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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 99 – Ashes and Elitists

Feb 26, 2021

This Ash Wednesday, following a observe from the Congregation for
Divine Worship and the Sacraments, many American parishes didn’t
distribute ashes within the customary manner of smudging a cross on the
brow and saying considered one of two attainable formulation to every recipient.
As a substitute, as an ostensible anti-COVID precaution, they sprinkled
ashes on the highest of the top and mentioned the components as soon as to the entire

As we speak’s visitor, Gail Finke, wrote a thought-provoking article,
not a lot on the appropriateness of adjusting the standard observe
this 12 months due to the pandemic, however on an angle so typically
taken in discussing Ash Wednesday yearly.

There’s a sure non secular elitism which regards concern for
the exterior ceremony, together with the uncommon alternative to explicitly
witness to the religion in a public manner, because the province of these of
little or superficial religion, and even of the useless. If somebody
objects to a seemingly pointless change, he’s mentioned to be overly
involved with the inessential. But the expertise of the previous
a number of a long time has proven us definitively that the elimination of
“inessential” devotions has had catastrophic results on the religion
of Catholics.

Exterior expressions of devotion are necessary. The little
issues which set Catholics aside are necessary. Fixed change and
disorientation aren’t good for the individuals of God. The idea
that those that object to it will need to have little religion is boastful. The
indifference to the fact that the big quantity who do have weak
religion will simply fall away when denied the rites of the
Church—“you don’t have to go to Mass, simply make a non secular
communion”—is callous and legalistic.


Watch on YouTube:

Gail Finke, “Are We Going to Throw Out Ash Wednesday Too?”

Thomas Humphries, “The Case of the Nice Pandemic Liturgical

Driving Residence the Religion radio present produced by Gail

Ep. 84, Disobey Lockdown Now w/ Douglas Farrow and Andrew Busch

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