Skip to comments.Illinois Priest Loses Job After Refusing to Use New Catholic Prayers
Posted on 02/05/2012 2:49:07 PM PST by marshmallow
For 18 years, the Rev. William Rowe has done a little improvising while celebrating Mass on Sunday mornings at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mount Carmel, Ill.
Now those deviations have led to his resignation in an incident that may be tied to global changes to the Catholic liturgy.
Last Sunday, instead of saying "Lord our God that we may honor you with all our mind and love everyone in truth of heart," during the opening prayer, he altered the phrasing to better reflect the day's Gospel message, in which Jesus heals a man with a troubled spirit.
"We thank you, God, for giving us Jesus who helped us to be healed in mind and heart and proclaim his love to others," the 72-year-old priest prayed instead.
Three days later, Rowe received a letter from Bishop Edward Braxton accepting his resignation.
"The problem is that when I pray at Mass, I tend to change the words that are written in the book to match what I was talking about, or what a song is about," Rowe said in an interview.
The book in question is the Roman Missal, a book of prayers, chants and responses used during the Mass. Rowe has been saying some of those prayers in his own words for years.
But in December the Vatican-mandated adoption of a new English-language translation of the Missal may have given bishops an opportunity to rein in freewheeling priests who have been praying in their own words for decades.
"Since December when the new translation came out, no one has said what would happen to you if you changed stuff," said the Rev. John Foley, director of the Center for Liturgy at St. Louis University. "But I find it hard to believe a priest in Illinois would be forced to resign...........
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I won’t argue the point with you,but history says you are wrong.
I don’t appreciate your attack on Catholicism.
I didn’t consider it an attack. More like the hypocrisy of forcing the 72 year old man out because he changed a prayer
while they have historically hidden priests who did far worse.
It isn’t by any means an attack on the Catholic Church, just an attack on hypocrisy.
I am sorry you are upset.
Has this specific Bishop hidden any Priests?
Not since 2002. Maybe you need to catch up to modern history.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is not the priest's own personal celebration. There is a reason for the prayers that are used, and there is no reason to add anything else to make the priest seem eloquent, relevant, or 'hip'. If the priest wants to do some praying in his own words, he can do so in the greeting, before the Mass begins, or after the Final Blessing. If the people love it so much, they surely won't mind him taking up another minute or so of their time.
The article states that the Bishop warned the priest about this several years ago, and the priest ignored him.
This from the religion that gave us democracy and the constitution :)
But if a priest molests children he just gets moved to another house of worship.
We do live in strange times.