My Brothers and Sisters,
I am writing to say welcome to a new contributor, Adoro Te Devote. Fr. Tim said that it was OK for us to invite new people to his blog, and ADT, as I know her, has been a correspondent of mine on matters of faith for some time since I have been in this country. I hope there is no consternation amongst the people of this parish. I saw the Bishop this past weekend at Knoxville's Indult Mass and he expressed some concern over decisions made here at Spirit of Vatican II Parish. I reassured him that while I am new to many things, perhaps an occasional voice from outside the parish may be welcome for reflection. For your consideration, I refer your mind to the Catechism (CCC 2284-2287) and also to Cardinal Ratzinger in "Spirit of the Liturgy": "Not surprisingly, people try to reduce [excess creativity in the priest] by assigning all kinds of liturgical functions to different individuals and entrusting the "creative" planning of the liturgy to groups of people who like to, and are supposed to, "make their own contribution". Less and less is God in the picture. More and more important is what is done by the human beings who meet here and do not like to subject themselves to a "pre-determined pattern""