I have written a lot about what some observers like to call “therapeutic” Christianity – where churches are only nominally Christian and instead behave more like pop psychology self-help gurus. A major component of this phenomenon is becoming more casual in worship and beliefs. Show up at church however you want. Building a family is not that important. God is actually cool with free sex and abortion. In fact, God doesn’t demand anything from you at all. Religion is all about you and what makes you feel good. At least as far as religious belief is concerned, therapeutic Christians are narcissists.
Pope Francis rocked Catholicism recently by putting a lid on the observance of Mass in Latin because he thought the people who sought out the Latin rite have become too “rigid.” I think more or less everyone groks that this decision was all about politics and not wanting conservative Catholics to become too powerful in the Church. But it is interesting to look at the degree to which some bishops are pushing in the other direction.
This video is worth watching. This is the bishop where we live, here in South Florida – the Diocese of Venice. His Mass is seriously indistinguishable from a yoga routine. When was the last time you saw breathing exercises worked into the Mass?
I don’t know what to say about this except… wow.