In the heady days after Vatican II there was great excitement about lay ministries and declericalizing priests by clericalizing laity, usually women. I must say that some of the most “clerical” people I have experienced in the Church aren’t priests and deacons, but laity protecting their turf.
But I digress.
Let me be clear, I have no problem with lay leadership and consulting laity. I have hired quite of few over the years and have always had more women in leadership roles as volunteers then men but also paid.
I have no problem with girl or boy altar servers or adult men and women taking on the role.
But, ho hum for most Catholics today who still bother to attend Mass, the 5% to 25% of Catholics who do. Are they truly excited, inspired and motivated in their Catholicism by what Pope Francis did on Sunday installing the first ever female lectors in what had been reserved for men? NO, they aren’t excited and could care less, but maybe one or two do find it exhilarating.
And thus the genius of the EF Mass—people there just want Christ and to experience Him in a mystical way for their eternal salvation. And they take their faith seriously enough to go to Confession regularly, procreate like rabbits, to quote Pope Francis, and to strive to make their homes the Church in miniature and to help the poor as best they can by showing charity at home and to others.
Lay ministries don’t excite Catholics anymore nor novelties in the Church—that’s a 1960’s phenomenon and most from the 60’s who were thrilled by it then are dead now, or nones or in memory care units.
Ho hum…Just saying.