This year's novelty is that Lutherans and Episcopalians are joining us with their ministers, including a "Mother" So-and-So. We will go to our priests on one side of the church and the
Catholics will receive absolution and everyone else will pretend to be reconciled with God by means other than those God established.
This sort of thing was no part of the Catholic Church in the past. In fact, it was condemned in no uncertain terms. Now the Church has changed her mind and worshipping with non-Catholics is not only permitted but mandatory. Yesterday's sin is today's celebration. That seems to be the program of the Lord of the World.
If we want to go to the one reconciliation service in our parish, we have no choice but to be distracted by the mocking ghosts of Martin Luther and Henry VIII.
The Marquis de Sade was a man very much ahead of his time. He was writing livres à lire avec la main gauche long before Fifty Shades of Grey. He was no less than the prophet of our age. He said that "morality is simply geography misconstrued."
Actually, it seems clear that both morality and dogma are merely the calendar misconstrued.
Bears do not understand. We are not smart, and this is surely for the best if the Church says so. Nonetheless, now we must go outside of our own parish to find a reconciliation service that is not in itself a near occasion of sin. Otherwise the Bear, who is very, very bad, might be saying "Oh dear," over something grisly involving jawbones.