Making Statements

Here’s one from the pot, kettle, black department. Let me say up front that as a liturgist, I’m skeptical about the “special group” Mass. If I worked in a parish that had success of sorts with it, I wouldn’t campaign for a change. I do know that many groups have a healthy liturgical history of special Masses. But sometimes it’s not such a good idea.

Do you remember last month’s row over Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor’s endorsement of twice-monthly Masses for gay and lesbian Catholics of London’s West End? Some British Catholics weren’t happy.

“Homosexuals can attend their own parish church, so having a separate and distinct Mass looks like they are trying to make a statement,” said Michael Akerman, of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, a traditionalist Catholic group.

I suppose that Catholics leaving their parish to go Tridentine aren’t?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Making Statements

  1. Tony says:

    It all depends on the purpose of the “homosexual Mass”. Is it to support faithful sufferers of SSA in a life of chastity to which we all are called? Or is it validation for their particular sin.

    In the first case, I’m a total supporter. If it is the latter case, why not have a “fornicator” Mass for those who are tempted to engage in unmarried heterosexual sex. Maybe a “kleptomaniac Mass” for those who are not accepted because they steal. But let’s not judge the fornicators and thieves and explain to them that what they are doing is wrong and call them to the same holiness we are all called to.

    So how do you make a comparison between a Mass that supports sin (not supports sinners, the Church is supposed to do) and a preference for a legitimate rite of the Catholic Church?

    Do you hold the same disdain for Byzantine Catholics? Coptics? How about Maronites?

  2. Todd says:

    Though an examination of the PEP web page only turned up links, not outright endorsements of the traditional Latin Mass, I was struck by the whiff of hypocrisy, not making a statement as such that practicing homosexuals or schismatics were sinners. The cardinal’s statement captures the Church’s moral teaching effectively enough.

    It may not be entirely fair to leap on an isolated quote, especially considering the media source, but it is a striking statement coming from someone who might well support “special Masses” outside the parish church.

  3. crystal says:

    James Alison wrote an article about this for the Tablet a couple of weeks ago.

  4. Jimmy Mac says:

    Tony, please enlighten ALL of us by explaining just exaclty what is a “homosexual” mass?

    Could it be one presided over by those grown men running around in lace curtains, watered silk, pillbox hats and being fauned over by adolescent altar boys? The big long party capes are sort of a dead give-away too, don’t you think?

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