I have not been to Mass in months. In February, a Washington Post report suggested that early in his pontificate, Francis learned about the systematic priestly abuse of institutionalized deaf children in Argentinadecades ago. Log in or link your magazine subscription.
In many ways, the old, elaborate High Mass, with its incense and processions, color-coded vestments, liturgical complexity, musical precision, choirs, organs, and sheer drama, is obviouslyin part, a creation of the gay priesthood. The Vatican has conducted many studies on its own clergy but never on this subject.
John considers love to be the most certain sign of God's presence. Raftis phoned the priest. My five years in the priesthood, even in its most liberal wing, gave me a fetid taste of this caste system. It would have crushed her. For well over a millennium, it was commonplace, and though there were occasional denunciations of it, these were usually followed by papal inaction or indifference.