Today St. Pope Gregory the Great (+604) speaks to us from across the centuries in his Liber regulae pastoralis about when a bishop or priest (rector or pastor) should speak out bodly for the sake of their flock. They mustn’t be timid or worry about being liked. Instead, they have a responsibility to defend the flock and to correct errors. We hear first the English and then the Latin of the excerpt from this mornings Office of Readings in the Liturgia horarum for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Also, we look at the qualifications for the "perfect priest".
We talk about how not to approach priests when you want to make a petition for something or speak your mind.
Finally, I have voice mail feedback from a listener in my home state of Minnesota about how they are organizing to get celebrations of the older, "Traditional Latin Mass" in keeping with Pope Benedict’s provisions in Summorum Pontificum so they won’t have to drive so far just to have the older Mass.
Then I rant about what some of the people putting up obstacles are so afraid of, anyway.
045 07-09-28 Augustine on pastors; my Motu Proprio sermon in England; chapel veils
044 07-08-27 St. Monica dies, Augustine weeps; Pope Benedict greets American seminarians
043 07-08-23 Benedict XVI on Mass “toward the Lord” and a prayer by St. Augustine
042 07-08-10 St. Augustine on St. Lawrence and how to be a Christian
041 07-08-09 Ratzinger on liturgical silence; silent Eucharist Prayer
040 07-08-02 Eusebius of Vercelli in exile; my column in on detractors of Summorum Pontificum
039 07-07-27 St. Augustine on Christ the Mediator; “for all” or “for many”?
038 07-07-25 Ratzinger on “active participation”; The Sabine Farm; Merry del Val’s music
037 07-07-18 The position of the altar and the priest’s “back to the people”