From Saint Theresa Catholic Church h/t FrZ!
When I was a little little kid, there were seminarians who were Acolytes. Those of younger days were called Altar Boys. The phrase Altar Boy was so ingrained, so right somehow, that when the priest, going against all church legislation, allowed girls to serve, everyone but everyone, without batting an eye, called them Girl Altar Boys. This wasn’t sarcastic, or mocking. It’s just that the phrase Altar Boy was so ingrained because it was just so right.
After some years, and it was years, a false feminism reared its ugly head with abortion and lesbianism, a natural follow up to all the ’68ing with contraception. And so the phrase, Altar Servers was coined. When girls started serving, boys stopped serving. It was all confusing. Girls couldn’t become priests, so what were they doing there? Getting empowered or some such thing? Blech. If girls are only worth anything if they act like boys, it is the end of respect for girls by boys. Not good, that. But the false feminist movement roared ahead, insisting that women were the scum of the earth unless they acted just like men. How stupid is that? How evil? How misogynistic? Liberals are really hateful of God and neighbor, even though they think they are so, you know, wonderful in their battle for “justice”.
The fellow in the video above, unfortunately, doesn’t make a distinction with some of his terminology, but we know what he means. He says that the guys like the cassock, not the alb, because the alb is a bit effeminate. What he’s talking about is not the alb that the priest wears with proper amice and cincture, but rather the white sack with hood and super large wing-like sleeves and nicey-nice inch thick rope.
The stupidest thing I’ve ever seen is girls in the Roman Cassock and collar. This is transvestism. Blech. Also, it is a great act of hatred for girls. Why? you ask. Because it gives them the impression that they can become priests. This is using them, these kids, for a political, anti-Catholic agenda. They will grow up wanting to become priests, not because they are called, but because they have been manipulated. And they will be disappointed, and will probably leave the Church to become Episcopalians or Anglicans or whatever other group changes doctrine at will as time goes on. This kind of abuse of kids is really sick in the head. If you can abuse kids that way, the door is open to other kinds of abuse, right? Really, it needs to stop, and stop now.
But may girls now serve? If the bishop permits this, there is an argument for that. However, the Holy See, wise as ever with this kind of canonization of disobedience, ruled that no matter what a bishop permits, the use of Girl Altar Boys is strictly up to the priest who is celebrating that particular Mass. It’s not up to the Pastor over against a Parochial Vicar. It’s up to the priest who is celebrating that particular Mass.
So, what happens when a priest who wants to promote vocations ever so very gently and with catechesis and all goodness and kindness insists on Boy Altar Boys? Well, a number of things:
- There is a rebellion: There is always but always a feminist mom who brings her daughter to “watch” with painful eyes, while the boys get trained in. The mother always complains, always threatens to write to the bishop, always using her little girl for her own agenda. Too bad, that. Priests shouldn’t cave in to this manipulation of priests, to this abuse of the girls.
- There is encouragement: There are always many more parishioners who back the priest, encouraging him to stay the course. God bless these noble parishioners. They are both men and women, and also girls (especially those who are home-schooling, having their heads screwed on straight).
- There is a sharp increase of Boy Altar Boys: Of course, those who appreciate clear thinking the most are the boys themselves. When they see the battle of Calvary going on right before them in the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and realize the great honor and dignity there is in serving the King of kings and the Lord of lord, He who is the Prince of the Most Profound Peace at the very moment when He, Son of God and Son of the Immaculate Conception is laying down His life for us — so, so majestic in His love — it is then that these boys flock to the altar not only to become Altar Boys, but to become — Dare they aspire to this?!?! — to become seminarians and, hopefully, one day, priests of The Priest, wanting to share the very greatest love of their lives that they have come to know in this way.
- There is a sharp increase in vocations to the priesthood: Parishes which have a superbly, respectfully offered Mass, using only Altar Boys, are often the only source of vocations to the priesthood in the entire diocese or region. This is true again and again and again. This is the way to go for the future of the Church.
- There is a sharp increase in vocations to the religious life: Truly. Girls are inspired by the manly service of the altar that they see being done by their male friends, and they start thinking about joining, say, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Charlotte, or the Missionaries of Charity. Yikes! And we all benefit.
Great! So, why not do it?! Exactly! Let’s get to it!
P.S. By the way, decades ago there was a program called Knights of the Altar. Are there any good initiatives like that today that could be taken up by a parish which, from scratch, wants to start training some youngsters in for service at the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? That’s what I would like to know. Anyone?