A moral compass for priests.
First, Cardinal Sarah, the leading "stop Tagle" candidate for the next papacy, has reminded priests to celebrate Mass ad orientem, starting in Advent. This is generally regarded as the start of the pantomime season, and any priests seen facing the wrong way at Mass are liable to be greeted by shouts of "He's behind you!" So far we have not heard any disagreement from Fr James Martin SJ, himself an experienced pantomine dame, who is willing to face either way.
"The Holy Spirit is female!" Oh no, he isn't!
Facing God is a concept popularly believed to have disappeared after Vatican II, along with Latin, Sin and Redemption, so it is interesting to hear from a Cardinal who is prepared to reject the Spirit of Vatican II.
Whatever else is happening, remember to take a selfie during Mass!
LATE NEWS: IN a letter to his priests, Cardinal Nicholas has explicitly disagreed with the Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. However, we think there may be an explanation.
"Do celebrate ad orientem, Vin. So many people want to see the back of you."
Over at the Church of England, the big debate is over what clothes the vicars should be allowed to wear in church.
The Rev. Worzel Gummidge recommends the rural (scarecrow) look.
We recently visited Father Gummidge's Church, and heard a delightful anthem from Galton and Simpson, entitled Beta vulgaris in horto, which begins
I've got mangel-wurzels in my garden, I've got mangel-wurzels in my shed, I've got mangel-wurzels in my bathroom, And a mangel-wurzel for a head.
Here is another example of Synod-approved vestments:
Protestant ministers (as is well known, Catholics don't read the Bible).
Yes, times are definitely changing. Our final picture of some Episcopalian bishopesses shows an example of quiet dignity. Church services are not there just for religion - they are also there for displays of fashion, and they give our costume holy women (and men) a way of recycling their old curtains!