I hope the libs at the NSR are celebrating Archbp. Kurtz’s support, as a “moderate”, of the older, traditional form of the Roman Rite.
True “moderates” are also true “traditionalists”.
Our long-time reader, friend, benefactor, commentator here Henry Edwards guides the Knoxville Latin Mass Community. Archbp. Kurtz, the new President of the USCCB, had been Bishop of Knoxville. Henry wrote:
The Knoxville Latin Mass Community is delighted with the election of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz as president of the USCCB. As Bishop of Knoxville, in 2005 (before Summorum Pontificum) he approved our request for a regular Sunday traditional Latin Mass here, having previously welcomed a 2003 arrangement for visiting FSSP priests to celebrate one monthly in Chattanooga. In 2006 he accepted an invitation to preside in choir at one of our early TLM’s in Knoxville.
Throughout his tenure as our bishop–before being named Archbishop of Louisville–Bp. Kurtz was a generous supporter of our traditional Mass, and we counted him a warm and encouraging friend of our Latin Mass community. Building on the firm foundation that he established here, we now–with the continuing support of his successor Bishop Richard F. Stika–have regular EF Masses celebrated by diocesan priests in five different parish locations in our small diocese.
More generally, Ab. Kurtz is an unwavering supporter of authentic Catholic faith, doctrine, and practice in all that he says and does. For instance, if a letter to his local diocesan newspaper misstated Catholic belief, it risked being immediately followed in print by a correction firmly stating the official Church teaching on the matter. Now the whole Church in this country can benefit from Ab. Kurtz’s open and plain (though always politely) spoken affirmation of the unchanging principles we hold.
I am grateful to Prof. Edwards for the informative note about their experience with Archbp. Kurtz. This is exactly where “moderates” should be! Full support for His Holiness Benedict XVI’s vision and provisions, which are just as valid and in force today as they ever were.
I note, as an epilogue, that Card. Castrillon Hoyos (former Pres. of the PCED and Prefect of Clergy) recently explained that Pope Francis is not against the traditional forms.
Cardinal assures traditionalists of Pope’s support for Extraordinary Form
The former prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy has told a traditionalist group that Pope Francis has no intention of restricting access to the Extraordinary Form of the Latin liturgy.
“I met Pope Francis very recently and he told me that he has no problem with the old rite, and neither does he have any problem with lay groups and associations like yours that promote it,” Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos told members of Una Voce International (FIUV), who were in Rome for a general assembly. [...]
Another source confirms what I suspected, and wrote, all along about the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate:
Castrillón also spoke about the issue surrounding the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate who were placed under the supervision of an external Commissioner. This triggered a great deal of controversy among “traditionalist” circles. “I would like to point out that I did not speak about this case during my meeting with Pope Francis. I have other sources but I think it’s safe to say that the insistence on the importance of celebrating the New Rite and the need for superiors to authorise the celebration of the Old Rite in this Franciscan community was in response to internal tensions within the order of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, and not due to any negative judgement of the traditional liturgy.”
Your Excellencys, Fathers, lay brothers and sisters: If you truly want to be “moderate”, in the middle, get with the Summorum Pontificum program.
You don’t want to be on the wrong side of history.
I must visit Knoxville some day.