Julia Meloni at One Peter 5 takes a look at an all too possible future:
It’s 2029, and, by necessity, you’re attending a “group-conducted” Mass celebrated by Jerry the bus driver, Charles the bank manager, and Josh the carpenter.
You’re in the Church dreamed up by the Amazon synod’s radical muse, Bishop Fritz Lobinger. After Pope Francis hailed Lobinger’s work, you saw that 2019 synod clinch the ordination of married “elders” — a practice that then spread, predictably, to Germany, the U.S., and elsewhere.
You’d think — to borrow a phrase from Lobinger — that everyone would find it “deeply shocking to suddenly see Mass celebrated by the bank manager, the bus driver, the carpenter.”
But you had been readied for the innovation.
Before they were ordained, Jerry, Charles, and Josh would join Fr. Bob at the altar, dressed in liturgical garb, and conduct as many parts of the liturgy as possible. Now Jerry, Charles, and Josh are celebrating their own group-led Mass because Lobinger says Jesus didn’t “sit isolated” at the Last Supper.
Under Lobinger’s bifurcation of the priesthood, Jerry the bus driver is a distinct kind of priest who was trained through “weekend courses.” He dresses in his usual garb, is addressed by his normal name, and is called an “elder” to distinguish him from the other type of priest. Fr. Bob, meanwhile, has metamorphosed into an “animator” priest, forming all the architects and sandwich artists who now say Mass and hear confessions in his place.
Jerry was ordained in a group because one-person ordinations perpetuate a “providing Church” with a “deplorable passive consumer attitude.” Jerry is there not just to “provide” the sacraments until a “real priest” comes. He and the other part-time priests are there to implement Vatican II–inspired “participation.”
Go here to read the rest. PopeWatch shudders to imagine the Mass put on by a group of lawyer-priests.