Tuesday, May 30, 2006

St Mary's in The Times

I cited this yesterday and promised commentary when I had a moment. After giving it a second read there really isn't much to say that hasn't been said already. Because The Times hasn't really said anything that hasn't been reported already. Oh, yes, they do include commentary from the lliturgical nomenklatura. No one seems to have bothered to gather that before. So now the usual suspects in the liturgical apparat have circled the wagons round the embarrassing Fr Tran and said what they had to to support the no-kneeling side. Pas d'ennemi à gauche and all that. Surely, though, it must have cost some of them dearly in self-respect? Witness this from someone called "Lesa Truxaw":

Lesa Truxaw, the Orange Diocese director of worship, said Bishop Tod D. Brown banned kneeling because standing "reflects our human dignity. It's not that we think we're equal to God, but we recognize that we are made in the image and likeness of God."


"Human dignity". It takes the breath away. Humiliating a few dozen parishioners (publishing their names in the parish bulletin was apparently only stopped at the last minute by an attorney letter) and tossing them out of both parish and diocese "reflects our human dignity" exactly how?

That's more commentary than I had planned on.