From a reader:
Today, the priest gave an overtly political homily that I have no doubt you would have found highly inappropriate. Think Fr. Michael Pfelger of Chicago. I sat through it in stunned disbelief but some got up and left. Is it ever appropriate to leave Mass in protest?
I suppose it depends on what was said. I can imagine situations in which I would walk out.
Yes, I can imagine something so bad that I would walk out. It would be easier to do so were the topic overtly political or heretical. If, however, the sermon is simply stupid, well… there’s always the Rosary.
On the other hand, there are sermons which make us uncomfortable because they should make us feel uncomfortable.
Sermons shouldn’t just instruct, leave us up in our skulls. If our priests and bishops don’t get under our skin sometimes, they are not preaching well.