Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

uppity laymen

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 07, 2005

Our renewed post-Conciliar Church is an open and welcoming Church, except where it's not. (Thanks to L.A. Catholic)

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($16,752 to go):
$35,000.00 $18,248.29
48% 52%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 10, 2005 9:00 PM ET USA

    The layperson's criticism is constructive and edifying for the associate pastor and for the pastor. The priests in that parish need the humility to see that what they are doing is wrong and irreverent... If they're not using a paten, don't the priests realize that the particles of the host are on the corporal & probably on the altar? The priests also needs to be removed from parish work, for the only person they should be yelling at and pushing around like that is their Cardinal in L.A...

  • Posted by: - Aug. 08, 2005 1:36 PM ET USA

    Certainly, some are over-critical. However, given the nature of his complaints and the response he received, don't you think that it is more likely that the reason he's been doing so much complaining is because there has been a lot to legitimately complain about? And that perhaps nobody else has complained might only mean that they are ignorant of the way it should be or don't care one way or another. But I think that he should find another parish. It's obvious nothing is going to change there.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Aug. 08, 2005 11:29 AM ET USA

    Nobody defends this cleric's laying hands on another with violence, and nobody wants to think of the laity as "uppity." However, there are some people in each parish who suffer from other-directed-scrupulosity. These folk criticize EVERY move you make, and they can be immensely irritating. A clue may be found in the friend's letter: ". . . I realized that he and others have perceived me as critical in the past." Sounds like there's lots more to the story; was he the only one distracted?

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Introducing the Church Fathers 3 hours ago
Straws in the Wind July 25
Hans Urs von Balthasar on Renewal that Matters July 25
Wrongheaded diocesan legal defenses in abuse cases July 24
New HHS Mandate must truly eliminate complicity July 23

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21