From a reader, reacting to my post: Communion in the hand. Wherein Fr. Z rants and provokes.
Firstly, I want to thank you for your recent post/rant about “age appropriate food” when it comes to the Catholic Faith. I have had many conversations with friends and others about how at some parishes and masses, I feel as if I am back in grammar school, learning how to color in the lines while still retaining all current knowledge. To be honest, I typically feel insulted when I go to Mass and Father (or the deacon if it is not the priest who is preaching) ends up treating the faithful as if we were all five years old. Eventually, I am reminded this is something we have more or less done to ourselves over the last 50 or so years. (And from my own experience, this is the case in seminaries, as well.)
I currently attend a parish where Father says both forms of the Mass. Regardless of the form of the Mass, I have never felt as if I was being treated as a child when it comes to matters of Faith. Sadly, this modus operandi is not the norm in my diocese. But, thankfully, there is the slow trickle of young, well educated priests being ordained within the diocese that this “watering down” will eventually be done with.
As a member of the Faithful of the Catholic Church, I will testify that I want to be treated as an adult when it comes to catechesis and the Sacred Liturgy. Most people seem to discount my opinion since I’m “too young to remember the times before Vatican II, and can’t want something back I never had.” Well, they are correct. I was not around before Vatican II. I was not even around to remember the fall of Communism. But, I am a child of God. I am the inheritor of nearly two thousand years of Christian Tradition, not merely the last fifty years or so.
Now, my rant is complete. I apologize for the length, but this is something I feel very strongly about, and you have managed to put it into words very eloquently. Thank you.
I think you are not alone. Many people hunger for what you have the opportunity to experience. Hopefully, in the future and with the help of more priests who are waking up and coming up in the ranks, that will accelerated.