Is it right for a non-Catholic to perform a liturgical function at Holy Mass?
In our parish, the fallen away, now worshipping as a Baptist, daughter of one of the choir members will be singing with the choir. Before her marriage to a Baptist young man she had served in the choir and as a cantor. Since her marriage she has been quite vocal in saying, on visits home, that she is “no longer a practicing Catholic.”
We know from GIRM 103 that the choir/schola cantorum does perform a geniune liturgical function, as their voices assist the congregation in the sung part of the prayer that is the Holy Mass.
In our parish EMHC and Lay Readers are trained, not just in how to perform their duties but in ministry and the Theology of the Eucharist. To me it appears that having a non-Catholic participating in a liturgical ministry is very wrong, and a misunderstanding of the ministerial nature of serving in the choir.
Am I just being exclusionary and stubborn here, or do others think this is the sort of issue that should be pursued as a real problem?