, and domination? When women actually do have roles in decision-making, such as cannot be suddenly taken away from them by men in higher positions of leadership, then we can see all the more freshly Francis’ new model of the Church as it carries out its mission in the world.
-Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Pope Francis: Still Finding His Own Voice?
A Jesuit’s commentary on what Pope Frances said about women in Evangelii Gaudium.
Liturgy must be public rather than private, civic rather than domestic, cosmic and not merely psychological, natural and not simply spiritual. The Church and its liturgy do not exist in a place apart from the human city but as institutions in the midst of the city gracefully transfusing and redeeming its life. The liturgy is the unification of the New Jerusalem and the human city, so that in the process everything human is redeemed.