Archdiocese questions use of special wine.
By Rose French
The future use of Indian practices, however, is being questioned by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which temporarily suspended mass at the church last month after conflict arose over the use of specialized wine.
The unrest at Gichitwaa Kateri comes at a time when Pope Benedict has called for renewed emphasis on tradition and uniformity in the Catholic church, leaving churches like Kateri wondering how many, if any, of their traditions may be compromised. Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt also has a history of strongly adhering to orthodox church doctrine.
"Without question there likely will be some changes because, first and foremost, it's a Catholic mass," said Dennis McGrath, archdiocese spokesman. "And then only within that context ... can the native rituals be incorporated."
I totally understand there's an orthodoxy to organized religion, but--I also understand that traditions that don't change *die*, and that there might be a (huge, gaping) difference between American Catholicism + the Catholicism practiced in Europe + elsewhere.
"Wine may be an irreconcilable difference"...right, because Jesus insisted that we drink his blood like vampires. It's right there in the Book of Twilight.
Jesus opposes buffalo hides in multimillion-dollar cathedrals. Because when he was preaching in multimillion-dollar cathedrals, there were no buffalo hides.
Check the Bible on that if you don't believe me. No buffalo hides!
Catholics obviously disagree about the "change or die" dictum. They think they must retain the rituals they made up long after Jesus's time.
For more on Natives and Christianity, see Vatican Acknowledges Kateri Book, Landover Satirizes "Injun Sin," and America's History of Religious Intolerance.