“It’s still Jesus”

When one criticizes contemporary/folk/hippie Masses online, a common response is “It’s still Jesus.”
Well, that depends upon the priest and whether he’s saying the words of the Mass correctly, but of course it’s valid–that’s the point.

The point is: are we giving Jesus the reverence He deserves? Is it right to participate in something we believe very strongly is irreverent to Jesus?

Back during the Mother Angelica/Cardinal Mahony fight in 1998, Bishop Thomas Tobin, then of Youngstown, pointed out that, while Cardinal Mahony’s defense was that he mentioned transubstantiation in a footnote, there is something very wrong about reducing transubstantiation to a footnote.

There is something wrong if the best we can say about the Divine Liturgy is, “At least it’s still Jesus.”

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