Funereal mass is soul destroying
Published 01/05/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- Exiting the church on Easter Sunday, my husband announced: "That wasn't very joyous." We had endured a ceremony bordering on the funereal. A comparison must be made with the Baptist, Lutheran and Pentecostal churches and how they 'Praise The Lord' with roof-raising singing, with whole communities taking part in this uplifting experience.
The depleted congregation at our church consisted of crying babies, a few giggling teens, and nodding elders (us). The recession is a missed opportunity for the Catholic Church to lead the way in lifting our spirits. Allow us to sing to the rafters as it would be good therapy to deflect from our 'pocai folamh'. All institutions and businesses adapt and modernise in order to survive.
That concept has escaped the Church. It is getting further entrenched, appointing an octogenarian as its MD. The future looks bleak and these magnificent edifices will end up as concert venues, museums or even bingo halls.