I keep coming back to the passing of Bp. Morlino, and not merely because of my personal connection.
The passing of Bp. Morlino – and the naming of his successor – is an important moment for the Church in the USA, particularly in light of The Present Crisis.
We have to pay attention now.
Will the Holy See consider subsidiarity? Will the Holy See opt for continuity? People have written to me from all over the world. Many priests of the SSPX have sent notes, for Bp. Morlino also garnered their respect even after some rocky moments.
The passing of Bp. Morlino – and the naming of his successor – is an important moment for the Church in the USA.
Today I saw a piece in Italian at La Nuova Bussola.
Robert Morlino, morte di uno “straordinario ordinario”
Nice phrase. They wrote: “I fedeli americani lo chiamavano affettuosamente The Extraordinary Ordinary, perché celebrava Messa nella «forma straordinaria» del rito romano… American faithful affectionately call him The Extraordinary Ordinary, because he celebrated the Mass in the ‘Extraordinary Form” of the Roman Rite….”
Not quite, Nuova Bussola!
We – I, who promulgated the phrase – call him that also because he joyfully used the traditional rite, but mostly because he was truly an extraordinary man and bishop.
I don’t have the energy to translate the whole thing right now, but it is very well done. It covers many of the important points: increased vocations, defense of human life, bastion against secularism, firm about abuse and realistic about its roots.
Thank you, Nuova Bussola.