Put up or shut up.
I never applied for a permit to make comments at WDTPRS, which is why I turn what could have been a comment there, into a post here. Without further ado.
From a reader:
A group of us wanted to recite the Rosary after Mass in church and our pastor said ‘No the Rosary is a ‘private prayer’ and cannot be said as a group in church…..your thoughts ???
Fr. Z responds:
Are you sure that is what he said?Truth be told, the pastor of the church calls the shots. There is a famous little Catholic church in a small town which has a big Cathedral, wherein the pastor of the one, and the rector of the other, told people they were not to publicly recite the rosary as a group out loud. Each circumstance was different however.
If he really said that – and it is a little hard to believe – think that to be one of the dumbest things I have heard in a long time.
Of course the Rosary can be prayed by groups and in a church! - WDTPRS
- At the famous little Catholic church, the pastor told the lady who wanted to pray the rosary out loud, after Mass, with her little group, that he would not permit it because it disturbed other people who wished to pray silently after Mass. In addition, he instructed her, that in the future if she wanted to initiate a prayer group or time of public prayer, she must first ask the permission of the pastor.
- At the Cathedral a group of 'gay' Catholics attempted to pray the rosary out loud, in the Church, for a particular intention, and the rector of the place instructed them to pray quietly and privately. The rector stated that “public prayer” had to be approved in advance by his office. In this case, the rector was aware that the intentions of the group were in opposition to Catholic teaching. He thereby instructed them and limited them, while permitting them to remain and pray privately and silently, without demonstration.
In both cases, each group was permitted to stay and pray silently. Nothing wrong with that.
It is the pastor of the place who calls the shots - and he answers to his bishop - not to Catholics online.
NB: When in church, I keep my head down and my mouth shut - no really I do. I still get tripped up on 'consubstantial'. Never see it coming. I know!
Let no man put assunder... -Mary J