Here’s what I don’t get, when I was growing up, entire families use to fill one pew.
Sometimes babies cried, we didn’t have a crying room and usually the Priest just spoke louder, they had microphones then too.
Never have I heard any Priest say, “Take that baby out of here!” Never did I see anyone give anyone else “that look”, everybody just pretty much took it in stride, because everybody else had a crying baby at one time or another too.
Sometimes I do sit near crying babies, but usually in the Parish I am in, the people take them out. We don’t have a crying room either, but we do have many rooms that they can go to that the mics are heard in and so Father is still heard by the parents that do leave at times. They always look so embarressed that I offer a silent prayer for them and ask
Jesus during Holy Communion if perhaps He could bless them in a special way with babies that won’t cry until the singing masks it at least. (but has anyone ever noticed how they usually like the singing and don’t cry much then?)
I can understand that if they are crying the entire time he is giving his homily that they ought to leave for the sake of others not being able to hear, but usually its just for a few minutes and I get the jist of the homily even if I miss a few words. However, I am deaf in one ear and sometimes miss a few words anyway.
I also remember when I was young and one of my babies would cry once in awhile, but I was blessed with my husband being right there beside me and one of us always left with them when they cried for more than a minute or so. We didn’t have a crying room then either.