Hi all. This is my first post to this forum (but not my first visit). My question is related to some issues I have noticed with the way my Parish Priest (PP) has celebrated Mass recently, and would like your advice on how to tackle these. The key issues are:-
he constantly changes the readings and Gospel from he/his to he & she / his and hers - in yesterday’s Gospel he got confused and changed a ‘He’ to a ‘You’ and completely lost the meaning of the Gospel (he got so confused that he decided to leave out the remaining half of the Gospel).
he sees no issue if the Ministers of the Eucharist dress as if they have just come from a Disco
he makes references to ‘welcoming diversity’ in regards tio divorcees, sexuality, other religiions etc This is a good thing - but he makes no effort to explain the Church’s teaching in this regards
the biggest moral issues facing Ireland at the moment are the abortion debate and gay marriage - but our PP would rather spend time talking about how we should set up local self help groups and social clubs. In fact he left out the Credo yesterday (and last week) as he spend so long talking about the next social initiative (which always fails to bring in the crowds).
I am unclear as to why these matters irritate me so much (especially as I am not the greatest practicing Catholic). I think it’s because I hassle my young children to go to Mass every Sunday as I believe it’s important for our failth and spiritual well-being, but I often feel that our PP is just going through the motions (and may be embarrased to talk about some of the controverial topics - especillay since the recent child abuse scandals).
So my question is - do I approach the PP directly or indirectly (signed letter / email), and are there clear liturgical (etc) references highlighting if any of my ‘issues’ are grounded. Best regards Adrian