Members of St. Barnabas Parish in Mazomanie say they are stunned to learn that the priests leading their Catholic community will no longer allow their daughters to be servers at Mass. From now on, only boys will be able to assist priests in the ancient religious rite.
The new policy was announced at a meeting with parents Tuesday by Rev. John Del Priore, who was assigned to the parish on June 1.
“It’s an outrage,” said Tammy Parks. “They said it was a good way for boys to be indoctrinated into being a priest.” After letting her 11-year-old daughter know that she would no longer be allowed on the altar, Del Priore asked her 8-year-old son about his interest in becoming an altar boy, Parks said in an interview.
“Not only is the priest discriminating against my daughter, he’s teaching my son that that is appropriate behavior,” she said. Parents at St. Barnabas are so distressed that there is talk of having the boys boycott altar duty.
The Catholic Church broke with centuries of tradition in 1994, when the Vatican said girls would be allowed to join “altar boys” in assisting priests at Mass. (Read about the “outrage”)
Get ready for more of this stuff over the next 20-30 years. Sweeping “feminism” out of the sanctuary. Another part of “New Evangelization” which has forced Catholics to argue ad nauseam over the basic rudiments, and traditions of the Faith all over again. Arguing over things which never should have been in the first place. It’s like repeatedly teaching a 25 year old how to tie his shoes. Wasted time. 27 years of novelty, confusion and destruction.