This past Sunday at Mass, there was a First Holy Communion rite for many young children (probably 2nd to 3rd graders) at our parish. During the course of the homily, the parish pastor began discussing the various Sacraments, and eventually came around to Holy Orders. Now, I don’t know if this was said in jest, or sincerely, but the priest began by acknowledging that some of the young boys may grow up to receive Holy Orders. He then proceeded to say “…and with the way things are going, some of you girls may, too.” Chuckling from the congregation ensued.
Needless to say I was deeply shocked at this line of speech, and even if said in jest, I feel it was entirely inappropriate and scandalous for everyone in the parish to here their pastor imply such a thing, especially the First Communicants. I was so frazzled by this I left the church to go to my car, where I formulated my thoughts and wrote a private letter to this priest, which I mailed this morning. In it, I explained my objections and asked him to please, recant/clarify his words as soon as possible.
Was I right in doing this? I have noticed some other slightly unorthodox opinions from this priest during other homilies, but nothing that approaches this close to heresy, if not actually preaching it. Is there somehting more I should do? I will probably not be returning to Mass at this parish, as this was really the last straw for me, so I doubt I will ever know if the priest actually retracts his statement publicly.