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Mass Suffering and Televised Masses: Watch Me Eat for You! Watch ME!

Posted on the 26 March 2020 by William Lindsey @wdlindsy
Coronavirus: A Spanish bishop has hit out at the “bombardment” of the faithful with coronavirus TV broadcast and livestreamed Masses, asking:
“Aren’t we treating believers as if they don’t know how to pray, and should depend on the clergy to do so?"— Novena News (@novenanews) March 26, 2020

A noticeable religious effect of a pandemic in which death is everywhere:
A certain slice of Christianity sees the mass suffering as a chance to strut and fret its hour upon the stage. /1— 𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕞 𝔻. 𝕃𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕤𝕖𝕪 🌈 (@wdlindsy) March 26, 2020

In the Catholic context, the mass suffering has spawned Masses — everywhere — on television, online.
Watch me pray for you. Watch me take communion for you.
Watch me.
You may lack food but my table is spread lavishly.
Watch me eat — for you. /2— 𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕞 𝔻. 𝕃𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕤𝕖𝕪 🌈 (@wdlindsy) March 26, 2020

On Twitter, one can see groups of garbed priests holding high the cross as they troupe about to shrines playing the part of medieval processioners, when people still lived in fear and dread of the clergy and their power to lock or open the gates of heaven. /3— 𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕞 𝔻. 𝕃𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕤𝕖𝕪 🌈 (@wdlindsy) March 26, 2020

Priests processing through empty streets carrying monstrances:
Watch me.
I'm assuring it's all filmed, after all.
This is my chance to be center-stage, to remind you of how indispensable I am.
My chance to remind you that my table is laden with food. Yours is not. /4— 𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕞 𝔻. 𝕃𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕤𝕖𝕪 🌈 (@wdlindsy) March 26, 2020

What all this says about the moral formation of many Catholic clergy, about their sense of what it means to engage in pastoral ministry, about their understanding of spirituality, about their theological moorings —
Is disturbing in the extreme. /5— 𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕞 𝔻. 𝕃𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕤𝕖𝕪 🌈 (@wdlindsy) March 26, 2020

As is the fact that far too many badly catechized Catholics lap up this clerical pandemic porn all too willingly…. /6— 𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕞 𝔻. 𝕃𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕤𝕖𝕪 🌈 (@wdlindsy) March 26, 2020

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