OH MY GOD — you’ve just got to read this: San Francisco priest bars altar girls, sparks another controversy by David Gibson. This article is full of one ignorant, tone-deaf comment after another - both from Fr. Joseph Illo and from Cardinal Burke.
Illo’s reasoning for the no girls need apply policy…
The first, he said, is that "boys usually end up losing interest [in altar service] because girls generally do a better job."
His solution? Get rid of the girls - even though they are doing a better job than the boys.
From Cardinal Burke…
"It requires a certain manly discipline to serve as an altar boy in service at the side of [a] priest, and most priests have their first deep experiences of the liturgy as altar boys," said the former archbishop of St. Louis. He added that "the sanctuary has become full of women" and that has discouraged men from taking part in church life.
One hardly knows what to say about that! Except that many parents are understandably hesitant for their children to have “deep experiences” anywhere near Rome’s male-only clergy. How can Burke not understand that a major factor in the steady decline in the Roman Church is their old boys club management team and the anti-woman attitudes they cling to?
Take your tums and then read this article. It’s revealing.
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