Sr. Joan, major supporter of female ordination and person who calls Jesus, "Brother Jesus", is installed as Pastoral Administrator. Sr. Joan and now Sr. Roberta give homilies at the (un)Holy Masses celebrated at their parish while three priests and a deacon sit on the sideline - with the full blessing of Bishop Matthew Clark. Guess what they refer to the Priest (aka Pastor in other churches) as in their bulletin! He's the 'Sacramental Minister', don't ya know. For more information on Sr. Joan, see this archived blog entry.
Have you had enough yet?!
Well, I'm going to tell you anyway...
Rich Leonardi's blog points to something offensive taking place among the youth at St. Ambrose in Irondequoit - also Diocese of Rochester. Can you say Mime Passion Play? On his blog, you can click on a link to view a slideshow of pictures. Do note that this is taking place INSIDE the Sanctuary and the 'mime' crucified Jesus donning a Superman shirt lies down ON the ALTAR!. No, this is not a joke - sadly.
Please, pray for the Diocese of Rochester. And if you can, put in a word for them at the Vatican.
Cardinal Francis Arinze
Prefect - Congregation for Divine Worship
Piazza Pio XII, 10
Vatican City (Europe) 00120
More on how to handle Liturgical abuses here.
Catholic Answers Special Report on Liturgical Abuses
From the 2003 General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM):
66. The Homily should ordinarily be given by the priest celebrant himself. He may entrust it to a concelebrating priest or occasionally, according to circumstances, to the deacon, but never to a lay person. In particular cases and for a just cause, the homily may even be given by a Bishop or a priest who is present at the celebration but cannot concelebrate.
"The faithful have a right to a true Liturgy, which means the Liturgy desired and laid down by the Church, which has in fact indicated where adaptations may be made as called for by pastoral requirements in different places or by different groups of people. Undue experimentation, changes and creativity bewilder the faithful. The use of unauthorized texts means a loss of the necessary connection between the lex orandi and the lex credendi. The Second Vatican Council's admonition in this regard must be remembered: "No person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove or change anything in the Liturgy on his own authority." [Sacrosanctum Concilium] And Paul VI of venerable memory stated that: "Anyone who takes advantage of the reform to indulge in arbitrary experiments is wasting energy and offending the ecclesial sense."[Paul VI, address of August 22, 1973: "L'Osservatore Romano," August 23, 1973.]
Canon 528 ß2: "The parish priest is to take care that the blessed Eucharist is the center of the parish assembly of the faithful. He is to strive to ensure that the faithful are nourished by the devout celebration of the sacraments, and in particular that they frequently approach the sacraments of the blessed Eucharist and penance. He is to strive to lead them to prayer, including prayer in their families, and to take a live and active part in the sacred liturgy. Under the authority of the diocesan Bishop, the parish priest must direct this liturgy in his own parish, and he is bound to be on guard against abuses."