Liturgists and the Laity
In the coupling of these sacred callings and network effects, liturgists such as Bob have difficulty taking the role of others involved in parish work. Liturgists find their intolerance a virtue, their unveiling of others' liturgical ignorance as educational, their politics as righteous, their disdain as caring, and their failures as successes. These are the ironic experiences that rest inside the situation of the oppositional insider, and they are the experiences that fuel the terrorism inflicted by liturgists in the name of holier worship practices. What is clear about Bob's trajectory is that the existing moral orders of parish life that confront him as he enters each parish are of little importance to him other than as a set of arrangements that must be radically changed.
Michael J. McCallion and David R. Maines
I always tell the staff here that, if people do not come to church, we have to ask ourselves first “Why?” instead of first blaming people for not looking at the world as church ministers do. I tell them that if we have nothing compelling enough to cause people to attend, then we have failed Jesus—the people have not failed.