Friday, July 6, 2018

Too cool for words. . .

The museum of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria, has presently displayed exhibits belonging to the new bishop of Innsbruck, Hermann Glettler who was consecrated in December 2017.

Among the exhibits is a 2004 photo of Glettler wearing a transparent "chasuble" made from plastic. The photo is also on the cover of this years's catalogue of the museum.

Glettler believes in female priests. His appointment was enthusiastically praised by the commercial media.

Ahhhhhh, wow.  Too cool for words.  With hip folks like this in charge Rome is surely positioned for the rebirth of a vibrant faith in Austria.  But maybe this is one trend we Lutherans ought not to follow.  He is transparent -- this is true -- but what we see is not the faith faithfully presented but another surrender to the prevailing mood of culture and society.  Sadly, too many Christians, of all stripes, have followed this detour to a dead end.  It is not his taste in vestments that is the focus but how this manifests where his focus is and is not.  From what I have read, it is not the Gospel of Christ crucified and risen.  Wow. . . that is about all I can say.  


Carl Vehse said...

In case rain leaks through the chancel roof.

Anonymous said...

The vestments of clergy are meant to draw attention away from the
pastor as he presides over the worship service. An alb and stole
are the humble manner of a pastor who wants the focus on Christ and
not himself.

Anonymous said...

Prophylactic chasuble.

Anonymous said...

Disgusting. An insult to God and His Church.

Joanne said...

The church owns the vestments, not the individual. It's a corporate issue. One wears the vestments one finds in use at that altar. The guest celebrant wears what he finds in the sacristy. The sexton sets out the vestments that will be used on a particular day. Vestments are background, Word and sacrament are foreground. Vestments indicate authority to serve the people of God, like the pulpit indicates authority to preach to the people of God. The individual server comes and goes, the vestments stay the same.