Last weekend I went to a church that I found extremely disturbing and I’m not sure what, if anything, I should do. It’s not my normal church, thank goodness, so I should just let it go but I can’t stop thinking about it.
First, I like to arrive at Mass about 30 minutes early so I can sit quietly and pray or contemplate. As I entered this church I heard the “band” playing. It was a piano, drums, tamborine, a bass guitar and a choir singing extremely loudly (and quite badly, I’m afraid) They continued for the full half hour. Not singing hymns I’m familar with but rather it was a type of gospel/praise music with lots of drums and clapping.
Then the priest came out, and I honestly had no idea what he was doing. I couldn’t follow his Mass at all. We didn’t do the Gloria or profession of faith instead the choir sang songs both time. Honestly, I think he wrote his own Mass, using his own words and order. I have no idea.
I took a church bulletin and it opened with a mission statement with this line: “We are an all welcoming, all embracing Christian church.” It didn’t mention being a Catholic chuch until the very end, almost as an afterthought. It mostly focused on being “all welcoming, all embracing”
Afterwards, I was talking to a girlfriend about it and she said she’s been to that church when this same priest has preached on the fact that women will and should be priests one day and she also witnessed him give communion to non-catholics, in fact he made a point of introducing them first as a Lutheran minister and his wife.
Do you think I should write a letter to the Bishop? Or should I just be thankful that my parish priests are extremely orthodox and true to Rome and let this go?