I Almost fainted when I saw this: http://breviarium.blogspot.com/2007/03/nowe-stroje-dla-ministrantek.html
I appears some Diocese in Poland has introduced Altar Girls. This certainly will destroy
most vocations to the Priesthood that come from Altar Boys in Poland.
Altar Girls? Bad? I'm afarid so, Serveral Popes have condemed it
Pope St Gelasius:
We have heard with sorrow of the great contempt [mépris] with which the sacred mysteries have been treated. It has reached the point where women have been encouraged to serve at the altar, and to carry out roles that are not suited to their sex, having been assigned exclusively to those of masculine gender.
Cited in Michel Sinoir, La Question de L'Admission des Femmes au Service de L'Autel, Paris, Pierre Téqui, 1994, p. 28
Benedict XIV, encyclical letter Allatae Sunt:
Pope Gelasius in his ninth letter (chap. 26) to the bishops of Lucania condemned the evil practice which had been introduced of women serving the priest at the celebration of Mass. Since this abuse had spread to the Greeks, Innocent IV strictly forbade it in his letter to the bishop of Tusculum: "Women should not dare to serve at the altar; they should be altogether refused this ministry." We too have forbidden this practice in the same words in Our oft-repeated constitution Etsi Pastoralis, sect. 6, no. 21.
But hasn't the Pope allowed Altar Girls? Well sadly Yes, but just like commuion in the hand , it is
an idult and not the norm! Meaning if there are boys that could do it, then no Altar Girls.
Now what can we do about it? Isn't Poland too far away for us to do anything? Well yes it is, but remember that our prayers have no limit. So my dear reader we need to pray for an end to Altar Girls in Poland and in the world. Pray, Fast and do penance, before it is too late.