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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 99 – Ashes and Elitists


Feb 26, 2021

This Ash Wednesday, following a word from the Congregation for
Divine Worship and the Sacraments, many American parishes didn’t
distribute ashes within the customary approach of smudging a cross on the
brow and saying considered one of two attainable formulation to every recipient.
As an alternative, as an ostensible anti-COVID precaution, they sprinkled
ashes on the highest of the top and stated the system 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 same old observe
this yr due to the pandemic, however on an perspective so usually
taken in discussing Ash Wednesday yearly.

There’s a sure religious elitism which regards concern for
the exterior ceremony, together with the uncommon alternative to explicitly
witness to the religion in a public approach, 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 stated to be overly
involved with the inessential. But the expertise of the previous
a number of many years has proven us definitively that the elimination of
“inessential” devotions has had catastrophic results on the religion
of Catholics.

Exterior expressions of devotion are vital. The little
issues which set Catholics aside are vital. Fixed change and
disorientation are usually not good for the individuals of God. The belief
that those that object to it should have little religion is conceited. The
indifference to the truth that the massive 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 religious
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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