When I visited the offices of The Catholic Herald yesterday, I had a chance to see bound and archived editions of the paper from yesteryear. I took a look at the paper that went to press closest to the date of my birth. It was amazing how little has changed in some respects.
I noted that in this week’s edition there is a debate about the behavior… sorry… behaviour of children in church.
In that issue from back in October 1959 there was this.
Of course in 1959 there really weren’t children’s liturgies in the same sense as we understand them today. There were Masses where lots of children were present, of course. But there weren’t childish… er… children’s liturgies.
Of course it makes perfect sense that the subject of children in church should be discussed in ever age. It is a huge concern for parents and fellow Mass goers alike… not to mention the priest.