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A great religious mystery

Posted by Charles II on June 18, 2012

David Kerr, Catholic News Agency:

In his eight and a half minute address, the Pope explained to that the Council Fathers had wanted to renew the external forms of the Mass so as to “make it easier to enter into the inner depth of the mystery,” and therefore “lead people to a personal encounter with the Lord, present in the Eucharist.”

Touching upon the troubled recent history of the Church in Ireland, the Pope said the “mystery” as to why some clerics would abuse those in their care can perhaps be explained by the fact that “their Christianity was no longer nourished by joyful encounter with Jesus Christ: it had become merely a matter of habit.”

I hate to harp on the sex abuse scandal. Such things are not exactly unique to the Catholic Church. But when Popes go around calling gross hypocrisy and sociopathic predation a “mystery” in the same speech as they talk of making accessibly the “mystery” of the Eucharist, they sound completely clueless.

Here’s the answer to the “mystery,” Mr Pope: Children require protection. Pedophiles and ephebophiles require exposure, condemnation, and punishment.

3 Responses to “A great religious mystery”

  1. MarkH said

    from the post: ” … the Pope explained to that the Council Fathers had wanted to renew the external forms of the Mass so as to “make it easier to enter into the inner depth of the mystery,” and therefore “lead people to a personal encounter with the Lord, present in the Eucharist.” ”

    I’m glad the Pope and those around him have given this thought. It is, after all, their primary purpose.

    There are many faiths and practices of people around the world and it’s not clear any particular ‘external forms’ actually do ‘make it easier to enter into the inner depth of the mystery’.

    I know they have more concern than for their flock living a moral good life and doing good deeds. But, starting with that has always been a part of their guidance. It would be good for them to continue that with their own priests as well as their church members.

    It’s hard for ordinary people to catch a glimpse of something mysterious beyond their ordinary drudgery and it’s hard to imagine ‘forms’ being the door to that room.

    Believing can be very difficult. Having faith…like a slippery fish that’s hard to hold. Gnosticism is a goal few can boast, and those seem unable to pass it along to others. The mystery or miracle is a flash of light or the touch of a hand and then it’s gone. Forms fade.

    • Charles II said

      “Forms” are part of all religious seeking, whether it’s in the rituals of peyotism or Buddhism or Methodism. They help to provide the mind with a means of temporarily setting aside the literalism to which it tends to experience an alternative world. But of course to hold to the physical world and reject religious experience is a choice which most people make, including most Christians.

      • MarkH said

        Many people are taught to attend church the way they’re taught to brush their teeth or comb their hair. It’s social and cultural and habitual. For those people I don’t know how they can find anything when they’re not generally looking. Maybe just being in a church is providing them an opportunity for when they need it. The great outdoors seems to me to be as useful.

        Seekers may ignore the ties of one ‘church’ and try anything and everything. I would think they are more likely to find something because they’re being observant, but without a guide it would be as hit and miss as for anyone else. After all, the Buddha is supposed to have ‘found’ enlightenment just sitting under a tree — but seeking nonetheless.

        I have doubts that those who seek by distracting themselves with drugs or whirling dervishes or endless chanting will be sufficiently aware to actually recognize something special. But, I might be wrong about that.

        As for forms and mysteries I am reminded of the fishes and loaves of bread. There was common form and yet in that mundane everyday handing out of food there was a miracle. For those who don’t believe in those old stories it’s fine. I only mention this by way of saying miracles aren’t noticed because of incense or chants or golden crosses or snake handling. After all, why would a mystery or miracle abide by the same rules as the physical world?

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