Sunday, 17 March 2013

A couple of thoughtful posts on our new Holy Father

H/T Pittsburgh Post
Here on the blog B***foot and (ahem, excuse celibate blushes) P******t.

and, in his inimitable way, Eccles.

and Fr Zee, here.

We really need to get over the idea that all you need to to solve the Church's problems is to swing a thurible or sing an antiphon in Gregorian chant. Or, on the other hand, that if we do good works we have no need or use for orthodoxy or decent liturgy. Good liturgy, solid doctrine and lively, real, charity are all things that go to make up our faith. It is lamentable that some who hold one must needs despise others.

Have a look at the menu for the Holy Father's coming plumbing-in on Tuesday. To my mind it is one of the finest Papal liturgies that has been planned in recent decades. Thanks to Mgr Marini and Pope Benedict, of course, but I have no doubt that Pope Francis would have tinkered with it if he had wanted to. In fact, I think that he has; there are no chant responses for the Preface. If the Holy Father does not sing, it is probably because he cannot, and is someone who knows he cannot. Too many people who can't sing think they can and thus penance the rest of us. And if he struggles with the Latin, that's probably because he has almost never used it. But it doesn't mean that he won't do his best now that he is the supreme pastor of the Universal Church.  I'm sure he will already have a least a reading knowledge of it.

Yes, I'd be happier if he felt as easy as Pope Benedict did in a fanon. But I already like the fact that he talks a lot about Jesus, without whom fanons would be pretty redundant.

In summa: oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco.


Fr Dickson said...

Thank you Father, for a balanced approach.

IanW said...

Excellent post, Father.

Fr William R. Young said...

Yes. We do not need another Benedict XVI or another John Paul II. The Holy Spirit has given us Francis to build on the work they have done. We must support him wholeheartedly with all our strength and resources. Prayer is obvious here. But we need to be on his side. In particular we need to pray that the Jesuit Order rises to this challenge - one they have never had before. The possibilities for evangelisation urbis et orbis are incalculably enormous.