Veritas Vincit reports that rumor has it that Francis is developing a top-secret ecumenical liturgy that will be acceptable to Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans. (The obvious joke: "But we already have one!")
Is Francis the kind of guy that would have his own top-secret theological Skunk Works?
You can read the story there, but the key difficulty is the consecration. The Bear will let his intelligent readers work that one out on their own.
One proposed solution is to have each celebrant silently pray his or her own formula.
The Bear stresses this is a rumor reported by an Italian journalist who says his sources are "usually good." As to the truth of that rumor, the Bear cannot offer an informed opinion.The Bear does not usually go in for rumors and seers and the like, preferring to stick to hard evidence and reasonable inferences drawn therefrom.
This might easily be a hoax. In the absence of evidence there is no real reason to suspect otherwise. The Bear is not passing it along for the purpose of the truth of the matter asserted, as the old courtroom hearsay exception goes.
There is something here, however, that is worth considering.
As ridiculous as this sounds, the Bear's reaction was not shocked surprise. In fact, the ecumenical trend lines in the Church are leading to something like this sooner or later. Francis is the perfect man to make it happen. The only thing that makes the Bear tend to doubt it is that no provision is made for Evangelicals.
What is worth considering is this:
Intelligent, well-informed Catholics cannot dismiss such a rumor out of hand. We are at a time in Church history when we can imagine that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass might mean sacrificing the sacrifice in the name of the illusion of communion with non-Catholic sects.
Our position is similar to that of a husband who hears a rumor that his wife is having an affair. Depending on the wife, he would instantly dismiss it as ridiculous or entertain the truth of the rumor - at least for a moment.
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