I saw that on facebook. Some of his parishioners are supporting him saying it is just a joke. He does this during the peace of Christ and some of the kids get back in line again. I don’t care if it is all in good humor or not, and I don’t care what cultural background he is from. Such innovations are not appropriate for the Liturgy of the Mass.
What’s odd is my wife who is from the Philippines had mentioned before what she calls “compeel” (not sure the spelling)which I think is supposed to be confirmation, where supposedly the priest smacks you. But I thought she must just be mistaken.
There’s a link to the video on Youtube in that thread if the OP’s link doesn’t work.
There is zero context given for the video, so it is difficult to comment on. I can see how perhaps a local custom might develop whereby the priest and children think this is a fun and/or funny thing for the priest to do. The kids are all going up (seemingly) voluntarily, and even a parent was bringing up a child. It doesn’t seem to be any sort of secret act behind closed doors.
That said, it doesn’t seem super prudent to me, though, even if done in good fun by willing participants. There’s the potential for neck injuries for one. There is scandal should such a video make it to the internet (which it did).
Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem as if it is being done in a mean way. It even seems as if it is in a jovial manner.
I could understand if maybe someone had an issue with such “playing around” during the mass but for somebody to try and link that to physical abuse (which is what I think the OP’s friend is trying to do)… that is just outrageous.
I agree. Children of various ages were lined up, one a small child being lead by her mother. So this was not confirmation. He seemed to be shaking their heads, not slapping them. And the kicking was joking, I don’t believe he even made contact with the child.
However, it is hard to know what this was about. Yes, by American standards, this seems inappropriate for a priest to be doing this during mass.
I would think that in today’s climate, clergy, teachers, others who work with children, are taught to have very little physical contact with those children. The video is disturbing to me. It may well be a cultural tradition in some part of the Church, but, well, I think it would not be appropriate in North America. Not at all.
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