On Popular Piety
I'd like to get everyone's mind on this. The piece seems to advocate a return to basics, i.e. the liturgy -- which everything else was created to substitute, i.e. the "Hail Marys" of the Rosary taking the place of the Psalter of the Divine Office because people couldn't read in the 13th century, etc.
One thing I'm curious about is this: whatever happened to silence? Back at the parish, adoration time is so sucked up by these ridiculous devotions which are forced upon the people (Chaplet of the Holy Wounds, Litany of the Holy Face, Novena to the Holy Hands, Blessing on the Holy Handrails) that -- again -- the people seem to be missing the forest for the trees and it just sounds like a monotonous rabble of sycophants reading off cue cards.
The people who advocate popular piety are the same people who look at me like some kind of terrorist when I remind (or tell them for the first time) that the Liturgy of the Hours is actually the sanctioned prayer of the church and takes precedence over all other private devotions. This is not my own viewpoint, but I've been excoriated for it....
Welcome to the resurgent tridentine Catholicism -- povero catechesi, arroganza peggio ancora.