I vaguely remember a scene in the 80's movie, Amadeus, when Mozart auditions one of his pieces for the Emperor.
When he finishes playing the piece, Mozart turns to the Emperor for his reaction. The Emperor sputters something like: "It's got too many notes."
The Rite of Baptism has too many parts: too many symbols, too many options, too many "little rites on the side."
It's too wordy. Lots of language like this: "I now do X to demonstrate Y." The blessing of the water is ridiculously wordy. . .it goes on and on and on and on and on. . .
You have to ask the parents if they really, really want their kid baptized. . .twice.
Too many accoutrements--water, oil, garments, candles, etc.
And like most of the post-VC2 sacramental texts (the Rite of Reconciliation, e.g.) it's stuffed with additional readings and another list of intercessions and three or four additional blessings.
Mom gets a blessing. Dad gets a blessing. Then both of them together get a blessing. And then everyone present gets a blessing.
We do the Apostles' Creed in question form. There are three options for this.
But the really, really, really annoying thing about the new Rite is the rubrics. You need a doctorate in canon law to decipher and interpret the instructions for completing this rite.
Someone, somewhere. . .PLEASE. . .pare this monster down.
OK. Now I feel better.
Carry on. . ._____________
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