You may or may not be familiar with the blog of a local Catholic who drops in at local Archdiocesan parishes for Mass and writes about what she sees. The name of the blog is Snup's View from the Back Pew. A friend was kind enough to send along a link to her most recent entry, on the local dissident parish of St. Cronan.
St. Cronan is well-known to readers of this blog as the incubator parish for the excommunicated womyn"priests" Rose Hudson and Elsie McGrath and of Sister Louise Lears, placed under interdict by the Archbishop for various canonical crimes.
You can read her entire post at the first link above, but I wanted to point out some of the lowlights, with her post in italics and my comments following:
Father didn't wear a chasuble, but just an alb and a stole. A clay chalice was used as well.
I'm guessing Father knows this already, but just in case here is the relevant paragraphs from the General Instruction on the Roman Missal:
289. Among the requisites for the celebration of Mass, the sacred vessels hold a place of honor, especially the chalice and paten, which are used in presenting, consecrating, and receiving the bread and wine.
290. Vessels should be made from materials that are solid and that in the particular region are regarded as noble. The conference of bishops will be the judge in this matter. But preference is to be given to materials that do not break easily or become unusable.
299. Unless otherwise indicated, the chasuble, worn over the alb and stole, is the vestment proper to the priest celebrant at Mass and other rites immediately connected with Mass.
Our correspondent continues:
The ad libbing started from the beginning. The Sign of the Cross had stuff add, such as the Spirit that sustains us. The Second Reading was from Paul to the People of Rome (so I guess the Romans not living in Rome don't count?) And in a first, the Gospel was ad libbed. Yes indeed. Jesus is not the Son of Man, but the Anointed One. I believe that changes the meaning of the passage somewhat... Father used Eucharistic Prayer II and didn't ad lib the Consecration.
The most shocking thing is that nothing really shocks-- although I admit to relief when I read that Father didn't mess with the words of consecration. Thus one can hope in the validity of the Sacrament.
At the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Father invited us to gather around the altar. At least I think that is what his hand motions indicated. 5 or so people came up.
Hands were held at the Our Father and the Sign of Peace was a free for all. And nobody (but yours truly) knelt for the Eucharistic Prayer. Everyone stood.
OK, so there are tons of liturgical abuses. But man, that's all external. What about the message, man?
Let's talk about the homily shall we?
Father did not give the homily. A guy in a purple polo gave the homily. He asked us if we have keys. Keys are power. The readings are about leaders and power, especially bindings and loosing. The Government has been too binding in the past with slavery, women, illegal aliens. The Hierarchy of the Church has been too binding as well. The Institutional Church has been binding towards gay and lesbians, divorced and re-married Catholics, and women. (My eyes...they roll) The guy's sister got a divorce and the family had a funeral for the marriage. (Wha?) St. Cronan's parishioners have loosed themselves from the Institutional Church (mmmhmmm I see) Former parishioners have loosed themselves from organized religion and have found some spirituality (mmmhmmm). What are we bound by? What are we willing to loose?
And, if you are wondering if Our Lord's Eucharistic Body and Blood were properly respected:
Oh. And when I went up to Communion, there were chunks/crumbs of bread in the flat ciboria thing along with the hosts.
Just another Sunday liturgy at St. Cronan.