2014 – “There was a lot of emotion.” / “Who am I to judge?”
1942 – “Judica me Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta: ab homine iniquo et doloso erue me.”
Pick your flavor, I guess. Either way, relax, bro. God doesn’t care about the quality of our worship. (Or maybe that’s just most bishops.) It doesn’t hurt anyone, and it makes people happy. Right?
I suspect one objection will be that this is an unfair comparison* because the gathering in 2014 was not a Mass. In fact, though, as far as I can tell, the Mass was celebrated by Cdl. Rylko moments before Pope Francis arrived–which is to say, moments before the crowds went wild.
Another objection will probably be that the event in 2014 was for “charismatic” Catholics (true), whereas the Mass in 1942 was just for Catholics in general. This rejoinder is piffle, however, in light of Pope Benedict XV’s admonition in Ad beatissimi apostolorum:
24. It is, moreover, Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as “profane novelties of words,” out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: “This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved” (Athanas. Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim “Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,” only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself.
Oops, there I go again, heeding past popes (and he’s not even a saint!). I need to keep reminding myself that What’s Happening All The Time Right Now is all that good Catholics need to be concerned with.
* HT to Chris Jackson