I am very supportive of non-Catholics worshipping according to their traditions. It would be better they joined us, but better to worship Christ than not to worship Him.
But in our parish there is a group of Carasmatic women [no disrespects, I am not being sexist or critical of women] who go to extraordinary lengths to promote non-Catholic worship. They post fliers and give hand outs to encourage Catholics to attend non-Catholic Charasmatic events.
Two years ago, they were very active in promoting a Benny Hinn performance. I took great pride in removing their posters as fast at they put them up. I wa shocked to be caught in the act and told ‘if I am not with Benny Hinn I am not with Christ’! I was speechless
Now I see no harm in promoting Catholic worship. But I do not think it appropriate to keep trying to cajole and pressure Catholics to go to non-Catholic worship just because it is of the Carasmatic pursuasion. Surely far better to encourage Catholics to go to Benediction or other form of Catholic worship.
If folk want to do Catholic Carasmatic worship so be it, I do not agree personally but to encourage Catholics to follow Protestant Worship particularly by groups who are hostile to Catholicism is to me, tantamount to apostacy. But these are people who are extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, Readers, and pseudo- self appointed lay pastors. This is all a bit scary. Traditionalists are not sure how to deal with it. If they are challenged, they are very scathing. They gang up on lone traditionalists and bully them into submission. To date I have kept quiet but we are losing traditionalists so something has to give. Our Priest is not happy with the situation but he is not well and over 70-years of age so is unfair to expect him to stand up to what has become a very strong feminist movement.
I am not sexist. This is not an attack on women. There are numerous examples of very pious women in our parish but not all. Some have asumed the role of ‘preachers’ in their carasmatic meetings. Some women preach and give homilies in Eucharistic Services, I went to hear a spectacle for myself as I could not believe it. I left in disgust. In one such homily I heard the female minister say she receives communion in non-Catholic Churches. She said ‘this was a matter for the individual conscience which is answerable to God alone’! This is without permission from the priest. This i I am sure no one is allowed to preach without express permission from a Priest. But they tell me I am just old fashioned and need to get real.
My daughter used to go to mass daily but stopped going as she was fed up with being constantly pressured to join the carasmatic movement. She kept telling them she was not interested but they kept on and on at her until she stopped going to daily mass.
This has to be arrested. I am not sure how one goes about challenging it. This cannot be a unique phenomena. What have other trads [or even non-trads] done?
What is your view