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Mass Has Gone To The Dogs - Literally

There is liturgical abuse and there is liturgical abuse. I don't know what category this ridiculousness falls in to.

Rev. Roy Snipes of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Mission brings five of his large, mixed-breed dogs into the sanctuary during mass. And...And...wait for it....They even have their own vestments.

The dog actually has better vestments than Father. What is with that stole?

[USA Today]"Church can have a tendency to feel rigid and frigid to people," he says. That dissolves when he walks into Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission, Texas, with his mutt pack trailing behind his robes. The dogs sometimes veer off from the processional to prowl the pews, greeting favorite people, but during Mass they generally lie quietly at the altar (though one has taken to curling up in the celebrant's chair, so Sikes has to perch on its edge).

He's so convinced of the power of the animals that when a newcomer complains (rarely), he says gently, "If you want to look for a church that doesn't have dogs, I'm sure you'll find one." He reminds them Jesus was born surrounded by animals. "In this dehumanized era, I believe dogs are the angels that will keep us human."
And if reasonable people object, he sends them packing. Unreal.

I wonder if Fr. Snipes has checked with the competent ecclesiastical authorities to check whether he can use the name Catholic?

All dogs may go to heaven, can't say the same about priests.

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33 comments:

SherryTex said...

I hope the Bishop sends a letter saying, sorry Fr. That dog won't hunt.

Lynda said...

The irreverence is mind boggling - taking dogs into the sanctuary?! During the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?! It isn't possible that this priest understands what happens during consecration. Why hasn't someone stopped this?

priest's wife said...

sick and sad

priest's wife said...

If it was one dog who stayed in the sacristy with NO VESTMENTS I wouldn't say anything

Christine said...

What?

I mean, what?



Where is the bishop?

SherryTex said...

Forgive me, I should have said, That dogma won't hunt.

geeklady said...

In fairness, Bishop Flores has only been there for two years, and untangling the issues that flourished under his predecessor will take time. There have already been substantial improvements in my inlaws parish, at least? And while it is the weirdest thing I've seen come out of this diocese, I'm not sure it's actually the worst I've heard...

geeklady said...

...question mark is a typo, I had a wailing toddler on my lap.

Blackrep said...

Where's the bishop, you ask? The bishop is the one on the far left. Always look on the far left and you'll find bishops.

geeklady said...

@Blackrep That comment is completely unjustifiable.

John said...

Nothing to worry about, really. Based on the age of these guys, the problem should solve itself in about 10 years.

John said...

Bonus! There are videos!
http://www.olgmissiontexas.org/video/

Svetlana said...

The Church fathers actually speciffically discuss dOgs and cats in the canons. Dogs are prohibited (as they are fecal eaters), whereas cats are the only animal permitted in the temple.

Svetlana said...

The Church fathers actually speciffically discuss dOgs and cats in the canons. Dogs are prohibited (as they are fecal eaters), whereas cats are the only animal permitted in the temple.

Dymphna said...

I once went to a Mass where the priest's dog was in the procession and santuary during Mass. To make matters worse the dog was far better behaved than the altar girl. The parishioners ate the Fr. and Toby act up. I have never gone back there again. And don't bother the bishop. He probably knows already.

Anonymous said...

"... sends them packing." ouch

Anonymous said...

Svetlana -- Dogs are NOT mentioned in the Canons. And to the author, I've seldomly read such a judgmental piece of work. Have you ever attended this church? Do you know Fr. Roy? I highly doubt it.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I know of another priest who brings his dog into the sanctuary. I left the parish.

Therese Z said...

I swear, it's that age of priest that does this lunatic stuff. The ordination classes of the 1960's - I'm becoming almost automatically suspicious of any priest that ago, of his orthodoxy, that is. I don't doubt that some of them work VERY hard, but their desire to be "relevant" is pathetic!

Mike Wallster said...

The priest is barking mad.

Anonymous said...

Just when you thought you heard it all... To think that one time in our history people gave up their lives for the Eucharist,. We now called them martrys. Is this what they shed their blood ?

Anonymous said...

I heard this priest also substitutes liturgical songs for Kenny Chesney songs.

Katherine said...

I'm against women priests, but really, the argument against them looks pretty pathetic if you are going to have vested dogs around the altar.

Jesus was born around animals because he was born IN A STABLE! Jesus did NOT choose to have the Last Supper in a barn!

The Crescat said...

Anonymous, he may not personally know Fr. Roy but he does know the Mass.. apparently more so than Fr. First Name.

Oy vey!

Jeanne said...

I went to mass in Paraguay, at a Church that had no doors. (It had doorways, just no doors) and dogs lounged in the doorways, (and possibly inside the church as well) but never were part of the procession, wore vestments, nor were invited into the sanctuary. That is a bit bizarre.

Anonymous said...

Must be dementia setting in or Alzheimers---and with faulty thinking comes the retirement home. Bye bye.

Anonymous said...

"He thinks he's papal" - Homer Simpson

Elizabeth said...

There is a video of a folksy homily of this priest consisting of some kind of rambling story, with several large and sometimes barking dogs in the sanctuary and one large fake dog for good measure, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kNMFftihU4

I looked it up, this is in the Brownsville Diocese, under Bp Daniel E Flores. But often the people the bishop needs to hear from, are the people who live in the parish territory.

Anthony S. Layne said...

Suddenly I heard in my mind Peter Venkman predicting, "Dogs and cats living together — mass hysteria!"

I'm sure Father is a very nice guy, who tells plenty of funny stories and smiles at babies ... but this is just wrong. No matter how much you love dogs.

Ellen said...

The pastor at the Newman center when I went to college had a cocker spaniel named Angel. Angel went to Mass - she curled up in the corner quietly while Father said Mass and after he took off his vestments, she went back to the rectory with him. She was a very nice, very well behaved dog.

Anonymous said...

I visited a Catholic Church in Destin, Florida with the same issue. The priest's golden retriever greeted congregants, and occasionally walked up the the altar, where the priest would stop everything to point to the vestibule and command the dog to go. It was a bigger distraction than the people across the altar from me in the circular pew configuration.

Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

This dog show well end when the first stray cat comes into the sanctuary, then the fur will fly!

Anonymous said...

Don't go to church in Italy or most of old Europe if this bothers you. It is not uncommon to see dogs, cats, and other small barnyard animals in church.

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