Pope Benedict XVI has a way with words, but also sound bites (who knew?!), from “the dictatorship of relativism” slogan on the eve of the conclave to this formulation from his homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi:
“Today there arises the risk of a serpentine secularization even within the Church, which can convert into a formal and empty Eucharistic worship, in celebrations lacking this participation from the heart that is expressed in veneration and respect for the liturgy,” he cautioned.
The Pope continued, saying “the temptation is always strong to reduce prayer to superficial and hurried moments, letting oneself be carried away by earthly activities and worries.”
“Serpentine secularism.” Great book title. Wish I’d thought of it.
Zenit has the write-up here.