by Bernard Brandt
By courtesy of Facebook, I have received a screed from a U.S. RC Bishop, who has objected to people dressing poorly at Sunday Mass. That screed may be found here. And Bishop Tobin’s original comment can be found here.
With all due respect to the good Bishop Tobin, while these people are reacting poorly by showing disrespect to the holy, they are only following the example of most deacons, priests and bishops of the Roman Catholic Church for the last fifty or so years. You have built churches which look like warehouses for bored souls, rather than cathedrals and churches built to look like icons of the Kingdom of Heaven. You have desecrated the Divine Liturgy with tawdry and popular music, rather than the sacred chant, polyphony and genuine music of the people (i.e. the hymnography of the last five centuries) mandated by Vatican II. You have truncated that Divine Liturgy by your ‘Novus Ordo’, and you have failed to serve even that truncation in accordance with liturgical law. In short, and for at least the last thirty years, you have failed to give those people the spiritual riches of the divine liturgy, in violation of those peoples’ rights under the new canon law. And you wonder why those people treat the divine liturgy with disrespect? They are but following your poor example!