Alas, it seems my efforts to conceal the identity of the parish in yesterday’s blog entry were not successful, and some close to me are now suffering as a result. And unnecessarily. Mea culpa.
What prompted me to write about the criticisms of the new Missal in a parish bulletin was to find them quoted approvingly on a blog (which I did not link to since it identified the parish, so I will still not link to Christian R’s blog here). Indeed the blogger has fallen hook, line and sinker for the error being propagated in the parish bulletin. Even more, being so approved on a blog the error was moving out beyond parish boundaries. So the error spreads, and would continue to if no one points it out.
Priests holding parochial charge and the cure of souls are not called to be prophets, especially misguided ones. They are called to be shepherds serving their flocks by guiding them along the path of unity with the rest of the Church. There are enough self-appointed prophets in the Church already. I wonder if this tendency might have had something to do with the early decline of the ministry of prophet that was apparently active in St Paul’s time.
Even if there is legitimate criticism of the new Missal to be made, and there is (vastly superior to the previous Missal, though, it remains) I am still not sure that a parish bulletin is the place to publish it. Who wins? The people? Hardly. It is hard to see how fabricating a sense of dissatisfaction with the Church can help anybody. Publications like The Tablet are full of it. No wonder its readership is declining. I suspect that such non-constructive (and too often erroneous) criticism of the Church from within has a lot to do with the decline in the number of practising Catholics from the 1970s onwards. Where the numbers are growing again, as too the numbers of seminarians, are those places where bishops and pastors are seeking to build up the Church in fidelity to its teachings, not white-anting it from within.
Here endeth the rant. Next time, more on the ESV translation.