I am looking with pleasure at an ZENIT interview with the new Cardinal, Daniel DiNardo. There some great things in this piece, you must pay attention to. His Eminence touchs on Patristics, Liturgy and Summorum Pontificum.
I think it is becoming clearer why Pope Benedict chose this man to be a Cardinal. I believe it may have to do more with who he is than the fact that Houston is a big city in the south of the USA.
Here is an excerpt that pertains to WDTPRS (watch the tie between Patristics and liturgy and Summorum Pontificum. (Let’s do some source criticism).
First he speaks of the importance of Galveston-Houston, then he talks about seminarians and vocations. Then…
My emphases and comments:
Q: Your archdiocese has a broad diversity of Catholic liturgical rites, including an Anglican Use parish, a former Anglican congregation that has joined the Catholic Church. How has this diversity of rites enriched the archdiocese?
Cardinal-designate DiNardo: I think the plurality of rites can be perplexing for some, but overall they present different avenues for encountering the rich liturgical tradition of the Church.
This diocese was established in 1847, and so it has a long history involving people from all over.
We have many people of East-Indian heritage who worship in the Syro-Malabar Rite, we have Maronites, Byzantine and Ruthenian Catholics, as well as the Anglican Use parish you mentioned.
That particular parish just built a beautiful new church and its members are growing.
Q: As a patristic scholar, [NB: Patristics – Card. DiNardo is an alumn of the Augustinianum in Rome, my school.] you have a deep appreciation for the Church’s sacred Tradition. Benedict XVI has in his pontificate underlined the importance of not rupturing with the Church’s past, and to provide continuity with its rich liturgical [liturgy] and theological traditions. In what ways can bishops implement the Holy Father’s program [The interviewer has the idea that Pope Benedict has a plan. Could it, how do we put this, a "Marshall Plan"?] in their dioceses?
Cardinal-designate DiNardo: When I arrived in the archdiocese, I really didn’t find a lot of instances of discontinuity or rupture. [Note the terms.] There are always complaints with the way Mass is celebrated in some places, but my predecessor bishops were great moderating forces. Thus, the diocese avoided some of the problems found elsewhere associated with a rupture from the past.
With regard to the liturgy, I think we can take a cue from the liturgical piety of the Church Fathers. In the Fathers, you see an emphasis not only on the words said at Mass, but also the importance of the gestures of the liturgy. In other words, say the black, do the red. [Get that?]
I also always emphasize unity in faith, meaning unity in the Creed. The Creed allows the Church to unite around a common set of beliefs. And knowing the Creed and what it means helps root the faithful in the great Tradition of the Church.
As I tell my seminarians, it is not enough to have the right sentiments about God; you actually have to know something. [I love this guy!] You have to know what the Church teaches and what theologians such as St. Augustine or St. Thomas said about particular doctrines.
The great challenge in handing on the faith is training the volunteer catechists who serve in our churches. Although we have revamped the catechetical programs as well as the guidelines for confirmation in our archdiocese, we need to find ways to encourage these volunteers to receive the necessary formation to be effective in their work, as well as deal with the problem of catechizing people from different cultures.
Here, the Catechism of the Catholic Church can serve as a great resource.
As far as "Summorum Pontificum," [NB: The interviewer did not ask him about Summorum Pontificum.] we have four parishes in the diocese where the extraordinary form of the Roman rite is said regularly, including one downtown parish where it is said daily.
I don’t see much of an increase in the number of parishes using the extraordinary form because there hasn’t been much of a demand thus far.
On the other hand, [He doesn’t have a closed mind or rigid position on the issue.] we have had discussions with a particular religious community about the possibility of establishing a personal parish that would allow for the full presence of the liturgical and devotional life associated with the Missal of Blessed John XXIII.
But due to the explosive growth in the archdiocese, I have no parish to give them. [A serious practical issue.] This group would have to raise the funds to establish such a parish. [Excellent! He treats these people like adults! If you can make it work, we can get something going. This reminds me of what Bp. Rhoades did.] But those discussions are at a very preliminary stage at this point.
The interview continues with other points. However, this was the section of the interview that was of greatest interest to WDTPRS, where patristibloggers and those in reverent Roman liturgy unite! Where people strive to: