From Fr. Richard McBrien:
Notwithstanding Pope Benedict XVI’s personal endorsement of eucharistic adoration and the sporadic restoration of the practice in the archdiocese of Boston and elsewhere, it is difficult to speak favorably about the devotion today.
Now that most Catholics are literate and even well-educated, the Mass is in the language of the people (i.e, the vernacular), and its rituals are relatively easy to understand and follow, there is little or no need for extraneous eucharistic devotions. The Mass itself provides all that a Catholic needs sacramentally and spiritually.
Eucharistic adoration, perpetual or not, is a doctrinal, theological, and spiritual step backward, not forward.
via Perpetual eucharistic adoration | National Catholic Reporter, via American Papist.
To paraphrase Charles Babbage when he was asked, “Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?”: I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a statement from a priest on Eucharistic Adoration.
John Paul II enthusiastically endorsed Eucharistic Adoration, as does Pope Benedict, and to claim that it is being “restored sporadically” is false: It is being done in thousands of parishes all over the country!
To then pit the Mass against Adoration as if they are in competition is the worst kind of false dichotomy. To call Adoration (and implying Corpus Christi Eucharistic processions) “extraneous” is galling.
To say Adoration is a categorical step backward for the Catholic Church is a complete disconnect with reality as (especially young) Catholics by the millions are being touched by Christ deeply as they discover Him in Adoration.
I don’t know what Fr. McBrien’s real objection is to Adoration–something about it must bother him, perhaps the devotion he sees in young, orthodox Catholics who believe in the Church’s teachings with their whole hearts, minds, and souls and do not subscribe to his dissent?
May God bless him and help him to “think with the Church”.