Sunday, December 31, 2006

Did you know that there was a "Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions?"

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What does one normally do on a rainy New Years Eve in Minneapolis? I really don't know, it's never happened before. There must be lots of plans that have been changed this year where the temperature, in the 40s, is running about 20-25 degrees above normal, I would guess.

So idly following a link on the Curt Jester's blog leading to some obscure topic, Romano Guardini's "The Spirit of the Liturgy", I was most interested to see that it led me to the home page of "The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (http://fdlc.org ), Representing Roman Catholic Diocesan Offices of Worship and Liturgical Commissions throughout the United States and supporting the liturgical apostolate."

What is most interesting to me is that our dearly beloved liturgists, in addition to the support that they receive from their Bishops, from the USCCB and from Rome, also have their own organization, outside of the USCCB, at additional expense, no doubt.

No wonder they are so powerful! No doubt you have heard the old joke: "What's the difference between a Liturgist and a Terrorist?" "You can negotiate with a Terrorist!" [Thanks John K. from whom I first heard it four or five years ago]!

Check out their web page. They are up to mischief, I would bet. If that Motu Proprio (sp.?) approving an universal indult for the Tridentine Mass gets approved, in Romes own good time, Liturgists will be in their glory making their revisions to the Pope's command because of pressing local need. Pig-Latin might become an approved dialect of Latin to be used in some dioceses.

What other diocesan officials and commissions might have their own regional or national organizations? What mischief might they be up to? National Association of Sacristans, Curates, Anchorites and Rectors (NASCAR)? Hmmmm. Those Sacristans might take different positions from those taken by Liturgists. We might have to create another organization to resolve those disputes. Sigh!
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