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Rorate has brought our readers a couple of examples of strange altars and extremely irreverent liturgical behavior, mainly coming from Calvert Hall College in Maryland, the Christian Brothers' high school (see here and here).

Some liberal or even conservative Catholics will say that the Faith formation of the boys at this school will not be altered in the negative in the long term due to poor liturgy. Well, pictured below is a byproduct of that twisted liturgical formation -- and the systemic ramifications are not insignificant, as you will read. 

The immodestly-dressed man in the picture above is Monsignor Richard Hilgartner (we have cropped out the half-dressed young lady on his arm), until very recently the Director of the U.S. Bishops' Secretariat for Divine Worship.  

He was educated at Calvert Hall College. And, according to the USCCB, he headed the implementation of the re-translated Novus Ordo missal.

If you'd like to weigh in on his choice of dress -- or lack thereof -- he has publicly posted this photo for all to see on his Facebook page (click here).  UPDATE: it appears Monsignor has taken the photo off Facebook. 

Makes us wonder if Pope Francis isn't onto something with his monsignor moratorium.