One of the faithful readers here sent me the following e-mail. Apparently there will be a public meeting with an official of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida, about Motu Proprio. As you may be aware, the Bishop of Pensacola-Talahasee said that all the bishops of Florida had adopted the less than optimal norms developed by the Bishop of St. Augustine.
One wonders what this meeting will be about. A call for a public meeting suggests that there is great interest in the older form of Mass.
Here is the e-mail I got:
While listening to the local Catholic radio station WQOP in Jacksonville, FL I heard an ad that there will be a meeting open to the public, about the use of the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite in the Diocese of St. Augustine. The guest speaker will be none other than Fr. Tom Willis, Director of Liturgy of the diocese who disseminated the memorandum to the clergy. Since I am sure there are people who read your columns who are in this diocese and are attatched to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, I would appreciate it if you’d get the word out. This would be THE opportunity for those who are trying to promote the extraordinary form and be faithful to tradition to get the word out. This is a chance to challenge the restrictions that this diocese intends on imposing upon us in spite of the directives of the Holy Father’s motu proprio. I have e-mailed WQOP to ask them to post this on their events column on their own webpage.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish- Cody Enrichment Center
11757 Old St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32258
Okay folks. I want to make something perfectly clear. If you are in that area and intend to go to that meeting, do NOT be belligerent or unkind to that priest or generally make an ass of yourself.
You can do more harm than good if you go to this meeting and are nasty.
If you go, be courteous and level headed.
Do NOT get in anyone’s face.
Do not harden hearts by aggression.
If you think you cannot contain yourself, don’t go.