The Mass is Not Entertainment

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Earlier this week an American bishop made the news when he played his ukulele and sang “This Little Light of Mine” during his homily at a Confirmation Mass in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

This past Christmas a priest in the Philippines made worldwide headlines when he rode a hoverboard up and down the aisles of his parish, serenading the faithful.

Many have no doubt seen video of Ireland’s “singing priest” who turns wedding Masses into his own personal audition for Britain’s Got Talent, crooning to bride and groom.

In Mexico, there is a parish priest made famous for wearing super hero vestments and shooting his parishioners with holy water from a super soaker toy.

While these four examples are thankfully extreme exceptions, they do highlight a significant problem with the post-conciliar liturgy: the priest as performer.

Unfortunately, the very defining features of the typical parish Mass are often fostering such…

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