[quote="Rence, post:3, topic:263409"]
I don't blame her for going to another parish that welcomes altar girls. I know many people who would do the same thing.
How is it that we should seek our will for the Mass rather than the Churches? Should we, as Catholics, not seek to follow and to obey the Church, accepting that the Church acts as the visible body of our Lord Jesus Christ? Knowing that the individual priests must follow the will of the Church and not their own will should help with this.
[quote="karebear92, post:7, topic:263409"]
How does allowing girls to serve at mass affect the inspiration of priestly vocations in males? Females played a huge part in baptism in the early church, and I don't think that there is a valid reason to limit them now. That is just my opinion though.
Females seem to have played only one role in baptism in the early church: baptizing other women. Since baptism was almost always done naked it only makes sense that women would baptize women and since any person may baptize using the correct "formula" then it was perfectly acceptable.
[quote="DaddyGirl, post:11, topic:263409"]
Why are priests becoming harder and harder to find?
Fewer men want to be priests? If so, does anyone know why?
If the number of boys wanting to be priests has severely declined in the last few decades, does anyone know if the church has investigated the reasons? Talked to boys/young men about this and asked them?
Whatever they say the reasons are for them not choosing it...seems that would be the area to focus on.
I dare say...if the number of boys wanting to be priests keeps declining...perhaps it would be wise, then, to keep the altar girls intact.
Just in case we're gonna need them soon for...the priesthood.
Seriously? This is a horrific statement even if made in jest. The joke is suggesting that a woman could act in the place of Christ? Horrific. What's next here?
Plus, why is it that the traditional parishes have no shortage of vocations to the religious life or the clergy? The FSSP seems to be doing just fine, perhaps more parishes should emulate them?
[quote="jilly4ski, post:13, topic:263409"]
What was she doing looking at the bulletin after Mass had started? :shrug: Mass has started isn't that usually the single to put the bulletin down and participate in Mass. Or are only those serving on the altar are participating in Mass and that's why she has to be in a parish that has girls serve and have her girls serve (irrespective of their desire or wish to serve)?
And now she is looking for a parish that lets girls serve? What, does she call up all the parishes and ask them if girls can be altar servers. Of all the things one looks for in a parish is this really something high on people's lists?
I second this. Seems like a ridiculous article and issue to me.