I appreciate you taking your time to write out quite the thoughtful response...
I hope you aren't too disappointed in hearing from someone who disagrees with you.
Disappointed? Not at all. I'm not looking for affirmations here. Just discernment.
Please keep in mind that the bishop approved this. According the the article the bishop was there.
Apparently I missed that fact. It certainly makes a world of difference that the local bishop consented.
Let me ask you a question. Do you feel the same way about celebrating the Mass on a battle field? What about in a refugee camp that doesn't have a church, in a prison or a stadium as with a papal Mass? This is a battle field.
I answer your question thus...
I do understand that we live in a battle field where our prayers are most certainly weapons. And I most enthusiastically promote our "counter-attack" with said weapons. However...
I offer that your analogy does not apply here. My understanding is that the celebration of the Holy Mass at an actual battle field is principally for the benefit of those good souls who would otherwise be unable to attend because it "doesn't have a church." That is, it is not celebrated in response to the battle in progress. It is celebrated in order to unconditionally
offer in worship the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and for the faithful to commune. Likewise with your camp, prison and stadium. The Mass intentions may likely include the conditions of its environment--that's a given, yes.
To further emphasize my point, I'd like to note that cathedrals are typically constructed with a certain enormity precisely to highlight that the sacred liturgy is not limited to this world.
Otherwise I'm sorry to say that I fail to see the connection between the Mass and the said battle field. On the other hand, I am happy to say that I understand your intention (or so I'd like to think): being that prayers are "weapons," and that the Mass is the highest form of prayer, therefore the Holy Mass is "weapon" of Mass "destruction" (pun respectfully intended)--the object of destruction being abortion in this case, of course.
I completely disagree. This isn't a message about politics. If it is too political to celebrate the Mass at a clinic, it should be too political to pray the rosary - or even to silently pray in a public place.
I hope you can at least appreciate my emphasis in my above response, which brings me to your last thought here. Perhaps "politicized" isn't the term I was looking to describe my concern. I agree that this isn't a message about politics. It's a message of the sanctity of life, absolutely. Sanctity, in my humble opinion, however loses its meaning if we do not keep the Holy Mass itself as sacred as humanly possible.
Thank you, Effie for your generous feedback! Pray for me as I do for you...