December 8, 2013

Scouting at St. Raymonds. In May of this year the Boy Scouts of America reversed its long standing policy on Scouting membership and same-sex attraction. The new policy, effective January 1, 2014, now prohibits packs and troops from denying membership “on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” Before that May decision I had publicly stated that this change would cause me to end St. Raymond’s relationship with BSA. Since then, however, I have remained largely silent, responding to Bishop Loverde’s request that pastors refrain from any action until he gave us his formal guidance. Unfortunately, other important matters … Continue reading

September 8, 2013

Mass Ad Orientem. Beginning next Sunday, the priests at St. Raymond’s will celebrate all 8:45 Masses (and only those Masses) in the manner called “ad orientem,” or “facing East.” This means that after the Prayer of the Faithful (“The Intercessions”) the priest will go to the altar and stand on the opposite side of where he usually stands, facing the same direction as the people sitting in the nave. Although at St. Raymond’s this means we actually face Northeast, the symbolic turning together in the same direction harkens back to the Early Christians who often prayed facing East, waiting for … Continue reading