From Catholic Herald.
Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds [In the photo with the Pope below.] yesterday presented Pope Benedict XVI with a specially made white version of the new Roman Missal. [is that Peter Jackson? :D]
Bishop Roche, chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), [pronounce "I sell"] opened and showed the missal to the Pope, who then leafed through it, pausing on the illustrated pages.
The missal was a specially bound version of the Catholic Truth Society (CTS) altar missal used by priests in Britain.
Accompanying Bishop Roche was Mgr Bruce Harbert, former executive director of ICEL, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne and Pierpaolo Finaldi, [oh, that's the Peter Jackson lookalike.] commissioning editor at the CTS.
According to Mr Finaldi, the Pope immediately asked how the new English translation had been received in parishes and remarked on the importance of beauty in liturgical books. Bishop Roche said the translation had been received well. [Well, except for those trapped in the '70s.]
Mr Finaldi, who oversaw the production of all the new CTS missals, said it was “like handing in your homework after 10 years”. [Except for those who wanted 10 years more!]
He said: “It was John Paul II who set the ball rolling in 2001 [with Liturgiam authenticam], so it was great to be able to bring it back with the job done.” [Read the document folks and you'll see why we need to re-translate the Missal.]
The altar missal, which costs £230, contains illustrations from the Ingeborg Psalter, a 12th-century illuminated manuscript.
The Pope’s version is bound in top-grade white leather, using a technique known as German binding. [I've got to study this technique.]
Earlier in the year Mr Finaldi said that CTS had for a long time sought to improve the aesthetic value of its books.
“The most beautiful thing in the world is the love of Christ for us, for his Church. So things presented for the Church should always be beautiful. They are made for God – to raise people’s spirits to God,” he said.
But the hippies would say: "But Christ was simple. He did not emphasize on the externals. See how he hated the Pharisees and their long robes!"
Don't be fooled folks. Christ condemned the incongruity of what is outside from what is inside the Pharisees. Christ was a faithful and devout Jew. He wore what the Pharisees wore in the proper occasion. The Pharisees wore the Jewish prayer garments to attract attention, not as a witness of what they really have inside.
So, wearing a religious item, beautifying our churches, celebrating our liturgy with pomp and reverence is not being Pharisaical. It is giving what is due to God.
If theses hippies continue saying this, ask them: "Can we take a look at your room?"
Chances are they are anything but SIMPLE.
Now who is the Pharisee?