Amy Welborn publishes an apology by the pastor of Christ the King parish in the Orange County diocese – the celebrant of the Halloween Mass in their bulletin. She comments on his apology.
It’s a start. Really, it is. Of course, the basic point is still not addressed, which is…and a Halloween Mass with anyone dressed up in costumes is consistent with the Christian liturgical tradition, even as diverse as it might be….how?
But. It’s a start. Things are moving in a different direction than they were in say, 1975, and we can pray, in good faith and hope and generosity, that they’ll just keep moving…
I agree with her critique since the pastor apologized for how the costumes some of the EMHMs were wearing and not whether they should be wearing costumes of any sort. I also wonder about his saying that many parishioners requested being able to wear costumes along with their children since the video of the even really shows only EMHMs and those in the choir wearing them. It certainly didn’t appear that this was a practice adopted by many of the parishioners themselves. Also not mentioned was their practice of decorating the sanctuary with pumpkins. Regardless his apology is a good first step.