A Catholic church put in video screens to modernize the sanctuary. And everything was wonderful (it probably wasn’t, but let’s pretend) until the US Catholic Bishops told the church that they could not project the Gospel reading on the screens, the mean old men. Because, they said,
“…the readings are not supposed to be read. They’re supposed to be proclaimed… In a letter to the church, the United States Conference of Bishops says projecting the scriptures would be a distraction.” — Catholic parish not allowed to project Scripture readings on screens
Screens are a distraction, and I hate them. But what is most interesting here is the idea of the Gospel being proclaimed and not simply read. That does seem like something Christians are obliged to do, inside the church as well as outside.
The article suggests the Conference of Bishops invoked their copyright on the Bible translation used. If so, that’s worrying. It’s unwise for Christians to use the State to compel other Christians, or to feed any kind of State claim to supremacy or ultimate legitimacy. The result in this case is good, but then that’s how it happens. We give the State power to do something good, and a few years later the State uses that power to oppress. But of course, the American Catholic Bishops of all people know that well. Right?