Have you heard of “SLAP” or “Survivors of Liturgical Abuse in Parishes”? William Bornhoft is a young Catholic in St. Paul, MN, and over at Aleteia he explains,
the group exists in part to curate the names of renegade parishes and liturgical horror stories. The posts are often accompanied with photographic evidence, usually something shocking or cringe-worthy.
Bornhoft’s point, though, is that on-line shaming isn’t the proper Christian way to deal with lapses in taste. There’s plenty to cringe at in Catholic liturgy, he rightly says – but our response to it should take the high road. He writes:
Catholics must avoid using the brute force of the Internet to “expose” liturgical problems and shame the offending parishes. It is both uncharitable and impractical —uncharitable because we often wrongly assume the worst rather than the best intentions of the parish (“they’re heretics”; “this isn’t allowed in the Church”; “they must not care for God or the Eucharist”) without knowing anything about it. It is impractical because viral shaming campaigns are not a realistic method of reform or correction in the Catholic Church. Shaming people does not encourage them to listen…
Good for you,William.