The Telegraph website won’t show the link you gave, so HERE is the article from yesterday’s Irish Independent, which is where I first read about this.
I must say, when I initially saw the article, I was not happy; however, I think it’s quite a good idea, and it doesn’t seem to be done in disobedience to the Church.
The only thing he’s leaving out is the homily. Bearing in mind he is talking about weekday Masses - a homily is desirable, but not strictly necessary; on Sundays and holy days it is not optional. The reference in Canon Law:
Can. 767: §2. A homily must be given at all Masses on Sundays and holy days of obligation which are celebrated with a congregation, and it cannot be omitted except for a grave cause.
§3. It is strongly recommended that if there is a sufficient congregation, a homily is to be given even at Masses celebrated during the week, especially during the time of Advent and Lent or on the occasion of some feast day or a sorrowful event.
§4. It is for the pastor or rector of a church to take care that these prescripts are observed conscientiously.
Now, I know that a homily is especially strongly recommended during Lent, but I suppose one has to consider the next point about conscientious observance of these guidelines. This priest listened to requests from his parishioners that Mass should be moved from the later time of 9 o’clock to 7.30 that they may be able to attend Mass during Lent. I think he now has to strike a balance now that he has increased his congregation so much - most of them have to leave immediately for work and certainly an elaborate homily might not make morning Mass feasible for them. So, the large congregation might warrant a homily as per Canon Law’s reference to “sufficient congregation”, but that sufficient congregation might cease to exist is he does give a homily! Rather a catch-22 situation. I think he should be given the benefit of the doubt on this one - he has done his best to facilitate his parishioners & to encourage attendance at daily Mass during Lent.
Apart from omitting the homily, Fr Kenny is celebrating the Mass as it should be - the rest of the Mass is not optional, he knows this & is not being disobedient. Fifteen to twenty minutes for a weekday Mass is not that unusual if there’s no homily - it can be accomplished even without rushing!
He is also using one Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion - again, I don’t think this is excessive. If he were using two or three EMHC’s, that would be beyond ridiculous.
It might be a novel idea in that it seems that it’s actually being advertised as a 15 minute Mass, but really such a short Mass is not very odd & certainly doesn’t necessarily imply disobedience.