The Park [Hyde Park] will open from 2pm and liturgical entertainment will be running through the afternoon - dance acts, videos etc (it promises to be an enjoyable event). The Pope will arrive to conclude the prayer vigil and benediction and the whole event will be finished by 9.00pm. I am told that the Pope will be there for the latter half of the event.If anything is so contrary to spirit of everything Pope Benedict has said or written about the liturgy it is this very phrase "liturgical entertainment". Again and again and again Pope Benedict has stressed liturgy isn't about us but about God! Outside of the liturgy, "dance acts, videos etc" don't present a problem but for this most liturgical of Popes, this is absurd. After the publication of "Heart Speaks Unto Heart", it strikes me that the writings of the Pope are a closed book to whoever is actually planning the visit. Depressing, isn't it? Is someone treating the Pope with contempt? I am beginning to think the answer is in the in the affirmative.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Ugh! Papal Visit - "Liturgical Entertainment"
Posted by Fr Ray Blake