I Stood up in Mass and Confronted My Priest. You Should, Too.
By Naka Nathaniel
New York Times
August 23, 2018
Catholics should not keep on filling the pews every Sunday. It is wrong to support the church.
Atlanta - Last Sunday, I did something that no properly raised Catholic ever does. I stood up in the middle of Mass and called out the priest.
As the priest began his homily, I drew my 9-year-old son closer and asked him to pay close attention. Days before, a Pennsylvania grand jury had released a damning report detailing decades of horrific child sex abuse by clergymen and a church culture that covered it up.
The priest addressed the report. He said he was surprised that people showed up for that day’s service. He said the church had to change. Then he began to move on.
I couldn’t help myself. I stood up and yelled out: “Father!” He turned. I asked him, simply: “How?”
He responded that I should write to the nuncio, the pope’s representative in the United States. I told him that this was a bureaucratic answer.
Standing in front of the congregation, I pointed to my son and asked how could I ever let him make his first Communion.
As the priest answered, I became aware of the other families around me. I knew so many of them, and I was reminded of how I had always felt so at home at Mass. It always gave me such pride when my family would take up most of a pew in church.
Now I’m angry. I feel betrayed.
Susan Reynolds, a Catholic theologian from nearby Emory University, witnessed the exchange. She tweeted about it, and her recounting went viral.