Matt Abbott’s recent column at Renew America starts like this:
‘This post consists of excerpts from a letter I wrote to the pastor of a Catholic parish about a certain incident that occurred at his church. I have omitted all references as to the church’s location. The church is semi-circular in design, and we were sitting in the last pew near the center isle, which afforded us a clear view of almost the entire congregation. I started my letter with a compliment as to how nice the newly-remodeled church looked. I then ask the pastor to please consider the following hypothetical situation.
‘A priest enters the confessional for the usual Saturday morning or afternoon confession time. During this time a young man enters the confessional. ‘Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.’ From the sound of the voice on the other side of the screen, the priest surmises that the person is a teenager or young adult. The confession continues: ‘It was a week since my last confession. I’m guilty of many lustful thoughts, and I looked at some very immodestly dressed women more times than I should have.’
‘The priest asks, ‘Were these impure thoughts related to these women you looked at’?
”Yes,’ replies the young man.
‘The priest: ‘Why did you continue to look at them? Why didn’t you go someplace else, away from them?’
”I couldn’t,’ said the young man. ‘They were in front of me and I was kind of hemmed in by the crowd.’
‘The priest: ‘Why were you in such a place to begin with? Do you remember that we are to avoid places that may be an occasion of sin?’
‘The young man answers, “Yes, Father, I know that, but I had to be there.’
‘The priest, somewhat puzzled, then asks: ‘Why did you have to be there, and where were you: at the beach; at a sporting event?’
”No, Father,’ said the young man, ‘I was at your noon Mass last Sunday, and two scantily-dressed girls were sitting in the pew right in front of me, along with their parents. I couldn’t move because my parents were on either side of me.’
‘While I said that the above story was hypothetical, in reality it is not. The Mass in question took place this past July at a prominent Catholic parish in a town my wife and I were visiting. It was the main Mass of the day and the church was quite full.
Read the rest there.
Lack of decorum is a serious problem. Between corrosive informality and the more and more prevalent immodesty, it is getting more difficult to want to go to any public place…. even coffee shops… which is why it is a great idea to order
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