When you talk to Catholics about the problem with mass, they really say the same thing all the time: the sermons and the music are terrible. The sermon is the main problem, and is often offensively dumb and bigoted, and the music is just bad. I had a brilliant idea: since everyone agrees about this – and I think that’s true, because literally I hear this comment on the order of fifty times a year, and I don’t even talk about this topic often – I figured, “let me start a campaign to tell this to the Archdiocese. Who knows, maybe something will happen! Maybe the clergy really don’t know what to do and would welcome an idea. And I bet I can get thousands, thousands of people to send emails! Maybe it’ll go viral!” It would be very easy to implement: all sermons have to be less than two minutes long (maybe three). This is an easily measured rubric, and to be honest no one ever remembers more than three minutes of any sermon ever anyway, so it really would be an improvement.
So I went to the homepage of the Archdiocese to find their “contact us” info – I figured I’d post it on Facebook – and of course, they have nothing of the sort. Their contact page is for journalists or people looking for records. It’s quite clear that they don’t care what we think. How atrocious. I mean, for Christ’s sake, even Halliburton has a decent and personable contact page. Literally.
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”