''You do not mean by mystery what a Catholic does. You mean an interesting uncertainty: the uncertainty ceasing interest ceases also... . But a Catholic by mystery means an incomprehensible certainty: without certainty, without formulation there is no interest;... the clearer the formulation the greater the interest."—Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Letter, Oct. 24, 1883, to Robert Bridges. Gerard Manley Hopkins: Selected Letters, ed. Catherine Phillips (1991).

Monday, June 24, 2013

CofE Wedding • The Ordinariate may have just gained two new members.

A (faux) vicar in Nottinghamshire has led a disco dance routine at the end of a couple's wedding ceremony.

Gary and Tracy Richardson joined Church of England (pretend) vicar Kate Bottley in the pre-arranged flash-mob inspired dance at St Mary's and St Martin's Church in Blyth.
Take note of the departure of two elderly women at 1:05. Their facial expressions say all that needs to be said.



One word for the departing women: Ordinariate.

2 comments:

  1. I think the CofE calls this sort of thing Fresh Expressions. I will say it seems more appropriate for the reception. Impressive choreography, though. And to be fair, she continued with the proper prayers. Have you seen Catholic clown masses? I think they call it the Spirit of Vatican II. Worse than this wedding shown, the clown antics last throughout whole Mass.

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    1. Thank you for the comments, FrDarryl.

      'Fresh Expressions',... indeed. The relabelling of expired food as "fresh" to make it sellable comes to mind.

      "...she continued with the proper prayers...". Unfortunately, too little too late for those offended and who left the gathering.

      My professional dancer friends would certainly disagree about the choreography. :-)

      Oh yes, the clown masses. In a word—Ugh, as in ugly! Equally deserving of ridicule. Don't think for a moment the finger is pointing in one direction only. Abuse is abuse.

      One thing to note: if the canon of the Mass is said properly, then even a clown Mass is still a valid Mass, even if repeatedly torn at by misguided clergy and laity. The validity of the Sacrament does not depend on the personal sanctity (or lack thereof) of the individual priest. Thanks be to God for that.

      As you are probably aware, Catholics have expressed serious doubt as to the validity of the Anglican Eucharist since there is serious doubt concerning the validity of Anglican orders. I.e., there is no valid consecration because there is no valid consecrator. The point is not to offend here. Rather, the point is to state that an abuse at a Catholic Mass is far worse than the antics of a prancing protestant parson at an Anglican liturgy since there is no sacrilege committed against the Real Presence because, from a Catholic perspective, there is no Real Presence (i.e., no Body and Blood of Christ) at an Anglican liturgy.

      Because Christ is truly and substantially Present in the Holy Eucharist—so Catholics and Orthodox believe—at least from the consecration onwards, an abuse at a Catholic Mass can be horrifically sacrilegious. A Catholic priest bears a tremendous consequence should a sacrilege be committed against the Host or Precious Blood, for example.

      Those clown faced priests are not merely clowns clowning around, they are playing lightly with the sacred rites, something expressly prohibited in Sacrosanctum Concilium. cf especially para. 22.

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