Now, it is a fact that in the early Church the dismissal of the catechumens before the Eucharist was both widespread and well known. For a variety of reasons it slowly fell out of practice in the parish setting. In fact, other than in monasteries, I've never heard of or seen non-Orthodox actually dismissed from the Liturgy at the point called for in the rubrics.
We could debate whether or not the dismissal should be enforced in a parish setting (and, yes, I think there are solid points to be made on both sides of that discussion).
But I have a more fundamental set of questions that need to be answered first:
--To those parishes that don't use the litany--how can you justify your editing with the historical tradition and the liturigical rubrics?
--To those who do keep the litany but don't carry out what is proclaimed--why the liturgical schizophrenia?
My complaint is that both groups are editing the liturgy to fit a particular ideology. I continue to be stupefied by this.....as well as with other issues which I will muse about in Parts II and III of this series.