At St. Pius Church, dedicated to St. Pius X, in the German city of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Fr. Peter Dorrenbacher invites bare-legged majorettes and other participants in carnival attire to the altar during the Mass, above.
An ensemble of bare-legged women, teeagers and girls make up part of the group leading the congregation in an arm-waving session with the pastor at their head, below first row.
Below second row, a man reads the Epistle in Renaissance attire at a pulpit decorated with balloons and paper streamers.
Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is part of the Archdiocese of Mainz, whose Bishop is Cardinal Karl Lehmann, a personal friend of Benedict XVI. Card. Lehmann is also known for his clownish behavior.