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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Sound of Three Coins Tanka

reading between the lives and writing between the lines,  VI

the Pope doubles down 
on quashing the old Latin Mass... 
outside the church 
the sound of three coins 
dropped in an old man's cup

FYI: Pope at 85: Gloves come off as Francis' reform hits stride, Associated Press, Dec. 17 and Vatican announces new restrictions on Latin Mass, The Week, December 19

A Vatican document released Saturday imposed further restrictions on the pre-Vatican II liturgy, including a prohibition on listing Latin Masses in parish bulletins... In his introduction to the document, Archbishop Arthur Roche, the head of the Vatican's liturgy office, said clergy "must not lend ourselves to sterile polemics, capable only of creating division, in which the ritual itself is often exploited by ideological viewpoints."

On this night of love, may we have only one fear: that of offending God's love, hurting him by despising the poor with our indifference. Jesus loves them dearly, and one day they will welcome us to heaven.

The Pope, Christmas Eve Mass, CBC News, December 24