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The dog thing is extremely concerning... I mean it would be one thing if you were doing an outdoor mass or something or even a Franciscan mass for animals, but generally?  Yea... that's bad... something should be said about that one.... find an older member of the congregation that would object too... they typically have the standing to complain.

As for sitting on the altar for mass...  I'd say a lot depends upon how the parish is designed.  There is nothing explicitly wrong according to the cannons about sitting on the altar.  For many, the intimacy of it all becomes a high point in their devotion.  You can also view it as a reminder, theologically, that God came down to man to prove that we should would never be alone - nunc sola.  If you or anyone else feels extremely disturbed by it, go sit in the pews, there's nothing particularly wrong with that either.

What I would caution against is one of the common traps of trads - that of confining God.  We tend to elevate Him so much and enforce so much reverence that sometimes the point is lost: God chose to tear the veil.  He incarnated in order that we might be close to Him and His Heart. 

Finally, use these occasions of discomfort to reflect inward.  Few things are entirely good or entirely bad, liturgy included.  God uses these times of discomfort to remind us where we might be lacking ourselves.  If something such as coming close to the altar makes you uncomfortable, ask yourself why.  Is there a middle way, that like JPII, manages to convey holiness and reverence all the while being completely open and loving?
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Is this allowed? - by damooster - 03-15-2009, 10:03 PM
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Is this allowed? - by WilfredLeblanc - 03-16-2009, 02:01 AM
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