Should the church allow a drug user/dependent and heavy, daily alcohol drinker to serve in any capacity in mass such as lector, commentator or eucharistic lay minister? I know of some who do but I’m sure that the parish priest and the other servers & community are not aware of it.
It quite disturbs me because it seems contrary that someone who use drugs and drink alcohol everyday actively serve in mass. Quite contrary to serving the Lord and to Catholic teachings about the body being the temple of the Holy Spirit.
If so, as a member of the community, what should I do? Should I tell our spiritual director/priest so he could investigate it?
And for those persons concerned, what should they do? Should they be obliged to confess and reveal these ‘truths’ to the priest? Or voluntarily resign? But if they do not voluntarily resign, what should be next step? It seems that they enjoy being in the limelight rather than truly serving the Lord.
It’s really disturbing to see someone who serves at mass daily, and at the same, you fully know of this person’s drug use/abuse and heavy, daily alcohol intake. The person not only use the drugs, but passes-on/supplies to their own family and friends.