He could of at least worn a two piece bathing suit!
Press the title for John Allen’s commentary on this sacrilege of a Mass in the modern Missal, by the way, as I don’t think any priest in the world would celebrate the soon to be banned 1962 Roman Missal. And as we all know, those clergy and laity who celebrate the 1962 Roman Missal are the real problem for the Church and the liturgy!
John Allen touts the virtues of this priest and his ministry to youth in the Archdiocese of Milan. And yes, this is the logical, but not thought out, conclusion to the 1960’s pastoral theology of the Pope Francis. Please recall that in the 60’s and 70’s priests celebrated Mass on beach blankets (not on floats) and used pizza and Coke (the drink) instead of bread and wine.
But again, the mentality of the abuse age of the Church was and evidently is, if a priest does good pastoral work in some or most areas of his life, than we can give him a pass when he abuses someone or something. This seems to be the logic of John Allen’s article.
While I don’t think this “crime” and sure it is a liturgical crime and abusive, should be viewed as a civil crime, but heck Italy is aligned with the Church in many cases, it should be seen as an very serious ecclesiastical crime, no matter how many good works this priest accomplishes.
What is his normal liturgical style and in what other ways has he abused the Mass and thus who participate in these abusive Masses? Was this the only example. That is up to his bishop to investigate and then mete out an appropriate ecclesiastical punishment. Maybe a symbolic punishment would be to force him to learn and celebrate the 1962 Roman Missal and to attend an educational seminar on this form of the Mass during the time he is suspended from priestly ministry? That could be a two week suspension and he could view it as an ecclesiastical vacation.