What was your Easter Sunday Mass about?

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What was your Easter Sunday Mass about?
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Mon, 04-05-2010 - 10:15am

Ours wasn't about the Resurrection. Noooooo...it was all about the pedophile priests from 30 years ago and trying to shift blame from the Vatican. Seriously? That couldn't have waited until NEXT Sunday? I'm highly irritated and disgusted.

Was your Mass about the Chruch's drama or was it actually about Easter? I'm curious if this was a Church-wide coordinated topic for the homily or if our priest was just being inappropriate all on his own.



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Mon, 04-05-2010 - 10:59am
That was our Palm Sunday homily.
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Mon, 04-05-2010 - 3:25pm
It felt like he intentionally waited for the busiest day of the year to talk about this. It just seemed completely inappropriate, and really felt like it was taking advantage of the larger-than-usual congregation. People actually got up and walked out. I have heard a few people say they're seriously considering switching parishes because of this. I don't know that I'd take it THAT far, but I do wish I would have known what the homily was going to be about. My 5 year-old listens to the service now, like actually listens and asks questions (which I absolutely *love*!). I, my no means, plan on sheltering him forever, but at the same time should I really have to explain to him what a pedophile is or clarify "crimes against children?" Heck, if he even would have addressed the subject in more general terms it probably wouldn't be so bad since I think just about everyone and their brother knows what's going on. It's just frustrating. :(


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Mon, 04-05-2010 - 10:37pm

Ours was about St. Patrick -- a story about his confrontation with the Druids at Easter, and another about when he baptized a chieftain. That was Easter Vigil. On Sunday, I'm blanking on the homily. I do think the "challenges" were raised last week, but it wasn't the focus.


My guess is that the priest wanted to address the topic when he had so many in the congregation who wouldn't hear a normal Sunday homily. I do think sometimes the priests forget how many children are around.


Polly

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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 6:20am
Ours was about redemption, resurrection and the love of God for his children. In one prayer our priest did say that all people, including clergy, must follow Jesus's example of humbling themselves. That was the only close allusion to the scandal.
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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 7:10am

Ours was about daring to

 


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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 8:49am
Polly, you are probably right. I don't think he thought about how many kids were there, and it's a subject I'm sure the priests get emotional about since the vast majority of them are perfectly innocent. I think I'm over the shock of it. Blah!














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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 9:57am

Jen,


My kids are like your Ian -- they observe everything. I always worry about them hearing things that I'm not ready to explain. Once our priest gave a homily in which he talked extensively about Thomas Jefferson's mistress. My son is a big fan of TJ, so I was thankful that he was at Children's Liturgy. My daughter is 11, so I know she understood it, and I was just holding my breath -- but apparently she wasn't listening too well. ;-) Or maybe it just embarassed her and she didn't want to talk about it.


Just a warning -- it will get worse when Ian starts reading. Then just standing in line to check out groceries can be a challenge, because of the tabloid and Cosmo headlines!


Polly

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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 10:36am

Wow, I agree.