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The "good stuff" of Catholic liturgy hasn't really lacked much in the new pope's Masses. But his overwhelming affection for service can be a bittersweet reminder of what's really at stake. Continue Reading

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  1. Lilian
    2 years ago

    Thank you for your observations, but I have not noticed the disaffection for the plendour of the Holy Mass, most probably because I am not much knowledgeable in that regard. However, I am not at all comfortable about the Pope, especially when I watched on the CNN on March 20, 2013 that in 2010 the Pope was a supporter of civil unions for gays and that at a time he said that celibacy can change in the Catholic Church. The Holy Catholic Church is currently the only refuge for those who believe that the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ are possible forever until He comes again. To have a Pope who thinks differently is really disturbing.

  2. mike
    2 years ago

    The Lord of The Harvest says: the crop is ripe, but the laborers are few. Pope Francis is not about sowing the seed...He's about the work of harvesting the crop. If you view ministry as inelegant, you need to take a good look at Mary Magdalen as she weeps over Jesus' soiled feet and washes the dirt off with her hair. Parables of the vineyard, and the fishes in the net, and "building my church" show what work ministry is. God says over and over that he does not require fine trappings, but that we "do justice". Sin does not hurt God, but ourselves, and our fellow humans. The liturgy means nothing - without Love of our Crucified Savior; we need to keep the focus on Him, and not acts, and trappings.

  3. Fr. James Farfaglia
    2 years ago

    At first this article made me think that this was just another author complaining about Pope Francis' emphasis on seemingly liturgical simplicity and the fact that he doesn't wear this or that. However, when I read it again, I saw the insightfulness of the article.

    In my adult life as a Catholic layman who eventually went to the seminary to become an ordained Catholic priest, my journey has been marked by an intense presence of five popes: Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis. I have seen a continuity in all of these popes and I have always seen that continuity in the light of the event of the Second Vatican Council and I have always seen the Council in the light of the hermeneutic of continuity.

    Through God's loving providence, each of these popes has come to us with their tremendous gifts which does not take away their human weaknesses, their blind spots and of course their own human personality.

    Perhaps, in some simple way, we can see the change of one pope to another as the change of pastors in a parish. Even in the case of two pastors that are totally imbued with Church teaching and are holy men, their style and their pastoral approach are different. In most cases, as soon as one pastor leaves and the new pastor takes over, the parish is different.

    However, what remains the same, be it the parish or the papacy or a diocese, is that we are all Catholic. When their is any change, we need to keep in mind the beautiful words attributed to Saint Augustine: "unity in necessary things; liberty in doubtful things; charity in all things."

    For the clergy in Latin America, perhaps their liturgical simplicity is rooted in the fact that for their entire lives they are more worried about dodging bullets and wondering where their next meal is going to come from.

    Each pope is a great gift for the Church and each pope will be different. However, let us always keep in mind that each pope is Catholic and so are we.

  4. Theresa H
    2 years ago

    I sure don't see the purpose of this article. We have seen two, maybe three Masses offered by Pope Francis. His homilies have been more what I would call "Introductory." Let's wait til we hear/read an "Apostolic Exhortation" or "Encyclical" to get a sense of his "teaching authority" and manner of expression. Certainly, he is neither Bl. Pope JPII, nor Pope Benedict XVI, Emeritus--nor should he be. I trust fully that he is precisely who the Lord wants for us at this time and he will be up to his task as the Visible Head of the Christ's Church. If I may so say: Give the poor man from Argentina a few weeks to get settled in the Vatican!

  5. abey
    2 years ago

    The simplicity of Christ be revealed in the richness of the Liturgy, not necessarily to the Grandiose, which in many ways suggest "Elitism"& in today's world does not auger too well with the younger generations tuned to commonness, likewise to the faith, to the inner wealth in the Eternal things of God, through Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit.

  6. Deacon Jim
    2 years ago

    To say that His Holiness Pope Francis exhibits a "lack of affection" does him, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and the faithful a grave injustice. While Pope Francis is different than Pope Benedict XVI, there's no indication that their love for the Mass is not equally intense.

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