Fr Richard P. McBrien
Father Richard P. McBrien's essays appear in National Catholic Reporter.
I think his Thanksgiving essay of 18 November 2002 is particularly good.
He writes about the problems of poor liturgy and the need for structural reform.
To an extent there is the feeling of solidarity and mutual support from the worshiping community. At least some people are there. But unfortunately I feel little of this: most do not bow their head at the name of Jesus, little is done to implement the changes of the 2002 Roman Missal and the ministry of instituted lector is not respected.
What will happen for the Christmas Midnight Mass at the Vatican? Will the first two readings be read by an instituted lector? I expect it will be the same as last year, other lay people will read. If so there will be a failure to follow the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal:
If there is an instituted lector, will he wear vestments? If he does not there will be a failure to follow another liturgical book:
On 3 July 2002 Cindy Wooden reported the approach of Bishop Piero Marini, the Papal Master of Ceremonies:
Will people get a feeling of solidarity or mutual support from this? That can hardly happen with the official books saying one thing and the practice being another.
Hopefully there will be a change to an approach consistent with the liturgical books.
By J.R. Lilburne, 20 December 2002. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.