Question of the Day for Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Q. In our town there are about five priests. They all wear the same clothing, black, etc., all but one. This priest wears clothes like me all the time — dress pants and shirts. This priest is never called Father; he wants to be called by his first name. Mass is a little different; even the holy Eucharist is about an inch thick, brown and chewy. He has some great sermons and even wrote books. So why is he so different? Should he be that different? Is this the right thing to do? Please let me know if he is living on the edge of reality in the Church or what is going on here.
Mark, via e-mail
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
I think you should ask your priest why he does not dress like the other priests, why he prefers to be addressed by his first name, why his Mass is a “little different,” why the holy Eucharist is “an inch thick, brown and chewy” and why his sermons are so good. If he gives good sermons, and has written some books that have been published, it’s likely that he is a very intelligent man and that he has well-grounded and articulate answers to your questions.
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