Today at Mass they had a “Distiguished Preacher Series” person come and speak. The talk was given after Communion, but the priest, instead of giving a homily (uh-oh), just informed everyone that the speaker would talk after Communion.
The talk itself was not bad. The speaker teaches at University of Chicago Divinity School. She talked about American Catholics. In her talk, there was nothing that alarmed me.
But afterwards, I had concerns about some of the answers she gave during a question/answer session that followed the Mass. About 20 people stayed for this. Several asked questions. At least three of them made comments preceeding their questions that sounded very liberal. It was this lady’s answers that got me. She criticized the Pope, talking about that Jesuit who left that magazine like it was the Pope’s fault. She mentioned women’s ordination. Later she was talking about homosexuality, and how that Church teaching is “just based on a few verses in the Old Testament”.
Can you believe this? I am very surprised that this was allowed in the Church. One of the priests was sitting right there.
I am sadly disappointed in this. This is that same church where I finally talked with the main priest about VOTF and those comments in the local newspaper, where he explained that he did not mean church doctrine should be changed. Yet the church allows this kind of talk. I plan on writing a note to the priest about this, but I am more and more discouraged about this parish.
Everything is all timely though (God’s timing, I believe) because just last night I went to my friend’s daughter’s Confirmation at a different parish that is closer to home. It was so wonderful. The choir sang beautiful music, some in Latin. All the kids walked in followed by the priests and finally the Bishop, with his wooden staff.
I have been to this church before a few weeks ago, and never saw any liturgical abuses. The only reason I didn’t immediately start going to this church is because when I first went back to the RCC, I wanted to go further away and be anonymous so I didn’t have to answer people’s questions since I had been away so long. At the problem church, I initially liked what I saw and continued attending there, but then all these things came up, making me see that it is quite the liberal church. So I think I will be attending the closer church afterall, which is great because it is very close to home and I do know people there (which is now a good thing, since I don’t mind the questions anymore, although no one act surprised to see me there).
Later today I was at a gathering of friends. A conversation came up with one of the women who works for a Catholic University. She was saying how the nuns there didn’t like the new Pope, how they feel women should be ordained, etc. So two times today I have had to put up with liberal Catholics.