I was visiting Rapid City, SD and went into 2 of their 5 Catholic churches and couldn’t find the tabernacle. I did eventually find it in one of the churches off in a separate room by itself and not in a place of prominence as I was always taught it should be.
I did ask the young priest why the tabernacle was off in a separate room and not in the main body of the church. I found his answer to be distressing at least to me. He said that the Vatican thought that the tabernacle was distracting during the consecration of the bread and wine. It was like walking into a protestant church when I didn’t see the tabernacle behind the alter as it is in my church.
I can’t help but think that along with the new mass and removing the tabernacle from the main body of the church the Vatican is trying to Protestantize Catholic churches. Trying to be politically correct maybe?
I would be interested to know if the tabernacle has been removed from the main body of the church in your parishes. I know it was removed from a church I went to in Massachusetts also. What a shame What is the Catholic Church coming to?