NEWS FLASH! Bp. Slattery is to be celebrant in Washington DC

I just received noticed that His Excellency Edward Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has stepped up and will be the celebrant for the Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC on Saturday 24 April.

This is to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the pontificate of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Card. Castrillon was originally scheduled.

As you may recall, Bp. Slattery has done some good things in Tulsa. Not only has he welcomed the Benedictine monks form Fontgombault at Clear Creek, but he has written well on matters liturgical for his Diocese of Tulsa.

WDTPRS has written of him with kudos here and here and especially here, when he chose to celebrate always ad orientem versus in his cathedral.

A big WDTPRS OORAH for Bp. Slattery.


I received word that His Eminence William Card. Baum will attend. He is Archbishop Emeritus of Washington DC.

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
This entry was posted in SESSIUNCULA and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Phil says:

    Oh yeah, that’s my boy right there! Of course, I mean that in the most respectful way possible. I am a huge fan of His Excellency, especially after he decided to offer Mass only “ad orientem” at his Cathedral. He will do a wonderful job, and this will allow many people to see the beauty of the full Pontifcal Mass–although, since he is not a Cardinal, I imagine the Mass at the Faldstool, rather than the Throne, unless Archbishop Wuerl has given permission.

  2. JohnMa says:

    This is great news! I was doubtful at first that a Bishop could be found on such short notice to celebrate the Mass.

    As far as Throne v. Faldstool my money is on the Throne. I am confident Abp. Wuerl will give his permission.

  3. cstei says:

    I think any Bishop can celebrate at the Throne at the National Shrine it being America’s Church the Cathedra there is used by any Bishop who celebrates Mass there.

  4. TJerome says:

    Very good news. He is an excellent celebrant.

  5. Anchorite says:

    I think it is very important that the replacement choice came from or US ranks, and, tellingly, not from US Cardinals, but from among Bishops. Big thanks to His Excellency!

  6. I saw your Tweet on this,Fr. Z:

    “FLASH! Bp. Slattery (D. Tulsa)”

    I have to get away from politics for a while… My brain automatically read “Democrat, Tulsa”

  7. haleype says:

    Congratulations to His Excellency Edward Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for stepping up to the plate and rescuing this Holy Mass and providing relief to those who worked tirelessly to see it happen. May Almighty God bless him profusely and may all who have the opportunity to witness this marvelous event partake of the immense graces contingent thereto. I’m sure Blessed Mother and many choirs of angels will be present at this Holy Mass. May She rescue our beloved Nation from the hands of those who would do it harm and from the clutches of the Evil one.

  8. cpaulitz says:

    We have another great update coming! Fr. Z can have the honors of updating everyone soon.

  9. wolfeken says:

    The best way people can support this wonderful news is to SHOW UP on Saturday, by 12:15 p.m.

    Folks are coming in from all over the place, on planes and in cars.

    While prayers and online comments and such are important, these pews need to be full. The church seats 3,500 and holds 6,500.

    See you there!!!

  10. I received word that His Eminence William Card. Baum will attend. He is Archbishop Emeritus of Washington DC.

  11. TNCath says:

    The Pauluus Institute has made an excellent choice in Bishop Slattery. I hear his restored cathedral in Tulsa is fantastic.

    I so wish I could be there this weekend. It would be so refreshing, up close and in person, to NOT see that “blue cloud” (the Shrine Choir in their blue choir robes) “performing” in front of the main altar, which will be actually used for the first time in Lord knows how many years.

  12. Ligusticus says:

    Fr. Z.: “I received word that His Eminence William Card. Baum will attend. He is Archbishop Emeritus of Washington DC.”

    Well, let us not forget that Cardinal Baum was one of the Eminences attending the Pontifical Mass celebrated in Rome, in Santa Maria Maggiore, by Card. Castrillon Hoyos, in May 2003 .

  13. Ligusticus says:

    His Eminence William Card. Baum , in this picture of that historiucal ‘premiere’ :

  14. revs96 says:

    At the risk of sounding foolish, what decides when a bishop uses the throne and when he uses the faldstool?

  15. Ligusticus says:

    His Eminence William Card. Baum , in this picture of that historical ‘premiere’ :

  16. Stephen Hand says:

    I love Bishop Slattery, he’s probably the best homilist I have ever heard. It’s also interesting how his views on immigration are very similar to that of Cardinal Mahoney.

  17. revs96,

    Here is what the Catholic Encyclopedia says (not sure if these rules still apply):

    “When in another diocese, a bishop can only use the throne by virtue of a letter of dispensation from the diocesan bishop. Should a cardinal be present, the bishop must yield the throne to the cardinal and use a faldistorium placed on the Gospel side of the altar, that is, a four-legged faldstool with arms.”

    So, I guess Card. Baum gets the throne and Bp. Slattery gets a faldistorium off to the side.

  18. JohnMa says:


    One may only use the throne where he has jurisdiction. Thus, a Bishop in his Diocese, an Archbishop in his metropolitan, a nuncio in the country he is serving in, a Cardinal outside of Rome, and the Pope the world over. An ordinary may grant permission for another ordinary to use the throne. For example, Abp. Wuerl could grant permission for Bp. Slattery to use the throne.

    However, a Bishop MAY NOT use the throne in the presence of a greater prelate. So, with the added news that Cardinal Baum will be attending the Mass it is certain that this will be a Mass at the faldstool.

  19. iudicame says:

    I think Cardinal Baum is in a wheelchair


  20. revs96 says:

    Thanks for the answers. So a Bishop can use the throne anywhere where he has ordinary jurisdiction and uses the faldstool everywhere else, except if he has special permission to use the throne outside his jurisdiction. If a higher ranking cleric is present (as is the case Saturday) he is automatically relegated to the faldstool.

  21. LouiseA says:

    I was hoping they’d ask Bishop Fellay. :)

  22. This is great news.
    Bishop Slattery is a wonderful Bishop who is in step with Pope Benedict XVI.
    I wish I could be there; will try to watch on EWTN and will definitely pray in union. I’m jealous (in a holy way!) for all of you who can be there…may our Lord grant many graces for this truly wondrous event!

  23. Mike says:

    Nazareth priest–thanks so much. I will be there, and will remember you and all the bloggers. The Shrine has come a long way from when I used to go there for a 1:30 Latin NO Mass in the late 80s. It’s taken care of in a much better way now, and despite some 60s style art, is a fine, holy place.

  24. revs96 says:

    Hopefully this will come out on DVD later like the FSSP Seninary Chapel Consecration did (BTW, you can get the DVD of that at

  25. Mike: Thank you very much.
    I remember that 1:30 PM Mass; I was there several times…this is a wonderful event for the Church in the US.

  26. zgietl says:

    A comment on the throne issue which I am basing from my own experience. I believe this only applies if the Cardinal is vested for mass (ie. not participating in choir). When the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, IL was reconsecrated after its remodeling, Archbishop Lucas (former bishop of Springfield, and before Paprocki was named to succeed him) used the Cathedral while Cardinal George participated in choir.

  27. cstei says:

    I still look for this to be a Mass at the Throne. The Cathedra in the Shrine is used by any Bishop celebrating Mass and all the Bishops use the crozier at the Shrine when the celebrant. I wonder if the Nuncio will attend.

  28. cstei says:

    is the Cardinal attending in Choir or is he presiding? I believe “in the presence of” refers to presiding.

  29. iudicame says:


    I too was a product of the 1:30 Latin Crypt Mass in the 80s. Pushed me over the edge to the Indult @ St. Marys. Brick by brick…


  30. teaguytom says:

    Cardinal Baum will basically be in choir. The cardinal is frail and from what I have heard is wheelchair bound and is also losing his eyesight so it would be hard for him just to stand. Bishop Slattery will have use of the throne since it is not the cathedra of the Archbishop of D.C.

  31. RCOkie says:

    I feel so blessed to be a member of Bishop Slattery’s diocese. I expect he will be wonderful on Saturday. I wish I could be there!

  32. TrueLiturgy says:

    I believe the cathedra at the Shrine is actually that of the Apostolic Nuncio. Correct me if I am wrong. I believe I was once told that while it is under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of D.C., it is the chair of the nuncio.

  33. Nathan says:

    I sent a short email thanking Bishop Slattery to the “contact us” email from his diocesan web page: I’ll go to the Mass tomorrow, of course.

    In Christ,

  34. Nathan says:

    BTW, H.E. Card. Baum has been a public supporter of the TLM in Washington. I have seen him occasionally in choir at Old St Mary’s in Chinatown for the TLM there.

    In Christ,

  35. Rellis says:

    I do hope at some point the real story about who really dis-invited Cardinal Castrillon comes out. Hint–it wasn’t the Paulus Institute. Hint #2–it’s who you think it is.

  36. Nathan says:

    For those going to the Mass and getting our Hand Missals ready–does anyone smart know if it is going to be Missa “Statuit” for the Anniversary of the Coronation of a Pope or the Mass of the day–Missa “Protexisti” for St Fidelis?

    I’m 98% sure it will be “Statuit,” but the Pontifical Mass web page does not explicitly say.

    BTW, sorry for going way over my commment limit today.

    In Christ,

  37. Marcin says:

    I so wish I could be there this weekend. It would be so refreshing, up close and in person, to NOT see that “blue cloud” (the Shrine Choir in their blue choir robes) “performing” in front of the main altar.

    Exactly right. The singers will be, among others, the students of local Catholic schools. They will be in red robes, hidden where they should be. Judging from rehearsals they’ll do great, and they sing from neums! My son is there too. I’m very proud of him and all the students.

    (It’s not to be construed as an endorsement of choir robes, of any color whatsoever. I actually detest them, to use the kindest words.)

  38. irishgirl says:

    Oorah indeed for Bishop Slattery! Glad he could step in!

    I’ve seen photos when he celebrated Mass ‘ad orientum’ in the Cathedral of Tulsa, as well as the more recent ones of him at Clear Creek Abbey.

    Great choice!

  39. PostCatholic says:

    Actually, Cardinal Baum is the former Archbishop of Washington, not its emeritus. He is, though, the Major Penitentiary emeritus. He’s also quite blind so I wouldn’t expect him to do much more than sit there in abito corale.

  40. Vincent says:

    Slattery is the new Bruskewitz.

  41. wolfeken says:

    A couple clarifications —

    Nathan, you are correct on Missa “Statuit ei.” It is second class, so Saint Fidelis is properly commemorated with a collect, secret and postcommunion.

    Also, a nihil obstat has been obtained by PCED for a Credo due to the magnitude of the day.

    On the music, the children’s choirs will sing before the Mass (so get there early). For the Mass itself, the basilica shrine choir will sing from the loft on the Gospel side, and the chant schola will sing from the loft on the Epistle side.

  42. Henry Edwards says:

    wolfeken: Thanks for your information in reply to Nathan. Please ignore the following technical question if you are too busy.

    Since the April 24 propers for St. Fidelis contains only a collect, I wonder whether the secret and postcommunion commemorating him will come from Missa “In virtute” or from Missa “Laetabitur justus” for a martyr not a bishop.

    In any event, those attending this Mass might be well advised to mark their hand missals in advance because, if I understand it correctly, this will be a pretty unusual 6-ribbon Mass:

    — one ribbon marking the collect, secret, and postcommunion for the Pope in the Various Commemorations section of the missal

    — one to keep your place in the Ordinary of the Mass

    — one for Missa “Statuit ei” for St. Peter’s Chair in Rome (January 18)

    — one marking April 24 for the collect commemorating St. Fidelis

    — one marking the correct Mass for a martyr not a bishop to get the secret and postcommunion commemorating St. Fidelis

    — one marking the Mass for the Anniversary of the Coronation of a Pope (among the votive Masses for various occasions) among the votive Masses for various occasions—though strictly unnecessary since it only refers to the others

    Also, in a missal (like the Baronius) which has the prefaces in a section separate from the Ordinary of the Mass, you will need a 7th ribbon to mark the Preface of the Apostles.

    Actually, the most ribbons in any common hand missal is 5 or 6, so you’ll have to use prayer cards as markers when you run out of ribbons.

    From a ribbon marking standpoint, this probably be the most complex Mass of recent times.

  43. Jim of Bowie says:

    That is complicated, Henry. Hopefully, the Mass booklet will have all the propers.

    Ken – Thanks for the info about the Credo and music. The great Shrine Choir singing the ordinary and motets will make it a glorious mass.

  44. Henry Edwards says:

    It’s a little simpler with the Baronius 1962 missal, which doesn’t need the 1st ribbon mentioned above, to mark the Various Commemorations section in the Angelus 1962 missal. Because the Baronius includes the collect, secret, and postcommunion in the Mass for the Anniversary of the Coronation.

    So the 6 ribbons bound into the Baronius missal will suffice. But the Angelus missal has only 5 ribbons bound in, so you’ll still need an additional marker.

    I won’t be there to get the Mass booklet, so I’ll have to mark my missal for home viewing. Or does someone know where one can download the booklet in advance — as ordinarily for EWTN televised EF Masses?

  45. Nathan says:

    Henry, you have made my day. Who would have thought, ten or twenty years ago, that we would be having a public discussion on the “6-ribbon Mass” or worrying about overflowing DC bars for the a post-TLM gathering? How wonderfully good God has been to us!

    Now you’re just going to have to come to Washington to conduct a symposium on hand missal marking…

    In Christ,

  46. Mike says:

    iudicame, and N-priest–neat…I remember the somewhat elderly lady who was cantor–her voice as I remember it was quite beautiful…

  47. Caeremoniarius says:

    Actually, the Mass will be a bit simpler to follow than many here seem to imagine:

    –As the Mass is solemn, St. Fidelis is not to be commemorated (cf. n. 111 of the 1960 Codex of Rubrics)

    –Ever since 1956, the Apostles Preface is not used for Masses that refer to the reigning Pontiff or to Pope-Saints; the Preface in this case will be the seasonal one (the Easter Preface)

  48. Henry Edwards says:

    Indeed, Nathan, God has been good to us. Within that ten to twenty year span you mention, I can recall a period of having to drive 50 miles to find a tolerable Novus Ordo Mass each Sunday, and there was no TLM within 500 miles. Now I can find a beautiful and reverent daily OF Mass within 5 minutes, and a Sunday TLM within 20 minutes.

    But, really, a compliment on my missal marking acumen (whether or not justified) is just about as good as it gets.

    Incidentally, even if I were there tomorrow, I’d pass on use of the provided Mass booklet. I could no more assist at Mass without my very own personally marked hand missal than do without one whatever it is that one does with a security blanket.

  49. Caeremoniarius says:

    I forgot to add: So by my count, a Missal would need to have only 3 places marked: the Mass “in die Coronationis Papae et in eius Anniversario” (Statuit); the Ordinary; and the Paschal Preface.

  50. Henry Edwards says:

    Caeremoniarius: Your conclusion (only 3 places marked) may be correct in regard to a 1962 Latin altar missal.

    However, we were discussing the Latin-English missals that one would mark in preparation to assisting at the Mass. Here the situation is different. Two common examples:

    (1) In the Angelus Press 1962 missal, the Mass for the Anniversary of the Election or Coronation of a Pope is found on page 1562 in the section Votive Masses for Various Occasions. However no propers are located there. It refers to page 1076 for the Mass “Statuit” (on January 18, St. Peter’s Chair), and also to page 802 in the section Various Commemorations for the collect, secret, and postcommunion. So if we mark these three plus the Ordinary and the Preface, we’re up to the missal’s full complement of 5 ribbons, even if turns out that we don’t need the 2 additional ribbons for St. Fidelus commemorations.

    (2) In the Baronius Press 1962 missal, the Mass for the Anniversary of the Election or Coronation of a Pope is found on page 1645 in the section Votive Masses for Various Occasions. However, only the collect, secret, and postcommunion are located there. It refers to page 1174 for the Mass “Statuit” (on January 18, St. Peter’s Chair) for the other propers. So if we mark these two plus the Ordinary and the Preface, we need 4 ribbons.

    I have mixed feelings about this. Having waited all my life for a genuine 6-ribbon Mass to attend, I’d almost rather attend a simple Missa Cantata or even low Mass for this occasion, so that (if I understand it correctly) n. 111 of the 1960 Codex would not exclude the St. Fidelis commemorations, thus requiring the 2 additional ribbons.

  51. Caeremoniarius says:

    Dear Henry,

    The Missa Cantata has the same rules about commemorations as Solemn Mass; in other words, St. Fidelis would have been commemorated only if the Mass were low.

  52. Henry Edwards says:

    Dear Caeremoniarius,

    Thank you for this additional information. I didn’t know the EF Missa Cantata treated commemorations the same way as a solemn Mass, but maybe I finally understand this issue correctly.

    Alas, I will not be attending even a low TLM tomorrow. However, I expect the morning OF Mass at my local parish to be celebrated with sufficient care and reverence as to suggest–even to some reluctant minds, perhaps–that this newer Mass actually may be a form of the Roman rite, even if not the form they would prefer to attend on a daily basis.

  53. Got my DVR set to watch it later.

    revs96 – thanks for pointing out the DVD’s for the FSSP chapel consecration. I will be getting one. It was very spiritual to watch, as each thing done was explained, tying in biblical and historical things. I actually watched/listened to much of it on my iPhone. EWTN has a very nice mobile address for iPhone users. I think there are options for others who have internet. It actually comes through on the 3G very well without having to use wi-fi. Watched Raymond Arroyo last night on it.

  54. Henry Edwards says:

    As a footnote to this thread, as I watched and listened to Bishop Slattery’s profound homily, I could not help thinking it was Divine Providence that arranged for him to be the celebrant for this glorious and historic occasion.

    And for me personally, there was the tiny satisfaction of the genuine “6-ribbon Mass” for which I have longed, thanks to those commemorations of St. Fidelus that were discussed in preceding posts.

    Deo gratius! Deo gratius, indeed. May this be the first of many celebrations at the high altar of the ancient Mass for which the Basilica was built.

  55. catholicmidwest says:

    It’s excellent that this is an American saying this mass. It will show all the nay-sayers that the TLM is alive and well here, and we can say it. In fact, it can be said in our great churches and should be said in our great churches, by our own bishops in union with the Holy See. This is a shocker for some people, yet.

  56. Charivari Rob says:

    PostCatholic – “Actually, Cardinal Baum is the former Archbishop of Washington, not its emeritus. He is, though, the Major Penitentiary emeritus. He’s also quite blind so I wouldn’t expect him to do much more than sit there in abito corale.”

    What does being blind have to do with it?

  57. Henry Edwards says:

    In case anyone (like me) would like to thank Bishop Slattery for his wonderful contribution and service, you can us the comments box at the Diocese of Tulsa web site:

  58. C. says:

    One has to admire the Holy Spirit. If Cardinal Hoyos had said the Mass, regardless of the abuse scandal issue and the Williamson affair, he would also have been easily (and cruelly) dismissed by our internal separated brethren as foreign, curial and octogenarian.

    And so much for the wisdom of crowds: the combox suggestions of Burke, Bruskewitz or Chaput would have too closely associated this particular Mass with the American political right, because of those excellent prelates’ outspoken defense of the Catholic discipline regarding Holy Communion.

    Instead we had a perfect coming-out day for the Extraordinary Form in the United States: a bishop who is perfectly orthodox, in the prime of his episcopacy, and who was able to land a hard-hitting homily on the hearts of his hearers precisely because nobody had yet placed him in a box on the national stage. The mainstream media may have fled once SNAP abandoned the field of battle, and so now it is up to us, and to you, Father, to disseminate the message over the modern channels.

    A new phase of the Restoration has begun. Thanks be to God.

Comments are closed.