Missing parts of the Mass due to infant care
tradmaverick Wrote:I thought you were a traditional Catholic?

The more I think about it, the more it seems meaningless how I classify myself. In my travels, in real life and in cyberspace, I've been called everything from a member of the Taliban for supporting the SSPX, to a liberal for liking the Liturgia Horarum and particular parts of the New Mass. I've seen the same confusion of labeling on a large scale between various religious groups, publishers and parishes to question the reality whole "Novus Ordo v. traditional" bit.

I'm happy to call myself a simply Catholic and be done with it. To some this might seem like a cop-out, and maybe it is. But keeping an eye on current developments, the more I am convinced that we all better close ranks pretty soon before the social, political and economic stuff hits the fan. I have a feeling - and maybe it's just a feeling - that within the not too distant future a lot of stuff is going to go down. I want to shake people sometimes and tell them to stop worrying about about stupid things like the Sign of Peace at Mass or holding hands at the Pater Noster. Start worrying about things that matter. Stop worrying about if they used guitars at your latest Mass, and start caring about the number of Catholic kids who kill themselves, the problem of pornography amongst Christian men, the ambivalent attitude we believers have towards the poor, the abandonment of the elderly... SOS! SOS! The ship's going down! Start praying your breviaries, start praying your Rosaries, give a bum $20, turn off your TVs and read your Bibles, visit the abandoned. SOS! SOS! The stuff is going to hit to fan soon! Be prepared! SOS!...

Quote:Some of your other posts have been quite orthodox!  What on earth is with this one?

Mandatory Mass attendance is a matter of discipline. It is not and issue of morals, and certainly not of doctrine. As such, it's not a matter of orthodoxy or heterodoxy, but it's presently one of orthopraxy. The way I look at it, if the believer knows what's happening at Mass and the Divine Office, they're going to be there anyway. Like I've said, the only people who seem to worry about this stuff in the first place and those who have their spiritual house in order.

I taught CCD for about two years (...before I literally almost had a nervous breakdown dealing with the priest and parish beauracy - but that's another story). We teachers waxed long and elegant about "holy days of obligations" and "you have to be at Mass on Sunday," and I don't think we did anything but tick the kids off. If a religion has to threaten hellfire just to get their people to basic congregational worship, what does that say about the health of the religion?

Based on my past posts, hopefully you see that I take the liturgy - and its subsequent attendance - seriously. Yet I wonder if there might not be another way to go about things. Sure Mass attendance was high when such legal obligations were stressed; and sure, when such stressed have receded in the past few decades attendance has fallen. Instead of wringing our hands, however, perhaps we need to question the value which - for lack of a better term - forced worship (which is exactly what you have when you tell people they will go to hellfire if they're not at Mass on Sunday) has. Perhaps it is better to have, as some have posited about Pope Benedict's governing strategy, a smaller but more devout Church.

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Re: Missing parts of the Mass due to infant care - by Credo - 01-10-2010, 09:48 PM

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