The usual M.O for the “prayers of the faithful” in my diocese is that they are written by the “liturgy committee” or by the “pastoral associate” of the parish and that the priest/pastor (in most cases) does not “proof” them. The thought process is (I was on the diocesan liturgy panel, so I know what our regulations are) that the “PA’s” have been trained in liturgy, so they know what they are doing.
That said I have some concerns about the prayers of the faithful that were read in our Cathedral today. The first two petitions, while following the “formula” of praying for the Church and for world leaders, I am concerned about the wording.
The first was:
“For our Church leaders, that they may have the strength & courage to go where the Holy Spirit leads them…”
The next was:
“For our government leaders, that they may be good shepherds and lead us all in pursuit of peace & justice…”
I don’t know this seems a little backward to me. Should we not be praying that our Church leaders are “good shepherds” and that our government leaders have the strength & courage to go where the Holy Spirit is leading them? Is this just a matter of semantics? I plan on discussing this with the pastor (whom I know pretty well, and have a good relationship with), but I would like to know what others think about this. The few people I talked with after Mass seem to agree with me, but they are regular parishioners, and apparently things like this happen so often (along with other irregularities), that many of them are tired of fighting.
So, my CAF friends, what are your thoughts on this?