Here is something in passing, just so you know what is going on.
This, from the leftist America magazine published by the Jesuits. It is a piece about the recent training conference in the Archdiocese of Westminster for priests to learn the TLM. You will recall that the new Archbishop of Westminster, Most. Rev. Vincent Nichols, wrote a foreword for the booklet published for the men who attended the training conference. The Bitter Pill then tried to use that foreword to pit the Archbishop against Pope Benedict.
Then came the decision of H.E. Most Rev. Edward Slattery of Tulsa to celebrate only ad orientem when in his cathedral church.
Now America weighs in.
Ad Orientem, Pars Secundus [Ummm… pars is feminine, no? Pars Secunda?]
Posted at: 2009-08-23 15:01:12.0
Author: James Martin, S.J.
Thanks to an alert reader who spotted this in the Letters section of the London Tablet [aka RU-486]. In my earlier post on the decision of the archbishop of Tulsa to celebrate Masses ad orientem, I included the Tablet’s editorial about Archbishop Vincent Nichols’ (Westminster) communications with the Latin Mass Society, to shed light on how other bishops were approaching those who were enthusiastic about rites other than the common Mass in the vernacular (ad orientem, the Latin Mass, the "Tridentine Mass," etc.). Now his auxiliary says that the archbishop has been misunderstood. The Tablet is here, but I’m copying the letter below for those who don’t subscribe (though you should). [He is peddling RU-486? Figures.] The Tablet had praised the new archbishop for his "timely display of clear leadership."
Hereafter, Fr. Martin reproduces the letter of the Auxilliary of Westminster who clarified precisely how wrong RU-486 was in its malevolent interpretation of Archbp. Nichols aforementioned foreword.
I repeat: I think Archbp. Nichols should ask his brother bishops why any support should be given to The Tablet given their willingness to pit the Archbishop of Westminster against Pope Benedict.