Enough With The Applause In The Church
The priest was being promoted elsewhere. Big, roaring applause.
The priest who had been substituting for holiday was going back. Another wild applause.
The children were about to make First Communion. Big applause for them, too.
The village church is becoming the village hall. If not even the sacredness of the church is respected, how will the people understand the much harder – and difficult to follow – rules about the sacredness of the Sacraments?
What concept of “sacred” has the person – and the priest! – who is fine with an applause in the Church? Why not play Bingo in it on a Friday night? Hey, there is not even a Mass going on!
The loss of the sense of sacred is at the root of the applause, the flip-flops, the shorts in the church; and then in time the divorce and the adultery, the fornication, and the contraception.
The recovery of the sense of the sacred must start from the basics: the sacred space of the Church.
It is astonishing that even priests who would, otherwise, seem sound tolerate such things. I wonder if it is only because they are fearful to interrupt the praxis of their (oh so nice!) predecessors and attract the ire of some bitter old woman, or because even the apparently otherwise sound priests… have lost the sense of the sacred himself; in which case, I would not say they are sound in the first place.
A church officially fighting for the end of abortion and contraception can't even manage to make his pewsitter behave in church, forget not contracepting.
Or perhaps it's the other way round: a church who does not care a straw – setting aside official ideology – to fight against abortion and contraception will clearly not care for disrespectful behaviour in church.
They don't want to encourage these things, you see. It could “radicalise” people and make sound Catholics of them.
Enough with the applause in the church. Let's start to behave like real Catholics instead.