Compiled by NCR Staff
Publication date:January 9, 2009
Section:T. Letters to the Editor
Regarding your article “Where to put the sign of peace?” (NCR, Dec. 12): We priests will obediently implement whatever the bishops ask. But they must know that as we tend to yet another liturgical norm, we are embarrassed by their bewilderment regarding the mass exodus of Catholics from the church, their rigidity regarding the shortage of clergy, their moral ineptitude in the face of the pedophilia scandal and subsequent cover-up, consistent irrelevance during the Iraq war and the current economic crisis, their political naiveté, their silence in the face of genocide and torture, and their failure to grasp the real struggles that the average Catholic endures daily. We priests will ask the people to stand on their heads if the bishops want us to, but these constant liturgical directives are making us look frighteningly ridiculous. Let’s hope for something more.
(Fr.) DOUGLAS H. KOESEL
North Ridgeville, Ohio