My wife always seems hear the bad homilies…
I know I’ve told this first story once before:
Before we were married, my wife went to mass at her normal parish. Rather than have a normal homily, the monseigneur had certain members of the parish perform a skit. He had a role in it, but he was not the person who was explaining the scriptures in the process. So, for all practical purposes, the lay people gave the homily. At the end of the homily, an old man in a wheelchair wheeled his way up to the altar, told the priest he was committing a mortal sin by having lay people give the homily, then went back to his previous location. (That was in Texas, btw).
A few weeks ago, she was working at a summer camp here in MA, and she went to Mass at a local parish. This happened to be the Sunday after the state legislature refused to allow the issue of gay marriage to be on the 2008 ballot. In the homily, the priest said that “The Catholic Church teaches us to hate gay people” and that “He is more open if anyone needs to speak with him on these matters.”
So, in either of these situations, would you have acted like the old man and challenged the priest in the middle of the homily, would you have talked to him after mass, or would you have done nothing? Honestly, I think I would have done nothing. I’m still planning on drafting a letter to the local bishop about the latter scenario.