Hold the applause: Save the praise for God alone

1. Excessive focus on parish staff and volunteers tends to diminish the respect given to the mission of laypeople to transform the world rather than to work for the church.

65% – Agree

20% – Disagree

15% – Other
2. If anything, the problem in the Catholic Church is that people feel underappreciated, not overappreciated.

49% – Agree

25% – Disagree

26% – Other
3. Singing “Happy Birthday” should never happen at Mass, even at the end.

57% – Agree

33% – Disagree

10% – Other
4. It bugs me that we pray for the pope, bishops, pastor, and church ministers in descending order, before any ordinary people are ever mentioned.

35% – Agree

52% – Disagree

13% – Other
5. My views on clapping for the choir are:

46% – Clapping turns the music into a performance and us into spectators, rather than all of us being participants.

35% – We shouldn’t clap for the choir any more than we clap for the lector or the priest.

24% – To me clapping means affirming the praise of God the choir has just sung—a modern-day version of saying “Amen.”

18% – For a truly spectacular performance it’s OK but in general it shouldn’t happen.

7% – I’d cheerfully clap every week for a good performance.

18% – Other.
6. Since Greg Pierce has a wife and family to sing “Happy Birthday” to him every year, he shouldn’t begrudge a parish sing-a-long to Father Jones, who has given up a wife and family and dedicated his whole life to the church.

31% – Agree

48% – Disagree

21% – Other

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4 Responses to Hold the applause: Save the praise for God alone

  1. pablo says:

    Dia de mi Santo.

    The feast day of the Saint upon Confirmation of a Catholic.

    Baptism.

    In Mexico, we have the two of the most important days of our lives as markers for celebration.

    In Catholic Mexico, your Baptism record is you legal Birth Certificate.

    It seems the soul of this Catholic gentleman is telling him he is in the wrong place if he wants to know, love, and serve God.

    I think his comments are very Catholic.

    Laypeople issuing blessings is not permitted; for a Priest to confer blessings of authority upon ‘Ministers’ is probably not supposed to happen, also.

    Pray for this man and others like him.

    His Guardian Angel is awakening his soul.

    (only Priests have the authority to bless).

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  2. JabbaPapa says:

    only Priests have the authority to bless

    This is clearly untrue, but that’s just a quibble in the face of this report of some clear abuses of the Holy Mass.

    But may God bless you, and all who read this, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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  3. pablo says:

    “…[6] And when the men of Israel saw that they were straitened, (for the people were distressed,) they hid themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in dens, and in pits. [7] And some of the Hebrews passed over the Jordan into the land of Gad and Galaad. And when Saul was yet in Galgal, all the people that followed him were greatly afraid. [8] And he waited seven days according to the appointment of Samuel, I and Samuel came not to Galgal, and the people slipt away from him. [9] Then Saul said: Bring me the holocaust, and the peace offerings. And he
    offered the holocaust. [10] And when he had made an end of offering the holocaust, behold Samuel came: and Saul went forth to meet him and salute him.

    [11] And Samuel said to him: What hast thou done? Saul answered: Because I saw that the people slipt from me, and thou wast not come according to the days appointed, and the Philistines were gathered together in Machmas, [12] I said: Now will the Philistines come down upon me to Galgal, and I have not appeased the face of the Lord. Forced by necessity, I offered the holocaust. [13] And Samuel said to Saul: Thou hast done foolishly, and hast not kept the commandments of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee. And if thou hadst not done thus, the Lord would now have established thy kingdom over Israel for ever. [14] But thy kingdom shall not continue. The Lord hath sought him a man according to his own heart: and him hath the Lord commanded to be prince over his people, because thou hast not observed that which the Lord commanded…”
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    The Council of Trent also reserved Priestly Authority to the Priesthood alone; blessing are to be issued by Priests during functions of the Holy Ministry.

    We may of course bless our grandchildren, or our children, but blessings belong to Priests; bless your home with Holy Water, but eventually get a Priest there to do it with authority.

    This has been a Priestly function for over six thousand years.

    Shame upon anyone that would bless with the intent of usurping Priestly Authority.

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  4. JabbaPapa says:

    pablo, nobody has been approving any usurpation of clerical authority 🙂

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