Hopefully this photograph is from the 1970's and not recently as one would hope this silliness has come to a conclusion, but has it in other ways?
On a previous post, "Paul" made a comment in response to something I wrote about abuses happening today rather than those from the 60's, 70's or 80's. This was his response:
Father, you asked, "What examples would you give of "radicalism" in OF parishes today, not from the '60's or 70's or even 80's?"
With my own eyes and ears:
1. A priest publicly discussing the content of a sacramental confession, including the name of the person having made it.
2. A deacon denying in a homily that hell exists.
3. A priest publicly ridiculing the Holy Father.
4. A priest telling a divorced man that an annulment was not necessary to remarry.
5. A priest ad libbing the words of consecration.
Please understand that I am not claiming to be perfect or even a good man. I'm not even that bright--just ask my wife! I do however consent to and believe all that the Holy Catholic Church teaches. If I didn't I'd go somewhere else.
Being a convert to the faith, I love the Church like an adopted son loves the Mother that rescued him from the streets. It hurts me deeply and angers me greatly to see anyone, clergy or laity, insult or harm my Mother.
My comments: I do believe there is still a lot of clowning around although no one is actually wearing a clown costume. All the the things that Paul says occurred are very serious offenses. Number 1 which is a violation of the seal of confession incurs automatic excommunication for the priest doing it and the excommunication can be lifted only by the pope after a rather lenghty canonical process. This kind of abuse needs to be reported to the bishop and immediately when one is aware of it happening.
There is also a terrible mean-spiritness out there amongst not only traditionalists towards the Holy Father and bishops in union with him but also by progressives. Sometimes they can be the most vitriolic, just read the comments on stories in the National Catholic Reporter or even the PrayTell blog, not to mention this blog (although the comments that are sometimes nasty on my blog are by traditional minded commenters)!
Ultimately the bishop should discipline priests who continue to do what is reported. It should be handled privately first and then if the priest continues to do it a "good old" suspension for a period of time and without pay might be just what the doctor ordered.
Finally, I think pastoral councils should be able to bring things of this nature to the Diocesan bishop. There should be some accountability of priests on the parochial level and by the pastoral council. Of course it is up to bishops to make sure pastoral councils are functioning as these should.