Many months ago, I eagerly attended an evening Festal Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe. My non-Catholic husband, who was at the time willing to attend RCIA with me at this particular parish, joined me. What we experienced there still haunts me. I would like to know if I should say or do something about it.
We live in a smallish town yet it has two Catholic churches about the same size. One of the parishes has services in English and Spanish, the other English only. We visited the English only one because we live in its ‘district’. I knew something was very wrong when we entered because there were a total of 8 people there, us included. The priest included a question and answer time, questions about Our Lady of Guadalupe, he said he was not familiar with this story, and folks commented on the fact that she must be a ‘hispanic’ Mary. Needless to say I felt very uneasy (we are hispanic) as I listened to the Q&A. We walked out of the short service kind of like in a daze. When we drove past the other parish…the parking lot was overflowing, I told my husband that the Virgen was at THAT church tonight. We went to THAT church on Saturday. There was the Virgen, covered in flowers and lit candles at her feet. The church was standing room only, a multicultural mix.
It is because of this disparity that my husband decided not to attend RCIA with me. The priest at the English only church is a monsignor and very ‘popular’ with locals, so I have heard. Its why I have not wanted to speak with him or mention it to anyone. But he did derail my husband. What should I do or say and to whom? Do monsignors continue in positions such as bishop? I would truly hate to see that happen with this priest.