Cardinal Mahony's female acolytes invade the Altar
We highlight some portions of the Mass Cardinal Mahony said at the
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress - 2006.
At top left, young women sing around the altar before the start of the Mass; top right, others, dressed as acolytes, await the procession; one of them holds the crozier of the Cardinal.
Bottom first row left, deacons mixed with female acolytes form a procession with a dancing girl at its center; right, a young woman carries a Crucifix. Second row , Card. Mahony arrives at the altar preceded and followed by dancing female acolytes. Third row, Card. Mahony stands, followed by female acolytes.
Indisputably it is an invasion of the altar by women, promoted by the Cardinal Archbishop of Los Angeles, the city with the largest number of Catholics in the United States. However, according to the Sacred Scriptures (1 Tim 2:12; 1 Cor 14:34-5), women should not have a place of prominence in the church.
Correctly interpreting these passages and reflecting a centuries-old tradition of modesty, the Code of Canon Law of 1917 by St. Pius X and Benedict XV formally forbade women to be acolytes at Mass or have access to the altar (Canon 813, # 2).
Does any one know of a censure of Benedict XVI to acts such as these?
We would appreciate knowing about it.