There were a lot of reactions posted in Fr. Z's blog about the statement of the Diocesan Liturgists who had their meeting recently. I also blogged about this.
Now here is my reaction that I posted over that particular post at WDTPRS.
Before everybody thinks that ALL Filipinos are so stuck in the kumbaya era, let me get things in straight.
As a Filipino Catholic blogger, blogging in the Philippines, I am following closely the liturgical developments here in the country.
And may I say this:
1. Whatever you read, was all done by Fr. Anscar Chupungco. The Diocesan Liturgical Ministers who attended are mostly his students or fans. They signed it just as it was written.
2. Fr. Chupungco, along with his protege, Fr. Genaro Diwa, his successor as Executive Director of the CBCP's Episcopal Commission on the Liturgy, are trying hard to suppress SP. We in the Philippines feel that we are living the privileges of Quattuor Abhinc Annos.
3. Liturgical inculturation is the life's work of Fr. Chupungco who is now trying desperately to turn back the hands of liturgical time. His brand of liturgy is a complete carbon copy of Abp. Piero Marini. So you get the picture of his kind of liturgical inculturation.
4. Most Filipino bishops are against SP. Only a handful have celebrated them openly. Only a handful follow the Benedictine altar arrangement. Manila's Cardinal is so viciously anti-SP.
5. Theology schools in the Philippines are anti-Rome. I can name two: Loyola School of Theology where Bishop Chito Tagle teaches. His view on the Eucharist is Lutheran! And the other dissenting school is Maryhill School of Theology. [They produce nothing but dissenters and borderline heretics and apostates!] I have friends who graduated there who teach Enneagram, Eco-Spirituality and the Feminine Goddess as part of their retreats.
Yes, the Philippines is a deeply religious country. But most bishops, priests, theologians and nuns are the ones doing most of the damage.
There are a handful of bishops, priests, theologians and nuns who are working hard to stay faithful to the Magisterium...at the expense of being ostracized.