Scared or Sacred

The e-mail from VOTF reported that …

Voice of the Faithful members in southwest Florida are no longer allowed to hold their annual VOTF mass at the local Catholic church. The pastor spread a message that the Eucharist was “so scared that the Voice of the Faithful would compromise it.”

Scared? That caught my eye. VOTF approached St John the Evangelist Parish in Naples, Florida for their meeting and Mass. Obvious typo perhaps, but maybe someone other than Jesus is scared of this group:

(Father John) Ludden’s message was that the Eucharist was “so sacred that the Voice of the Faithful would compromise it.”

Ah! “Sacred.” That makes more sense, but not much, really. VOTF, no doubt, gets a lion’s share of publicity it wouldn’t have otherwise received. Seven years after the Law meltdown, VOTF meetings get as much press as the Knights of Columbus in the secular media. Father Ludden denied sending the message with those words when contacted by the Naples Daily News. I wonder what that’s about.

Think about those weeks of delay in getting back to the VOTF folks. You might consider that if clerical leadership was really concerned about “speaking the truth,” they would zip off a reply right away, “sacred” or “scared” or whatever. The hierarchy’s more frequent tactic seems to be wishing that the whole problem would just disappear. Meanwhile, the rest of us are left to wonder: is the silence due to avoidance, or to incompetence (of losing a request), or just a passive-aggressive approach to communication?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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5 Responses to Scared or Sacred

  1. Jim McK says:

    I loved the typo in the NYT article on the South African controversy:

    “Reese said prior to that, Mass was said in Latin and parishioners followed along in a missile that had an English translation.”

    I remember the 60s fondly, and how disappointed I was when the space program languished and we could no longer follow the priests in our missiles.
    Decem, novem, octo …

  2. Mollie says:

    I had a wry chuckle at that typo (or not?) in the VOTF email, too. Glad I’m not the only one who noticed.

  3. Gavin says:

    “I remember the 60s fondly, and how disappointed I was when the space program languished and we could no longer follow the priests in our missiles.”

    HA!

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