Reversion to type

In a recent address to liturgists Pope Francis opined, with all his magisterial authority, that the reforms effected after the Second Vatican Council –  the second most extensive experiment in iconoclasm in Christian history – are now ‘irreversible’.

One can see why he would wish that it were so.

But experience – not least in the Church of England – persuades one that this is probably not the case. The Holy Father needs to be reminded that there, within less than a hundred and fifty years, this:

Center Methodist Rural Church  Interior View Pulpet Oglethorpe C

had changed into this:


And there was little or nothing that anyone could do about it.

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