Today's Gospel reading dealt with Jesus' meeting at the well with the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42). It was a long reading, yes, and a "short form" was available in which several long parts were omitted, but one extremely short passage in the middle was_very_conspicuously excised, perhaps in conjunction with the push to end the indissolubility of marriage. It was the section where Jesus supernaturally perceived that the woman was living in some sort of adulterous pseudo-marriage and confronted her about it by saying, “You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a husband.’For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband." (JN 4:16-18). As these kinds of relationships are so popular with modern American Catholics, our Cardinals, bishops and priests are so terrified to even bring up the topic that they have now officially edited the liturgy to avoid speaking Jesus' "offensive" words. Does the cowardice of our clergy know no bounds?
Some time ago I started a petition to abolish this sacrilegious "short form" option. As one of the (grand total of two) people who signed the petition said: "The short-form option is frequently used to skip passages that challenge us to piety and say the consequences of impiety." Please sign this petition if you are as sick of it as I am.