I have been a long term reader of Catholic Answers forums but have never posted anything until today. My apologies for coming to this discussion a couple of months late!
Surely we cannot stand by or just move parish when Our Lord is so cruelly disrespected in the Eucharist by a handful of priests who have grown cold in their faith and who abuse the liturgy and Christ in the process!?
Where is the charity in leaving less informed parishioners prey to these wolves in sheep’s clothing? Jesus is THE example of charity- he overturned tables and made a whip when people were disrespecting The Father in the Temple (John 2:15)- how can we not be filled with that same burning love for God (and for the sinners!)?
The Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord is present at mass and we let people disrespect Him by using a glass carafe, tampering with words or innumerable other offences?? it is nowhere near comparable to Jesus not observing the Sabbath!
Charity is Love not political correctness or protecting feelings at the cost of compromising the Truth.
Perhaps Jesus is asking you to defend Him by letting you witness such a disturbing service. Its hard- but its right, and important that you are prepared to fight for our Lord (Ephesians 6:10+ helps me fire up). (btw as a fellow Australian woman I know how countercultural it is to ‘make a fuss’ or ‘complain’, you should see some of the inedible meals I get served up at restaurants that I cordially accept without complaint!)
Indeed, not only must we take a stand for the sake of our vulnerable brothers and sisters in Christ, or for Christ Himself, but for the sake of that priest or ‘lay people resistant to change’ too. We are called to rebuke other Christians when they sin (Luke 17:3) and to preach the good news- the truth- to everyone! Frankly, Saul looked pretty set in his ways too and now look at him as Paul! If you love someone you don’t want them to persist in sin and risk their own and others eternity, do you?
The way I found this thread was because I witnessed an atrocious mass the other day (not my normal parish) with numerous offences and was searching for some guidance as to what to do. I talked to my local priest today, who (like most priests, thank you God) is holy, reverent and loves Jesus.
His concrete advice: Write a letter detailing your experience of the mass and how it has impacted you. Be as specific as you can (if you are unsure of the details go to the church again- armed with a guarded heart and clear head- and write down the offences). Send copies of that letter to the priest, his bishop, the papal nuncio and the cardinal (well at least in Australia that is what he said to do). If you feel this is too drastic at least write to the priest and his bishop.
Then you can/should leave the parish and pray for that priest and everyone in that parish!!