Here we go again.
I got a question from a reader:
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[O]ur pastor is going to be incorporating altar girls into the parish life sooner or later. This a subject close to my heart and it pains me greatly to think that an unbroken tradition of altar boys at our parish will cease to exist. It also worries me because I do not think the parish will handle it too well. Then there are those who will applaud "progress" in our "lifeless" parish. It could become sharply divisive.
But you have probably dealt with this sort of thing before, so you would understand. I am going to discretely voice my concerns with Father before I do anything else, since it seems that nobody really knows yet. Do you have any recommendations as to what I should say? I remember reading your explanation that boys are appropriate because they substitute for an instituted ministry. Is there anything else I should bring to this meeting?
One thing I know that is important is charity. Father is not one to say the red and do the black. He might be concerned that some of the Masses have been less well-attended by the altar boys. We have a solid group, though, so I cannot see how altar girls could be justified since there is not a severe shortage here. I dunno. Your thoughts (and perhaps commentary from fellow WDTPRSers) would be greatly appreciated.
We have approached this several times, but I think we can return to this thorny topic with some concise comments.