I am informed that the impending visit of the Bishop of Rome – together with his best friend the Rabbi, and the Muslim taken on board for reasons of political correctness – will, or could, include a Mass in the Cenacle.
I would think I am not the only one who feels not at ease with this.
It is certainly true every Priest celebrates the Mass as alter Christus, but it seems to my excitable sensitivity that in this case a disquieting symbolism is added.
Would you feel comfortable if Francis were to enter Jerusalem riding a colt? Or if he were to retire in prayer to the Garden of Getsemane after the Mass in the Cenacle? Of if he were to go on top of a hill and, from there, perform an “off-the-cuff” sermon?
The impression that the Mass in the Cenacle awakens in me is not the one of alter Christus, but, so to speak, of novus Christus: not successor of Peter, but successor of Christ. Or, if you prefer, not the Vicar of Christ, but rather his heir.
Mind, I would have such misgivings even if Benedict of St John Paul The-Koran-Kisser were to celebrate the same mass, and I in fact do not know as I write whether they actually did it when they themselves visited. But in the case of Francis the matter is, I think, more worrying still, as the BoR has showed such a shameless Presbyterian attitude that one actually has every reason to suspect he thinks the Holy Ghost Himself has asked him to make everything new.
Perhaps I am being oversensitive. Perhaps – just perhaps – if Benedict had been in Francis’ position the thought would not even have occurred to me.
But Benedict isn’t Pope anymore. Francis is. One can one not be worried?