At yesterday's liturgy what struck me most was the contrast between the prayerful demeanor, gestures, voice and general attitude of the Holy Father, set against nonsense of "the production". Archbishop Wuerl, with his "Church in America is wonderful" set speech, the readers and the musicians were performing, the Pope alone was the prayerful heart of the liturgy. The celebrant makes such a difference, as he is continually saying.
I was very impressed too that he met the victims of sexual abuse face to face, you get the impression most American bishops leave that to officials and prefer to meet them in court or through their lawyers and are concerned more abo0ut the financial rather than implications. Here, and in his conern for innocent priests, hurt by this scandal, he has shown himself a good shepherd.
What comes out most is the profound humility recollected prayerful of the Vicar of Christ, even to the point of suffering a liturgy which seemed so contrary to everything he has written and said, both as Pope and before his election.
Are these things linked?
I wonder if the lack of humility, exemplified in this liturgy, is linked to the inability to first admit the sex abuse scandal by Am-bishops and then to bring healing. How we view the liturgy illustrates how we view the Church, the faithful, ourselves ...and ...err God.
As Fr Zuhlsdorf says, "save the liturgy, save the world", or at least the Church, just a tentative thought.