Some people have reacted to my whimsical labeling of advice from the great Fr. Nicola Bux as the “Bux Protocol”.
Fr. Bux, a consultor to the CDF and more recently also to the office of Pontifical Ceremonies, spoke at the conference in Rome for the anniversary of Summorum Pontificum.
In the Q&A session on the first day, he and Msgr. Perl of the PCED fielded questions. One of them, predictably, concerned what people should do if they run into a bishop who is dead set against the Motu Proprio despite its clear provisions and continued requests from the people.
Msgr. Bux gave very sound advice which, though light-hearted in a certain sense, nevertheless contained a blade of surgical steel.
“St. Joseph is Patron of the Church. You must pray a lot to St. Joseph in this situation, that he either open the bishop’s eyes or he close them for good. [applause laughter] This isn’t a joke, eh? St. Joseph is truly very powerful. You must pray a lot to St. Joseph. Moreover St. Joseph was placed in the Roman Canon by Pope John. You can also put him into all the other Eucharistic Prayers after the Blessed Virgin Mary saying ‘and St. Joseph her Spouse’. I am convinced that St. Joseph will do a great deal.”
Folks…. if you are frustrated, fast, give alms and pray.
But don’t whine.
There is always something you can do.
Work to open hearts, always, and in the very hard cases, placing the matter in the hands of a mighty intercessor, St. Joseph, you can use the Bux Protocol.