I’m a student at Georgetown University. There are many parts of attending the university that are distressing to me, not least of which being the heterodox nature of not only the laity but indeed many of the Jesuits at the University. (They even have a Protestant as head of the Theology department now. Were they really founded for this? )
There were several unusual things at the liturgy that I am not used to coming from my home parish in New Jersey, which I will list to the best of my recollection below. I’d like to know which of the following things are heresy or otherwise improper in occurring at the Mass.
- After the second reading, a poem (the source of which is unknown to me) was read from the lectern by one of the several lectors. I thought this was jarringly unliturgical, but I’m not sure about its propriety in the context of the Mass. I know that one of the primary purposes of compiling the Canon was determining what is and is not appropriate to be read at Mass, so I thought this was concerning at the least.
- The baptismal vows that we “renewed” were not the Baptismal vows I am not familiar with, not including an explicit renunciation of Satan and his works, and referring to God only as God rather than God the Father (prior to expressing belief in Jesus Christ). These are only two of the differences in the baptismal vows used by the Jesuit priest and those that I know should be used. How serious is this?
- There were maracas used during the hymn “Resuscito” during holy Communion.
- The bread used during the consecration was indeed unleavened bread, but it was a dark flat bread that was later ripped into pieces after consecration.
While not part of the liturgy subject to stringent guidelines, the Homily also focused on the deaths that supposedly come about as a result of the Second Amendment and war while completely neglecting to mention the horrors of abortion in this country.
I know for a fact that this priest was politically motivated which is one thing, but this liturgy was so impious off-putting to me that I felt guilty after attending. Unfortunately, the only other church I had access to at the time was another nearby church which I believe is staffed by the same Jesuits.
If any of these issues is serious, I don’t know who to contact, since it is my understanding that the Jesuits are independent of their local dioceses. Is this correct? If it is, then I’m discouraged by the fact that the Jesuits tend to be so heterodox all-around in the United States, and any sort of impropriety in the liturgy is unlikely to be addressed in a satisfactory manner by his superiors.