Tom O'Toole at Friends of Fighting Irish Thomas has posted a remarkable essay by DOR high school student David Fiorito. David makes several points and makes them remarkably well. Chief among them is that the Diocese of Rochester "must love the Eucharist and openly revere Christ’s presence within it," if it wants to see the return of substantial numbers of vocations.
The Eucharist, he says, is "no longer the 'bread of angels.' No, it [is] the bread of the blind and disrespectful."
David, I'm afraid, has something of a test of faith ahead of him. In his own words ...
I am lucky to live in a traditional parish, one that is loyal to the teachings of the pope and the Tradition of the Church. We have had priests (and only priests) that used incense and Gregorian chant commonly during Mass. The only nuns present were merely to make the priests’ jobs easier. However, we are to be “clustered” with another parish that is considerably more left of center. Their typical Mass consists of bongo drums, guitars, dancing girls and preaching nuns. These things, it is feared, will be transmitted to my parish, for it was announced that their “pastor,” Sr. Joan, will be our new pastor as well. When asked about her views on the liturgy, as it ought to be, she replied smiling, “Well, dear, incense and chant have no place in modern liturgy.”
This is definitely worth a read. See the entire text here.