[quote=article]“It was Pope John Paul II that said our Church has to start breathing again with both lungs. What he meant by that was that we have to realize there are more than just Roman Catholics in the world that follow the pope. There are a lot from the East that follow the holy father and recognize him as our leader in faith and morals. See, the only thing is our customs and traditions that differ from the Western Church. The faith and morals…we all believe the same thing,” Gribik said.
The irony in this comment is that polka is an Eastern tradition, not Western…at least culturally speaking.
Polka masses in the eastern church and mariachi masses are vatican II inventions. The music for both is secular, and being a traditional I wouldn’t worship in that kind of environment. The Greek Catholics are by their very nature, conservative, and I see no difference in using secular dance music or rock music, much of which would have been heard in bars a few years back, over liturgical music. It is disrespectful and has no business in the mass. While I am Latin Rite Roman Catholic, my father was Ukrainian Greek catholic so I try to attend our local Ukrainian cath church when i can get the time to worship with them. I have never seen anything like a polka mass, only the very traditional divine liturgy which is always chanted in Ukrainian.
Don’t get me started on passing the peace. The latin rite and the anglican breakaway churches don’t pass the peace at all. The Ukrainian church does, but they do it in the old old method where you kiss each check three times as I’ve seen the Armenian church do. I don’t mind that. At least it isn’t a time to catch up on gossip and old times
I think it’s terrifying to see that even Byzantine Catholic DLs aren’t safe from abuse
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