In the Gospel reading for the Novus Ordo Missae today, the Lord asks, “What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?”
Clearly, Jesus is asking a rhetorical question as no man worthy of the being called “father” would so neglect his duty toward his children.
Even so, one needn’t look any further than the liturgies of World Youth Day to see that there are many “fathers” in the Church today who apparently think nothing of handing their children snakes instead of fish. More reprehensible still, rather than presenting the young and the hungry with that which is obviously grotesque (and therefore likely to be rejected out of hand), they flavor their poisonous fare with a generous hand of pious spice while serving up just enough traditional side dishes to make it appear as good Catholic food when indeed it is not.
What father would do such a thing indeed? Feast your eyes on this, brought to my attention by Damian Goddard on his excellent blog: