I got a note from a reader with some useful information:
In the wake of the TLM celebrated in Cobh Cathedral on 25 March 2008, some had hoped that this reflected a greater openness to the Holy Father’s mind concerning greater availability of the TLM. However, that expectation – or conversion- might yet prove premature.
- A request was recently made for an occasional Mass in Midleton, Co. Cork. This was requested for the end of May to conclude the Marian month. The request has been refused outright by the PP., Dean Eamonn Goold, who is quickly emerging as the main opposition to the TLM within the Cloyne diocese.
- A previous request for the TLM in Midelton was also refused by him at the end of last year. The request, which was made by a number of people, saw themselves visited in their homes by the zealous Dean in an extraordinary outbreak of pastoral visitation. So far, no action has been taken on either of these cases, but I expect that the good Dean’s efforts will be soon be the subject of a hefty correspondence with Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos.
- A further request has been made for a TLM in Fermoy, Co. Cork, at the end of June. This Mass is to be offered for the Holy Father’s intentions in the vigil of St. Peter and Paul’s. As with Cobh, the titular PP here is the Bishop of Cloyne. Word is still awaited from his Administrator in Fermoy – it is difficult to see how an excuse can be found to prohibit a Mass for the Pope’s intentions in a parish of which the PP is the Bishop of Cloyne – but we await developments.
Also, I will remind you of this conference:
St. Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy
INTERNATIONAL LITURGICAL CONFERENCE
“Benedict XVI and The Sacred Liturgy”
at The Sheraton Fota Island Golf Resort & Spa
On Saturday 12th July 2008.
The Conference will be chaired by Professor Vincent Twomey, S.V.D.
Member of Ratzinger Schulerkreis and author of “Pope Benedict XVI. The Conscience of our
Age: A Theological Portrait” (San Francisco, 2007) (German translation: Augsburg 2006).
Speakers will include:
Professor Manfred Hauke, Lugano Switzerland
Topic: Klaus Gamber, ‘father’ of the ‘new liturgical movement’.
Fr. Uwe Michael Lang
Topic: Sacred Language
Father Lang of the London Oratory is author of "Turning Toward the Lord: Orientation in
Liturgical Prayer." The book was first published in German by Johannes Verlag and then in
English by Ignatius Press. The book has also appeared in Italian, French, Hungarian and Spanish.
Dr. Alcuin Reid
Topic: The Liturgical Reform of Benedict XVI
Dr Alcuin Reid is the author of The Organic Development of the Liturgy (Ignatius, 2005), which
carries a preface by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.
Fr. Neil Roy
Fr. Roy visiting Professor at Notra Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA
Venue is situated on a beautiful island estate in Cork Harbour.
Bookings and Information: The Secretary at Colman.Liturgy@yahoo.co.uk
Sheraton Hotel web address: www.Sheraton.com/FotaIsland
East Cork Tourism address: www.EastCorkTourism.com
Cobh Tourism address: www.corktourist.com/towns/cobh/