Greg Reynolds is an Australian who still considers himself a priest. Regardless of that, he is an instinctively pastoral liturgist. In an article commenting on clericalism in the liturgy, he makes points concerning [pompous] processions, the presider’s chair (or throne?!), extravagant vestments, how the assembly should be arranged, and where the presider should sit, involving the whole assembly in bringing the gifts of bread and wine to the altar, using bread that looks more like real bread (and cf. GIRM 321), involving women in liturgical roles….
Nothing remarkable there; indeed, the sort of things that liturgists have talked about both informally and formally during the past 50 years.
His primary thrust appears to be greater inclusiveness. Indeed, he went as far as to resign his active priesthood in 2011 to concentrate more on this. He was involuntarily laicized and excommunicated in 2013.
He says that this freed him to take up what some may describe as a more extreme stance, changing the texts of the latest translation of the Missal “which is causing so many of my brother priests so much angst” and no doubt going further still.
Read the whole article at http://www.ncronline.org/news/spirituality/free-eucharist-curse-clericalism
Without knowing more details, excommunication seems an abrupt and undeserved reward. How many of us have thought in the same pathways, or have even done some of these things, and yet have not suffered this kind of fate? Was it counterproductive in his case?