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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Carlos Caso-Rosendi
The goal of every pope ever elected is liturgical unity ("Many U.S. Catholics want Pope Francis to hold the line, inspire," Web, Friday). However, Carlos Caso-Rosendi's comment that the American church needs to return to an American brand of Catholicism seems to suggest a diversion from the idea of liturgical unity. The Catholic ways should be consistent, regardless of the geographical location. A parish in Manila should celebrate Mass the same way a parish in San Francisco does.
Parishioners and visitors at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception expressed hope Thursday that Pope Francis will call the church establishment back to its core mission and values -- and perhaps bring wayward elements of the flock back into line.
He said the American church needs "to return to 'Fulton Sheen Catholicism,'" which he described as "a fiercely American brand of Catholicism that is distinctive without being disloyal to the ancient doctrine."
"I think we want the pope to put order in the church," Mr. Caso-Rosendi said in an email. "The topics are sadly evident and well covered all over the Catholic and secular press. One thing Benedict longed for was liturgical unity. The center of the life of the church is the Mass and one can hardly find two parishes that conduct the Mass in the same way. I would like the liturgical unity, and the liturgical sense to return to the church."