From a reader:
Visiting my grandmother out here in Texas and went to Mass Saturday evening. Saw the priest was wearing his stole on top of the chasuble.
I seriously thought about asking him, politely, if he was aware it constituted a liturgical abuse.
Decided against it in light of his stature as a priest and the mote in my own eye. How would you advise me to act in the future? Obviously I was only visiting, but I was wondering if not pointing out the abuse was a disservice to my brother laymen in the parish.
The stole is to be worn beneath the chasuble.
However, given that you were a visitor there, you probably did the right thing in deciding not to say anything. If you were going to be there for a substantial period of time, and could get to know the priest a little, then I would bring it up.
Also, perhaps it is not the best thing to ask directly if a priest is aware that he is committing a liturgical abuse. Be a little more diplomatic. You might open the question by observing that you haven’t seen a priests generally wear the stole over the chasuble and ask him to explain it.
Everyone has the responsibility to make sure the liturgy is celebrated properly. This includes the use of vestments.
However, our approach will count for a great deal… or do a great deal of harm. We need prudence.