Is there any sense anywhere that the people who read the readings at Mass should:
a. be literate;
b. have looked at the readings before they step up to the lectern; and
c. have thought about the relationship between the readings and the Gospel which follows?
I ask because at Pentecost Mass yesterday I had to endure somebody who didn't fulfil any of the three: apart from not being able to pronounce any of the place names, we had the joy of "cretins" for "Cretans".
She is what is described as a "Minister of the Word", which tells you a lot about the parish where I attended Mass.
The Parish Priest thinks it is wrong to turn away anybody who offers their gifts in ministry.
The front line might at the moment be gay marriage, but here in the rearguard, the message to the front line is "Don't count on us!"