Monday, June 16, 2003

And Another Thing...

About Liturgical Dance: While I, perhaps, wouldn't have described liturgical dance as cruelly as Dale Price ("Gay. Super-Gay. Liberace Gay."), nonetheless he is reinforcing a point made before by himself, and most recently by Joanna Bogle at Catholic Exchange: Catholic Liturgy, as it is practiced in many, if not most parishes in this country, has a decidedly feminized atmosphere. Much of what happens in many Sunday liturgies today has the effect of telling men that they are irrelevant, or that the Faith is irrelevant to them. Bogle writes:

"Why is this? Take a look at your parish liturgy. Often it is very female-oriented. Most of the readers at Mass are women. Most of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are women. Probably most of the altar servers are girls. This used to be the one area that boys could claim, but now many — maybe most — parishes have girls, which naturally means that boys think that serving Mass is girlie and so they swiftly disappear."

Now, I can think of nothing that would send the message more convincingly that the Catholic religion is "girlie" than the adoption of liturgical dance. A spectacle such as this:

does not shout out "Average Joe Normal Guy" Welcome Here.

And, dare I speak that which should be blindingly obvious to all, but nontheless will not seem very PC? That the advocates of liturgical dance are overwhelmingly female? Not that most women want it - I doubt that. But those that do want it are, as the above photo illustrates, mostly women. There is no groundswell out there of Catholic men clamoring "We Want To Dance!".

I also think that bishops, priests, and interested laypeople would be well advised, as one commentor alluded, to put all proposed liturgical innovations through what I call the "15 Year Old Boy Test". I can guarantee you that 99% of 15 Year Old Boys would be reduced to fits of guffaws at the prospect of witnessing something like the above at Sunday Mass. Not that 15 Year Old Boys are some sort of font of wisdom, but teenage boys have very well tuned B.S. Detectors: they would take one look at that and see it for the foppish silliness that it is. If you can't get your 15 Year Old to do it, say it, or sing it without snickering, then just maybe it might not be a good idea to do it at Mass.