This past weekend, one local parish had a letter on the front page of its bulletin from a priest in the parish, which I’ve cropped in order to — for the moment — avoid giving away the identity of the parish and of the priest. It is a hard decision to make.
On the one hand, it would be preferable to send the bulletin “as is” to our new bishop so that he can take the appropriate action, and perhaps I will. But on the other hand, I find it quite outrageous that, at the priest’s own admission, this is the way he is talking to the children. Because of the children, and their parents, it seems some immediate action is needed.
What do you think? How would you handle? The reason for posting something now is so that, by word of mouth at least, there will be some challenge to which worried parishioners can point, and know that their concerns have been noted. As Bishop Bruskewitz told me (described in an earlier post on this website) God has chosen to reveal Himself in the masculine gender, as Father and as Son, and the Greek text about the Holy Spirit also uses “he.” And, so, we respect the words God has used.
How then can a priest encourage so much gender confusion, especially with children? The world may be confused these days, but God’s word isn’t! If enough people feel that the parish should be disclosed, I may do so, especially as a protection for the Faithful. What do you think? How would you handle it?