The ‘Other’ Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church that No One is Talking About

How is it possible for bishops & priests to respect the bodies of the faithful, when some of them do not even respect the Body of the Lord?

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1960? 1970? Nope. Try 2014.

The Body and the ‘Warning’

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Fresco of a banquet at a tomb in the Catacomb of Saints Marcellinus and Peter, Via Labicana, Rome.

The ‘Other’ Abuse Crisis

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It’s almost like a completely different religion.
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St. Mark’s Church in Peoria, Illinois, 1970’s. Notice the removal of the high altar, communion rails, sacred artwork.
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St. Mark’s Church, Peoria, Illinois, 2019 — now restored to true beauty. Tradition is for the young, folks.

The (Liturgical) Abuse Crisis, Today

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The former Catholic priest & serial abuser, Paul Shanley. Photo by Frank Wing/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Deacon Anthony Dilenno of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia decided that it was a good idea to wear a costume during the homily.
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Patriotic music does not belong at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
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See above
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Yeah, that’s exactly what we need our priests wearing these days — a wig.
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No clapping for Jesus, I presume.
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The Words of Consecration are NOT up to personal “style”.
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No kneeling — that takes away from our ‘community’.
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Whose disobedience was worse?
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Talk about clericalism!
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“WHAT DID HE SAY?”
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Regarding the first message — yes, it is liturgical abuse if a priest complains about offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
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A lot going on here. Seems to be a long-lasting issue.
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At that part of the Mass, the priest prays, “Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquities and cleans me from my sins.” Apparently, this guy was sinless!
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I love “Adeste Fideles”, but singing it at one’s discretion is a no-no during Mass.
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There’s inculturation and there is syncretism. This seems to be the latter.
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Sometimes, I want to throw guitars at glass chalices.
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The Catholic faithful have a canonical right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue. Shame on this priest.
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I had no idea that the Vikings had a fight song, but after reading this one, I am happy they missed the 2019 NFL Playoffs.
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The Latin Rite of the Catholic Church forbids the use of leavened bread in the Eucharistic liturgy.
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Absolutely no understanding of the difference between Precious Blood and wine.
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This is the first of many “Happy Birthday” submissions. What on earth is going on??
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Like.. why?
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“Male and female He created them” (God, in Genesis 5:2); “No” (third-wave feminist, on a Facebook post)
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Okay, so where should we start?
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No Catholic should ever have to wonder if a sacrament is valid or not. Period.
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First of all, it’s spelled *Shrek.
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Okay so Shrek’s Alleluia is officially part of the Roman Rite now, got it.
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You can tell this was an elderly priest because who still listens to the radio?
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Funny. Hearing a gong before Mass would make me wonder if I wandered into a Buddhist temple.
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The faithful shouldn’t have to worry if a Mass was valid or not. If you celebrate it as written, it will be obvious.
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The sad thing is that, upon reading the submission, I immediately knew the priest mentioned. Why? Because I witnessed this nonsense myself at his parish multiple times.
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Not gonna lie, that last line made me lose it LOL
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“Jesus Christ Superstar” should never — I repeat, NEVER — be sung during Holy Mass.
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Thankful for (and horrified by) the pictures.
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The juxtaposition between a sacred space and profane music is painful.
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Are we currently “reigning in glory”? I stubbed my toe earlier today, so I am going to assume that we aren’t.
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This is… not how you have a Communion service in the absence of a priest.
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No reverence.
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Does anyone ever clap to Jesus? Don’t get any ideas — I’m just curious.
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A New Jersey montage!
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More ad-libbing.
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That last sentence is true, but even admitting that is quite sad.
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Mild, but still a violation of canonical law.
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Nothing says Holy Communion like Michael Jackson, eh?
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Liberal clericalism strikes again.
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Lean on Me, God-Mom!
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Lay people are not allowed to preach at Mass.
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LA 1
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LA 2
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Anddddd LA 3! You’re out!
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I’m honestly curious if priests think laypeople are stupid, given the fact that they feel the need to explain basic Eucharistic prayers every week.
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Put this in the “THE LAY FAITHFUL SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO WONDER IF A SACRAMENT WAS VALID” folder. It’s starting to get full.
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Jesuits used to love the liturgy. I’m not sure what happened.
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What on earth is an “incense bowl”, and how could that ever replace the Holy Mass?
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Ah yes, my favorite: the priest who demands that the faithful *glances at notes* distribute Holy Communion, even against their will.
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Um… how about both?
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I’m dreaming of a liturgy that is celebrated as Holy Mother Church demands. Let me know where I can find one.
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…well then.
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Priests with guitars should not be something you see during Holy Mass. At a church picnic? Fine, whatever. But during Mass? No.
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Read all of this, and weep. This is liturgical abuse, clericalism, and scandal. Pray for this person.
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This must be the 5th “Happy Birthday” example I have given. Did the early Church sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus on Christmas? Not exactly.
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Ah, “Happy Birthday” and gay non-Catholics “preaching” with an invalid, gender-neutral Trinitarian formula. At that point, I think I would just take out my Rosary beads.
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I don’t ever want to see “frisbee-sized” and “host” in the same sentence, unless that sentence is “frisbee-sized hosts should not exist.”
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It takes some serious arrogance to change the literal words of Christ at the Last Supper to fit your particular agenda.
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“Moby DIck is about redemption.” You know what else is about redemption? The Paschal Mystery. Why don’t you talk about that, instead?
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For my Spanish readers. This report comes from Chile.
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To be fair, some Episcopalian services look more Catholic than our own, at times.
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I cannot see how adding butterflies can “improve” a Eucharistic prayer, but maybe I’m just not poetic enough.
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I’m crying for you, Argentina.
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“Totally distracts from the altar/priest”… exactly.
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You are commanded to clap, and discouraged to kneel.
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Stop clapping for church musicians 2k19 is in full swing, folks.
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“Chips and Dip”… yikes.
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Priests should never ‘act out’ the Gospel. They should live it.
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“I’m sure you’re getting horrifying stories.” Man, you have no idea.
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At this point, have we all but forgotten about God?
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I am surprised that a canon lawyer would think this is appropriate for Mass.
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I have sat through countless bishop appeal videos. The screen all but dwarfs the altar.
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The Ascension is officially canceled until we find out what is going on.
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Don’t blame people for not coming to Confession if you do not see it as a priority.
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I am not a priest or deacon, but I’m pretty sure that starting a homily with “Now, I know what the Gospel says, but that’s just not true…” isn’t a good idea.
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Ah! Adeste Fideles at inappropriate places strikes again!
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And to think, some people snarkily suggest that those who say Pope Francis is “confusing the faithful” are full of themselves!
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Ok
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Fun fact: 45 minute long homilies are literally contra the Council of Trent.
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A four-part tragedy
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Bad Catholic liturgy is a scandal to non-Catholics.
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Ah, finally. Ending on a happy note!

Conclusion

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