Thursday, April 17, 2008

Papal Mass: The Crass Menagerie

Eggs Benedict

Seems that not quite everyone was deliriously enthused by the papal mass in Nationals Park earlier today. Rev. Richard Neuhaus, editor of First Things magazine, said he thinks the “liturgical and musical stew” probably “tried Benedict’s patience a good deal.” Neuhaus called the mass an example of “preening multicultural exhibitionism” and “a great mish mash of almost everything.” Heh. I suspect that scathing opinion would find much sympathy with this lovable Tridentine crank who’s unsurprisingly critical of the whole missionary undertaking in view of the depraved, relativistic, and Sybaritic nature of American society that’s antithetical to the Catholic world-view.