Liturgical abuse and syncretism as multiculturalism

Liturgical abuse and syncretism as multiculturalism

Remember yesterday when I mentioned that the Diocese of San Bernardino, California, had a survey on its website asking if people wanted more/any Tridentine Masses in the diocese? Yesterday we got the other extreme during the installation of the new auxiliary bishop.

Tuesday’s ceremony underscored the diocese’s cultural diversity. It opened with an American Indian blessing as three men circled the altar, using eagle feathers to fan wisps of smoldering sage during a prayer.

Tongan, black and Mexican dancers joined other performers who surrounded the dais during an uplifting hymn. The congregation heard gospel readings and songs in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Why am I not surprised that Cardinal Mahony was presiding?