[quote="JReducation, post:15, topic:309764"]
Some of you are too eager to contact the bishop, which tells me that you did not check out the Kennedy Directory to see who has jurisdiction over the parish. It may be a religious community.
The Directory would point you to the parish website where it tells you the vision of the parish. That vision has to be approved by the bishop. If it's a religious community that runs the parish, the major superior and the bishop agree on the vision, before the parish is handed over to the religious. Once it's been handed over, the bishop cannot retract it. No bishop can do that. That's called suppression. If it's a diocesan run parish and the pastor and bishop are in agreement, there is nothing to do. These things have to be checked out.
Second, as I said before, acting out the Nativity at mass is perfectly legal in both the EF and OF. This custom was introduced by St. Francis of Assisi at Greccio around 1219 and has never been abrogated. It's one of those old customs that the law does not touch, because of the benefit that it has to the liturgy and to the faithful who attend the mass. Of course, it must be well done. If it's not well done, there is little benefit to it. For years there were real animals involved in the pageant, which always took place in some part of the church where there was enough room, often the lowest part of the sanctuary.
It is very important that one get used to checking into sources like the Kennedy Directory, diocesan directory, web pages for parishes or religious communities. Web pages are usually more current, because directories are not updated daily. It's too expensive. You can update a website for free. The parish website will tell you who runs the parish and what is it's vision and mission. If it's publicly stated on the website, then it has the bishop's approval. You can't state anything on a website that is does not meet the local bishop's approval, unless it's a private site. That's a whole other story.
Br. JR, FFV :christmastree1:
I don't think anyone's objecting to the nativity play, brother JR, as much as the ballet dancing, which the CDF has in the past singled out as a specific example of abuse in Western nations of the Roman rite.