Y PANDEMIC DAYS are full of the life of my children and my husband. After that, I prepare to cantor at Mass and somewhere in all of this, try to cook dinner. I don’t have time for “liturgy wars”. I am obedient to my pastor, to my bishop, to my choir director every week as I diligently prepare my role in the Mass to the best of my ability. But I could not remain quiet when my husband told me this: Bishop Christensen’s recent letter was plagiarized.
See for yourself. On the left is the letter from 2020; a 2016 blog post is on the right:
My thoughts about this:
1) I started this post by saying that I don’t have time for “liturgy wars”, but this letter is terrifying. Everything about its “record-keeping” request to tally all Extraordinary Form Masses sounds ominous when paired with the rhetoric of the rest of the letter. This fear prompted me—and my husband—to re-read the text, and with a simple internet search…he found the original from 2016.
It took all of seven seconds to find the original.
2) Which then brought up a second thought direct from the Bishop’s letter: “Sources such as independent websites and social media platforms that are unaffiliated with the Holy See or the USCCB are not to be considered trustworthy or appropriate for catechesis.”
I thought about this line over and over last night.
Surely much more can be written, and will be written.
As for me, I have to finish this because my pastor needs me to prepare for Good Friday liturgy. But if we worshiped in the Diocese of Boise, I would find myself increasingly confused by this letter and wondering what to do about the inevitable effects of one Rite’s “gravitational pull” on the other.