With full responsibility, authority and faculties of an Administrator of ********, appointed by Bishop *****, for the sake of the common good of the Church, the parish and the diocese, with the approval of the Bishop, I (very sadly) officially invite you To leave the parish ***** and the diocese of ******.
Was this statement issued to a:
- Wildly heterodox parish like St Joan of Arc’s in Minnesota
- A parish that kneels during the Agnus Dei?
If you picked number two – congratulations you have been paying attention.
Dom has some information and commentary on this story.
I just don’t understand some peoples aversion to kneeling? As the old quote goes "A man is never so tall as when he kneels before God." Though at times as I wrote in another post it seems to be just contrariness. To do the opposite of what is recommended by the GIRM.
On a side issue have you ever noticed the phenomenon of faux-kneeling? That is where during the times at Mass that we should kneel people will kind of crouch down instead. This way they appear to be lowered down without actually kneeling. Now of course the elderly or those who are physically unable to kneel shouldn’t even try. But the faux kneelers are usually also the ones who can sprint away from Mass before the final hymn. That I notice this type of stuff shows that I am not paying attention to the Mass as I should, but it is hard not to notice when the faux-kneeler is right in front of you. I am curious though as to why some people choose to do this.