A few days ago, there was ... what seemed to me ... a perfectly horrible little clip on Faher Zed's Blog.
It showed a priest, I think at the Benedict Requiem, publicly forcing a kneeling woman to stand up; and then separating her joined hands, before 'allowing' her a Host.
If this isn't rampant Clericalism, I don't know what is.
During the last pontificate, the custom was for a a representative group of communicants to form a queue to be communicated by the Pontiff himself. There was a prie-Dieu; they knelt; they received in os. I thought there were dictinct problems about this, and I am not going to sponsor a discussion about it now. But it made clear that such a mode of receinng the Most Holy was licit, and even commendable.
So this clericalist chappie was not only choosing to humiliate publicly a member of the plebs sancta Dei; he was offering an anti-Benedict gesture at Benedict's own funeral.
Nastier and nastier.
But stay!! What do I hear? The sound of hooves. Yes! It is he! Riding up sword in hand on a purple stallion is
He will undoubtedly have the arrogant clericalist cleric identified and then catechised on
(1) what the Church's rules actually are; and
(2) respecting the rights of the laity; and
(3) pastoral sensitivity.