Rochester recently got a new Catholic bishop, and the crackdown has begun. Our last bishop, who didn’t focus his attention entirely on key issues like abortion-craving sluts and their whorish need for birth control, has retired. In his place, the new bishop has decided to run the place the way Jesus intended, and of course the first thing Jesus would want him to do is something that makes the women of his diocese feel shitty.
For the better part of 40 years in churches across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, clergy ceded the floor to laypeople for the delivery of the homily — the sermon that follows the reading of the Gospel at Mass.
The practice, which dated to the mid-1970s and was simultaneously derided by the faithful for running afoul of church law and praised for its inclusiveness, has come to an end. […]
Many in the church have welcomed the shift as a long-awaited return to doctrine. Indeed, Matano said he began addressing the matter in response to complaints from parishioners.
But it also has been received with disappointment, particularly among women, who made up the majority of lay homilists and viewed the practice as a way to play a more active role in their faith.
If you want a peek into the minds of people who are running the church today, let’s look at one of the local faithful who has been deriding this practice and now has the bishop’s ear, via her blog, called “Cleansing Fire”. The subhead is “Gloriamur in Tribulationibus” or “Rejoice in Our Sufferings” and each post is “promulgated”. Here’s a little peek of her commentary on the article quoted above, in living nutcase color:
If you do visit her blog, note that it focuses on church architecture and other ephemera, supporting the bishop when he knocks uppity women down a peg, and “religious freedom”, by which she means the freedom to be excused from paying for birth control and the freedom to deny gays the right to marry.
After you’ve lost everyone who’s disgusted with the child abuse and hate, this is what’s left, and they’re running the place.