Yep! It's the equivalent of what a Trump tweet about MSNBS's Mika Brezenski's facelift engenders in those on the political Left.
The Motley Monk has posted about this spittle-flecked nutty reaction 8 times (2 in October 2016, 4 in November 2015, and 2 in February 2017). Whether it was Cardinal Raymond Burke or the now-retired Bishop of Tulsa Edward Slattery whose donning of the cappa magna was being assailed, The Motley Monk advanced one reason that might explain this spittle-flecked nutty reaction: Ignorance and a lack of symbolic imagination.
Just to remind those on the Left side of the aisle:
The cappa manga represents this-worldly finery--with all of its pomp and prestige--of which the churchman wearing it is stripped just prior to entering the sanctuary to read (read the "red") and perform the Mass (do the "black"). To to that, the churchman is necessarily reduced to the status of a lowly, common, parish priest.
The Motley Monk would observe: A cappa magna like this might even make a very this-worldly bride blush with envy. But, then, unlike a churchman who dons a cappa magna, she doesn't enter the sanctuary and, hence, isn't stripped of her bridal train to the status of a lowly, common woman after processing up the aisle to be married to her husband. After all, the bride's train is all about her on her special day!
But, the cappa magna isn't all about the churchman who dons a cappa magna.
No, its all about the truth of who that man is before God who is to be made flesh in the Eucharist.
In his comment, Thompson quotes the Catholic writer Tim Stanley regarding those on the Left side of the aisle who go spittle-flecked nutty over the cappa magna:
If the average liberal saw a Sufi or a Hindu doing this, they’d call it beautiful and sacred. When they see a Catholic doing it, they laugh. Why praise ritual in the faith of others but denigrate it in ours?
- No one is compelled to like the cappa magna or even to attend a TLM.
- Those who appreciate the TLM and its other-worldly symbolism comprise only a tiny minority of Roman Catholics across the globle. What threat do they present?
Why do those folks on the Left side of the aisle go spittle-flecked nutty about either or both? They certainly are inclusive and diverse enough to appreciate the symbolism of the former, no?
The Motley Monk has opined it's due to ignorance and a lack of symbolic imagination. Stanley thinks it's due to hypocrisy. But, Thompson's assessment raises two additional possibilities:
- Condescension. It's okay for those less-sophisticated, ignorant folks to don that stupid stuff. But, not for us more-sophisticated, highly-educated folks who know so much better than everyone else.
- The Protestantization of the Roman Catholic Church. Specifically, Calvinism--John Calvin--whose "reforms" stripped churches of all this-worldly symbolism. For those Left side of the aisle that might explain why the respond to a cappa magna like a bull to a red flag.
Who's to know?
Sorry, Fr. Z. "Spittle-flecked nutty" wouldn't suffice.
Let the discussion begin...
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