What is one to make of the claim, apparently made in all seriousness, by Jesuit David Inczauskis, who rejoices in the Twitter handle @LibTheoJesuit?
Liturgy should not be beautiful. At the Last Supper, Jesus washed stinky feet. In the Garden, Jesus sweat blood. At the cross, Jesus was violently murdered. Upon rising, Jesus still had open wounds. No, liturgy should not be beautiful. It should be ugly & scandalous.
I should like to engage with this tweet, which is of course a public statement intended to stimulate reflection and debate, with seriousness and charity. It is, nevertheless, presumably intended to shock.
I had imagined, naively perhaps, that when we see ugly vestments and church decorations, or hear hideous liturgical music, it was the result of well-intentioned efforts which had failed somehow—or that perhaps others’ tastes just differ from mine.
Was I wrong? Do some liturgists actually want to make the Mass repugnant, horrible, and off-putting?