I found it depressing, disturbing, discouraging and difficult not to feel adrift in a hierarchically-dominated Church when I read such a comment by Archbishop Smith that “directives (for uniform postures during Mass) have as their intention to assure consistent practice in the archdiocese and conformity with the universal law of the Church.”
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If two professional hockey teams decided to throw away the rulebook and play a game with a beach ball and snowshoes, their game would not be called professional hockey.
Regarding people’s attire at church, I believe that God welcomes everyone who attends Mass, and so should we.
Congratulations on the excellent coverage of the 100th anniversary of St. Edmund’s Parish, St. Edmund’s School and the Ursulines of Jesus (WCR, Oct. 24).
On the first Sunday of Advent, changes to the liturgy will be implemented. They are outlined in a folder. However, not enough folders were printed and we do not have them throughout our archdiocese. Oh well, carry on.
After reading Father Ron Rolheiser’s In Exile column on suicide (WCR, Oct. 31), I am left wondering if I could disagree with him more fervently. My life has been touched by suicide a couple times and I have even attempted it myself once.
I am writing concerning Development and Peace. In my reading, the first and most startling incident was the invitation to a Jesuit priest in Mexico to speak in Canada. When questioned by Archbishop Prendergast about abortion, he admitted that he was open to it and was sent packing.