|The dead had of the past will rise up to prevent any future|
changes to "liturgical reform."
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And with these words today, Pope Francis becomes the dead hand preventing future popes from altering the Vatican II liturgical reforms.
“We can affirm with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible.” - CRUX, August 24.
Woodland Creatures and visitors are probably sick of hearing about Bear being a lawyer, even though he spares them from ripping yarns drawn from the files of Bear, Esq. But a good trial lawyer has a lot of tools that are hallowed by long use and preserved because they are effective.
In other words, Anglo-American jurisprudence FTW.
People get crazy with their wills.
The Bear quickly realized people got crazy with divorces, too, and property line disputes, and Workers Comp... in fact, legal matters make people pretty much crazy, period. At least in criminal defense, the secret wildness in the dark hearts of human beings is dragged out for all to see as the very subject of a trial.
But, the Bear was speaking about wills. There are the usual things, like squirreling away lists after a will has been made, saying such things as, "I want grandma Steuben's chifferobe to go to cousin Mary," etc.
Please. Don't make your lawyer bang his head on his desk. Once you sign your will, don't do anything about leaving anything to anyone. That's what your will is for. If you want to change something, remove all doubt and have a new will made, burning all copies of the previous one with fire.
Another thing people like to do is control people from beyond the grave. "The dead hand," is the legal phrase.
"I leave 50% of my stuff to my son William Beemer, provided that he graduates from welding school, oh, and marries that cute waitress down at the Dixie-Cue."
The law is for the living. It has little patience with the fond dynastic schemes of grandpa, and they are not going to survive a challenge, at least so Bear believes, who is not an expert in estate planning. (No bodily fluids = no interest.)
And yet, by invoking his "magisterial authority," the dead hand of Pope Francis will have an iron grip on the liturgy until Kingdom Come. Should a future pope decide the "liturgical reform" was a horrible idea and wish to return the Church to the glorious days of the old form, the dead hand of Francis will, like something from a B movie horror flick, revivify and grope for the microphone cord and unplug it.
What other changes does Pope Francis have in mind to make "irreversible?"
See? This is exactly what the Bear is talking about. On his death bed, Francis could whip out an entire list of "irreversible changes." The imagination boggles. It is one thing to give past generations a vote, as Chesterton said. It is quite another to cut off the franchise with them, and leave future generations without a say.