For those who went to Mass this weekend (and I do hope all my Catholic readers went to Mass!) we recited the Nicene Creed and said, "I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church." Catholicism is not ours to design and shape to our individual preferences. The Mass is not ours to personalize. As members of this Mystical Body of Christ, we humbly submit our own will to God's will as revealed through this one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. That is why Bishop Braxton, of Bellville, IL had to fire a priest:
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.