Matthew Archbold at Creative Minority Report found this at Gloria.TV as an instance of "grotesque liturgical abuse." I have no idea what the hell's going on here, but it would appear to be taking place in Germany, which has seen a lot of this sort of thing lately, probably the result of a generation overcompensating for their grandparents being Nazis. I'm not sure this will help.
Meanwhile, here's what's bouncing around the bandwidth of Believers lately:
• For those who love happy endings, veteran pro-life activist Joe Scheidler has won his case in court against his pro-death enemies, who are now to pay his court costs. [Seasons of Grace]
• The Bishop of Lancaster, England, maintains that he has not ordered the shutting down of a deacon's blog entitled "Protect the Pope." No, he simply ordered an open-ended period of "prayer and reflection" (which is chancery-speak for "taken to the woodshed") and then told his wife to stop posting for him. That's not the same thing … is it? After all, we cannot have disunity among our ranks. People might think we have a problem with dissenters against the Faith running loose and … uh, wait a minute. [The Deacon's Bench]
• More on the spot of unpleasantness in Lancaster. [Eccles is saved]
• In an unrelated story of getting the wrong kind of attention, the priest who sang for a couple's wedding while presiding over it has a possible recording contract in the works. Isn't that great? [Restore DC Catholicism]
• Is there an overabundance of hero worship of popes in recent generations? Did it start with the present one? [The Week]
• We've seen new converts suddenly thrust into the limelight over their well-published and well-publicized conversion stories. Do they have a shelf life? Are they like seeds that fall among the thorns? [Catholic Exchange]
• Finally, we've heard a lot about the scheduled "Black Mass" at Harvard. Maybe they're using a pre-consecrated host, maybe not. But everybody's weighed in with an opinion, most of them useless. At Patheos, of all places, former celebrity-chaser Dawn Eden (Goldstein) talks about something other than herself to engage in some actual investigative journalism. ("You'd better sit down, kids …") [Feast of Eden]
Well, that's our story and we're stickin' to it. Remember to attend Holy Mass this Sunday. Until the next weekly chattel of church chat, stay tuned, and stay in touch.