According to Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was recently demoted by Pope Francis to the ceremonial post as patron of the Order of Malta, the crisis in Roman Catholicism is down to girls being allowed to serve at the altar. He says that serving mass is a “manly” job and so the participation of women and girls in the daily life of the church has had a chilling effect that has led to a drop in morale and priestly vocations.
“It requires a certain manly discipline to serve as an altar boy in service at the side of priest, and most priests have their first deep experiences of the liturgy as altar boys. If we are not training young men as altar boys, giving them an experience of serving God in the liturgy, we should not be surprised that vocations have fallen dramatically,” he said.
“The radical feminism which has assaulted the Church and society since the 1960s has left men very marginalized,” said the Cardinal. “Apart from the priest, the sanctuary has become full of women. The activities in the parish and even the liturgy have been influenced by women and have become so feminine in many places that men do not want to get involved.”
However, the Cardinal insisted that the practice of having exclusively boys as altar servers has nothing to do with inequality of women in the Church.
Full story at Irish Central.