But I found this exchange perhaps more disturbing:
Cris: What is your opinion on using the sanctuary as a stage? I cringe every Palm Sunday when the 8th graders perform the Passion play during mass. In my heart I feel this is wrong. If the 8th graders feel like they have to perform --maybe they can use the Hall. But during Mass – and especially Palm Sunday?That is one of the weasliest failures to answer a question I've ever read, really politician-worthy.
CardinalMahony: Cris: A very delicate point. However, when students learn to act out the Gospels, they learn deeply about the life of Jesus. Recall that "Passion Plays" were always performed in the great Churches of the world going back to the Middle Ages. We are having Noah's Arc performed at the Cathedral on March 7.
And, in effect, managing to lie with the truth, implying that there is no problem with the practice...
Weasel words, and I am disappointed in the cardinal.