So today at Mass, Father addressed a recent issue that occurred in our little old city. A couple of weeks ago the Rotarian's put on their annual rotary show to help raise money. Every year something objectionable occurs. Some skit, or reference, or makes a mockery of a certain person, religion, race, etc. This year there was a certain skit performed by local people who have in the past mocked the Catholic Church publicly. The skit was basically about the Pope hearing confessions, while accepting money for them. A Knight brought in a written letter that all the Knight's signed, and they sent it to the local newspaper saying they were upset with the skit. When the newspaper got the news, the headline stated, "Local Masons Upset with Rotary Show."
Ya, I know. Mix up the Knights of Columbus with the "Masons."
Anyways, all this being said. Father talked about this in his homily today. It was a very good homily and he said a lot of things that people needed to hear, and what they probably didn't want to hear. Nonetheless, it needed to be said. Some people involved with the skit and show were present at Mass. He has only received one comment (not much of one). Someone came up to him after the 8 o'clock Mass, and said he was wrong and should get his facts straight. Then said, "I don't want to argue with you Father," and left. Not engaging in discussion at all. Because they wouldn't want to actually talk about it, or say they were wrong, or it was objectionable. Nope. They just wanted to say Father was wrong and that's it.
Now, what gets me is people are probably thinking, "Well, who does he think he is to call people out like that at Mass?" But my thing is, that's his JOB. He's the Catholic priest. He preaches at the pulpit, and used the pulpit for what it's intended to be used for. He is the voice of the Catholic Church. He is the one ordained to speak for all the Catholics of our parish. But people have put priests at a "lower level" over the past 40 years, making them no more special than any other guy. It gives the priest no place to stand on any issues. The priest doesn't have a role in the community anymore. This confuses everybody! The laity don't have anyone to speak for them, so no one does. And the priest isn't allowed to and is diminished to a layman's role-giving no voice to the priest.
Oh dear. Let's pray for these people who wish to attack the Church. If not intentionally, then let's pray for their common sense. Amen!