Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Just thought you'd like to see what liturgical life in the Bahamas is like.
Archbishop of Nassau Patrick Pinder conducts the funeral for nine Haitian migrants at the Loyola Hall community center, in Nassau, Wednesday, April 30, 2008. Few relatives and hundreds of Haitian residents in the Bahamas attended the ceremony after fourteen Haitian migrants, trying to escape their impoverished homeland, perished when their boat went down off the Bahamas coast last Sunday, April 20. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)


Anonymous said...

Um... Latin Rite Catholic liturgical life in the Bahamas looks the same as everywhere else, Andrew. Is there something we should be looking at?

Andrew said...

Haha... just threw it out to see if anyone would bite. =) Thanks for biting.

What I was trying to get at was just that. Catholic liturgical life should look the same everywhere. But in many Asian countries, such as Malaysia, it looks decidedly different. For example, only one out of the 14(?) bishops in the local conference wears a skullcap. And, to my knowledge, no local bishop (post-Vatican II) has ever been dressed in choir for a liturgical occasion locally. And the black cassock? Forget about it. Reasons of heat, culture (black is the colour of mourning) are often given but I'm sure it's as hot, if not hotter in the Bahamas.

So, what gives?

The priest's stole looks very Jesuitical (in the post-Vatican II sense). And I know liturgical geeks could point out that the bishop is not wearing a stole and the priest is not wearing his surplice, etc. But my general point still stands, I think. If the clergy in equatorial places such as the Bahamas are able to maintain their Catholic dress, why not the local clergy?