Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Phoenix cathedral returns to noble custom of altar boys

By Joyce Coronel Aug. 23, 2011 The Catholic Sun

When the news broke that Fr. John Lankeit, rector of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, was changing policy on altar servers, secular media outlets were quick to offer their take on the development.

From now on at the Phoenix Diocese's cathedral, only boys will be altar servers. Girls who are currently serving in that capacity will have the opportunity to train as sacristans.

"There were about five or six girls who were still serving and I called their parents to explain there would be a transition," Fr. Lankeit said. "I invited them, told them they are welcome right away to begin training as sacristans."

The news may have come as a bit of a shock to some local Catholics, but Fr. Lankeit attributes that to those who are, unknowingly perhaps, more influenced by society rather than by Church teaching.

For more, click to read Cathedral's policy change on altar servers ignites discussion.

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